Projects / Workgroups

Arundo Habitat Management

Arundo Habitat ManagementSAWPA works in conjunction with its partners, primarily the Santa Ana Watershed Association (SAWA), and Riverside County Park and Open Space District, toward the goal of eliminating invasive cane, Arundo donax (Arundo) from the watershed and replacing it with native riparian vegetation. Read more…

Basin Monitoring Program Task Force

Basin Monitoring Program Task ForceAs an outgrowth of the Nitrogen/TDS Task Force, the agencies responsible for implementing the Basin Plan Amendments formed the Basin Monitoring Task Force, and SAWPA was identified to administer/facilitate that effort. Read more…

Emerging Constituents Task Force

Emerging Constituents Task ForceIn April 2008, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board endorsed the voluntary Cooperative Agreement submitted by several water agencies serving the area. In this Agreement, the water agencies proposed to develop a plan to investigate emerging constituents (unregulated chemicals such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products) in water that is intentionally recharged to local aquifers. Read more…

Forest First Program

As home to the headwaters of the Santa Ana River, the national forest lands encompass approximately 30% of the Santa Ana River Watershed’s land mass. These areas also receive 90% of annual precipitation. The Forest First Program is envisioned as a collaborative venture between the U.S. Forest Service and downstream stakeholders that focuses on developing methods to ensure that the forests and headwaters within the Santa Ana River Watershed are kept as healthy as possible. Read more…

Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake TMDL Task Force

Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake TMDL Task ForceThe Lake Elsinore & Canyon Lake Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Task Force is comprised of local stakeholders interested in water quality issues within the San Jacinto Watershed. The task force meets approximately every-other month and includes representatives from local cities, Riverside County, agriculture and dairy, environmental groups, and the regulatory community.  At the request of the Regional Board, SAWPA serves as neutral facilitator for the TMDL development process for Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake. Read more…

Lake Elsinore/San Jacinto Watersheds Authority

As part of the Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, Watershed Protection, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2000 (Proposition 13) funding, SAWPA was named as one of the members of a newly formed Joint Powers Authority called the Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority (LESJWA).  Members of LESJWA include Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, the City of Lake Elsinore, the County of Riverside, the City of Canyon Lake, and SAWPA. Read more…

Middle Santa Ana River Watershed TMDL Task Force

Middle Santa Ana River Watershed TMDL Task ForceThe MSAR TMDL Task Force was formed to implement Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) adopted by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) to address exceedences of the fecal coliform objective established to protect the REC-1 use for waterbodies located within the Middle Santa Ana River Watershed. The Task Force is represented by a number of key watershed stakeholders including the Santa Ana RWQCB. Read more…

Imported Water Recharge Workgroup

Salinity Management & Imported Water Recharge WorkgroupThis workgroup focuses on evaluating the impacts of imported water on groundwater quality in the Santa Ana River Watershed. Read more…

Salinity Management Plan

Salinity Management PlanThe SARI Line is operated under a permit issued per SWRCB Order No. 2006-003, Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Systems.  SAWPA is in the process of completing the required Sanitary Sewer Management Plan, which will be the basis for all future management and operations of the SARI Line.

Santa Ana River Mitigation Bank 

SAR Mitigation BankAs part of the Proposition 13, SAWPA purchased 100 acres of mitigation credits. These credits are available for sale and the monies generated by their sale provide on-going funding to maintain habitat and ensure the water benefit to the Santa Ana River Watershed. Read more…

San Jacinto River Watershed Council

San Jacinto River Watershed CouncilThe San Jacinto River Watershed Council is a non-profit organization of community groups, tribal, farming, dairy, water agencies, government agencies, businesses, and all interested stakeholders working cooperatively to address problems in the San Jacinto watershed. Their goal is to provide educational, scientific, and technical assistance that will help sustain, restore, and enhance the natural resources of the San Jacinto River basin while promoting long-term social and economic vitality to the region. Read more…

Santa Ana River Trail & Parkway (Crest to Coast Trail)

Santa Ana River Trail & ParkwaySAWPA has been working with the Crest-To-Coast Partnership in assisting efforts to complete the entire Santa Ana River Trail, also known as the Santa Ana River Crest-to-Coast Trail, and add parkway elements to the River. For more information about the Santa Ana River Trail & Parkway, please visit the website. Read more…

Santa Ana Sucker Conservation Team

Santa Ana Sucker Conservation TeamThe Santa Ana Sucker Conservation Team is a group of public agencies whose goal is to determine the reasons for the decline of the Santa Ana Sucker (Catostomus santaanae) in the Santa Ana Watershed, and devise strategies for the recovery of the species. Read more…

Southern California Salinity Coalition

Southern California Salinity CoalitionSCSC was founded in 2002 by a group of Southern California water and wastewater agencies to better manage salinity in our water supplies.  The SCSC’s member agencies include Eastern Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Irvine Ranch Water District, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Orange County Sanitation District, Orange County Water District, San Diego County Water Authority, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Santa Ana Project Watershed Authority, and West Basin Municipal Water District. Read more…

Stormwater Quality Standards Task Force

Stormwater Quality Standards Task ForceThis Task Force assists the RWQCB in providing additional data and science in the evaluation of the REC-1 beneficial use designation and associated water quality objectives for the Santa Ana River.  As beneficial use designations and water quality objectives determine the allowable discharges into receiving waters, and these receiving waters are regulated by the Santa Ana RWQCB, municipal stormwater entities, and other regulated business, industrial and development groups are interested in providing the best available information to update the water quality objectives and designated beneficial uses of the receiving waters. Read more…

Water-Energy Community Action Network (WE CAN)

Stormwater Quality Standards Task ForceThe Water-Energy Community Action Network (WE CAN) is a program supported by the California Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to help the people of California adapt to climate change, and mitigate their carbon emissions. This effort in the Santa Ana River Watershed is mirrored by an effort by the Local Government Commission in the greater Fresno area. Read more…