July 2022 - Stormwater Pollution Prevention Events

county of san diego watershed protection program

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Events

July 2022

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


Cleanup Events



I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) Community Cleanups Several in-person cleanup events are being offered in July to divert litter from their respective watersheds and local communities.

  • July 2, 9am to 11am – Watershed Warriors: Harbison Canyon Community Cleanup – Attend the kick-off at the cleanup site at 9 am and then collect trash from around the Harbison Canyon community to divert litter from the Sweetwater watershed. Offered in partnership with the County of San Diego. Learn more or register.
  • July 5, 9am to 11am – Morning After Mess Cleanup – Mission Beach Join ILACSD in partnership with Surfrider San Diego to clean up around Mission Beach after the celebratory July 4th weekend. Attend the kickoff at 9 am to grab supplies and help clean up! Learn more or register.
  • July 20, 9:15am to 11:30am – Kids Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup Join ILACSD in helping elementary school students with their summer cleanup program in Ocean Beach. You will help hand out supplies, act as a patrol, and guide students along the beach. Learn more or register.
  • July 21, 3pm to 5pm – Sunset Sweep: Manzanita Canyon Community Cleanup – Attend the kick-off at the cleanup site at 4 pm and then get out there to beautify the Manzanita Canyon neighborhood and divert trash from the San Diego Bay watershed. Offered in partnership with San Diego Canyonlands, Think Blue San Diego, and the County of San Diego. Learn more or register.
  • July 23, 9am to 11am – Watershed Warriors: Flinn Springs Community Cleanup – Attend the kick-off at the cleanup site at 9 am and then collect trash from around the Flinn Springs community to divert litter from the San Diego River watershed and keep it from traveling to the Pacific Ocean. Offered in partnership with Flinn Springs County Park and the County of San Diego. Learn more or register.


San Diego Canyonlands Cleanup and Restoration Volunteer Events Join San Diego Canyonlands and various communities in their July 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, field assessment, and water quality monitoring events are being offered throughout the month of July. Sign up for events as individuals or as a group.

  • July 5, 9am to 12pm – Clean & Green: Morning After Mess CleanupSupport 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.
  • July 10 and 24, 9am to 11am – Point Loma Native Plant Garden Cleanup – Get to know your neighborhood native plant garden by joining San Diego River Park Foundation staff or volunteers every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Activities include watering, planting, pruning, weeding, path maintenance, and more! Learn more or sign up.  
  • July 15, 8:30am to 12:30pm; July 17, 8am to 11:30am RiverWatch Team Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Come join the RiverWatch team to learn how to monitor the water quality of the San Diego River at various locations. Learn more or sign up.
  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am to 12pm – River Rescue Cleanups – 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 or sign up.
  • Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am to 12pmRiver Assessment Field Teams (RAFT) 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 or sign up.
  • Thursdays, 8am to 10amTeam E.C.O. (Education Center Operations) Cleanups 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 for the cleanups on July 7th, July 14th, July 21st, and July 28th.


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.

  • July 2, 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.
  • July 5, 9am to 12pm Morning After Mess Cleanup Series Join Surfrider Foundation for their annual Morning After Mess cleanup at 6 various beaches and parks across San Diego County the morning after the Independence Day holiday. Offered in partnership with I Love A Clean San Diego. Learn more.   
  • July 16, 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.
  • July 16, 9am to 11am Moonlight Beach Cleanup (Surfrider) Help with a beach and street cleanup at Moonlight Beach. Meet near the restrooms. 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. 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 – July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 9am to 12pm – Join stewardship volunteers on Fridays in July 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 July 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd, and 29th events.


Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation – July Restoration Event – July 23, 9am to 12pm Participate in the monthly restoration event at Discovery Center Trail to help restore native habitat and maintain trails with fellow community members. Learn more or sign up.


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

  • July 2, 8:30am to 10:00am Rancho La Costa Preserve, Carlsbad. Learn more.
  • July 9, 8:30am to 10:00am Rancho La Costa Preserve, Carlsbad. Learn more.
  • July 16, 8:30am to 10:00am El Corazon, Oceanside. Learn more.
  • July 23, 8:30am to 10:00am Rancho La Costa Preserve, Carlsbad. Learn more.
  • July 30, 8:30am to 10:00am Rancho La Costa Preserve, Carlsbad. Learn more.


