About Carpinteria Creek


The Carpinteria Creek Watershed Coalition (CCWC) is a partnership between local landowners, community groups, resource agencies, and individuals working together to restore and protect the resources of Carpinteria Creek. Inspired by a shared sense of responsibility to our community, we are working together to provide conditions that will promote healthy steelhead populations in the watershed. Working at the watershed level means building partnerships and finding common ground among people of diverse interests and perspectives. The Coalition hopes to offer ideas and attract the technical and financial help that will encourage people along the creek to join in caring for the creek.

What’s New 

The Pinkham Project is complete

The Pinkham fish passage restoration project along Carpinteria Creek, was one of the last barriers in the Carpinteria Creek Watershed. The project replaced an undersized rail car bridge with a wider and taller bridge. It will also removed 90 feet of concreted stream channel and banks. The stream channel was regraded and the creek banks were restored with native riparian vegetation. Steelhead trout now have access to high quality upstream habitat. Click here for more information and to follow the project blog

Upcoming Events


CCWC will host three short presentations on local creek issues as part of Creek Week

On Wednesday September 24th, at 7:00pm at Island Brewing, 5049 6th Street in Carpinteria

Mauricio Gomez, director of South Coast Habitat Restoration will present on the status of restoration efforts in the Carpinteria Creek Watershed, Ben Pitterle with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper will present on the results of Water Quality monitoring efforts in the Carpinteria Valley, and Tim Robinson will present on southern steelhead trout and recent population monitoring efforts.

For more info about Creek Week check out sbcreekweek.com


The next evening presentation will be held at Carpinteria's Veteran's Memorial Building, at 941 Walnut Avenue, on Thursday October 16th, from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. We hope that you will join us for this informative event!

The event is free and open to the public, light refreshments will be served.

Check out our events Calendar for information on upcoming meetings, presentations, and volunteer events.  The CCWC meets on a quarterly basis on the third Thursday of that month, from 10am to noon at Carpinteria's City Hall. Additionally the CCWC host quarterly Community Evening Presentations about various topics related to the watershed. Various volunteer events happen throughout the year subscribing to our newsletter will allow you to stay informed about upcoming events, presentations and meetings.   



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Sign up to receive CCWC emails and meeting reminders click here        


The people of Carpinteria Valley share a strong sense of environmental stewardship. We've proven our ability to make things happen by our efforts to restore Carpinteria Salt Marsh and to preserve Carpinteria Bluffs. By working together to achieve local solutions, we can also help bring back the steelhead to Carpinteria Creek. It takes an involved and aware community to create a healthy watershed--and Carpinteria Creek deserves the very best of us all. The Carpinteria Creek Watershed Coalition have restoration projects underway that will improve the overall quality of the watershed for native plants, local people and California's wildlife. We invite you to join us.


Creation of this website was funded in part by a grant from the County of Santa Barbara's Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund (CREF) program.  Continued maintenance of the website as well as support for the CCWC is funded through the Department of Fish and Game's, Fisheries Restoration Grant Program. 


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