CASQA recognizes the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division for its Upper Las Positas Creek Restoration and Stormwater Management Project
Awards ceremony acknowledges excellence in Stormwater Quality Management
Oct. 21, 2015 — The California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) presented an award to the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division for its restoration project at the 12th annual CASQA Stormwater Conference awards luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015.
The City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division received the Outstanding Sustainable Stormwater Project Award for its Upper Las Positas Creek Restoration and Stormwater Management Project. The project converted five acres of asphalt, manicured turf, and degraded creek habitat into diverse wetlands, bioswales, and stormwater ponds that improve water quality and environmental stewardship, reduce pesticide and irrigation use, and recharge groundwater. This sustainable stormwater project retains and treats four million gallons of urban runoff, features over 12,000 native plants, and included over 1,500 students in planting and educational activities.
Five other CASQA stormwater management awards will be given this year:
Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Award, presented to the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division for its Oak Park, Stevens Park, and Westside Neighborhood Center Stormwater Infiltration Project
Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Award, presented to the City of Torrance for its Stormwater Basin Enhancement Project
Outstanding Sustainable Stormwater Project award, presented to the City of Cupertino for its Stevens Creek Corridor Park & Restoration Phase 2 Project
Outstanding Stormwater BMP Implementation Award, presented to Ventura County Watershed Protection District for its County Government Center Parking Lot Green Street Urban Retrofit Project
Outstanding Stormwater News, Information, Outreach and Media Award, presented to Orange County Stormwater Program for its “Overwatering Is Out” Public Education Campaign
The California Stormwater Quality Association, founded in 1989, helps develop stormwater management programs and regulations that are technically and economically feasible, provide significant environmental benefits and effect compliance with State and Federal laws. Through its efforts to improve stormwater management practices, CASQA is on its way to creating cleaner waterways and beaches throughout California.
The association collaborates with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the California State Water Resources Control Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, municipalities, special districts and businesses to achieve effective stormwater quality management programs in California. Membership consists of individuals and groups from government agencies, businesses, science organizations, development groups and construction groups. For more information about CASQA or to become a member, please visit www.casqa.org.