San Lorenzo River Estuary Restoration Project

The San Lorenzo River Estuary Restoration Project meets Saturday, June 15 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the East levee by Riverside Avenue Bridge (across from Canfield Avenue).

The Project was started by the Valley Women’s Club, is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and supported by the City of Santa Cruz Park & Recreation Department. We are volunteers, who enjoy coming together to work on this ongoing restoration project, to increase growth margins around native plants, mark them with new soil, and expand new bush growth by cutting back dead wood. Bring your gloves, sturdy shoes, hat & water, and bring your family, friends, neighbors and stay as long as you like.

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.

Mark Stone: Coastal Protection in the Age of Climate Change

Assemblyman Mark Stone will speak on coastal protection in the age of climate change at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 23, at the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center St.

The event is sponsored by the Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for socializing and light refreshments. The talk will include an opportunity for questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

Watershed Council to hire river scientist

Santa Cruz Sentinel | Coastlines

February 21, 2019

The Coastal Watershed Council is hiring a river scientist to lead community-based programs to improve water quality and enhance habitat along the lower San Lorenzo River.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and due by March 10.

Information: visit a-river-scientist/, call 831-464-9200 Ext. 102 or email