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About Project Clean Water

Project Clean Water was initiated in July 2000 to provide a broad and inclusive forum for exploring water quality issues of regional significance. Much of the focus during our first two years was on establishing a visible forum to discuss issues of shared concern, to find consensus solutions to priority problems, and to characterize baseline conditions in the region’s watersheds. This work was primarily carried out by Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) and numerous, ad hoc technical workgroups. Annual Clean Water Summits, a focal point of stakeholder participation, have provided an important opportunity to explore the issue of the day and validate and fine-tune the priorities and directions of Project Clean Water working bodies.

In response to input provided by participants, organizational changes were put into place in 2004 to streamline the overall Project Clean Water process and to focus more closely on the issues of greatest interest to stakeholders. Through discussion that occurred at the Watershed Protection TAC, the County of San Diego, the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego Water Department agreed to form a Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) which was needed to fund and develop an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan for the San Diego Region. The Watershed Protection TAC became the first stakeholder group supporting the development of this Plan.

Today, Project Clean Water serves as a resource both to government agencies and to the general public. In 2013, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) issued an updated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm and Sewer System (MS4) Permit Order No. R9-2013-0001 (as amended by Order Nos. R9-2015-0001 and R9-2015-0100), which requires those agencies operating under the permit to create and maintain a Regional Clearinghouse that provides the public with information regarding area water quality and efforts to protect it. This information was made accessible via Project Clean Water, which allows for additional cooperation and coordination between Copermittees to supplement and enhance water quality outcomes.


Stormwater-Friendly Holiday Tips

The holidays are almost here! Make sure your celebrations are merry, bright and stormwater-friendly with these tips: Heading out for holiday shopping? Remember your reusable bag! When plastic bags are not disposed of properly, they can clog up our storm drains. We recommend keeping a reusable bag or two in your car so you always …

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The importance of a clean river

Did you know that the United States is home to more than 250,000 rivers? Rivers don’t just carry water from place to place—they play a major role in supporting the overall health and wellbeing of our ecosystem: they drain rainwater, create energy and provide food and habitats for plants and animals. The rivers in San …

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Project Clean Water shares eight common stormwater pollutants with San Diego Union Tribune

This month, Project Clean Water had the opportunity to share eight common stormwater pollutants and what we can do to keep them out of our waterways in the San Diego Union-Tribune: 1. Trash & litter: Make sure anything you throw away is securely disposed of in a lidded trash or recycling bin. 2. Irrigation runoff: …

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San Diego Bay and Tijuana River Watersheds Monthly Meeting 10:00 am
San Diego Bay and Tijuana River Watersheds Monthly Meeting
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meeting is via conference call/screen share only.  An agenda with details will be distributed before the meeting. Meeting Agenda Here: https://projectcleanwater.org/download/san-diego-bay-tijuana-river-wma-wqip-workgroup-11-15-2022-regular-meeting/
Project Clean Water Workgroup Meeting – 11.16.2022 – Regular Meeting 1:00 pm
Project Clean Water Workgroup Meeting – 11.16.2022 – Regular Meeting @ Virtual Event
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join on computer: Click here to join Meeting ID: 265 950 452 608 Passcode: mWXwe2 Or call in (audio only) +1 213-336-0348,,237307506# United States, Los Angeles Phone Conference ID: 237 307 506# Meeting Agenda: https://projectcleanwater.org/download/project-clean-water-workgroup-meeting-11-16-2022-regular-meeting/
San Dieguito and Los Peñasquitos WMA WQIP Workgroup – 11.17.2022 – Regular Meeting 10:00 am
San Dieguito and Los Peñasquitos WMA WQIP Workgroup – 11.17.2022 – Regular Meeting
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meeting Agenda Here: https://projectcleanwater.org/download/san-dieguito-and-los-penasquitos-wma-wqip-workgroup-11-27-2022-regular-meeting/
Program Planning Subcommittee Meeting – 11.17.2022 – Regular Meeting 1:30 pm
Program Planning Subcommittee Meeting – 11.17.2022 – Regular Meeting @ County Operations Center, Virtual MS Teams
Nov 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Join Online: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_YTM3MGVmMGUtNjViNS00MDg2LWIzZWItNWQ5ZDMxNjRjMWQ4%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%224563af13-c029-41b3-b74c-965e8eec8f96%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22e7ca519c-84b0-4d3c-920c-82701b7c4f06%22%7d Or call in (audio only) +1 619-343-2539,,790558746# Phone Conference ID: 790 558 746# Meeting Agenda: https://projectcleanwater.org/download/program-planning-subcommittee-meeting-11-17-2022-regular-meeting/