Did you know the Santa Ana River is Southern California’s longest waterway? Flowing for 100 miles through San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties, the upper portions of the River through Riverside and San Bernardino remain uniquely un-channelized. This rare, free-flowing aspect of the River provides critical riparian habitat for wildlife and a natural environment for people to enjoy as well.

Unfortunately, however, many areas of the Santa Ana River need help. As a result, the Santa Ana River Trust (SART) program was created under the fiscal sponsorship of Rivers & Lands Conservancy in 2011 as a voice to help re-establish the Santa Ana River as a vibrant community centerpiece.

The goals of the SART program are to inspire protection of the Santa Ana River by developing projects that increase usage of the Santa Ana River Trail, restore connecting green spaces, and engage citizens in active environmental stewardship. Since 2011, SART has conducted river and trail community surveys, organized regular volunteer cleanups, removed 26 tons of trash from the River and surrounding neighborhoods, installed interpretive signage, planted California natives, and created a free trail map.

Want to help us care for the River so that future generations have the same opportunities to
explore its banks? Visit our events calendar for upcoming SART events and help with trash cleanup, graffiti removal, plantings, and more!