CPA & Watershed Alliance Support Funding Goleta’s Creeks & Watersheds

Letter to the City of Goleta

Re: City Budget and Sales Tax Revenue Priorities: Creek and Watershed Protection and Restoration


Dear Mayor Perotte and Councilmembers:

The undersigned members of the Watershed Alliance support prioritization of the City’s watersheds and creeks as critically important community resources. Goleta’s creeks and watersheds recharge our aquifers, filter stormwater, nurture fish and wildlife, offer recreational opportunities including trails, outdoor labs for students, and accessible areas to appreciate nature. Ninety-two percent of residents in the City’s survey prioritize creeks. June 20, 2022 Goleta’s Creeks and Watersheds.

The City made a significant investment by preparing the Creek and Watershed Management Plan (“CWMP”) in 2020. However, the City lacks implementation funding. Goleta’s sales tax measure could implement the CWMP fulfilling the commitment made upon Council adoption.

We recommend twenty percent (two million dollars) of the increased sales tax revenue be allocated to implement the CWMP. For comparison, the City of Santa Barbara’s Creeks Program receives two million dollars per year from the transient occupancy tax to manage three major creeks. Goleta has twelve creeks. The sales tax increase could provide matching funds for grants to protect and restore our treasured creeks and open natural spaces in our watersheds. Local contractors would restore our creeks, increasing fire safety, enhancing ecotourism, and replenishing valuable natural resources.

 Please prioritize our important creeks and watersheds to benefit our community, residents, economy, and quality of life.

 Thank you,

Linda Krop, Chief Counsel Environmental Defense Center

Catherine Mullin, Conservation Chair Sierra Club Santa Barbara-Ventura Chapter

Sigrid Wright, CEO Community Environmental Council

Lindsay Johnson, Executive Director Explore Ecology

Hillary Hauser, Executive Director Heal the Ocean

Ken Owen, Executive Director Channel Islands Restoration

Benjamin Pitterle, Science and Policy Director Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Katherine Emery, Ph.D., Executive Director Santa Barbara Audubon Society

Dan McCarter, President Urban Creeks Council

Conor McMahon, President Goleta Coast Audubon

Doug Kern, Executive Director Gaviota Coast Conservancy

Jeff Kuyper, Executive Director Los Padres ForestWatch

Mark Morey, Chair Surfrider Foundation Santa Barbara Chapter

Luke J. Svetland, President and CEO Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History & Sea Center

Vicki Allen, VP Communications League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara

Ken Hough, Executive Director SBCAN

Russell Marlow, South Coast Region Program Manager California Trout

Nathan Irwin, Executive Director Illuminate Conservation

Marell Brooks, President Citizens Planning Association

Doug Campbell, Executive Director Coastal Ranches Conservancy

Anannya Deshmukh, Chair UCSB Associated Students Coastal Fund