June 2022 - Stormwater Pollution Prevention Events

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention Events

June 2022

We all play a part in preventing stormwater pollution. Here are some ways to get involved in June 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 Community Cleanups Several in-person cleanup events are being offered in June to divert litter from their respective watersheds and local communities.

  • June 4, 9am to 11am – Watershed Warriors Escondido Community Cleanup – Attend the kick-off at the cleanup site at 9 am and then collect trash from around the Escondido community to divert litter from the Carlsbad Offered in partnership with the Escondido Creek Conservancy and the County of San Diego. Learn more or register.
  • June 9, 4pm to 6pm – Sunset Sweep: Zena Canyon Community Cleanup Attend the kick-off at the cleanup site at 4 pm and then get out there to beautify the Zena Canyon neighborhood and divert trash from the San Diego Bay Offered in partnership with Rolando Park Community Council and Think Blue. Learn more or register.
  • June 11, 9am to 11am – Watershed Warriors Fallbrook Community Cleanup – Attend the kick-off at the cleanup site at 9 am and then collect trash from around the Fallbrook community to divert litter from the Santa Margarita watershed and keep it from traveling to the Pacific Ocean. Offered in partnership with Keeping Fallbrook Litter Free and the County of San Diego. Learn more or register.


National Trails Day Cleanup – City of Carlsbad – June 4, 8:30am to 11:30am Join the City of Carlsbad for their June 4th trail cleanup at Hosp Grove. Volunteering for trail cleanups is a great way to have fun, keep fit and learn about our natural environment. You can make a lasting contribution that benefits, protects, and preserves the community for generations. Meet in the parking lot at Hosp Grove West. Learn more about this event and other trail cleanups throughout the year.


San Diego Canyonlands Cleanup and Restoration Volunteer Events – Join San Diego Canyonlands and various communities in their June local habitat restoration and cleanup efforts. The work at each event varies but can include planting/caring for native plants, removing invasive plants, and removing trash and debris from restoration areas.


San Diego River Park Foundation – The following river cleanup and preservation, field assessment, and water quality monitoring events, are being offered throughout the month of June. Sign up for events as individuals or as a group.

  • Clean & Green River CleanupJune 11, 9am to 12pm – Support a healthy river while interacting with a group of like-minded people by helping the core volunteer team with River Cleanups! Learn more or sign up.
  • Point Loma Native Plant Garden Cleanup – June 12 and 26, 9am to 11am – Get to know your neighborhood native plant garden and join San Diego River Park Foundation Staff or Volunteers every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month with watering, planting, pruning, weeding, path maintenance, and more! Learn more and sign up.
  • River Rescue Cleanups – Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am to 12pm – On Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the month, come out and assist the core volunteer group with river cleanups. Locations change weekly and will be emailed to you the Wednesday prior to the Saturday cleanup events, and on Friday prior to the Wednesday cleanup events. Learn more and sign up.
  • River Assessment Field Teams (RAFT) – Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am to 12pm – On Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the month, the RAFT will walk different segments of the San Diego River to identify issues affecting the River, such as trash, debris, and illegal dumping. Learn more and sign up.
  • Team E.C.O. (Education Center Operations) CleanupsThursdays, 8:30am to 10:30am – On Thursdays throughout the month, help the E.C.O care for the site of the future River Center at Grant Park by trimming vegetation, removing graffiti, and picking up trash. Learn more and sign up.
  • RiverWatch Team Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Every 3rd Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm, and 3rd Sunday 8am to 11:30am. Come join the RiverWatch team to learn how to monitor the water quality of the San Diego River at various locations. Learn more and sign up.


Surfrider/Coastkeeper San Diego Beach and Neighborhood Cleanups – Join the San Diego chapters of the Surfrider Foundation and Coastkeeper in their ongoing beach and neighborhood cleanups. Meet at the designated locations below and look for the blue Surfrider or Coastkeeper tent.

