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Want to protect and restore San Diego’s fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters? You’ve come to the right place. Select one or all of these ways to get involved with Coastkeeper and be the change you want to see in preserving San Diego’s aquatic playgrounds.

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Find: We need community members across the county to help us find water quality problems--you are our eyes and ears on the ground. So, go ahead, connect with us, download the Swim Guide, volunteer in San Diego, report pollution and water waste and get an environmental internship.

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Fix: It takes a village--or in this case, everyone in San Diego County to do their part to fix fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters. Click to contact local decision makers, speak for your community, attend an event, learn about our Legal Clinic and change your habits

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Stay Updated: Knowledge is power. Read our blog, follow us on facebook, talk with us on twitter and join our email newsletter to stay informed on news, hearings, environmental issues, volunteer opportunities and events related to San Diego’s fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters. 

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Report a Problem: Be the eyes and ears for our local response agencies—tell us about a sewage spill, water waste or polluter that you caught in action. We can help make sure your observations get to the right place and that the appropriate action is taken.

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Donate to San Diego Coastkeeper

With you, we can protect San Diego’s aquatic playgrounds. Gifts of every size help us defend your salty seas and beautiful bays. From test tubes in our lab to hands-on...

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Start Coastkeeping. Become a member today and protect and restore swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters in San Diego County.

 

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If you see someone pollute, report it to Coastkeeper. Let us help you protect your waters.

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2014 Annual Report: The Power of One

2014 Annual Report: The Power of One

The most important number to San Diego Coastkeeper is the power of one—you. Every day, we pursue more fishable, swimmable, drinkable water throughout San Diego County. And none of it...

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"Water We" Westview wolverines going to do?: A High School Conservation/Ecology Project

The challenge: Use the information on the water scarcity problems we face in San Diego to become the solution. That's what Vicki Binswanger’s Biology class at Westview High School, Poway...

Project SWELL well equipped to educate f…

Project SWELL well equipped to educate future generations on water issues facing San Diego and possible solutions.

Teachers have a great impact on the attitudes students have towards their class subjects and subsequently have the opportunity to cultivate an appreciation for San Diego Waterways. With the assistance...

Is San Diego Saving Water?

Is San Diego Saving Water?

Though the State Water Board has had water use restrictions in place since August 2014--and they seem to be working, the Monterey Herald quoted Governor Jerry Brown recently saying he's...

The Fabulous Hendershots

The Fabulous Hendershots

Bruce and Beth Hendershot are rockstars. The dynamic duo makes up half of our Lower Escondido Creek water monitoring team, a group of four individuals who met through our Water...

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Eleven Things We Learned at Beach Cleanups

Data – they aren’t just numbers. The data we collect every year during our beach cleanups include numbers, of course, but we also gather valuable anecdotal insights from seasoned volunteers...

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The Vicious Cycle Making Our Drought Worse and Worse (unless we stop it)

We’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news: California has found itself in the worst drought in recorded history. More bad news: Climate change and drought are trapped...

Time-Lapse Video of San Diego King Tides…

Wetlands are the superheroes of ecosystems. They may look like patches of mud and grass, but they're saving San Diego one tidal flow at a time. In addition, they help regulate...

Resolutions Simple Enough For a Kid

Kathryn C. Kelchner, a marine science teacher from the Chesapeake Bay, knows that lecturing isn’t the way to inspire kids to become passionate about taking care of our waters. So for...

Bay Health Improves as Campbell Sediment…

Bay Health Improves as Campbell Sediment Cap Remains Effective

The Campbell Shipyard used to be one of the most unfishable and unswimmable bodies of water in San Diego. From the 1880s to the 1920s, this part of the San...

Fixable Facts

  • San Diego Coastkeeper's efforts have helped to reduce the number of sewage spills by 90% since 2001.
  • San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation conduct twice-monthly beach cleanups. We work with more than 4,000 volunteers each year.
  • In 2008 and 2009, Coastkeeper and our north county partners successfully advocated for significant fines (totaling $2 million) for spills in Buena Vista Lagoon and Escondido Creek.
  • It's in order: reduce, reuse THEN recycle.
  • Each year Coastkeeper brings together nearly 5,000 cleanup volunteers to remove more than 7,000 pounds of trash.
  • San Diego Coastkeeper has trained over 700 volunteer water quality monitors.
  • A "consent decree" is a legal tool that provides an enforceable timeline and milestones for pollution cleanup and prevention.
  • Coastkeeper volunteers removed over 560 pounds of trash from Mission Bay on a single morning in October 2013.
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