Thank You Volunteers!

On Saturday, July 6th, local Girl Scout Katelyn K. joined the Creeks Division in hosting a coastal clean-up event to earn her Girl Scouts Silver Award.


Local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, their families, and Santa Barbara Zoo employees removed 73 pounds of trash and debris from East Beach near Sycamore Creek.


Some of the trash volunteers picked up included 690 cigarette butts, 389 food/candy wrappers, 81 fireworks, 39 plastic bags, and one traffic cone.

Beach Clean-Up Thursday, July 11th!

Join the Creeks Division and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper for a beach clean-up at East Beach.


Thursday, July 11th



Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, and RealD, the first 100 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and movie pass to see PACIFIC RIM, hitting theaters Friday! (No purchase necessary. While supplies last.) Rincon Broadcasting radio station 99.9 KTYD will also be there broadcasting live! 


Meet on East Beach near Stearns Wharf and the Mission Creek Lagoon. Bags and gloves will be provided, please wear sturdy shoes and sun protection!


For details on the event, please contact Liz Smith at (805) 897-2606.

Construction Continues at Stevens Park, Westside Neighborhood Center

The asphalt parking lots at Stevens Park, the Westside Neighborhood Center, and Oak Park are being replaced with permeable pavers.


The pavers allow storm water (rain) and urban runoff to infiltrate into the ground, preventing pollutants like oil and auto fluids, bacteria, and metals from flowing into storm drains and local creeks.


Construction is scheduled for the following dates (subject to change):

  • Stevens Park: May 13 – August 2
  • Westside Neighborhood Center: June 3 – July 26
  • Oak Park Tennis Court Parking Lot: July 11 – August 16
  • 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

Mission Creek Steelhead Passage Project Under Construction

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.


For more information on Mission Creek Fish Passage projects, please contact George Johnson at (805) 897-1958 or visit

Newly Certified Clean Creeks Businesses

Join the Creeks Division in congratulating the following local businesses for becoming Certified Clean Creeks Businesses!


They are taking important steps to protect creek and ocean water quality!




Pressed Juicery

1024 Coast Village Road


Mobile Washer


Holguin's Detail

(805) 453-5728


View the complete list of Certified Businesses online at


Watch the May 2013 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.)

This is What Creek and Ocean Pollution Looks Like!

When pollutants like sediment from construction sites, paint, hazardous materials, wash water from businesses, and litter reach the street and storm drain, they flow directly to our creeks and ocean untreated.


If you see pollution in the street, storm drain, or creek, call the Creeks Division Enforcement Hotline at (805) 897-2688.


If you're not sure what you're seeing is pollution, give us a call, we're happy to investigate.


Learn more about the Enforcement Program at

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