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City of San Diego Finally Gets Level 2 Drought Alert

City Council approves an elevated drought response--we say enforcement is key to success. 

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Wasting water is no joke. Click here for information on reporting water waste you see in your neighborhood. 

 

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Is Tidepooling Harmful?

Don't be a well-intentioned tidepooler accidentally harming our beaches- learn how to enjoy coastal waters responsibly.

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Project SWELL Presentations

Let us teach your students a lesson about environmental science--free of charge. 

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Teaching with Bugs

Our education coordinator shares easy-to-do lessons that use bugs to teach water quality. 

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Drinking the Birds Away

How does our water supply affect birds? Click to learn what occurs in the Salton Sea. 

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Port Funds $2.5M to Protect Water and Co…

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"The San Diego Unified Port District will protect the Tidelands Trust resources by providing economic vitality and community benefit through a balanced approach to maritime industry, tourism, water and land...

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Two Hours: Tell Governor Brown We Need Water Quality Results Faster

This last legislative session was good for California's waters. Our elected officials passed a package of bills to initiate regulation on the use of our overtapped groundwater resources, -- a...

New Classroom Presentations Teach Studen…

New Classroom Presentations Teach Students About Our Most Precious Resource

As this historic drought continues, it’s easy to see how dependent we are on water. Allowing students at a young age to explore the water in their communities creates a...

17th Annual Seaside Soiree Raises $30,00…

17th Annual Seaside Soiree Raises $30,000!

Wow! The Seaside Soiree was a lot of fun and a huge success. It was great to talk to you about your vision for fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San...

2014 Seaside Soiree Auction List: more p…

2014 Seaside Soiree Auction List: more prizes than you can shake a fish at

This year's Seaside Soiree will feature the following incredible prize packages for auction. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, buy them now here! Food. Drinks. Fishy Dance Moves.September 10, 2014.6pm...

Staying Safe and Staying Green

Welcome to part four of our five part blog series (see part one and two, three and five) on the best ways to enjoy San Diego's very own ASBS and Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve...

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Welcome to part two of our three part blog series (see part one, three, four and five) on the best ways to enjoy San Diego's very own ASBS and Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve...

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Looking for an easy way to help improve San Diego's beaches, bays and rivers? Here at San Diego Coastkeeper, we take tremendous pride in our efforts to protect our fishable, swimmable...

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Cultivating Stewardship Downtown

After a long time on the waiting list, my mother and I received custody of a large wooden box full of dirt that sits in an old vacant parking lot...

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Birds Losing Habitat as We Pull the Water Out From Under Them

How is San Diego's water supply connected to other locations throughout our region? This blog, written by PhD Candidate Alida Cantor, looks at a particular connection: birds at the Salton...

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Governor Jerry Brown Does Us Proud - Three Times

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California's last legislative session was good for our waters, as Governor Jerry Brown signed three important sets of water quality bills.

Groundwater Bills

First, he signed a package of bills to initiate regulation of the use of our overtapped groundwater resources -- a long time in the making. These new groundwater laws provide a framework for communities to develop sustainable groundwater plans and require critically overdrawn basins to meet their sustainability goals by 2020. They also direct the State Board to take enforcement action if a local basin does not comply by their deadline.

Single-Use Bag Ban

Governor Brown also made California the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, an issue we have passionately pushed for many years. This means that by July 2015, retail and grocery stores cannot give away single-use plastic bags and must charge at least ten cents for single-use paper bags. This huge victory will protect our waters and ecosystems from the massive amount of plastic that harms wildlife and pollutes the environment.

Faster Beach Water Quality Results

And finally, beachgoers could now be warned of unsafe water quality nine times faster—thanks to Governor Brown. Currently, water quality tests at beaches take 18 - 48 hours to determine unsafe levels of fecal contaminants. This means water quality warnings actually say: "This beach should have been closed yesterday; today we should keep it closed." In 2013, Coastkeeper discussed the issue with County Supervisor Greg Cox and suggested the county use qPCR testing, a DNA-based method that only requires two to four hours to produce results. He teamed with State Senator Marty Block to create the state bill that the governor signed. Read more about faster water quality testing, our role and our partners.

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