  • June 4, 9am to 11am – Ocean Beach Pier Cleanup (Surfrider) – Help with a beach and street cleanup at Ocean Beach Pier. Meet at Ocean Beach Veterans’ Plaza. Learn more.
  • June 11, 9am to 11am World Ocean’s Day – South Mission Beach (Surfrider) – Help with a beach cleanup at South Mission Bay. Meet at the south jetty. Learn more.
  • June 11, 9am to 11am World Ocean’s Day – La Jolla Shores (Coastkeeper) – Help with a beach cleanup at Jolla Shores. Meet on the grass at the north edge of Kellogg Park. Learn more.
  • June 18, 9am to 11am Imperial Beach Cleanup (Surfrider) – Help with a beach and street cleanup in Imperial Beach. Meet at The Spirit of Imperial Beach Statue and look for the blue Surfrider tent! Learn more.
  • June 18, 9am to 11amMoonlight Beach Cleanup (Surfrider) – Help with a beach and street cleanup at Moonlight Beach. Meet near the restrooms. Learn more.
  • June 18, 9am to 11am International Surfing Day Beach Cleanup – La Jolla Shores (Surfrider) – Help with a beach cleanup in La Jolla Shores. Meet on the grass at the north edge of Kellogg Park. Learn more.
  • June 25, 9am to 11am – Riverbed Cleanup and Restoration Event – Otay Valley Regional Park (Coastkeeper) – Help rid the Otay Riverbed and surrounding recreation areas of debris before it makes its way to the ocean, as well as assist with habitat restoration and removal of invasive species. Meet at the 231 Beyer Way river crossing. Learn more.
  • Ongoing – Solo Cleanups (Surfrider) – 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.
  • Six Cleanup Challenge, Flexible Dates/Times (Coastkeeper) – Form a group and participate in the Six Cleanup Challenge to positively impact communities and outdoor spaces up and down the watershed. Pick up trash from two challenge sites in three categories – coastal, inland, and urban – and receive a certificate of completion and appreciation packet as a prize. Learn more and see list of challenge sites.


Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve – Friday Stewardship Sessions – June 3, 10, 17, and 24, 9am to 12pm Join stewardship volunteers on Fridays in June in caring for the resources of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve by establishing, restoring, and maintaining the native plant gardens and habitat, removing graffiti and litter, and helping to clean up the beaches. Learn more or register for the June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th events.


Preserve Calavera Restoration Events – Join Preserve Calavera to help with their June restoration events to improve the conditions of local watersheds. Help remove invasive species and/or plant native plants and seeds.

  • June 11, 9am to 10:30am – Rancho La Costa Preserve, Carlsbad. Learn more.
  • June 18, 9am to 10:30am – El Corazon, Oceanside. Learn more.


Landscape & Gardening Events

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WaterSmart Residential Landscape and Irrigation Webinars and Workshops – The San Diego County Water Authority’s WaterSmart Program is providing the following free events during the month of June. These classes are sponsored in part by Member Agencies and the County of San Diego.  

  • WaterSmart 3-Hour Landscape Online Workshops – Participate in free online workshops taught by a local landscape design professional with a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach.
    • June 1, 5:30pm to 8:30pm Plants: Inspiring Choices for Our Region – Learn about which plants to use in designing a low-water-use landscape and why some are more water-efficient than others. Learn more or register.
    • June 15, 5:30pm to 8:30pm – 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.
    • June 29, 5:30pm to 8:30pm – Installation & Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment – Learn strategies for success in removing your turf and installing and maintaining your landscaping. Learn more or register.


University of California Cooperative Extension’s (UCCE) Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – The UCCE IPM Program is offering the following webinars on pest management and pesticide safety during the month of June.

