The Creeks Division, along with most City administrative offices, will be closed Tuesday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1. Offices will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
As the year comes to a close, we invite you to take a look back at some of the Creeks Division's successes in 2013!
Mission Creek Fish Passage Completed
The Creeks Division recently completed construction of the Mission Creek Fish Passage Project at the Lower Caltrans Channel. The project modified the 0.8 mile long concrete-lined section of Mission Creek between Arrellaga Street and Canon Perdido Street.
Prior to project construction, water flowing in the creek was too fast and too shallow for fish to make it upstream. The new “low-flow” channel slows the water down and increases depth, and also provides resting areas for fish every 40 feet.
For more information on this and other Mission Creek Fish Passage Projects, visit www.sbcreeks.com.
Permeable Pavers Installed
The Creeks Division’s Storm Water Infiltration Projects at Stevens Park, the Westside Neighborhood Center, and Oak Park Tennis Court and Main Parking Lots are complete, and the Oak Park Picnic Area is not far behind!
Approximately 100,000 square feet of asphalt has been removed and replaced with permeable pavers, designed to allow storm water (rain) and urban runoff to infiltrate into the ground.
This keeps pollutants like oil and auto fluids from leaking cars, metals, bacteria, and nutrients from flowing directly into storm drains, which flow into our creeks and oceans untreated.
New Storm Water Ordinance Adopted
In July, the City adopted a new Storm Water Management Ordinance, as required by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The new Ordinance provides clear authority to require that development and redevelopment projects comply with the City’s Storm Water Management Program (SWMP).
The Ordinance ensures consistency and fairness in the application of SWMP requirements, and will lead to improved creek and ocean water quality as construction projects utilize Best Management Practices (BMPs) presented in the City’s Storm Water BMP Guidance Manual.
14th Annual Creek Week Bigger than Ever!
Held in September, this year’s Creek Week was the biggest yet with a total of 34 events throughout the week!
Community members joined in tours of UCSB, the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, and the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Volunteers helped install trees along San Jose Creek in Goleta, planted native plants at Stevens Park, helped restore Coal Oil Point, and cleaned up various beach and creek locations on Coastal Cleanup Day.
There were also film screenings, book readings, project tours, a ride on the Land Shark, and one lucky visitor to Explore Ecology’s Creek Week Celebration at the Watershed Resource Center won tickets to see Jack Johnson!
Creek Week Logo Contest
In early 2013, the Creeks Division, County Project Clean Water, City of Goleta, and City of Carpinteria held a Creek Week Logo Contest.
Over 40 local artists ages 5 through 65+ submitted 50 designs! Local artist Michele Janée’s design was selected as the winner, and was featured on our first ever Creek Week T-Shirts, provided free to volunteers at service events.
The runner up was Rachel Enlow, and Honorable Mentions went to 5 year old Michael Martinez, 10 year old Svenja Leonard, 16 year old Sara Dominguez, and Alicia Tucciarone.
New City Website Launched!
In July, the City launched a new website, the culmination of a project that started almost two years prior and involved all 13 City Departments.
The new website is responsive to the device viewing the site, be it a desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone.
The new My SB citizen portal allows visitors to customize their website experience. Visitors can subscribe to over 50 different newsletters and agenda posting notifications, customize the shortcut or “charm” bar, and setup favorite pages, news feeds and calendars.
The “How do I…” mega menu allows one-click access to some of the most popular destinations deep within the site. Google site search is built-in to the site, with much improved search results compared to the old site.
Happy Holidays from the Creeks Division!
Newly Certified Clean Creeks Businesses
Join the Creeks Division in congratulating the following local businesses for becoming Certified Clean Creeks Businesses!
Alchemy Arts Café
430 Chapala Street
3905 State Street
620 State Street
The Shop Café
730 N. Milpas Street
621 State Street
Francisco's Mobile Detailing
For a complete list of Certified Businesses or to learn more about the program, visit sbcreeks.com.
A few more of our 2013 highlights...
Thank You Volunteers!
Community members participating in volunteer events this year have donated over 900 hours installing 894 native plants at creek side restoration sites, and removing over 800 pounds of trash and debris from our local creeks and beaches!
Storm Drain Markers
285 new storm drain markers have been installed with the help of volunteers from Horny Toad Clothing, the Levi's Store, the Watershed Stewards Project, and more!
18 new businesses were certified in 2013, bringing the total number of participating businesses to 131!
The Creeks Division's weekly creek clean-up contractors have removed 110,800 pounds of trash and debris from local creeks and beaches!
A total of 244 calls to the Pollution Enforcement Hotline were received and responded to by Enforcement staff.
Invasive Arundo Removed
Approximately 25,200 square feet of invasive giant reed (arundo donax) was removed from the Arroyo Burro watershed.