There are many amazing people in San Diego County who are making a positive difference in their communities and working hard to help reduce stormwater pollution. In recognition of their incredible work, Project Clean Water is celebrating and highlighting these special individuals. Meet this week’s Everyday Stormwater Superhero!
Jake is the deputy director of public works for the City of Escondido. He oversees the city’s streets maintenance department, which consists of a street sweeping program and an MS 4 program that conducts stormwater inspection, repair, and cleaning.
In a valley that funnels a lot of the runoff to beaches—the City of Escondido gets 85% of its rainfall between January and March —Jake understands the importance of controlling stormwater runoff and makes sure that his team can get as many pollutants off the streets. That is why his team routinely inspects and evaluates the city’s 130-year-old infrastructure and makes sure the city streets are clear of debris before it has the chance to wash away into the ocean after heavy rain.
Jake has a BS in science from San Diego State University and is passionate about stormwater management. He finds that the growth of impervious surfaces throughout the city creates a unique challenge, allowing Jake and his team to improve the quality of life for the city’s residents.
Project Clean Water proudly celebrates the special individuals like Jake, whose positive practices make our world a better place. By incorporating personal responsibility in their communities, these Everyday Stormwater Superheroes help to ensure cleaner water and healthier communities.
Do you know someone who would make a great Everyday Stormwater Superhero?