The Association of Compost Producers is a non-profit association of private and public organizations committed to increasing the quality, value and amount of compost being produced and used in California. ACP provides education and communication on the benefits of compost and its appropriate use based on scientific research and legislation, and in alignment with developing and expanding quality compost markets.
A subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), Cal American provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 600,000 people in California. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. Cal American’s service are within San Diego County comprises parts of the cities of Coronado and Imperial Beach.
The city of San Diego Public Utilities Department provides safe and reliable drinking water to more than 1.35 million residents and regional waste water treatment and disposal for more than 2 million residents in San Diego County. The City PUD has been delivering quality water to customers for more than 100 years and currently has one of the most complex and sophisticated water systems in the world. The City PUD infrastructure consists of more than 327,000 metered service connections, nine reservoirs (with a storage capacity of approximately 416,000 acre feet), two water reclamation plants, three water treatment plants, 49 pump stations, and 3,253 miles of pipeline. The City PUD imports approximately 80% to 90% of its water from various sources including a blend from the Colorado River, State Water Project, and local sources. The City’s Water Conservation Program provides public information and education through various sources including: community outreach programs, water conservation literature and materials, indoor and outdoor rebate and survey programs, water waste investigations, Plumbing Retrofit upon Re-Sale Ordinance Program, and various children’s and youth programs.
San Diego County is home to 11 westward draining watersheds. The San Diego County Watershed program works with local partners to ensure water bodies are healthy for fishing, swimming and the environment. They monitor pollutants entering the county’s stormwater system (roads, streets, storm drains). In San Diego County, water that enters the stormwater system is not filtered or treated before it ultimately reaches our local bodies of water, which include creeks, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and the ocean. The SLP is developing landscape best practices that will help improve water quality in San Diego County, in alignment with the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) permit.
(Water Authority) – The Water Authority sustains a $222 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 24 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base. The Water Authority serves as the lead agency for the Sustainable Landscapes Program.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization with more than 250,000 members, supporters and activists that are dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of the oceans, waves and beaches. The Surfrider Foundation has 84 Chapters in the United States and affiliates in more than 20 countries worldwide. One of Surfrider Foundation’s initiatives is “Ocean Friendly Gardens,” which provides public education on water-wise landscaping practices to minimize urban water runoff, which is one of the main sources of ocean pollution. By capturing stormwater runoff onsite, it can be redirected into the landscape, help recharge groundwater supplies and safeguard base stream flows. Surfrider Foundation’s Mission Statement is: “To advocate for native and/or climate appropriate landscapes to conserve water and improve water quality.”