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Coastal Watershed Council (CWC)

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General Agency Information
Name:Coastal Watershed Council (CWC)
Address:345 Lake Avenue, Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA  95062
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Primary Phone:831-464-9200
Fax Number:831-464-9214
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 9-5
Description:The Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 1995 in response to the declining health of the watersheds of the Monterey Bay region

CWC advocates for the preservation and protection of coastal watersheds through the establishment of community-based watershed stewardship programs. We work in partnerships with schools, community organizations and local government agencies. CWC emphasizes hands-on learning, getting community members out into the watershed to learn about water quality, riparian and wetland ecosystems and the problems, and solutions, affecting our watersheds.

ELIGIBILITY: Children must be accompanied by an adult.

AREAS SERVED: Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Mateo County coastal areas
Mission:To preserve and protect coastal watersheds through community stewardship, education and monitoring.
Programs:CWC programs focus on the following three areas:
Stewardship: These activities aim to communicate what each of us can do to improve the health of local watersheds. We try to focus on the positive, and give concrete examples of what you can do today!
Education: Through a variety of school field trips, classroom presentations, water tours and free environmental films, CWC engages the community to learn more about watersheds, and how each of us impacts them. Also, CWC's Trees To Sea Explorers Camp provides economically and socially disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn hands-on science skills and connect to nature while having fun at summer camp.
Monitoring: CWC is well-recognized for our technical expertise in designing and implementing water quality monitoring programs. We follow SWRCB and EPA protocols and rely on these programs to tell us, local leaders and the public what's in our water.
A signature program of the Coastal Watershed Council, the San Lorenzo River Alliance aims to transform Santa Cruz County’s relationship with its largest watershed from one of apathy and disdain to one of respect, restoration, and recreation. Through the San Lorenzo River Alliance, CWC is mobilizing a wide range of stakeholders and experts – from the City and County of Santa Cruz to advocates and non-profit partners – to bring positive changes to the San Lorenzo River that will result in healthier habitat, increased community access, and a renewed sense of pride.
Volunteer Info:There are multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the year that aim to engage and connect the local community to our local watersheds. The annual Snapshot Day event occurs the first Saturday in May and provides a "snapshot" of the health of streams that flow into the Monterey Bay. Urban Watch is a citizen based volunteer program that monitors storm drain outfalls during the dry season for common urban pollutants. The program culminates with the first significant rain of the wet season with an event called "First Flush", an annual volunteer monitoring event that samples storm drain run-off during the first significant rainfall of the wet season. Additional opportunities include bird counts along the San Lorenzo Riverwalk and tabling events throughout the year.

Internships available: CWC provides internships in Stewardship, Education, and Monitoring. All internships are non-paid, but can provide school credit to college students or experience to those who want to gain real world experience with an environmental non-profit organization.
Languages other than English:None
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Call for information
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Areas Served:See Description Notes
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:Donations
State Government

Greg  Pepping
Executive Director

Contact Persons

Debie  Chirco-Macdonald

Subject Headings
 Private Nonprofits
Volunteer Opportunities
Watershed Conservation
This record last modified April 1, 2015

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