  • Urban and Community Webinar Series – Invasive Species in California – June 16, 12pm to 1pm – Join the UCCE IPM Program in their monthly Thursday webinars to learn more about pest identification, management, and using pesticides around the home and garden. This month’s webinar will focus on invasive species. Learn more or register.
  • Pesticide Safety: Train the Trainers Refresher Workshops via Zoom – June 22, 9am to 12pm (English); June 29, 9am to 12pm (Spanish) – Learn about the required annual training topics for fieldworkers and handlers. Learn more or register for either the English or Spanish workshop.


Rose Creek Native Plant Garden Work Party – June 11, 9am to 11am – Join the Friends of Rose Creek to work on The Nature School’s native plant interpretive garden behind Rose Creek Cottage in Pacific Beach. Help weed, water, remove invasive non-native plants and trash, and plant native species. This is an easy one-to-two-hour project and great for children of all ages. Learn more.


Mission Bay Marshes: Work Party at Kendall-Frost – June 18, 9am to 11am – Join the Friends of Mission Bay Marshes to help remove non-native plants, plant and maintain native plants, and more. Learn more.


The Water Conservation Garden – The following garden events will be offered in June.

  • June 9, 5pm to 6pm – Sustainable Landscapes Tour 2022 – Tour the Garden and learn about well-designed garden areas that conserve water, reduce waste, and decrease soil and water runoff. Learn more or register.
  • June 15, 9:30am – Storytime with Ms. Smarty-Plants – Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ on the 3rd Wednesday of every month for a featured story followed by a craft. Storytime is free with Garden Admission. Learn more or register.
  • Saturdays in June, 9:30am to 11:30am – Butterfly Releases 2022 ($$ fees vary) – Join the Garden in their beautiful outdoor Butterfly Pavilion and native Habitat Garden to release your very own butterfly to nectar on nearby flowers. Learn more or register.


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

  • California-Friendly Native Plant Webinar Learn how to design a yard using the four principles of gorgeous and watershed-wise landscaping including building healthy soil, capturing rainfall, selecting native plants that minimize water use, and controlling irrigation.
  • Garden Design WorkshopLearn how to identify critical steps for successfully designing a watershed-wise landscape including developing a successful planting plan, developing a palette of climate-appropriate plants, and sizing/siting rainwater capture area.
  • Deciphering Your Irrigation Controller – Learn about your irrigation controller including understanding irrigation’s role in maintaining a soil moisture balance, outlining the purpose of a weather-based controller, reviewing basic terminology and programming principles, identifying special functions like cycle & soak, and troubleshooting typical problems.
  • Irrigation & Water Use Efficiency – Learn how to design a yard using the principles of watershed wise landscaping. Topics include overview of an irrigation system, programming a controller, why to install drip over spray, and easy ways to conserve water.
  • Rainwater Harvesting – 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.
  • 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.
  • Drip Irrigation Fundamentals – Learn how to save your landscape by understanding soil moisture balance, key components of a properly installed drip system, typical problems with drip and how to avoid them, and developing a successful maintenance practice.


Waste Reduction Events

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Green waste in a compost bin.


I Love A Clean San Diego Waste Reduction Events – Join I Love A Clean San Diego and its partners in the following waste reduction events during the month of June.

  • June 4, 10am to 2pmFallbrook SWAP Party – Attend this SWAP party at Vince Ross Village Square in Fallbrook to help conserve natural resources, reduce the environmental footprint of producing new goods, and build community. Bring in any gently used clothing items, like t-shirts, jeans, jackets, and trade them for other goods at no cost. Learn more or register.
  • June 25, 10am to 1pm – 7th Annual Zero Waste Fair – City of Encinitas – Learn about a variety of topics related to zero waste including low-waste living, composting, recycling, sustainable swaps for everyday products, and more. Site provider EUSD Farm Lab. Learn more or register.


Solana Center for Environmental Innovation Waste Reduction Events – The following residential and business in-person and online events are being offered in June.

