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Coastal Watershed Council

Organization Mission

The mission of the Coastal Watershed Council is to preserve and protect coastal watersheds through community stewardship, education and monitoring.

The Big Idea 2023:
A Thriving Urban Riverwalk In Your Community

People and rivers are inextricably linked. The San Lorenzo River is the primary source of drinking water for 100,000 residents, is critical habitat for endangered species, and its adjacent Santa Cruz Riverwalk park provides opportunities to connect with nature in the heart of Santa Cruz’s downtown business district and diverse riverside neighborhoods.

That’s why a community-driven and nature-based approach is fundamental to achieving our vision of a thriving urban riverfront where all Santa Cruzans can connect to nature in their daily lives.

CWC supports residents who live along the river to regularly visit it, care for it, and advocate for its protection, balancing ecology with a growing downtown. CWC engages and empowers youth to learn about the river and to share their new knowledge with others — during in- and out-of-school programming.

Thanks to Emily Rose Photography for our photo.

Can’t say it enough but thank you for making this field trip happen for us! For parents who struggle financially, this is a chance to do activities they wouldn’t normally do with their children. We’re truly grateful to collaborate with you all! Exploring the San Lorenzo River was a phenomenal journey!


Ivonne Silva, Nueva Vista Community Resources