Community Outreach

The City of Palo Alto Watershed Protection Group wants to help with your next event!

Need a guest speaker, activity, or someone to staff a table at your event? The RWQCP offers several fun, interesting, and educational options to get the word out about preventing water pollution in our creeks and Bay.


Event topics are usually customizable and are provided at no cost to residents and businesses in the RWQCP service area.

Hosting a table – we staff special event tables at Earth Day, Science Fairs, neighborhood groups, and other special events. Ask us about our popular Wheel-o-Trash game!

Workshops – try a fun, hands-on workshop with topics like “Make Your Own (less-toxic) Home Cleaning Products” or “Bee-autiful Gardens!” (less-toxic, pollinator-friendly pest control).

Tours (temporarily unavailable due to COVID) – take a walking tour of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant and see how operators, scientists, engineers, and educators work together to clean 20 million gallons of wastewater every day before it’s released to San Francisco Bay. To schedule a tour call 650-838-2901.

Litter and trash cleanups – let us help you coordinate a creek or neighborhood litter cleanup!

Informational talks – Let us bring a “brown bag” or technical talk to your community or professional group. Speaking and special event topics include:

  • Watershed 101 (what is a watershed, why we care, and how to protect our local creeks and Bay)
  • Plastic pollution and the Bay
  • Modern pollutants in the Bay
  • Clean and sparkling! Less-toxic cleaning at home (hands-on workshop)

For more information call 650-329-2122 or email us at


  • Check Out Home Improvement Rebates that Prevent Pollution
    Rebates are available for installing rain barrels, permeable pavements, and rain catchment cisterns. These beautiful and practical home improvements filter pollution and reduce stormwater runoff.

    More information at
  • Learn Something New
    Attend a workshop to learn how to reduce waste, prevent pollution and conserve water. Topics include pest control, composting, pollinators and more. Most classes are free. Visit for more information.​
  • Wonder What To Do With Household Hazardous Waste?
    Bring unwanted household hazardous waste (HHW) to your local HHW program!