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Santa Clara River Watershed

Amanda Begley

The Santa Clara River is one of the last remaining natural river systems in Southern California, and is mostly undisturbed by urban development.

This results in a wide variety of geographic ecosystems within the watershed, including creeks, rivers, farmland, mountains, forests, and residential areas primarily near Santa Clarita. This watershed is the ancestral home of the Tataviam people. 

I was raised by parents who were passionate about environmentalism, and going through life I realized that so many people didn’t have the same education. I got my masters degree in sustainability and started educating communities with Tree People. I think it’s vital to ask the people who live in the watershed what are the most important issues that they experience in their daily lives. Then together, we can figure out what Safe, Clean Water projects can help meet those needs.

It’s hard to choose a favorite place, but I think it would have to be the Santa Clara River.

– Your Watershed Coordinator Amanda

Get in touch with Amanda to learn about how we can create exciting water capture projects in your community. 


From the Community

  • Santa Clara River (LADWP)
  • Tiny frog friend at Elsmere Canyon (Alyse and Remi CC BY-NC-ND)
  • Biking on the paths in the shadow of the Santa Clara River (locals call it the Wash) is one of the great under-the-radar activities in LA County.
  • Jake Kuredjian Park (LA County)
  • Acorn Woodpecker at Placerita Canyon (ba.oconnor CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
  • “Even slightly increasing water quality and water capture has a huge impact on our daily lives. It’s amazing to see people realize that.”

    Amanda Begley
  • Castaic Lake (CDWR)
  • Featured Project

    Via Princessa Park, Santa Clarita

    This project will create a park next to affordable housing, increasing open green space for the neighborhood, and capture water during the rainy season.  

    • New walking trails and educational activities
    • Local water capture and flood protection
    • Expanded tree canopy
  • Rendering of residents walking through the upgraded green spaces

Watershed Area Steering Committee Members

Watershed committee members work with the watershed coordinators to develop investment plans for their watershed.

Darin Seegmiller

Santa Clarita


Sandra Cattell

Sierra Club

Vice Chair

Julian Juarez

LA County Flood Control District


Ali Elhassan

Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency


Steve Cole

Santa Clarita Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency


Francisco Guerrero

LA County Sanitation Districts


Jerrid McKenna

City of Santa Clarita Recreation & Community Services


Hunt Braly

Poole & Shaffery


Mary Johnson

Agua Dulce Town Council


Ivan Volschenk

Evolve Business Strategies


Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel

Santa Clarita Valley Community Hiking Club


Bruce Hamamoto

Los Angeles County


Councilmember Laurene Weste

Santa Clarita


Oliver Cramer

Santa Clarita


Damon Letz

Santa Clarita


Amanda Begley


Watershed Coordinator
Non-voting Member

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