Background

There’s a way to restore the Central Coast’s ecosystems.

The Central Coast is resilient place. But the effects of drought and wildfires are changing our ecosystems: creek beds are eroding, animals are becoming endangered and watersheds are losing their ability to retain water.

Reversing this damage takes a team who knows what goes into sustaining a healthy watershed—and volunteers who recognize our connection to nature is something we cannot afford to lose.

Led by nationally recognized scientists and dedicated volunteers, CreekLands is a nonprofit organization that revives local ecology, combats the detrimental effects of drought and wildfire, and relieves the burden on our oceans and marine resources through practical programs and educational outreach:

We partner with community landowners and local government to establish safe and sustainable watershed management plans.

  • We collaborate with Cal Poly to capture base flow measurements, build erosion-resistant trails, and place sonar instruments in a manner that does not present barriers to fish.
  • We work with community partners to contribute to environmental research, which has the potential to make an impact at the national level.
  • We support the local economy by encouraging ecotourism.
  • We provide local schools with vital science-based community education not currently supported by federal funding.

By rallying around our watersheds, we’re sustaining the Central Coast as a healthy, thriving place to live, visit, and play for our generation and those to come.

Where did the salmon go?

In 1983, a group of fishermen noticed the local salmon population was dwindling. Their quest to determine why this was happening led them to a broader understanding of the damage and erosion taking place in local watersheds—and resulted in the founding the Central Coast Salmon Enhancement, now known as CreekLands.

In 2004, we created the first plans to restorate and manage Central Coast watersheds. As more community supporters recognized the weight of our mission, we added more programs to meet the most pressing needs facing our ecosystems—including classroom education, citizen science, and habitat education.

Today, our volunteers, scientists and researchers are the backbone of a regional conservation effort that’s changing the tide. Local creekbeds are being restored, and ecosystems are getting new life through our hands-on work.

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