San Lorenzo Urban River Project

San Lorenzo Urban River Project

The San Lorenzo Urban River Project is a planning process initiated by the City Council in 1999 to develop a long-range plan for restoring the San Lorenzo River and developing a river parkway for residents of Santa Cruz.

This new Management Plan was developed by Swanson Hydrology & Geomorphology and City staff, with funding provided by the State Coastal Conservancy and the City. The project area covers the lower 2.2 miles of the river, from Highway 1 to the mouth of the river at Monterey Bay. The Lower San Lorenzo River and Lagoon Management Plan provides management and restoration recommendations for improving fish and wildlife habitat along the lower 3 miles of the River.

To view the plan go to Lower San Lorenzo River and Lagoon Management Plan (PDF).

The Urban River Plan provides a vision for the San Lorenzo River, Branciforte Creek and Jessie Street Marsh that promotes conservation and enhancement of the river as a wildlife area with complimentary recreation and community uses. Recommendations and guidelines for habitat enhancement, public access, river trail amenities, recreational use, public art, and community programs are addressed in the Urban River Plan. The Urban River Plan includes conceptual plans for areas adjacent to the River.

To view the plan go to San Lorenzo Urban River Plan (PDF).

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