  • SB 1383 Compliance – Commercial Food Waste Prevention Virtual Workshop – June 3, 2pm to 3pm – Learn practical strategies and educational resources to understand and comply with SB 1383, California’s new organics recycling legislation, and ways reducing food waste can help your unincorporated San Diego County business save money and contribute to a healthier planet. Funded by the County of San Diego Recycling. Learn more or register.
  • Backyard Composting Basics In-Person Workshops – Learn how to improve the quality of your soil, and reduce waste and air pollution, while saving energy, money, and water. Topics include the importance of composting, building and maintaining a compost pile, and necessary tools and materials.
  • June 7, 1pm to 2:30pm – Raising Backyard Chickens In-Person Workshop – Julian Learn about raising backyard chickens and how they can improve the quality of your soil, reduce waste, and help save you money. Topics include local regulations for keeping backyard chickens, basic requirements for making a home sweet chicken home, feeding and keeping hens healthy and happy, and local and online resources. Funded by the County of San Diego Recycling. Site provider Julian Branch Library. Learn more or register.
  • All About Vermicomposting In-Person Workshop Series – Fallbrook – This 3-part free workshop series will walk you through the many reasons to compost for reducing waste and creating healthy gardens, and how to select or construct your own worm bin. Funded by the County of San Diego Recycling. Site provider Fallbrook Fertilizer, Feed & Farm Supply.
    • June 11, 9am to 10:30am – Vermicomposting & Worm Bin Basics (Part 1) – Learn about the benefits of vermicomposting, basic requirements for a worm bin and where to site your bin, and how to make your own stacking or in-ground bins. Learn more or register.
    • June 18, 9am to 10:30am – Getting Started with Vermicomposting (Part 2) – Learn about the physiology and needs of red wiggler worms and how to prepare them for their new home. Learn more or register.
    • June 25, 9am to 10:30am – From Care to Castings (Part 3) – Learn how to care for your worms through the seasons and enjoy the beautiful, finished castings they create. Learn more or register.
  • June 15, 10am to 2pm – Free E-Business Waste Pickup – Coastal North County Cities – A FREE e-waste pick-up service is being offered to businesses in coastal North County cities. Register by the second Friday of the month. Urban Corps will contact you to confirm pick-up. Offered in partnership with Urban Corps. Learn more or register.
  • June 29, 6pm to 7pm Vermicomposting Basics Webinar City of San Diego – Learn about the benefits of worm composting, how to feed your worms and set up a worm bin, and tools and materials needed. Funded by the Funded by the City of San Diego Environmental Services. Learn more or register.


On-Site and Virtual Compost Workshops – The Living Coastal Discovery Center and City of Chula Vista are offering the following compost workshops in June where participants will learn the basics on how to start their own compost pile and turn food waste into nutrient-rich soil. Learn more or register. Pre-recorded video compost workshops also available.

  • Every Sunday in June, 2pm to 3pm – On-Site Workshop free with admission
  • June 5, 2pm to 3pm – Virtual Workshop. Chula Vista residents can purchase a Soil Saver compost bin for $35 after attending virtual workshop.


Free Shredding and Compost/Mulch Pick-Up Event – June 18, 9am to 12pm – City of Poway (Poway Residents)Join the City of Poway and EDCO for a free shredding and compost/mulch event at Poway's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. Learn more.


Stormwater Pollution Prevention & Education

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Escondido Creek Conservancy Adventure Summer Camp 2022 5-Day Sessions – Various sessions June through August, 8am to 1pm – ($275 per camper) – Youths aged 7 to 10, can explore the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, where they discover the natural world by hiking, playing, and conducting hands-on science! Each of the five days will focus on a different theme including Watershed Wonders, Pollution & the Solution, Exploration and Discovery, Plants and Pollinators, and Amazing Animal Adaptations. Two sessions are being offered in June. Learn more or contact simon@escondidocreek.org for more information.

  • June 20th through 24th, 8am to 1pm
  • June 27th through July 1st, 8am to 1pm


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To learn more about the County of San Diego - Watershed Protection Program, please visit sandiegocounty.gov/stormwater