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This website is a companion to Santa Cruz Online, my review of meetings and events of Santa Cruz government bodies.

Santa Cruz Environmental Review focuses on meetings and events of the Santa County environmental community. The contents will be more “advocacy” oriented than those of Santa Cruz Online, with occasional commentary and detailed meeting and event reports.

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State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium

State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium, Saturday, March 23, from 10 am to 1 pm at Louden Nelson Community Center auditorium, 301 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for information.

Presented by City of Santa Cruz Water Department, County of Santa Cruz, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz, Coastal Watershed Council and San Lorenzo Valley Water District, the theme of this year’s symposium is “Skyline to the sea: the past, present and future of the San Lorenzo River.”

Santa Cruz City Councilwoman Donna Meyers will moderate the event. Speakers include John Ricker, who will present the San Lorenzo River watershed management plan; Shawn Chartrand, on the topic of climate change and hydrologic effects in the San Lorenzo River watershed; Mark Strudley, on flood management in the watershed; Tony Elliot and Travis Beck, on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk and urban river parks management; Jodi McGraw, on terrestrial biodiversity of the watershed; Richard King, presenting recent findings in watershed puma research; Jon Jankovitz, discussing recreational steelhead fishery management in the watershed.

The event includes an optional interactive walking tour of the San Lorenzo River presented by Coastal Watershed Council river scientist Alev Bilginsoy, which will occur following the symposium from 1 to 2:30 pm.

Weekly Environmental Review – Mar 17 – 23

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center presents Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, Sunday, March 17 at 1:30 pm at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for information.

  • Sea star wasting syndrome has taken a heavy toll on Monterey Bay’s sea star populations in the last five years. Among the hardest hit species were the ochre stars, iconic tidepool residents and important keystone predators. Researchers are searching for potential culprits, documenting the spread of this disease, and tracking sea star recovery along the Pacific Coast. Scientists are also monitoring tidepools for changes related to the ochre stars’ absence.

The Soquel Creek Water District Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 is CANCELLED.

The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Board of Directors meets Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm at Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main St, in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda.

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors meets Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 pm at the SLVWD office, 13057 Highway 9, in Boulder Creek. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Scotts Valley Parks & Recreation Commission meets Thursday, March 21 a 6 pm at Skypark Park Classroom, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. The agenda will be available HERE.

The Mid-County Groundwater Agency meets Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm at Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

Naturalist Night, California’s Coast: Living on the Edge, Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm at Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff Dr, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for information.

  • Join environmental writer and marine wildlife photographer Kim Steinhardt for an inspiring, photographic journey into California’s coastal past, present and probable future. Both a lifelong Californian and experienced legal professional, Steinhardt will color the evening’s talk with the legal, environmental, historical, and personal perspectives he’s gathered as an educator and protector of California’s coast. Part art, part science, part law, this unique evening adventure will explore the sometimes complex relationship between humans and nature, with insights on everything from the latest challenges faced by the threatened southern sea otter to the timely issues covered in his recent book, “The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California’s Coast,” co-authored by local ocean expert and UCSC’s Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences Gary Griggs.

 

Weekly Review March 10 – 16

The Coastal Watershed Council River Health Day event, scheduled for Saturday, March 9, from 9:30 am to Noon, is postponed do to rain.

The California Native Plant Society Santa Cruz County Chapter meets Monday, March 11 at 5:30 pm at the UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building 1156 High Street, in Santa Cruz. Calflora’s Executive Director Cynthia Powell will go over Calflora’s new plant photo project, planting guide, population monitoring tools, and email alerts and speak more generally about the uses of Calflora for CNPS chapters.  Click HERE for information.

The RTC Bicycle Advisory Committee meets Monday, March 11 at 6 pm at the RTC Offices, 1523 Pacific Ave, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include a presentation on the Draft Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan.

The Resource Conservation District Board meets Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm at the RCD Office, 820 Bay Avenue, Suite 136 in Capitola. Click HERE for information.

