March 2021 - Virtual Stormwater Pollution Prevention Events

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Virtual Stormwater Pollution Prevention Events

March 2021

We all play a part in preventing stormwater pollution. Here are some ways to get involved in March and help protect our local waterways! All events are free unless otherwise indicated.


Cleanup Events

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I Love A Clean San Diego Virtual Community Cleanups

Several VIRTUAL litter cleanups are being offered during the month of March. Participants will collect trash around their communities to divert litter from their respective watersheds. Participate in these cleanups to protect the environment as well as each other, and “walk-your-block” with your family and neighbors. Join I Love A Clean San Diego on Zoom for the 9am kick-off, and then beautify your neighborhood!

  • March 13, 9am to 11am – Watershed Warriors Spring Valley Community VIRTUAL Litter Cleanup – trash will be collected from around the Spring Valley community to divert litter from the San Diego Bay watershed. Learn more or register.

  • March 20, 9am to 11am – Watershed Warriors Crest Community VIRTUAL Litter Cleanup – trash will be collected from around the Crest community to divert litter from the San Diego Bay watershed. Learn more or register.

  • March 27, 9am to 11am – Watershed Warriors Fallbrook Community VIRTUAL Litter Cleanup – trash will be collected from around the Fallbrook community to divert litter from the San Luis Rey watershed. Learn more or register.

March 11, 3pm to 5pm – Sunset Sweep: Hollywood Canyon Neighborhood VIRTUAL Litter Cleanup

Join I Love A Clean San Diego, San Diego Canyonlands, and Think Blue in a virtual canyon cleanup. Participants will do a ‘sunset sweep’ of their neighborhood and collect trash around the Hollywood Canyon community to keep it from traveling through the canyon into the Pacific Ocean. Watch a video at 3pm and then get out there to beautify your canyon neighborhood! Learn more or register.

Ongoing – Solo Cleanups

Organized by Surfrider San Diego, participate in safe, physically distant ‘solo’ cleanups on your own – at the beach, in your neighborhood, at your local park – or anywhere in your watershed. Learn more about solo cleanup guidelines, how to tally your trash cleanup activity, and how you can make a difference in preventing trash from reaching the beach in the first place.


Landscape & Garden Events



March 3, 3:30pm to 4:30pm – Water Planting Online Event

The Water Conservation Garden is hosting an online event to learn how to regenerate your landscape by ‘planting water’ and growing healthy soil. Including techniques and strategies that can be used to modify land contour, plant sustainably, and harvest water. Learn more or register.

WaterSmart Residential and Professional Landscape and Irrigation Online Programs

The San Diego County Water Authority’s WaterSmart program is providing free residential and professional landscaper educational programs on landscape design and irrigation management during the month of March and throughout 2021. These classes are sponsored in part by the County of San Diego.

  • March 6, 9am to 12pm – Water & Irrigation: Utilizing a Precious Resource – learn strategies to use our limited water sources wisely, including integrating stormwater capture elements into your landscape and conserving water through simple irrigation system retrofits. Learn more or register.
  • March 20, 9am to 12pm – Installation & Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment – learn strategies for success in removing your turf and installing and maintaining your landscaping. Learn more or register.
  • March 3 – April 14 – Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Certification Course (English) – QWEL provides 20 hours of education on principles of proper plant selection for the local climate, irrigation system design and maintenance, and irrigation system programming and operation. This free course is spread out from March 3rd through April 14th in convenient, one-hour live webinars twice weekly. Participants are required to finish the certification with an online exam with exam opportunities being offered April 21st through April 27th. Exam fee of $35. Learn more or register.

March 6, 10am to 11:30 am – Growing Fresh Herbs for Cooking!

The University of California Cooperative Extension - San Diego County - Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is offering a Healthy Garden, Healthy Home Program Online Workshop on growing fresh herbs for cooking. Learn how to grow herbs in containers, recognize common pests and diseases of herbs, and safe ways to prevent and control pests and diseases. Learn more or register.

Landscape and Water-Savings Webinars

A series of landscape and water-savings webinars are being offered throughout the month of March. Dates and times vary. Hosted in part by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. See calendar and learn more or register.

