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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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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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Sep 20, 2014 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
California Coastal Cleanup Day

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Sep 24, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Equinox Center’s Fall Fundraiser

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Oct 04, 2014 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
San Diego Coastkeeper Olympics

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

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San Diego Bay: What's new in the massive…

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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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