What is Stormwater Management?

County Watershed Protection Program is a partnership between Riverside County, the Flood Control & Water Conservation District, Coachella Valley Water District and 27 cities that manage watershed programs. Together we strive to protect and enhance the quality of the water and the natural environment of our watersheds. By maintaining our watersheds clean and healthy we are actively improving the life of the people, flora and fauna who share the watershed.

Here are some ways our watershed monitoring program works:

  • Identifying long-term changes to receiving water quality conditions
  • Analyzing data to determine the impact of urban runoff and measure potential impacts to receiving water quality and its beneficial uses
  • Tracking water quality outcomes of watershed, document pollutant loadings and/or trends in pollutant loadings for specific watersheds or outfall

Thank you for helping us maintain our watersheds clean and healthy for generations to come! For more information regarding our monitoring programs, click here.

Explore McCall

Are you an avid equestrian? If so, the Memorial Equestrian Campground is the spot for you and your horse. This equestrian-only campground is located 4 miles south of Idyllwild, CA, and one-quarter mile west of Mountain Center off Highway 74. With 88-acres, this park was specifically created for equestrian camping and trail riding in mind.

This park provides breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains from inside the San Bernardino National Forest, perfect for trail riding at any time during the day. Their facilities provide excellent accommodations for horses and riders including 53 sturdy pipe corrals and barbecue/picnic areas for families to enjoy.

Park hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays; 6 a.m. to sunset Sunday to Thursday. Holiday hours may vary. Camping fees start at $30 and day-use fees start at $6.

For more information regarding the park or for park rules, visit their website here.

Rancho Jurupa Regional Park

Summer is right around the corner! If you are looking for a spot to spend your summer with the whole family, look no further. Rancho Jurupa Regional Park has something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

One of their most recently updated features is the Splash Pad Project, a splash area perfect for children during those hot summer days. If water activities are not your cup of tea, grab your family and head over to our miniature golf for some friendly competition.

Make sure to pack your fishing gear, the summer 2022 Catfish Stock schedule has been released. Night fishing is offered on Fridays and Saturdays during Catfish season. Mark your calendars, on July 2nd and September 3rd you are able to fish without a sporting fishing license! The park’s day-use hours are from 7 a.m. to Sunset and Splash Pad hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. For campground reservations please call 1-800-234-7275, for park rules and more information click here!

How to become a clean water leader

Tomorrow’s clean water leaders are formed today! We are responsible for shaping the minds of our future leaders, that is why clean water education should be one of our priorities.

Here are some ways you can teach your little one to be a watershed warrior:

  • Schedule a school visit – We offer an educational program where we use interactive tools during our presentations to teach kids how to become watershed warriors. Through our educational materials, kids will learn how to eliminate the pollution that contaminates our lakes, rivers, and streams. Your students will even receive a cool Watershed Warrior Certificate like the one above!
  • Get involved – There are many ways to help keep our watersheds clean and healthy. From individual organizations or simply by reporting pollution violations, any help makes a big difference in keeping our communities thriving. To learn about our watershed protection events, check our website or check our Facebook page for a list of our monthly volunteer event dates. 
  • Download our outreach materials – We have developed an array of educational materials to help kids learn about water prevention. 

For more information regarding outreach materials click here and if you are interested in requesting a speaker for your next school assembly click here!

How businesses can prevent pollution

Are you a business owner trying to be more eco-conscious?  Here are some tips to help you attain your eco-friendly goals. 

Reduce Runoff – First, locate the storm drains on or near your business. This will help you make sure trash or liquids are not flowing into the drains. Avoid discharging wastewater into parking lots, instead make sure that your cooling towers, boilers, compressors water softeners and other equipment are connected to the sanitary sewer. 

Recycle – Any and all hazardous waste must be kept out of the trash! There are collections centers specifically designed to accept business waste. All you have to do is contain, transport, and dispose of your hazardous waste at a business waste collection center. For more information regarding proper handling and disposal click here!
Use Non-toxic Cleaning Supplies – A great alternative for hazardous chemicals is to go non-toxic. Non-toxic cleaning supplies, such as detergents and dish soap, will cause no harm to the environment. When looking for non-toxic cleaning supplies, make sure to search for biodegradable and phosphate-free products. These tips will help you achieve the desired cleaning effect without the hassle of managing or disposing of hazardous chemicals.  For more information click here.

