The Santa Clara River is one of the last free flowing rivers in southern California.
The staggering pace of development in this watershed threatens the river's survival.
These massive developments put endangered species at risk of extinction.
Natural habitat remains along the river but draw down of water from industry, agriculture, and housing within the rivers watershed has left important stretches of this river dry.
This river is in desperate need of protection.
The River Park Development project threatens this important habitat which currently supports the Western Spadefoot toad a species of concern.
The River Park Development also threatens important Cultural Resources. This Blue Oak-The only one of its kind in the region, is believed to have been planted by indigenous peoples 100's of years ago.
Developers often grade land eliminating many native species and making it easier to get building permits.
River Park is still a pristine lan
Preservation of this area will benefit the community, protect cultural resources and enable the survival of the many species that call this land home.
Beautiful Vasquez Canyon another potential development site in the Santa Clara Watershed.
Vasquez Rocks are one of the few protected parts of the Santa Clara Watershed.
New homes have replaced habitat at such a rate that there are now over 100 listed species in the Santa Clara River's watershed.
With your help it is possible to prevent further damage and restore this important part of our national heritage.
The Santa Clara River
Photographs by: Andrew M. Harvey
The Santa Clara river watershed is threatened by devastating increases in multiple environmental impacts caused by agricultural, industrial and development activities. Draw down of water in the river and the destruction of open space threatens over one hundred species considered to be threatened, endangered or sensitive by government agencies. The destruction of this watershed would also have bearing on the overall quality of life in Southern California as wild spaces are made more scarce every year.
Visual Journeys is currently seeking funds to create compelling imagery of the Santa Clara river watershed. These photographs will be put to use in a variety of public relations, lobbying and educational efforts. Visual Journeys will do this through multiple efforts with other organizations working to protect these areas. These organizations include California Wild Heritage Campaign, California Wilderness Coalition, The Sierra Club, Friends of the Santa Clara River and the newly formed Coalition to Protect the Santa Clara River.
Visual Journeys is seeking donations of Film and Processing as well as Financial backing for this project.