Project Clean Water was initiated in July 2000 to provide a broad and inclusive forum for exploring water quality issues of regional significance. Much of the focus during our first two years was on establishing a visible forum to discuss issues of shared concern, to find consensus solutions to priority problems, and to characterize baseline conditions in the region’s watersheds. This work was primarily carried out by four Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) and numerous, ad hoc Technical Workgroups. More than 600 people representing various interests throughout the San Diego region have participated in Project Clean Water activities. A focal point of stakeholder participation has been the Annual Clean Water Summits, held in June of 2002 and 2003. These Summits have provided an important opportunity to validate and fine-tune the priorities and directions of Project Clean Water working bodies.
In early 2004, in response to input provided by participants, organizational changes were put into place to streamline the overall Project Clean Water process and to focus more closely on the issues of greatest interest to stakeholders. In addition to reducing TAC meeting frequencies to quarterly, two TACs were consolidated to more closely focus on watershed protection issues. The current Project Clean Water organizational structure is described below.