13th Annual Creek Week a Success!

Santa Barbara’s 13th Annual Creek Week took place September 15th – 23rd. Coordinated by the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division, County Project Clean Water, the City of Carpinteria, and the City of Goleta, Creek Week kicked off with the 28th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15th.


On Coastal Cleanup Day, 847 community members participated in beach and creek clean-ups, collecting 1,970 lbs of trash and 622 lbs of recyclables throughout the County!


On September 20th, Creeks Division staff worked with Horny Toad ClothingSB Channelkeeper, REI Clothing, and Santa Barbara Zoo employees to remove 73 lbs of trash and debris from East Beach.


Later in the day, the Creeks Division, Project Clean Water, City of Goleta, and City of Carpinteria hosted a presentation by Dr. Jared Ervin from UCSB on the ongoing Source Identification Protocol Project (SIPP) and Microbial Source Tracking research on Arroyo Burro Creek.


On September 21st, Creeks Division staff, along with representatives from the Environmental Defense Center and the SB County Wetlands Task Force, hosted a walk along Mission Creek to tour steelhead recovery projects.


Other events during the week-long celebration included various creek and beach clean-ups, project tours, bird walks, and a closing celebration at the Watershed Resource Center.


Next year's Creek Week will kick off on Saturday, September 21st - visit www.sbcreekweek.com and/or like the Creek Week Facebook page to stay informed!


Photo: Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara staff and volunteers remove a mattress and shopping cart from Old Mission Creek.

Educational Opportunities for Local Students with Explore Ecology

Art From Scrap is now a program of Explore Ecology! The Creeks Division contracts with Explore Ecology to provide free watershed education programs to students in the City of Santa Barbara.


Local teachers can contact Explore Ecology to schedule in-class presentations, field trips to the Watershed Resource Center, and more!


Classes who participate in the 3-part Creek Kids series receive two in-class lessons, and take a half-day field trip to the Watershed Resource Center and a local creek.


The hands-on activities are designed to help kids learn about watersheds, sources of and solutions to water pollution, storm water and sewage systems, and the physical and biological components of creeks.


For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Explore Ecology at education@artfromscrap.org or (805) 884-0459 x16.


Photo: Students visit the Watershed Resource Center on a Creek Kids field trip with Explore Ecology.

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!




Blenders in the Grass

315-J Meigs Road


Blenders in the Grass

1046-F Coast Village Road


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


E-Waste Event TODAY and Tomorrow!

Get rid of your unwanted household electronics this weekend at the City Environmental Services Division's E-Waste Event!


Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th


8:30am - 4:30pm


Sears Parking Lot at La Cumbre Plaza, 3845 State Street


Click here for a flyer with more information on what items will and will not be accepted.

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