Creeks Advisory Committee Recruitment

The City of Santa Barbara's Creeks Advisory Committee is looking for new members to fill two current vacancies.


The Committee meets monthly to assist and advise Creeks Division staff, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the City Council on matters pertaining to the City’s creek restoration and water quality improvement programs. Committee members are appointed by Council, and terms last four years.


To view the application and learn more about applying to the Creeks Advisory Committee, please visit


Applications are due Monday, May 16th at 5:30pm.


PHOTO: April 20, 2011 Creeks Advisory Committee Meeting

Invasive Plant Removed from Bird Refuge

During the past winter, the Creeks Division removed over four tons of giant reed along the wetland margin of the Andree Clark Bird Refuge as part of the Invasive Plant Removal Program.


Giant reed, also known as Arundo, is one of the most prolific invasive plants along creeks in Southern California. The Creeks Division is removing this plant from Santa Barbara’s creeks and surrounding areas in order to improve wildlife habitat and water quality.


This particular effort at the Bird Refuge is part of a larger wetland restoration partnership between the Creeks Division, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the local non-profit Channel Islands Restoration, and the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project.


Channel Islands Restoration is restoring the areas formerly covered by giant reed with a diverse mix of native willows, trees, and shrubs to benefit the many bird species found along this portion of the City.


For more information about the Invasive Plant Removal Project, please contact George Thomson at (805) 560-7576.


PHOTOS: At left, a large stand of giant reed (Arundo donax) crowds out native willows and other wetland plants along the Bird Refuge. At right, the giant reed has been removed, and willow saplings and other native plants will rapidly fill in the area.



Thank You Garfield High School!

On Friday, April 29th, 120 students from Garfield High School in Los Angeles came up to Santa Barbara for a field trip, and participated in a beach clean-up at East Beach.


The students spent an hour cleaning from Stearns Wharf down to Sycamore Creek, removing 216 pounds of trash and debris from the beach!


Items removed from the beach included a 40 pound chain, a kite, socks and shoes, a blanket, boat pieces, a bicycle helmet, a phone book, cigarette butts, bottles, cans, and tiny bits of plastic, glass, and Styrofoam.


The Creeks Division is appreciative of Mr. Hernandez and his students for their enthusiastic work!


PHOTO: Garfield High Students at East Beach

Do You Have an Ocean Friendly Garden?

The City’s Water Resources, Creeks, and Parks Divisions are working with the Surfrider Foundation and the Goleta Water District to present Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program in Santa Barbara.


The program focuses on applying “CPR” (Conservation, Permeability, and Retention) to our yards and gardens to revive our watersheds and oceans. By replacing your lawn with an Ocean Friendly Garden, you can save water, prevent runoff, and help protect our creeks and ocean!


The Basics Class will take place on Saturday, June 11th, 10am – 1pm at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina Street. Dates and locations for the Hands-On Workshop, Garden Workday and Neighborhood Walk will be announced following the Basics Class.


Thanks to a Whale Tail Grant from the California Coastal Commission, the program is FREE! RSVP Required. For more information, or to RSVP for the Basics Class, please contact


PHOTO: Ocean Friendly Garden in Ventura

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!



Tepeyac Taquitos

201 W. Carrillo

(805) 899-7755


View the complete list of Certified Businesses online at

SWMP Year 2 Annual Report Submitted

The Creeks Division submitted the City's Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) 2010 Annual Report to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board on April 1st.


The SWMP was prepared and is implemented by a team of City staff from various departments. Each year, the Regional Water Quality Control Board reviews the City's Annual Report and provides comments to help guide the next year of implementation.


To learn more or to view the SWMP, please visit

Ask the Creeks Division!

Do you have a question about our projects or programs, or a suggestion for a future E-News topic? Let us know!


Send your question or suggestion to Liz Smith, and it may be included in next month’s issue.

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