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Orange County Coastkeeper
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Santa Ana River Watershed Education and Cleanup Program
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2022
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Habitat / Wilderness / Preservation
Los Angeles Area (incl. Orange County)
Orange County ; Riverside County ; San Bernardino County
Project Description:

The Santa Ana River Watershed Education and Cleanup Program will connect the Inland Empire community to their local Santa Ana River Watershed through a series of presentations, educational field trips, community outreach events, river cleanups, and advocacy work. The project goals include providing community members that have historically been excluded from outdoor spaces with hands-on environmental education and increased access to the outdoors. The project will also foster community involvement and increase environmental literacy by inviting participants to think critically and share their concerns. Students will conduct research in sensitive riparian habitats to monitor ecosystem health and restoration efforts to improve water quality. The project will have two main components: (1) educational activities such as presentations and field trips to restoration areas with students, and (2) trash cleanups and other restoration and education events for the public within the Santa Ana River Watershed. Key areas for field visits and restoration work include the Hidden Valley Nature Center, Chino Wetlands, Memory Lane Park, the mouth of the Santa Ana River at Huntington State Beach, as well as other areas within the Santa Ana River Watershed.