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San Diego Coastkeeper’s Environmental Internships 
We have a variety of environmental internships that offer hands-on experience and skill development for future careers in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. These positions have flexible hours based on your school/work schedules and are non-paid, unless otherwise noted.

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More San Diego Teachers Are Getting SWEL…

More San Diego Teachers Are Getting SWELL!

Project SWELL has been busy preparing San Diego’s future leaders to understand the role of water in our region and in our future by preparing those who teach them to...

The Water Authority Misses the Mark...Ag…

The Water Authority Misses the Mark...Again

It probably won’t surprise you that as San Diego Coastkeeper’s Waterkeeper I spend a lot of my time thinking about water- the best sources, the best methods and the best...

Educators Come Together to Discuss Scien…

Educators Come Together to Discuss Science Curricula, Including Project Swell

San Diego Coastkeeper recently had the exciting opportunity to take part in the San Diego Science Educators Association conference. The conference serves as an opportunity for educators of all grade...

Tank that Leak: A Quick Fix to Save Wate…

Tank that Leak: A Quick Fix to Save Water

"Fix A Leak Week" ended. I'm pretty sure that some of us still have a leak or two that can be fixed, though, and that will save thousands upon thousands...

Single Use Can Mean Permanent Harm

Single Use Can Mean Permanent Harm

After every beach cleanup we are hit with ample evidence of the ubiquity of paper and plastic products in our everyday lives. It is quite clear that these products are...

What A Waste: The Hidden Waste of Water …

What A Waste: The Hidden Waste of Water Leaks

Did you know that March 17-23 is Fix a Leak Week? Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this week brings attention to water leaks, which are a serious concern, especially...

San Diego's Waters Deserve Our Best

San Diego's Waters Deserve Our Best

The following was written by Coastkeeper’s Jo Brooks and Everett Delano of our board of directors in response to a February 23 U-T San Diego editorial that criticized stormwater runoff...

What's A Little Rain When You Have A Mys…

What's A Little Rain When You Have A Mystery to Solve?

Despite the stormy Friday morning weather, my water quality partner and I were excited to get to the bottom of a still unsolved mystery—the sources of urban runoff. Because rain...

Weather Doesn't Dampen Resolve to Get An…

Weather Doesn't Dampen Resolve to Get Answers

While most of you were trying to stay dry and cozy during this past storm, several intrepid volunteers offered to brave the elements and help us figure out the source...

Project SWELL Inspires Students & Te…

Project SWELL Inspires Students & Teachers Alike

When should you start your environmental education? No matter what your age, the answer is always right now! At a recent Project SWELL workshop, San Diego area 6th graders discovered...

Preventable Facts

  • Many California cities spend almost 500 million dollars annually cleaning up litter and preventing trash for entering waterways.
  • The average American uses 350-700 plastic bags a year, and only about 3% get recycled. By vowing to stop using plastic bags, YOU can keep hundreds of them out of landfills and our water each year.
  • Statewide, about 6.1 million gallons of used oil per year flow into our stormdrains, which then flows into our ocean.
  • A 1-inch rainstorm on a 1-acre natural meadow would typically produce enough runoff to fill a standard office 2 feet deep. That storm over a 1-acre paved lot would produce nearly 16 times more runoff--enough to fill 3 offices completely.
  • Increased volume and velocity of stormwater and pollutants in urban runoff can result in: decrease in habitat and aquatic biological diversity, increased flooding, increased erosion, and affects our health, economy, and livelihood.
  • Roads, freeways, sidewalks, buildings, parking lots, airports, industrial sites and other man-made surfaces increase urban runoff.
  • The stormwater problem has two main components: the increased volume and velocity of surface runoff and the concentration of pollutants in it. Both are directly related to development in urban and urbanizing areas.
  • Harmful pesticides found in urban runoff, such as chloropyrifos, 2,4-D, and diazinon come from golf courses, municipal parks, highway medians and roadsides, and residential lawns and gardens.
  • The percentage of pesticide lost in runoff can be large; one study found up to 90 percent of the herbicide 2,4-D (a major component of agent orange) was lost in runoff after being applied a few hours before a storm event.
  • Statewide, about 6.1 million gallons of used oil flow into our storm drains per year
  • A quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water and one pint of oil can make an acre-sized oil slick.
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