San Diego Coastkeeper's efforts have helped to reduce the number of sewage spills by 90% since 2001.
Last month, the City of San Diego shared its Office of Independent Budget Analyst's report that estimated necessary fee increases to implement the newly adopted stormwater permit. Coastkeeper Executive Director Megan Baehrens says this report proves we can't delay critical infrastructure improvementsany longer. It's imperative, she says, for the City to holistically assess stormwater, wastewater and drinking water to ensure we capture resources; reduce costs and demands; and free finances for other City needs.
The reality is that we take almost half our water from the Colorado River and 20 percent from the San Joaquin Bay-Delta in Northern California. Drought or no drought--now is the time to conserve water in San Diego because we use about 140 gallons of water per day per person. That compares to less than 50 gallons/day/person in Australia, where they have similar weather patterns and living standards. How can we say that almost triple their use is acceptable when we are draining the Colorado River, named 2013's #1 Most Endangered River? Read our executive director's blog on this topic to learn more.
Meanwhile, our volunteers removed 561 pounds – over a quarter ton – of trash from Mission Bay, including 454 plastic bags. That's why we're working with partners to improve the current draft of the plastic bag ordinance that will ban single-use plastic bags in stores selling grocery items and mandate a 10-cent fee on paper bags. To improve it, Coastkeeper would like to see the retail exclusion removed and a reporting requirement added for accountability. Read our full update and learn what we're doing to support it.
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San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters in San Diego County.