Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership
Lake Berryessa provides drinking water for nearly 500,000 Solano County residents and provides year-round recreation opportunities for tens of thousands of people each year. Lake Berryessa water also serves farmers and businesses downstream, including Anheuser-Busch and the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield.
To protect this important resource, the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership formed in the early 1990s. Facilitated by the 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 through 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 shoreline visitors around Lake Berryessa.
Highlights of this program include:
- Questionnaire gleaning insight on boater habits and providing visitors with information on water quality stewardship and the lake itself;
- Engine fluid pollution prevention through a free oil-absorbent exchange program;
- Bilgee the Protector of Clean Waterways – a mascot helping to promote green boating messaging;
- Visitor information and stewardship tips through our free Lake Berryessa Map and Brochure.
2. Hands-on education and cleanup 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 culminate in a celebratory picnic.
3. Biannual planning and strategizing meetings: The partnership sponsors biannual meetings for stakeholders to plan program activities, refine program goals and strategize program funding.
For more information on this program, please contact our education team.