UCSB Publishes Studies Conducted for the City of Santa Barbara

For the past several years, the Creeks Division has worked closely with Dr. Patricia Holden at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB.


Dr. Holden has conducted microbial source tracking work, using DNA-based techniques, to determine whether high indicator bacteria levels in storm drains, creeks, and the ocean are coming from human waste or animal waste.


In addition to reports provided directly to the Creeks Division, much of the work is also being published by Dr. Holden and her colleagues in peer-reviewed scientific journals, providing additional value to a broad audience of scientists, watershed groups, and coastal managers.


The following papers have been published recently (links will take you to the article abstracts - please visit 

www.sbcreeks.com for full papers):


Storm Drains are Sources of Human Fecal Pollution during Dry Weather in Three Urban Southern California Watersheds (Environmental Science & Technology)


Characterization of Coastal Urban Watershed Bacterial Communities Leads to Alternative Community-Based Indicators (PLoS ONE)


Cultivation-Independent Analysis of Bacteria in IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 Fecal Indicator Assays (Applied Environmental Microbiology)

Thank You Adelante Charter School and Franklin Elementary School!

On Wednesday, January 26, 30 students from Adelante Charter School and 24 students from Franklin Elementary School planted 80 native plants at a community restoration site on Sycamore Creek!


The Creeks Division worked with MERITO (Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans), a program of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, to teach students about water quality and watershed issues, and the benefits of native plants and creek side restoration.


MERITO staff led the students in a water quality lesson, testing the temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen levels, along with noting other observations about the creek. Students worked with Creeks Division staff to plant 80 native plants, including California sunflower, cliff buckwheat, and coffeeberry.


A big thank you to MERITO, as well as all of the students, teachers, and parents who came along!

"Like" the Creeks Division on Facebook!

The Creeks Division is excited to announce that we recently created a Facebook page!


Log on and "Like" us to receive project updates and tips on pollution prevention, to learn about community events and volunteer opportunities, to participate in contests, and more.


Be the 30th person to Like our page and win a Creeks tote bag!

Newly Certified Clean Creeks Business

Join the Creeks Division in congratulating the following local business taking important steps to protect creek and ocean water quality by becoming a Certified Clean Water Business!



 Fresco Café

3987-B State Street

(805) 967-6037


View the complete list of Certified Businesses online at www.sbcreeks.com.

UCSB Recycling Coordinator Job Opening

UCSB is currently seeking applications for the Recycling Program Coordinator position.


The appointee will work closely with the UCSB Associated Students Associate Director for Administration to oversee daily operations of Recycling and A.S. Worms. 


The position requires knowledge of recycling principles and practices, worm composting and techno trash.


Applications are due February 23, 2011. For more details, or to apply, please visit  https://Jobs.ucsb.edu and view Job #20110060.

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