Mission Creek Restoration at Oak Park

Mission Creek Restoration at Oak Park Nearly Complete!

Construction of the Mission Creek Restoration and Fish Passage Project at Oak Park is nearly complete. Located at the Tallant Road Bridge at the upstream end of Oak Park, the project began in July of this year.
Funded in part by grants from the California Department of Fish and Game, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, construction in the creek included the removal of a concrete grade control structure, a sewer main replacement, and the construction of pools and riffles to allow easier passage for the endangered Southern steelhead trout.
Landscaping and re-vegetation of the creek banks is currently underway, which includes the installation of 1500 native plants and trees.
For more information, please visit www.sbcreeks.com.

Newly Certified Clean Water Business

Join the Creeks Division in congratulating the following business taking important steps to protect creek and ocean water quality by becoming a Certified Clean Water Business!
The Brewhouse, 229 W. Montecito Street
To learn more about the Clean Water Business Program, or to find out how to get your business certified, visit www.sbcreeks.com.

Fallen Eucalyptus on Sycamore Creek.

Eucalyptus Removal and Restoration on Sycamore Creek

On July 4, a large Eucalyptus tree fell from a Creeks Division community restoration site on Sycamore Creek at Cacique Street. The tree luckily fell across the creek, missing nearby homes and vehicles, but landed on another community restoration site at the end of Soledad Street.
The fallen tree and subsequent removal efforts destroyed the restoration project, and damaged the nearby Soledad Street Bioswale, which was built by Creeks Division Youth Apprentices during the summer of 2008.
The City's Urban Forest Superintendent inspected two other Eucalyptus trees on the Cacique Street site and determined they were in declining health, and likely to pose a safety hazard as well.
The fallen tree and the two standing trees were removed, and both restoration sites are being re-planted with native plants, oak trees, and sycamore trees. 

Monitor Santa Barbara’s Creeks with New "Creek Watch" iPhone App

Creek Watch is a new iPhone application that allows you to help monitor the health of your local watershed. Developed by the State Water Resources Control Board and IBM, and available for free in Apple’s App Store, Creek Watch provides an easy way to lend a hand in improving local water quality.
Whenever you pass by a creek or waterway, spend a few seconds using your iPhone to report on its health. Snap a picture and report how much water and trash you see in it. The photo and information is used to help track pollution, manage water resources, and plan environmental programs.
If the creek needs immediate attention, or you witness illegal dumping in the street, storm drain, or creek, please call the Creeks Division’s Enforcement Hotline at (805) 897-2688.
For more information, please visit www.creekwatch.org.

E-Waste Event Begins Friday!
Household electronics like televisions are commonly found dumped on our streets and even in our local creeks. In celebration of America Recycles Day, the City's Environmental Services Division is hosting a FREE E-Waste Collection and Recycling Event this weekend!
Friday and Saturday, November 12th and 13th, from 8:30am - 4:00pm, bring your household electronics to the Sears parking lot at 3845 State Street at La Cumbre Plaza.
Common electronics accepted include tvs, computer monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, telephones, DVD players, VCRs, cell phones, and more.
For more information, click here.
Free Rain Sensors for Irrigation Controllers
When it rains, don't let your sprinklers pour! As winter approaches, so does the season for rain. To avoid leaving your sprinklers on when it's raining, get a FREE rain sensor from the City's Water Conservation Program.
City residents can call (805) 564-5460 to schedule a free water checkup. During the checkup, if the customer has a sprinkler timer, the City Water Resources Specialist will provide a rain sensor.
A rain sensor is an irrigation shutoff device that prevents your sprinkler timer from turning on during and after a rain storm. These devices override the scheduled irrigation when the sensor detects water. Once the collected rainwater has evaporated from the sensor, scheduled irrigation resumes.
For more information, call (805) 564-5460 or visit www.santabarbaraca.gov.
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