Sierra Club Santa Cruz Group Executive Committee meets Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm at the Branciforte Small Schools Library, 840 North Branciforte Avenue, in Santa Cruz. The agenda will be available HERE.

From Oysters to Otters: Elkhorn Slough Ecology, Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 pm at Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, 500 Harkins Slough Rd, in Watsonville. This presentation provides an introduction to estuaries in general and Elkhorn Slough in particular, highlighting the habitats and biodiversity of this Central Coast gem. Click HERE for information.

The San Lorenzo River Estuary Project meets Saturday, March 16, from 9 am to 11 am at the East levee by the Riverside Avenue Bridge (across from Canfield Ave.) Help to increase growth margins around established native plants, prune back bushes, liberate overgrown natives & mingle with other wonderful volunteers. Bring your gloves, sturdy shoes, hat & water.

 

Weekly Review March 3 – 9

The SC City Parks & Recreation Commission meets Monday March 4, at 4 pm at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Watsonville Parks and Recreation Commission meets Monday March 4, at 6:30 pm at Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main St #400, in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Urban Greening Report by Assistant Parks & Community Services Director Benkamin Heistein

 

The Santa Cruz City Water Commission meets Monday, March 4 at 7 pm at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

 

The Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors meets Tuesday, March 5 at 7 pm at Capitola City Hall, 420 Capitola Ave, Capitola. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Final Adoption of Ordinance 19-01 Fixing Rates, Charges and Fees
  • Receive Update on Coordination with City of Santa Cruz on the Pure Water Soquel Project

 

The Live Oak Grange Permaculture Guild Committee meets Wednesday, March 6 at 6 pm at Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.

 

The California Coastal Commission meets March 6 – 9 at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, in Los Angeles. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Santa Cruz County LCP Amendment No. LCP-3-SCO-18-0095-3 (Affordable Housing) Public hearing and action on request by Santa Cruz County to amend LCP Sections 13.01 and 13.10 regarding residential density bonuses and the Regional Housing Need “R” Combining District. (RG-SC)

 

The Regional Transportation Commission meets Thursday, March 7 at 9 am at County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St, 5th Floor, in Santa Cruz,. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda Items include:

  • 9:30 a.m. PUBLIC HEARING – Consideration of certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Proposed North Coast Rail Trail Project and Selection of the “Proposed Project” (Coastal Side) as the Preferred Alternative.

 

Citizen Science – Sea Level Rise; Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm at the Santa Cruz Downtown Library, 224 Church St., in Santa Cruz. Tiffany Wise-West, the sustainability and climate action manager for the City of Santa Cruz, will discuss options for dealing with rising sea levels at a Citizen Science presentation. Click HERE for information.

 

The County Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Thursday, March 7 at 7 pm at Governmental Center at 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, fourth floor Planning Department Ocean View Conference room. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • Presentation and discussion of the County Strategic Plan
  • Update and discussion of PG & E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program

 

Teachers on the Reserve Workshop, Saturday, March 9, from 9 am to 5 pm, at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville. Click HERE for details.

 

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency presents Water Education Series – Workshop 3: Managing Groundwater; How Can We Prepare for an Uncertain Future?, March 9 from 9 am to 1 pm at Felton Community Hall – 6191 Highway 9, in Felton. Click HERE for details.

 

 

Weekly Review February 24 – March 2

The Grange Garden Committee Meets Sunday, February 24 at Noon under the Council Oak Tree in the Live Oak Grange Garden.

The Groundwater Sustainability Plan Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, February 27 at Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda and support materials.

The UCSC Arboretum Board meets Wednesday, February 27 at 5 pm at UCSC Arboretum, Hort II 1156 High Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for information.

The Sierra Club Santa Cruz Group Conservation Committee meets Wednesday, February 27 at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

UCSC Women in Science & Engineering present Anthropogenic Landscapes of Fear: How human activity affects interactions between predator and prey, Wednesday, February 27 at The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Avene, Santa Cruz. Call 429-6994 to reserve a table.