The San Diego Bay Watersheds Common Ground Project was created to incorporate data from water quality monitoring programs and integrate this data on a watershed level using a web-based interactive application to serve as a broad communication, education and decision-making tool; and to further develop the region's capacity to understand and assess processes affecting our water resources.
The primary goals of the San Diego Watersheds Common Ground Project are to:
- Achieve measurable water quality improvements throughout San Diego Bay by undertaking a targeted monitoring program that will support the development of three Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) in the Bay.
- Enhance understanding and management of the San Diego Bay watershed by developing a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and supporting data management tools to integrate and optimize monitoring data collected by local and state agencies, citizen groups, educational and research institutions and local businesses.
- Reduce pollution into San Diego Bay by undertaking a comprehensive outreach and education program that will increase awareness of watershed issues and promote adoption of non-polluting behaviors among local residents and students.
- Build the capacity of community-based water assessment efforts to improve regional understanding of our water resources so that point and non-point pollution sources can be readily identified and abated.