About Us

Urban Creeks Council is a non-profit, tax-deductible grassroots organization. We are not a government agency and are not subsidized by any government agency. All of the work that we do is done by volunteers. All of our operating funds come from individual donations. For over 25 years we've been protecting and enhancing the watersheds of Santa Barbara County.

Board of Directors

Dan McCarter:  Vice-President, and interim President
John Nordstrand:  Treasurer
Anne Burdette:  Secretary
Louis Andalaro:  Board Member
Donn Longstreet:  Board Member
Doug Toews:  Board Member
Shirin Tolle:  Board Member
Jason Nelson:  Board Member

Mission Creek News


UCC's long term vision for Mission Creek is to restore a viable, healthy greenbelt throughout the city along this important stream corridor that, though neglected and constricted, still meanders through the city. Widening the creek buffer where possible, upgrading buffer conditions through site restoration to improve habitat, and removal of barriers to steelhead trout are important parts of our vision. Local restoration ecologist David Pritchett also has a vision for the creek that outlines a long-term program that would return biological function and help to restore the system hydrologically. He calls his vision "Mission Possible," and it is included below for your perusal. "Mission Possible" is an ambition long-term program that defines actions and methodologies to bring about the recovery of stream function for Mission Creek. It reflects the community's desire to include important natural resources within the urban setting.

Mission Possible, A Vision for Revitalizing Mission Creek:
Download: Mission Possible.pdf

by David Pritchett, March 22, 2002

The hatchlings are killdeer that were found on Earth Day Morning.  The nest is in the beach wrack adjacent to our cleanup project site, Mission Creek Estuary.