Earth Day

Earth day is just around the corner! The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 when a United States senator organized a rally to raise awareness about environmental issues. The rallies quickly gained popularity and the U.S. government created the Environmental Protection Agency. 

This year, Earth Day will fall on Friday, April 22nd. The planet needs our help to thrive and be protected from things like pollution. There are many things we can do every day to protect the health of our planet and its ecosystems. But here are our top recommendations for celebrating Earth Day with your loved ones! 

Earth Day Activities: 

  • Pick up litter
  • Plant trees
  • Limit your water usage 
  • Report Pollution 
  • Volunteer 

To learn more about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, click here. Earth is our only home, so help us celebrate and protect it for future generations to enjoy!

Adopt-A-Trail 

Did you know you can adopt a trail?! The RivCoParks Adopt-A-Trail (AAT) program was created by the Riverside Regional Park & Open-Space District. The purpose of this program is to protect and maintain the natural beauty of our trail system and open-space areas. 

Duties of a trail adopter include: 

  • Coordinating a minimum of four (4) workdays 
  • Regularly patrolling trail areas to pick up trash and report any issues
  • Recruit community members to help during workdays

For more information about becoming a trail adopter or regarding adoptable trails, click here. If you are not yet ready to adopt a trail, you can also apply to become a volunteer here!

How to prevent overwatering your yard

With the heat of summer fast approaching, we have a few tips to help you avoid overwatering your yard. These tips will prevent irrigation runoff from picking up any waste left behind, such as trash, pet waste, and fertilizers, among other harmful pollutants. Help keep our watersheds clean!

 Overwatering Prevention Tips:

  • Do not drown your lawn – We recommend setting up an irrigation system that does not water your lawn for more than 5 minutes. In fact, the most efficient time frame for yard watering is between 3 – 5 minutes! Afterward, let your lawn soak up the water.
  • Regularly monitor your irrigation system – Broken or misdirected sprinklers need to be fixed or replaced ASAP! This will prevent you from overwatering your lawn and encourage water conservation.
  • It’s all about timing – The most optimal time to water your lawn is once before sunrise or after sunset. Remember to turn off your irrigation system when it rains.

Thank you for being a #WatershedWarrior and helping us maintain healthy watersheds. Future generations will benefit from the work you do today! 

For more helpful tips click here.

The Importance of Reporting Pollution

Reporting pollution is the number one way Riverside County residents can help improve water quality. Pollution prevention helps us reduce the cost of waste management and cleanup as well as the reduction of health problems and environmental damage. By preventing pollution, we are protecting the environment and conserving important natural resources.

The types of reportable pollution include damage, discharge, or illegal dumping in storm drains, dams, basins, levees and/or channels.

What To Do When You See Pollution:

We appreciate your input and commitment to helping us maintain our water quality healthy for everyone!

Santa Ana River Trail

Have you heard of the ambitious 110-mile Santa Ana River Trail project?  Although the area is only 60% complete, once completed it will become the largest multi-use trail in Southern California, spanning over 100 miles between San Bernardino and Orange County. The trail will start at the San Bernardino County National Forest and stretch to the Pacific Ocean at Huntington Beach.

The Santa Ana River Trail project will offer outdoor recreation as a dual-track trail consisting of paved Class I and Class II bikeways for bicyclists and pedestrians, and decomposed granite surfaces for equestrians, mountain bicyclists, and hikers.

Currently, only 68 miles of the Santa Ana River Trail is complete. For more information regarding the trail visit, https://www.rivcoparks.org/santa-ana-river-trail.

Will you be completing the 17-city hike from San Bernardino to Huntington Beach once it is completed? If you do, make sure to share your adventures with us via social media @rivcowatershed on Facebook and @RivCoWatershed via Twitter!

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