MacKenzie Park Parking Lot Complete!

The MacKenzie Park Parking Lot Stormwater Infiltration Project was completed in October.


The project included the installation of permeable pavers in the parking stalls and a portion of the walkway through the park. The pavers allow stormwater to infiltrate into the ground, rather than quickly washing into storm drains, which flow directly to our creeks and ocean.


According to nearby rain gauges, the area received between 0.58 and 0.68 inches of rain on Friday, November 11thFollowing the rain, staff checked two monitoring wells at the parking lot to see how quickly water infiltrated into the ground, and here are the results:



North Well depth (inches)

South Well depth (inches)











Creeks Division staff were happy to see the pavers and infiltration basins performing as designed, and look forward to monitoring the lot's performance during the upcoming rainy season!




Ribbon Cutting Celebration Held November 30th


On Wednesday, November 30th, a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the MacKenzie Park Parking Lot Stormwater Infiltration Project was held at the project site.


Mayor Helene Schneider, Councilmember-Elect Cathy Murillo, and representatives from the Planning Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, and Creeks Advisory Committee attended the ceremony, as well as City staff from departments and divisions involved in the project.

Get the Scoop on Poop!

There are an estimated 22,500 dogs in the City of Santa Barbara. If the average dog deposits half a pound of waste a day, we’re talking over 5.5 TONS of dog poop on our lawns, in our parks, and at our beaches – every day! 


Pet waste left on the ground can quickly be washed into storm drains, creeks, and the ocean, where it poses a threat to water quality, marine life, and human health.


Help keep Santa Barbara’s streets, creeks, beaches, and feet clean by picking up after your dog every time!


To get a FREE dog waste bag dispenser to attach to your leash, send an email to Liz Smith with your name and address (must be a City of Santa Barbara resident), and we’ll drop one in the mail to you. They come stocked with a roll of 10 bags, and refills can be purchased at any pet store.

Creeks Division Furlough and Holiday Closure

The Creeks Division office will be closed for a combination of unpaid furlough and the Christmas and Near Year's holidays Monday, December 19th through Monday, January 2nd. Staff will return to the office on Tuesday, January 3rd.


For more information on the City of Santa Barbara's unpaid furlough program, please visit 

Newly Certified Clean Creeks Businesses

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




Casa Blanca

330 State Street

(805) 845-8966


The Good Cup

 1819 Cliff Drive, #C

 (805) 963-8699


View the complete list of Certified Businesses online at

Only Rain Down the Drain!

As winter approaches, so does the rainy season. 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


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