The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) Authority is a public agency formed in 1969 to conduct coastal environmental research and suggest management strategies.
SCCWRP was created by a joint powers agreements (JPA), stemming from a common need among multiple government entities. SCCWRP’s diverse member agencies, including municipalities that discharge treated wastewater to the ocean, stormwater agencies, and water quality regulators, joined together to create a solid foundation for impartial research. The 14-member SCCWRP Commission, comprised of leaders from each organization, meets quarterly and helps to apply new scientific findings to management questions.
SCCWRP is a unique organization because it not only conducts research, but also coordinates diverse sectors, builds consensus among experts, and pays special attention to technology transfer. While it began with a mandate to investigate regional coastal impacts from wastewater discharge, SCCWRP has grown to examine a diverse array of water quality and aquatic habitat issues, spanning coastal watersheds, urban stormwater, wetlands, beaches, bays, and the marine shelf.
Interview with SCCWRP Executive Director Steve Weisberg