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Forester Creek Project

A Major Tributary of the San Diego River

The San Diego River Park Foundation is working with community volunteers to create a better future for Forester Creek.

Forester Creek is an 11-mile-long tributary of the San Diego River. This creek and its three tributaries flow through the City of El Cajon in cement channels. It runs "behind" business and residential areas.

The Creek is considered to have the lowest water quality of any of our River's tributaries. A creek that is largely fenced off as it runs through this "Disadvantaged Community."

When a grant opportunity came up, we partnered with the City of El Cajon and the Earth Discovery Institute to apply for a $320,000 grant to begin to change this, and we got the grant!


However, we need to raise $10,000 to cover expenses the grant won't pay for.


We are working with the City and other partners to engage members of the public in a participatory planning process that will result in a Recreational Access Plan for Forester Creek and begin to develop strategies to clean-up this polluted waterway.


As part of this project, we are attending and hosting community engagement and outreach events, collecting data on trash sources, and working with partner Earth Discovery Institute to offer free outdoor youth education for Cajon Valley students.


Join us at an upcoming event:

  • February: Community Planning Workshop. You can see preliminary ideas for recreation sites and provide your feedback. To learn more or RSVP, contact Laurel by email or phone at (619) 297-7380.


Additional opportunities to get involved:

  • Take our survey! You can make your voice heard and contribute to the planning process!
  • Volunteer! To learn more about opportunities to assist with public outreach or trash data collection, please contact

We must raise $10,000 to support this grant! 

These funds will go toward expenses which will not be reimbursed by the grant. Your donation is critical to take this important step in engaging people to create a better future for Forester Creek. Thanks!

Click Here to Donate - Make Sure You Select the Forester Creek Option


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