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Coastal Watershed Council

Organization Mission

CWC helps Santa Cruz realize its vision of a healthy, welcoming and fun San Lorenzo River that connects our diverse community to nature — a river that’s an attractive and desirable location for outdoor recreation and reflection. Our small but mighty team preserves this watershed through engaging the community in stewardship, monitoring, and education.

The Big Idea 2022:
Healthy River, Healthy Santa Cruz!

We envision the Santa Cruz Riverwalk becoming Santa Cruz’s Central Park. It’s the only large open space in downtown, it’s a thoroughfare from the boardwalk to downtown for visitors and residents alike, and it’s within walking distance from the homes of our community’s poorest residents, who will greatly benefit from a safe, healthy recreation area.

CWC organizes volunteers to pick up trash, pull invasive weeds, and plant native plants to improve the beauty of the Riverwalk and invest in a healthier river ecosystem.

Over the past few years, the San Lorenzo River has taken a turn for the worse due to drought, misuse and neglect. This river is our city’s main source of drinking water, it is home to threatened and endangered species, and was the cornerstone to our city’s founding.

This river needs us and we need it. Every donation is a gift to protect the river that we rely on and impact every day.

You really made an impact. You have a talent for teaching and your voice and energy are always a great motivator to keep my girls interested in the nature nearby us! I think the best part was it brought back memories of nature days in Margo’s class to the farmhouse and the river.


Anonymous parent of an elementary school student-volunteer


We Did It!

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And please come back in November, 2022!