Weekly Environmental Review – April 21-27

Science Sunday meets Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 pm at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room, 100 McAllister Way, in Santa Cruz. Anthony Pagano will speak about advancements in electronic devices, combined with research on wild and captive polar bears, that are helping scientists to understand how polar bears use sea ice.

The City Parks & Recreation Commission Special Meeting is Monday, April 22 at 4 pm at Santa Cruz City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. This meeting is to review the proposed fiscal year 2020 Parks & Recreation Department budget as submitted.

The County Planning Commission meets Wednesday, April 24 at 9 am at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St # 500A in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Agenda items include:

  • 2606 Paul Minnie Ave., Santa CruzCommercial Development Permit, and acceptance of a Notice of Exemption from further environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • 5050 Wilder Dr. A, SequelTentative Map for a Minor Land Division, an Amendment to Residential Development Permits, determination that the proposal is exempt from the requirements of CEQA.

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Volunteer Land Stewards meets Wednesday, April 24 at 10 am at Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1698 Elkhorn Rd, in Watsonville. New volunteers contact questionsforus@elkhornslough.org in advance to receive updated event information.

The Pajaro Valley Water management Agency Projects & Facility Operations Committee meets Wednesday, April 24 at 3 pm at the Water Resources Center, 500 Clearwater Lane in Watsonville. Click HERE for the agenda.

The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency Sustainability Plan Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, April 24 at 5 pm at Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda.

  • The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency (MGA) will analyze groundwater sustainability questions and make policy recommendations to the MGA Board in our effort to achieve regional groundwater sustainability in the Santa Cruz Mid-County basin. 

The UCSC Arboretum Board of Directors meets Wednesday, April 24 at 5 pm at the UCSC Arboretum, Hort II, 1156 High Street in Santa Cruz. The agenda is not available online.

The Sierra Club Conservation Committee meets Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St, in Santa Cruz. The agenda is not available online.

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 25 is CANCELLED due to lack of agenda items.

The Santa Cruz Metro Board of Directors meets Friday, April 26 at 9 am at Scotts Valley City Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Drive, in Scotts Valley.  The agenda will be available HERE 72 hours before the meeting.

The Grange Garden Exchange takes place Saturday, April 27 at 8 am at Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz.

The Cabrillo College Corcoran Lagoon Cleanup takes place Saturday, April 27 at 9:30 am at Corcoran Lagoon, 2300 Portola Road in Santa Cruz (Park on the street.) Please print and sign a waiver ahead of time at saveourshores.org/waiver and bring it to the cleanup.

The League of Women Voters of Santa Cruz County Community Water Forum is Saturday, April 27 at 10 am at City Council Chambers, 420 Capitola Avenue in Capitola. For information visit lwvscc.org, email league@lwvscc.org or call 831-325-4140.

Watsonville Wetlands Watch: Amphibians in Your Watershed is Saturday, April 27 at 7 pm at Patrick J. Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, 500 Harkins Slough Road in Watsonville. Learn about the amphibians that live in the Watsonville Wetlands Watershed. Dawn Reis will lead a presentation to introduce you to the frogs, toads, newts and salamanders that live in Watsonville and the surrounding Pajaro Valley area. She will also discuss how you can best care for them in the wild.

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.

Santa Cruz Master Recycler Program Welcomes Applicants


We are now accepting applications for our second annual Master Recycler Volunteer Training Program.
Post Date: 01/22/2019 10:00 AM

SANTA CRUZ —The City of Santa Cruz is now accepting applications for its second annual Master Recycler Volunteer Training Program. Over nine sessions from Feb. 5 to March 19 participants will train to become “Master Recyclers” in areas related to waste reduction and recycling. They will graduate as community champions with certification to educate and empower friends, neighbors, schools, businesses and local groups to waste less and “recycle right.”

Throughout seven Tuesday evening sessions, participants will receive hands-on training from City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery staff and other local waste professionals and experts. Class topics include waste prevention, recycling processes and markets, Zero Waste concepts, Extended Producer Responsibility, household hazardous waste, repairing and repurposing items, and green consumer tips. Two Saturday morning field trips will provide a behind-the-scenes look at sorted and baled recyclable material, large and small scale composting systems, and electronic waste management.

Course graduates will emerge with agreement to put their new skills into practice through a minimum of 20 hours of community service. They will be invited to support Earth Day and reuse and repair events, serve as neighborhood resources at block parties and as waste monitors and outreach coordinators at special events. They will join last year’s 28 graduates in helping to mitigate the largest Santa Cruz (and nationwide) recycling problem of contamination.

Advanced program registration is required. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Priority consideration will be given to people who reside or work within the City of Santa City and are at least 18 years of age. Applications can be downloaded at www.cityofsantacruz.com/recycleright.

Any questions or concerns may be addressed to Waste Reduction Assistant Leslie O’Malley at lomalley@cityofsantacruz.com or (831) 420-5593.