City of Oceanside Quarterly Neighborhood Cleanup – July 30, 9am to 12pm – Join Neighborhood Services, Code Enforcement, and the Green Oceanside Team to clean up City neighborhoods, parks, and beaches to keep Oceanside beautiful. This quarter’s event will be held at two locations: the Crown Heights District and Chavez Community Resource Center. Learn more.


Landscape & Gardening Events



WaterSmart Residential Landscape and Irrigation Webinars and Workshops – The San Diego County Water Authority’s WaterSmart Program is providing past recordings of the 3-hour Landscape Workshops and the option to apply for the waitlist for the 4-hour Landscape Makeover Workshops once they resume.  These workshops are sponsored in part by Member Agencies and the County of San Diego.

  • WaterSmart 3-Hour Landscape Online Workshops Past Recordings Participate in free online workshops taught by a local landscape design professional with a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach. View past workshops.
  • WaterSmart 4-Class Landscape Makeover Series The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series is a free educational program that helps you gather the skills needed to transform your high-water-use lawn into a beautiful, sustainable landscape. Learn more and apply for waitlist.


University of California (UC) Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program – Urban and Community Webinar Series – Controlling Weeds July 21, 12pm to 1pm Join the UC IPM Program in their monthly Thursday webinars to learn more about pest identification, pest management, and pesticide use around the home and garden. This month’s webinar will focus on how to control unwanted weeds in the lawn or landscape using IPM practices. Learn more or register.


Rose Creek Native Plant Garden Work Party – July 9, 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 trash and invasive plants, 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 – July 23, 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.


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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and siting the rainwater capture area.


UCCE Master Gardener Association of San Diego – Ask a Master Gardener July Sessions – Bring all your gardening questions to be answered by a UCCE certified Master Gardener at various sessions throughout July. They will be there to help with planting, watering, pest control, and virtually anything garden-related. See calendar for more info.

  • July 1 through July 4, 11am to 5pm San Diego County Fair, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar.
  • July 16, 2pm to 4pm Succulent Swap Meet, Escondido Public Library, 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido.



Waste Reduction Events


Organic waste recycling


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

  • July 12, 6pm to 7pm Smart Ways to Fight Food Waste Webinar – City of San Diego Learn practical solutions to reducing food waste in your home, and how to incorporate these practices into your daily life. Sponsored by the City of San Diego Environmental Services. Learn more or register.
  • July 13 – Free E-Business Waste Pickup  A free e-waste pick-up service is being offered to businesses in San Diego County. Register by the second Friday of the month for the following Wednesday pickup. Urban Corps will contact you to confirm pick-up. Offered in partnership with Urban Corps. Learn more or register.
  • July 30, 10am to 11am – Green Living Tour: Solana Center for Innovation – Encinitas Learn easy steps to address issues around water, waste, soil health, and more with practical solutions you can incorporate into your life and home. Activities to explore on-site include worm bins, greywater systems, innovative compost projects, tool lending library, water-wise garden, and more. The tour is free with a $10 donation. 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 July 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 July, 2pm to 3pm On-site workshop free with admission.
  • July 3, 2pm to 3pm Virtual workshop. Chula Vista residents can purchase a Soil Saver compost bin for $35 after attending virtual workshop.


Stormwater Pollution Prevention & Education



Escondido Creek Conservancy Adventure Summer Camp 2022 5-Day Sessions – Various sessions July and 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 July. Learn more or contact simon@escondidocreek.org for more information.

  • July 11th through 15th, 8am to 1pm
  • July 25th through July 29th, 8am to 1pm


Center for Watershed Protection 2022 Webcast Series: Webcast 6 – Erosion and Sediment Control ($$ fees vary) – July 20, 10am to 11:30am Pacific Time In this webinar, learn about erosion and sediment control programs associated with active construction sites and their impact on water quality. This webcast will provide an overview of how ESC permit implementation programs are designed to work and will discuss strategies for training, plan review, inspection, and enforcement that have been successful at improving on-site compliance. Note: Time is listed on registration link as Eastern time zone. Learn more or register.


Find My District


Report Stormwater Pollution
Report observed pollution to the correct jurisdiction.

Citizen Access Portal
Research property information and permits. Apply for some permits online.

GIS Maps
Find property information including zoning designation with our web-based mapping tool. 

Watershed Protection Website




Learn more about available water quality rebates that you could apply to your property!

New Project Clean Water

Project Clean Water efforts are focused on providing a centralized point of access to water quality information and resources for San Diego County Watersheds. Click HERE to visit Project Clean Water’s website. 

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