fulvous whistling duck photo

Bird watching is temporarily closed out of an abundance of caution due to the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID19). Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will update the public as soon as we resume allowing on site bird watching. Thank you for your understanding.


The Goleta Sanitary District attracts many birds throughout the year. Most are attracted by the large lagoons which are part of the treatment process. The public is welcomed to visit but please note - there are a limited number of people that can be in the designated area at any one time. The hours are listed below. Please come to the Administration building to check-in, complete a waiver, and get a pass before going bird watching. A copy of the bird watching policy, map of the restricted viewing area, and a copy of the waiver are linked below.

NOTICE: The Permitting Office and birding hours are M-TH 8-4 and Friday 8-3. The Administrative Office will remain open M-TH 8-5 and Friday 8-4:30 for all other District related business (barring closure for coronavirus).


Geese at Goleta Sanitary District

Mission, Vision, Values

Mission: We protect public health and the environment through cost effective wastewater collection, treatment and resource recovery to meet present and future community needs.
Vision: To be the Region’s Leader in Water Resource Recovery through Excellence and Innovation.
Values: We value our Community, the People we Serve, and the Environment we Protect by: Acting with Integrity, Being Dependable, Being Responsible, Being Safe and, Being Innovative.