Permeable Pavers Coming to Stevens Park, Oak Park, and Westside Neighborhood Center Parking Lots

The City of Santa Barbara has begun construction of the Stevens Park Storm Water Infiltration Project, which will be followed by additional projects at Oak Park and the Westside Neighborhood Center.The existing asphalt parking lots will be replaced with permeable pavers in order to allow storm water (rain) and urban runoff to infiltrate into the ground. This will prevent pollutants like oil and fluids from leaking cars, metals, nutrients, and bacteria from washing into storm drains, which lead directly to our creeks and ocean untreated.Like the MacKenzie Park Storm Water Infiltration Project completed in 2011, this design demonstrates a retrofit that complies with the City’s Storm Water Management Program (SWMP) by detaining and treating the volume of water generated by a one inch storm event.Construction is scheduled for the following dates (subject to change):

  • Stevens Park:  May 13 – July 8
  • Westside Neighborhood Center:  June 3 – July 19
  • Oak Park Tennis Court Parking Lot:  June 24 – August 9
  • Oak Park Main Parking Lot (includes picnic and stage areas):  August 12 – October 31 

Funding for this project has been provided in part through a grant agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board, and by the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division through Measure B.For more information, please contact Tim Burgess at (805) 897-1912 or visit

Construction Begins on Mission Creek Fish Passage Project

In early May, construction began on the Mission Creek Fish Passage Project at the Lower Caltrans Channel. The project is located in the concrete lined channel between Arrellaga Street and Canon Perdido Street.Expected to be completed in October, the project includes the installation of a four foot wide, three foot deep low-flow channel designed to allow endangered Southern California Steelhead Trout to migrate upstream during rain events.Along with recently completed fish passage projects on Mission Creek at the Upper Caltrans Channel and the Tallant Road Bridge, this project will allow steelhead to swim upstream as far as the Highway 192 Bridge, the final significant barrier to steelhead passage.The Cachuma Operations and Maintenance Board will modify the Highway 192 Bridge as part of a water line replacement project, potentially as early as next summer, to allow steelhead passage to high quality spawning and rearing habitat in the upper watershed.For more information on Mission Creek Fish Passage projects, please contact George Johnson at (805) 897-1958 or visit

Volunteers Install New Storm Drain Markers!

The Creeks Division has begun the process of installing new storm drain markers throughout the City with the help of volunteers!On March 9, Watershed Stewards Project members Tessa Reeder and Carrie Fong organized a group of 17 community volunteers, who installed 121 markers in the Oak Park and San Roque neighborhoods.On March 26, several employees from the Santa Barbara Levi’s store installed another 57 markers in the downtown area.To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities like storm drain marking, beach and creek clean-ups, or planting events, or to schedule an event with your business or organization, please contact Liz Smith at (805) 897-2606.

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!Restaurants Juice Ranch

33 Parker WayLittle Alex’s

1024 Coast Village RoadView the complete list of Certified Businesses online! Watch the latest episode of City TV’s “Inside Santa Barbara” to learn more about the program! (Click the "Jump To" drop-down and select Clean Creeks Certified Businesses.)

Creek Week Logo Contest Winner Selected!

Earlier this year, the Creeks Division, County Project Clean Water, the City of Goleta, and the City of Carpinteria invited the community to help us design a logo for Santa Barbara's annual Creek Week event. We received an impressive 51 submissions from 31 local artists ranging in age from 5 to 65+!The winner of the contest was Michele Janée, who received a $100 gift card to Art Essentials. The Runner Up was Rachel Enlow, and Honorable Mentions went to Alicia Tucciarone (adult), Sara Dominguez (teen), Svenja Leonard (youth), and the youngest artist at age 5, Michael Martinez.This year’s Creek Week is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st through Sunday, September 29th. Like us at

sbcreekweek or visit to keep up to date on the event as it nears, and to see all logo contest entries!

May is Santa Barbara Public Gardens Month!

To learn more about a great selection of garden talks, tours, and educational events celebrating SB Public Gardens Month, visit

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