Come to the Santa Maria River watershed talk Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 in Santa Maria!

natural-history-museum-santa-maria-nature-talk-sept-2023.jpgWe hope to see you Saturday, September 30 at 1 p.m. for a talk about the Santa Maria River watershed, cosponsored by Santa Barbara County Action Network.
The Santa Maria River Healthy Watershed Initiative, which SBCAN is involved in, will be one of the topics discussed.
The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria is presenting: "The Cuyama, Sisquoc & Santa Maria River Watershed, Then & Now, History & Folklore." It will be in Shepard Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S McClelland, Santa Maria. 

SBCAN and Creek Lands Conservation will be conducting more water quality training in October. Please join us.


The Santa Barbara County Action Network-Creek Lands Conservation Water Team conducted our first Water Quality Testing Training on Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Santa Maria River. We learned how to test the oxygen level, temperature and salinity of the water, important factors to know whether fish can survive in the water.
We are looking for more community members to join our team.
  • We have an online video you can watch to learn more about how to test the water and why.
  • We'll have a Drop In Zoom to answer any questions you have about the project. It's on Monday Oct. 16 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • And we'll have another In-Field Training on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Click here for further information and to sign up

Here's how the river looks just upstream of Highway 101. It's flowing nicely with water being released from Twitchell Dam. We'll go to a spot near here, which is on public property owned by the City of Santa Maria.
The City invites residents to explore this area with signage on the path:
It's an easy hike on the Santa Maria River levee path to a dirt path ...
followed by walking on a dry, sandy part of the riverbed until we reach the water. 

It's about one mile each way. We hope you'll join us!

This is part of the Santa Maria River Healthy Watershed Initiative, a partnership among Santa Barbara County Action Network, Creek Lands Conservation and CAUSE, as well as other organizations. Our goal is to develop a community-based group that will address challenges to water issues throughout the water system that flows into the Santa Maria River. Click here for more information.

For more information, contact:
Jeanne Sparks
SBCAN Associate Director
[email protected]