Living in a Healthy Watershed

Rainbow Creek

Photo by Mission Resource Conservation District

Kids splashing in a creek, dogs taking a drink from a puddle, clear water flowing in the river: What do all of these things need to have in common in order to be safe? Clean water! By making sure that the water leaving our residential, school and business properties is free of pollutants, all of the watershed’s inhabitants (humans, animals and plants) will benefit!

Living in a healthy watershed starts at homes, schools and businesses. Many activities at these locations can impact water quality within the watershed and have serious consequences for the humans, plants and animals that call the watershed home. Please visit the links below to learn about how you can help keep the watersheds healthy for current and future generations.

A Checklist of What To Do - The Nutrient Reduction Management Plan for Rainbow Creek (NRMP) will help a property owner (of a home, horse or agricultural property) check if their property could be improved by implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs). The appropriate BMPs and how to implement them are also described in the NRMP.

Watersheds 101 - What is a watershed? How does the water travel across the watershed and down to the ocean? Learn the basics of watersheds and how they function. Everyone lives and works in a watershed!

Water Pollution Secrets Revealed - There are different sources of water pollution. We can do things at our homes and businesses that can improve water quality in our streams, rivers and the ocean. Learn what you can do at your home, school and place of work to keep the watersheds that you live, play, and work in healthy!

Phinnious Goes To The Beach - Join our favorite resident frog as he travels from his home, in the upper parts of the watershed, down to the beach for a fun day in the sun. Along the way, he encounters several sources of water pollution and learns how to make sure that the water he lives in stays clean!

Horse Properties and Healthy Watersheds – Properly managed horse properties can maximize the safety and health of the horses as well as protect the environment. Learn about Best Management Practices (BMPs) that can be implemented on horse properties to ensure the safety of the horses and the health of the watershed.

Household Hazardous Waste - Disposing of old batteries? Need to get rid of some leftover paint? Don’t know what to do with unused or expired medications? Have burnt out compact fluorescent light bulbs? Learn which items at homes and businesses are considered hazardous and can’t be thrown in the regular trash and how to properly dispose of them.

Animal or Plant Pest Problems? – Integrated Pest Management methods (for both plant and animal pests) look at the best way to deal with common pests in southern California.

Those Pesky Invasive Plants – Invasive plants in local watersheds can not only impact the watersheds in which you live and work, but they can affect your daily activities. Learn about some of the major invasive plants in our area and what you can do to stop them from spreading.

Rain, Rain, Come Back Here! – Water conservation at home or at work can make a big difference to the health of a watershed as well as to your wallet. Learn about different water conservation methods, both inside the house or business and outside in the landscaping.

The Amazing World of Composting! – Composting is a great way to reduce your input to the landfill while creating a rich and useful product to use in your home garden or landscape. Learn about the beneficial uses of compost and the do's and don'ts of home composting.

Rain, Rain, Don't let the Soil Wash Away! - Winter rains help replenish our limited water resources and provide valuable water for plants and animals. However, rain events can cause bare, unprotected soil to erode. Learn about El Nino events, erosion, and what you can do to help minimize soil loss.

Landscaping for the Birds and the Bees! - California friendly landscaping is both beautiful and beneficial! Learn how to create a landscape that saves water, is low maintenance, and creates beneficial habitat for native animals.

Check back often as more information on living in a healthy watershed is updated regularly!