The Creeks Division, along with most City administrative offices, will be closed Wednesday, December 24 through Friday, January 2.
Offices will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015.
As the year comes to a close, we invite you to take a look back at some of the Creeks Division's successes in 2014!
Creek Side Property Purchased
The Creeks Division purchased a 14 acre parcel on Arroyo Burro, located at the intersection of Foothill Road and Barger Canyon Road.
The site includes approximately 1,800 linear feet of creek frontage on both banks of Barger Creek. The property is upstream of a Creek Tree Program restoration on seven private properties, and includes an important scenic view corridor from Foothill Road up to the Los Padres National Forest.
The purchase also included a conservation easement over a portion of an adjacent property, which will allow the Creeks Division to restore and protect an additional 290 linear foot reach of Barger Creek, bringing the total restoration area to approximately 15 acres. The conservation easement will also prevent future development near the creek.
New Code Enforcement Officer Hired
The Creeks Division recently hired Christopher T. Clark as the a Water Quality Code Enforcement Officer.
Chris responds to reports of pollution in our streets, storm drains, and creeks. He also conducts water quality monitoring, and manages the Creeks Division's weekly creek clean-up contractor.
Chris has worked for the City since 2005, most recently as a Park Ranger.
Watershed Stewards Assist the City
For the last couple years, the Creeks Division has partnered with the Watershed Stewards Program (WSP), who provide us with two great Stewards at a time to assist in our creek and ocean water quality improvement efforts.
Stewards Kayti Christiansen and David Gottesman (at right) worked with us from late 2013 through August 2014, assisting with water quality monitoring and geographic information systems (GIS) work.
Leah Gonzales and Jean Tsai (at left) began working with us this fall. They will be organizing a storm drain marking event on Saturday, January 31st. If you'd like to volunteer, please email Leah or Jean!
The mission of the WSP is to conserve, restore, and enhance anadromous watersheds for future generations by linking education with high-quality scientific practices. A program of the California Conservation Corps, WSP is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
New Creek Week Website Launched!
In early September, a new Creek Week website was launched!
Staff worked with a local web design firm to create the site, which is responsive to mobile devices, and includes social media news and image feeds.
Visit www.sbcreekweek.com to view the new site, and get ready for Creek Week 2015, which will be held Saturday, September 19 through Sunday, September 27!
More Permeable Pavers Coming to SB!
Following the success of the Creeks Division’s Storm Water Infiltration Projects at Oak Park, Stevens Park, and the Westside Neighborhood Center, the City was recently awarded two grants from the State Water Resources Control Board to install permeable pavers in new locations.
In 2015, the Creeks Division will be installing pavers in the alley within Plaza Vera Cruz Park, and the sidewalks around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. In 2016, pavers will be installed in the 700 and 800 blocks of Quarantina Street.
The Facilities Division will also be installing pavers in the parking lots and corporate yard around the Parks and Recreation offices and Facilities offices in the 600 block of Laguna Street.
By allowing storm water (rain) and urban runoff to soak into the ground, permeable pavers help 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.
Newly Certified Clean Creeks Businesses
Join the Creeks Division in congratulating the following local businesses for becoming Certified Clean Creeks Businesses!
2611 De La Vina Street
(805) 886-5554Coleman Carpet Cleaners
For a complete list of Certified Businesses or to learn more about the program, visit sbcreeks.com.
A few more of our 2014 highlights...
Thank You Volunteers!
Community members participating in volunteer events this year have donated over 500 hours installing native plants at creek side restoration sites, removing trash and debris from our local creeks and beaches, and helping to install new storm drain markers!
Storm Drain Markers
108 new storm drain markers have been installed with the help of the Levi's Store, REI, the Watershed Stewards Project, Looking Good Santa Barbara volunteers, and more!
13 local businesses were certified in 2014, bringing the total number of participating businesses to 149!
The Creeks Division's weekly creek clean-up contractors have removed over 80,000 pounds of trash and debris from local creeks and beaches!
A total of 152 calls to the Pollution Enforcement Hotline were received and responded to by Enforcement staff.
Invasive Arundo Removed
Over 50,000 square feet of invasive giant reed (arundo donax) was removed from the Arroyo Burro watershed.