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Coastal Watershed Council

Organization Mission

The Coastal Watershed Council was formed to address the declining health of watersheds connected to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, with a mission to preserve and protect coastal watersheds through community stewardship, education and monitoring.

Since 1995, CWC has educated thousands of volunteers and thousands of students to monitor water quality, enhance habitat and protect the natural resources along our Central Coast.

The Big Idea:
San Lorenzo River Health Days!

Santa Cruz formed because of the San Lorenzo River. The river remains our primary drinking water source and is designated as a critical habitat for threatened and endangered species of fish.

Most locals agree that our community deserves a healthy river ecosystem surrounded by safe and inviting parks. With your help, we can make further progress toward a vibrant riverfront.

CWC is asking for support for River Health Days. We will engage volunteers, including youth groups and corporate teams to remove invasive species and replace them with native plants.

In addition to improving ecosystem health, these community work days reintroduce families and youth to the river through meaningful, positive experiences in nature. Last year, 674 CWC volunteers contributed 1,782 hours of work and planted 2,120 native plants, replacing 6,450 square feet of ice plant.

This year, let’s beat that!

Man, it's not easy to be a steelhead. It's hard!


Isreal G., a Santa Cruz youth, after learning about the San Lorenzo River and how steelhead trout rely on habitat that each of us affect