Construction to Begin Next Week on Plaza de Vera Cruz Storm Water Infiltration Project
Storm water and urban runoff from impervious (hard) surfaces like streets, sidewalks, parking lots, roofs, and driveways are major sources of creek and ocean water pollution.

Next week the Creeks Division will begin construction of a storm water infiltration project at the park service road through Plaza de Vera Cruz between E. Cota Street and E. Haley Street.

The existing asphalt road will be removed and replaced with permeable pavers, which allow storm water and urban runoff to soak into the ground below the pavers rather than running offsite. This prevents pollution from washing into storm drains, which flow into our creeks and ocean untreated.
Later this summer, permeable pavers will also be installed in the sidewalks around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. Next summer, pavers will be installed in the sidewalks and street in the 700 and 800 blocks of N. Quarantina Street.
Funding for these projects has been provided primarily through a grant agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board,
and by hotel visitors through Measure B.

To learn more about these and other permeable paver projects, visit
Storm Drain Screens to be Repaired
In 2011, the Creeks Division completed a 2-year project to install debris screens on storm drain openings throughout the City.

The screens help to improve water quality by preventing trash and other debris from entering the storm drain system and our creeks.

In the next few months, contractors will begin an effort to repair screens. 
If you notice a screen that is stuck open or damaged in any way, please call us at (805) 897-1912 or send us an email and let us know the location.
Help us Close the Poop Loop!

The Creeks Division is partnering with the County of Santa Barbara and the Cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Solvang to "Close the Poop Loop" Countywide. 
The average dog produces 1/2 lb. of waste every day. With an estimated 22,500 dogs in the City of Santa Barbara, that's over 5.5 TONS of poop every day!

When pet waste is left on the ground, it can quickly wash into storm drains, creeks, and the ocean, polluting our water. If you think picking it up is gross, try swimming in it!

Pledge to pick up after your furry friend every time at, and you'll receive a cute little keychain flashlight to help with scooping the poop on those nighttime dog walks.
Cigarette Butts are Not Only Ugly and Everywhere, They're Toxic
We have noticed for years that cigarette butts are the most common type of trash item found at our beach clean-ups. 
Most of us have seen people freely dispose of butts out their car windows, or flick them down onto the sidewalk.
More recently, scientists have learned that there are enough toxins (including nicotine) leaching from cigarette butts when it rains to harm water quality.
In fact, cigarette butts can be considered hazardous waste. A recent study found that one cigarette butt can contaminate 250 gallons of water during a rain storm. has compiled much of the recent research on the environmental effects of cigarette butts.
If you are a smoker, please help protect our local water quality by putting out your cigarettes completely, and throwing the butts in the trash rather than dropping them on the ground. Thank you!  
Newly Certified Clean Creeks Businesses
Join the Creeks Division in congratulating the following local business for becoming a Certified Clean Creeks Business! 

Meineke Car Care
3956 State Street
(805) 687-0281

Mobile Washers
Felix's Carwash
(805) 680-1823
Jan-Eco Cleaning Company
(805) 453-1708

For a complete list of Certified Businesses or to learn more about the program, visit 

Thank You Hollister School Volunteers!

On Thursday, March 23, a group of 72 students from Hollister School joined the Creeks Division for a beach clean-up at East Beach!

Students removed 39 pounds of trash and debris from the beach, including 578 cigarette butts, 59 food wrappers, and 34 plastic bottle caps.

Creeks Division Wins CPRS District 8 Awards
In March, the City was awarded three California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) District 8 Awards!

The Oak Park Storm Water Infiltration Project received the Facility Design and Park Planning Award.

Last year's “The Ocean Begins on Your Street” television PSA campaign brought home the Agency Showcase Marketing Award.

The Parks & Recreation Department also won the Recreation and Community Program Award for the Free Swim Lesson Program!

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