  • Turf: Remove, Replace or Maintain Organically – learn how to design your yard using principles of watershed-wise landscaping including removing your lawn without chemicals, building healthy soil, and selecting climate-appropriate and water-wise plants.
  • Garden Design Webinar learn how to identify critical steps for successfully designing a watershed-wise landscape including developing a successful planting plan and palette of climate-appropriate plants, and sizing/siting rainwater capture area.
  • Watershed Wise Landscaping – learn the basics of watershed landscaping including building a healthy living soil sponge, capturing rainwater, selecting native plants, and controlling your irrigation.
  • Compost Building the Soil Sponge – get an introduction to the Soil Food Web and learn how to make your own compost and other amendments for your garden.
  • Irrigation and Water Use Efficiency – learn how to design a yard using the principles of watershed-wise landscaping including an overview of an irrigation system, programming a controller, why ‘drip’ over ‘spray,’ and easy ways to conserve water.
  • Rainwater Capture – learn how to design your yard using watershed-wise landscaping including criteria and considerations when selecting rain capture methods such as swales, berms, cisterns, and integrating hardscapes.
  • Planters: Raised and In-Ground – learn how to choose planter beds, construct raised planters, create the right soil set-up, and manage irrigation to minimize plant loss.


University of California Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program (fee $40)

The UC IPM is offering a monthly webinar series on pesticide safety. Learn more about the webinar series or register.

  • March 16, 3pm to 4pm – Pesticide Containers learn proper use and disposal of pesticide containers.
  • March 30, 3pm to 4pm – Responding to Pesticide Emergencies (SPANISH) – topics covered include workplace pesticide safety and emergency preparedness & prevention.


Waste Reduction Events



The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation Farm & Ranch Composting Webinars

The County of San Diego in partnership with the San Diego County Farm Bureau is offering a series of farm and ranch composting webinars throughout the month of March.

  • March 10, 3pm to 4pm – Mid Scale Composting with Windrows Learn how to protect your local watershed and produce a fantastic soil amendment using windrow composting. Includes benefits of composting, basics of windrow composing, manure management for large livestock ranches, and permit considerations. Learn more or register.
  • March 17, 3pm to 4pm – “Shoo, Fly, Shoo!” Pest Control for Livestock Owners learn strategies for combating pesky flies around livestock using a variety of techniques, with a focus on effective manure management. Learn more or register.
  • March 24, 3pm to 4pm – Small Scale Composting with Aerated Static Piles Learn how to protect your local watershed and produce a fantastic soil amendment from composting. Includes benefits of manure composting, minimizing labor without costly equipment, and managing concerns with neighbors. Learn more or register
  • March 31, 3pm to 4:30pm Landscaping for Watershed Protection – Learn proper landscaping techniques help keep water and soil where they belong on your farm or ranch. Includes large scale windrow composting; compost, compost socks, and compost blankets; catchment basins and rock interrupters; and native plantings. Learn more or register.

I Love A Clean San Diego Waste Reduction Webinars

I Love A Clean San Diego is offering the following waste reduction webinars for residents.

  • March 6, 10am to 11am – Zero Waste Bathroom Webinar – Learn to how to live more sustainably and reduce what you’re sending to the landfill. Topics include discussion on bulk bathroom products, identifying specific low-waste swaps, reviewing how to recycle right, and sharing DIY recipes. Learn more or sign up.
  • March 16, 8pm to 9pm – A Practical Path to Sustainable Parenting – City of San Diego – learn how to integrate low-waste habits into daily routines in achievable ways, including toys, snacks, birthday parties, and school supplies, and how to effectively teach your children about environmental issues. Learn more or sign up.

March Virtual Compost Workshops

The Living Coastal Discovery Center and City of Chula Vista is offering the following compost workshops where participants will learn the basics on how to start their own compost pile and turn food waste into nutrient-rich soil.

March 17, 10am to 2pm – scheduled pickups between 10am and 2pm – Free E-Business Waste Pickup – Coastal North County Cities – The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation in partnership with Urban Corps, is offering a FREE e-waste pick-up service to businesses in coastal North County cities. Sign up by Friday, March 12th for the Wednesday, March 17th pick up. Learn more or register.

Free Hazardous Waste Training for Businesses

The California Unified Program Annual Training Conference will be offering Free Hazardous Waste Training Sessions for Businesses. Training will cover the basics of identifying what is a hazardous waste, proper labeling and accumulation requirements, record keeping requirements, and generator status. Attend one of the two training sessions being offered in March. Conference attendance is not required. Learn more or register.  

  • March 4, 8am to 11:45am
  • March 16, 8am to 11:45am



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