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Community Partners and Funders

The Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management is a targeted effort to strengthen the relationship between SDSU and greater San Diego community. To find out how you can partner or work with the IEMM, email

Groundwork San Diego-Chollas CreekGroundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.

UC Davis John Muir Institute of the EnvironmentThe John Muir Institute of the Environment supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems. The institute’s faculty are committed to strengthening the scientific foundation for environmental decision making through collective entrepreneurship, a team-oriented approach that recognizes the complexities of environmental problems and the societal context in which they occur.

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control BoardOur mission at the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board is developing and enforcing water quality objectives and implementing plans that will best protect the area' waters while recognizing our local differences in climate, topography, geology and hydrology.

The San Diego Regional Board is comprised of nine part-time members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The San Diego Board' "basin plan" encompasses our hydrologic areas, issuing waste discharge requirements, enforcement action against violators, and monitoring water quality.

The task of protecting and enforcing the many uses of water, including the needs of industry, agriculture, municipal districts, and the environment is an ongoing challenge for the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research ReserveTijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) is home to one of the few salt marshes remaining in Southern California, where over 90% of wetland habitat has been lost to development. The site is an essential breeding, feeding and nesting ground and key stopover point on the Pacific Flyway for over 370 species of migratory and native birds, including six endangered species. TRNERR is one of a several protected areas where SDSU scientists collaborate with reserve staff on ecological research projects.

Southern California Coastal Water Research ProjectSouthern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) is a leading U.S. environmental research institute that develops a scientific foundation for informed water-quality management in Southern California and beyond. Since its founding as a public agency in 1969, SCCWRP has been a champion of sound interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex challenges in water management. The agency investigates not only how to more effectively monitor and protect Southern California’s ocean and coastal watersheds, but also how to bridge the gap between water-quality research and the management community that relies on this science.

San Diego Management and Monitoring ProgramThe San Diego Management and Monitoring Program’s mission is to coordinate science-based, biological management and monitoring of lands in San Diego County that have been conserved through various conservation planning and mitigation efforts. The SDMMP’s goal is to assist with the alignment of regional efforts to implement activities identified in the strategic plans prepared by the SDMMP and conservation partners to the available local, state, and federal funding, which includes SANDAG’s Environmental Mitigation Program funding totaling $4 million a year. The SDMMP utilizes the requirements of the existing regional conservation plans in the region along with currently available research and best available land management practices to develop and implement regional strategies to conserve rare and sensitive plant and animal species and their habitats

Climate Science AllianceThe mission of the Climate Science Alliance is to safeguard the natural and human communities of the South Coast Eco-region in the face of a changing climate. We do this through leading activities and creating partnerships which promote increased awareness of climate change related issues. This ground up approach increases regional resilience to the impacts of climate change

IEMM works in collaboration with a diverse range of agencies and organizations to support science in service of monitoring and management. Funding for IEMM projects has come from:

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