Time to Clean on National Clean Up Day

What better way to honor the planet and the environment than taking part in National Clean Up Day on Saturday, Sept. 18! Eliminating litter and trash not only protects our local watersheds and helps neighborhoods and public lands beautiful. Waste not properly disposed of not only creates an eyesore, but also can easily be washed into gutters or into water sources such as lakes, rivers and streams which is harmful to the environment and our watersheds. If you want to…Read more →

Why Our Watersheds are Worth Protecting

What is a watershed? A watershed is a land area that water can flow off of and collect in bodies of water such as a stream, pond, wetland, lake or ocean. These areas not only supply our drinking water and water for agriculture, but they also offer opportunities for activities like fishing, boating and swimming. Watersheds are a crucial habitat for various animals and plants life. In Riverside County there are three watersheds: Middle Santa Ana River Watershed, Santa Margarita River…Read more →

Get Out and Explore Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park

There are numerous places to enjoy fresh air, hike, bike or picnic in parks in and around Riverside County watersheds. One such spot that has an abundance of fun things to do is Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park located in Riverside. The trail system at the 1,500-acre sprawling park offers views of the city and opportunities to watch local wildlife such as coyotes, rabbits, and a variety of birds. Lucky folks may even catch a glimpse of a another notable creature…Read more →

Celebrate Clean Water!

August is National Water Quality Month. This month is a great reminder to think about the importance of water sources and how vital they are not only to us, but to other inhabitants that rely on these ecosystems. By recognizing how seemingly harmless actions you do on a routine basis can negatively affect our water supply and watersheds, you’ll hopefully make changes that will make a positive difference. There are thousands of factors that can have negative impacts on water…Read more →

Create Your Own Water-Wise Yard

Many people love lush lawns and gardens teeming with flowers and foliage but keeping a yard green often comes with heavy watering which not only affects your budget, but also impacts our watersheds. Have no fear! By xeriscaping you can still have a colorful bountiful yard while conserving water, helping the environment and lowering your water bill. So, what does xeriscape mean? It comes from the Greek root word “xeros” meaning dry. Xeriscaping refers to the practice of landscaping with…Read more →

Overwatering 101

We know it’s common for people to want to keep their yards and indoor plants looking lovely and healthy. Unfortunately, this can lead to unintentional overwatering. Studies have shown that lawns and landscapes are estimated to be overwatered by 30 to 300 percent. Overwatering not only wastes water, it can be detrimental to landscaping and runoff can have negative impacts on our local watersheds. Here are some tips to avoid overwatering which will help conserve our precious resources, protect our…Read more →

Over 2,000 Pounds of Trash Removed by Volunteers “Loving their Neighborhood”

On Saturday, June 26, nearly 200 volunteers, non-profits, and community organizations joined forces to clean up litter throughout the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and Wildomar as part of a new County-wide pollution prevention initiative called Love Your Neighborhood. The Love Your Neighborhood program is a county-wide pollution prevention initiative administered by the Western Riverside County Association of Governments (WRCOG) and supported through a sponsorship with Riverside County Watershed Protection Program (RCWPP). The program aims to partner with Riverside…Read more →

Hip Hip HooRanger!

World Ranger Day is observed every year on July 31. It’s a day that was created by the International Ranger Federation and first held in 2007 to honor park and forest rangers who work to protect wildlife, open spaces and natural resources not only in Riverside County, but around the world. It’s a great day to show appreciation and support for the vital work that park and forest rangers do day in and day out. So, next time you are…Read more →

10 Tips to Beat the Heat When Exploring Our Watersheds

With summer heat well upon us, it’s crucial to remember the importance of staying safe when the mercury rises in Riverside County. Warm weather often leads folks to head outside to jump in the pool, go for a bike ride or take a hike through one of our local watersheds. People will also work on special projects in the yard or undertake home renovations, often times in direct sunlight. In hot weather these activities can prove dangerous if people aren’t…Read more →

Fight the Bite! It’s National Mosquito Control Awareness Week!

June 20th kicks off National Mosquito Control Awareness Week! This is the time of year when those pesky pests known as mosquitoes come out in full force with their buzzing, biting and blood-sucking ways. There are several types of mosquitoes in and around Riverside County that are capable of transmitting viruses such as Dengue, Zika and West Nile virus. Mosquitoes can breed in urban, populated areas and can be difficult to get rid of unless communities are willing to band…Read more →
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