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Living in a Watershed


A watershed is an area of land that drains into a particular lake, river, or ocean. Our watershed includes Atascadero Creek, Graves Creek, and numerous other small tributaries of the Salinas River, the source of Atascadero’s water. It begins at the top of Cuesta Ridge south of Pozo and is bounded on the west by the Santa Lucia mountain range and on the east by the La Panza mountain range.

Keeping our watershed healthy protects public health, water supply, water quality, fisheries, wildlife, agriculture, economic development, and recreation activities.

Recognize the importance of the watershed in which you live, and commit to keep learning and identifying how you can make a difference in your own backyard.

Explore your watershed


Atascadero Mutual Water Company (AMWC) and the City of Atascadero allow the public to use their properties that front the Salinas River. Allowable uses include horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling. Motorized vehicles, fires, and firearms (including paintball guns) are prohibited. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail meanders through this wondrous riparian habitat.

Juan Bautista de Anza trail logo


Many enjoy daily walks along the De Anza Trail. It is AMWC’s and the City’s desire to maintain these precious riparian corridors it so we can all enjoy it for many years to come.

Click on the image for more information about the de Anza Trail.

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