River Paddle Day 1

Becca Moeller with her two homemade kayaks, the "Robbie Lynn" and the "Dos Lados." Hilltromper photo.

The morning after Valentine's Day, several dozen people gathered in a parking lot behind the old Royal Taj (now Maharaja) restaurant on Soquel and Riverside and lugged their canoes, kayaks and SUP boards down a grassy embankment to the edge of the San Lorenzo River.

The San Lorenzo River Project

Groovin' on a Saturday afternoon San Lorenzo River Paddle with the Coastal Watershed Council. Photo by Melissa Foley.

People have talked about saving the San Lorenzo River for decades. Now, amid fresh public awareness of public safety and environmental issues, the idea has a new champion in the Coastal Watershed Council.