Creek restoration is an important component of the Creeks Division's programs, which helps to improve creek health and water quality. Goals for restoration projects include removal of invasive plants, restoring riparian vegetation and habitat, and improving water quality through natural filtration.
When possible, the community is invited to participate in restoration efforts at both large and small scale restoration projects. Volunteers have participated in native planting days, invasive plant removal, and clean-ups at various sites throughout the City over the last several years.
In addition to large scale restoration projects, the Creeks Division has also established several small creek stewardship sites with the ongoing help of community volunteers and organizations. On Sycamore Creek, restoration sites at Punta Gorda Street, Liberty Street, and Cacique Street provide opportunities for local school chidlren and community members to partiicpate in planting efforts, and to learn more about how restoration can help improve water quality and habitat.
At Stevens Park on San Roque Creek, staff teamed up with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and Santa Barbara Beautiful to develop a native plant demonstration garden. On Vernon Road along Mission Creek, staff worked with neighbors to remove invasive plants and restore a City owned creek side property.
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2013