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Sycamore Creek at East Beach (Creeks Outreach Coordinator Liz Smith)  
Measuring the Drought's Impact on Our Creeks
The 2015 Southern Coastal Santa Barbara Streams and Estuaries Bioassessment Program Report, produced by Ecology Consultants for the Creeks Division and County Project Clean Water, shows the devastating impacts of drought to stream health.
The Program involves annual collection and analyses of benthic macroinvertebrate (BMI) samples and other data at study streams and estuaries. 
The Index of Biological Integrity (IBI) is used to score the health of creek and estuary sites throughout the South Coast.
In most years, reference sites (those considered to be nearly undisturbed by development) usually have much higher IBI scores than disturbed urban stream sites.
During this past year of drought, however, scores for reference sites were indistinguishable from disturbed sites due to low flows, separated pools, and very low levels of dissolved oxygen.
View the report at
Construction Underway on N. Quarantina Street
Construction has begun on our Quarantina Street Storm Water Infiltration Project!
The existing asphalt road and concrete sidewalks in the 700 and 800 blocks of N. Quarantina Street are being removed, and will be replaced with permeable pavers.
The pavers allow storm water and urban runoff to soak into the ground below the pavers rather than flowing into storm drains, creeks, and the ocean.
Funding for this project 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,
*Click on the image above to view a 360 degree "before" photo!
Is Your Business Clean Creeks Certified?
Since 2006, a total of 185 businesses in the City of Santa Barbara have become Clean Creeks CertifiedThis free and voluntary program includes an inspection of your business to ensure that any potential pollutants are not at risk of reaching the storm drain system and flowing into our creeks and ocean.
Once certified, you will receive a certificate signed by the Mayor to display at your business, and a sticker to place in your window showing that you're certified! We will also promote your business on our website, social media sites, in ads in local print publications, via this newsletter and the City's new quarterly business email newsletter, and at community events. 
Need a little help meeting certification requirements? Eligible businesses can also participate in our Business Assistance Program, and we will purchase equipment such as berms and wet/dry vacuums (up to a $1,000 value) to help you protect local water quality.
In a recent survey we conducted, an impressive 78% of respondents said they would be more likely to visit a Clean Creeks Certified business! 
For a complete list of Certified Businesses or to learn more about the programs, visit
Join the Creek Crew for Storm Drain Marking 
On Tuesday, May 24th at 5:30pm we will be replacing storm drain markers in the neighborhood around our office!
Storm drain markers help inform community members that our storm drains flow to our creeks and ocean untreated!

Meet at the Parks & Recreation Office at 620 Laguna Street.
Please call or email Liz Smith to RSVP at (805) 897-2606 or so we have plenty of supplies ready!
To join the Creek Crew and stay up to date on our upcoming volunteer events, sign up here - if you're already a subscriber to our E-News, enter your email address and click Next, click on Preferences, then add the Creek Crew mailing list!
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