Community members are invited to attend the first workshop of the new year on the Goleta’s Creek and Watershed Management Plan (CWMP), 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave.

Because creeks are such an integral part of the Goleta landscape and provide important habitat and drainage functions, the city is looking for suggestions on how its creeks and watersheds should be cared for into the future.

The workshop will focus on the work city staff and the consultant team have done over the past few months. The public will be able to hear and provide feedback on the results of a survey conducted; technical details of field surveys performed; an outline and baseline information for the CWMP; and the remaining work to be done on the project.

The workshop format will include a presentation and stations where those attending can learn about and discuss city creek issues with subject matter experts from the consultant team. City staff will provide information on existing city policies and programs related to creek management and protection.

There will be opportunities to ask questions as well as share insights and recommendations for the development of the CWMP. Spanish interpretation will be available.
The city of Goleta has a dozen creeks that run through the community and are home to a number of special-status species including frogs and fish. The creeks drain the valley and foothills into the ocean and play a key role in addressing flooding.

For more about the project and to sign up for project updates, visit