Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership
Lake Berryessa provides drinking water for nearly 500,000 people and provides year-round recreation opportunities for tens of thousands of people each year. Lake Berryessa water also serves farmers and businesses downstream. Even the local Budweiser Brewery and Jelly Belly factory contract for Lake Berryessa water!
To protect this important resource, the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership formed in the early 1990s. Facilitated by Solano RCD, the partnership is a voluntary group of agency representatives, local non-profit organizations and private citizens who work together to educate boaters, campers, day visitors and other lake users about the importance of water quality and good personal stewardship practices.
We work to achieve this with a three-pronged approach:
1. Summer Boater and Visitor Education Program: Every summer, seasonal interns provide person-to-person water quality stewardship education to boaters and shore visitors at locations all around the lake.
Highlights of this program include:
2. Hands-on education and restoration events: The partnership sponsors annual lake clean-up events to support World Environment Day in June and Coastal Clean-up day in September. These events focus on clean-up activities at specific lake sites, and are usually combined with post event celebratory picnics or BBQs.
3. Regular planning and strategizing meetings: The partnership sponsors quarterly meetings for stakeholders to plan program activities, refine program goals and strategize program funding.
Ways to get involved at Lake Berryessa
Next Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership Meeting:
October 14, 2015, 10:00 am
Solano County Water Agency offices, 810 Vaca Valley Pkwy #205, Vacaville, CA 95688
2015 Coastal Clean-up Event:
Saturday, September 19, 9:00 am to noon
Cleanup sites at Markley Cove, Steele Canyon and under Pope Creek Bridge
Download a flyer and fill release forms here
World Environment Day:
Each year, we hold a cleanup at the lake on the 1st Sunday in June to celebrate this international day of environmental stewardship. This year, 75 people spent their Sunday morning making Lake Berryessa more beautiful and enjoyable for everyone by removing 250 pounds of trash and 200 pounds of recyclables from the shoreline. Watch this space for information about the 2016 event!
Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership Members
Solano County Jurisdictions:
Cities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville and Vallejo
For more information about the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership and its programs
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