SAWPA is well suited to address complex issues in the Santa Ana River Watershed due to its success in conducting numerous collaborative efforts; working closely with Federal, State and local agencies; and obtaining positive results for a variety of complex, sometimes controversial water resource projects and programs. Utilizing the capable skills of SAWPA’s support staff, multi-agency agreements are developed, consultant contracts are managed, and discussion meetings are administered. The end product of these efforts are successful projects and workshops that represent the best in collaboration and facilitation support services.

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Arundo Habitat Management

SAWPA 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 (Arun…

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Basin Monitoring Program Task Force

As 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.

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Emerging Constituents Task Force

In 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…

Forest First

As home to the headwaters of the Santa Ana River, the San Bernardino and Cleveland national forests encompass approximately 33% of the Santa Ana watershed’s land mass. These forest areas also receive 90% of annual annual precipitation. The Forest First program…

Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake TMDL Task Force

The 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. he task force meets approximately…

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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…

Middle Santa Ana River Watershed TMDL Task Force

The MSAR TMDL Task Force was formed to implement Total Maximum Daily Load’s (TMDL) adopted by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) to address exceedences of the fecal coliform objective established…

Imported Water Recharge Workgroup

This workgroup focuses on evaluating the impacts of imported water on groundwater quality in the Santa Ana River Watershed. The purpose of this workgroup is to establish a cooperative agreement among the water recharging agencies…

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Regional Water Quality Monitoring Task Force

On June 15, 2012, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board (Santa Ana Water Board) adopted the Basin Plan Amendment to Revise Recreation Standards for Inland Freshwaters in the Santa Ana Region (R8-2012-0001)…

Santa Ana River Mitigation Bank

SAWPA, as part of the Proposition 13, purchased 100 acres of mitigation credits. These credits are available for sale by and the monies generated by their sale provide on-going funding to maintain habitat and ensure the water benefit to the…

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

SAWPA 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…

Santa Ana Sucker Conservation Team

The 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…

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Southern California Salinity Coalition

SCSC 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…

Water-Energy Community Action Network

Led by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, WE CAN is a water and energy savings program offered to eligible residents in the watershed for no cost. There are 2 parts to  WE CAN: water fixture replacement and lawn replacement.

Stormwater Quality Standards Task Force

This 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.