Looking Good Santa Barbara Community Clean-Up Scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd!

Join the City of Santa Barbara and hundreds of community volunteers for a neighborhood clean-up on Saturday, June 2nd from 9am – 12pm!


Volunteers will meet at Ortega Park at the corner of N. Salsipuedes & E. Cota Streets, OR at the Boys and Girls Club at W. Anapamu & San Pascual Streets, then spread out through the neighborhoods participating in litter pick-up, tree planting, graffiti removal, and more!


At Ortega Park, the Creeks Division will enlist volunteers to replace storm drain markers in the surrounding neighborhood.


At the Boys and Girls Club, Creeks Division staff will lead a clean-up of Old Mission Creek at Bohnett Park.


At noon, all volunteers are invited to return to Ortega Park for lunch, a raffle with great prizes, and other fun activities and performances - all FREE! 


For more information about the event, please contact Lorraine Cruz-Carpenter or call (805) 897-2526.


Photo:  Last year's Looking Good SB volunteers stand with the truck full of trash and debris they removed from Sycamore Creek.

Mission Lagoon Restoration Design Contract Awarded

The Creeks Division is in the early planning stages of an upcoming Mission Lagoon Restoration Project.


Mission Creek and Laguna Creek come together on East Beach just southeast of Cabrillo Boulevard and State Street to form the Mission Lagoon.


The City has hired environmental consulting firm ESA PWA to conduct technical studies and initial design work for the project. Project goals include improving water quality, improving native plant and wildlife habitat, maintaining or improving flood control, and improving aesthetics.


For more information on the project, please contact George Thomson.

MacKenzie Park Parking Lot Receives Commendation from Regional Water Quality Control Board

On April 10th, representatives from the Regional Water Quality Control Board attended City Council to present a Resolution commending the City on the MacKenzie Park Parking Lot Storm Water Infiltration Project.


In 2011, permeable pavers were installed in the parking spaces and part of the walkway through the park. The pavers improve water quality by allowing stormwater and urban runoff to soak into the ground rather than quickly washing pollutants into storm drains, creeks, and the ocean.


The project has the capacity to detain and treat the volume of water generated by a one inch storm event over 24 hours. For more information on the project, please visit www.sbcreeks.com.

Steelhead Spotted in Mission Creek

Our friends at South Coast Habitat Restoration (SCHR) and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH) are working together to restore a section of Mission Creek that runs through the Museum's property.


While meeting on upper Mission Creek earlier this year to discuss the project, representatives from SCHR and SBMNH observed two 11-12" resident steelhead trout in the creek! 


To learn more about South Coast Habitat Restoration, visit schabitatrestoration.org.


To learn more about Creeks Division efforts to restore the endangered steelhead trout to Mission Creek, visit www.sbcreeks.com.


Photo courtesy of Gary Robinson of the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.

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The newsletter includes short updates on projects and programs from various City departments and divisions, as well as a calendar of upcoming events.


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