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Fishable, swimmable and drinkable water starts with you. It doesn't require anything major. It takes small steps, small changes that we each make in our daily lives. It shouldn't feel like you're doing something special, but know that you are. If every person in San Diego County makes one small change, that's 3.2-million small changes. Collectlively, that's not small change at all, but a county of everyday people making everyday decisions with clean, plentiful water in mind.

To get you started, please enjoy our Top 10 Top 10 list of things you can do to protect and restore fishable, swimmable drinkable waters in San Diego County.

It's doable.

IMG 7006San Diego has a deep and rich history as a major west coast fishing capital. So why are so many San Diegans out of touch with where their fish comes from, and how do we reconnect to our roots in the name of sustainability and locavorism? San Diego Coastkeeper is here to help. With a little creativity and a healthy sense of adventure, you can help reclaim San Diego's heritage and have a positive environmental impact all at once.

stop runoff san diegoGirlChasesGlobe.comStormwater pollution is the biggest challenge clean water faces in San Diego County. With over 3-million people living in our county, small amounts of pollution adds up fast. Here are the top ten ways you can reduce your contributions to stormwater pollution.

native landscaping san diegoGirlChasesGlobe.comSan Diego County uses an enormous amount of water keeping our landscape green even though we live in a practical desert. Here are some ways you can help protect our water while giving you plants the juice they need.

volunteer san diego countyWe want you. We want you to use your creativity, passion and dedication to protect and restore fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County. Wondering how you can help? Click to reach these top ten ways to get involved with San Diego Coastkeeper. 

eco friendly hull paint9MPhoto.comBoating is a great way to get out on the water to relax or go catch a fish. There are simple things that you can do to help keep our waterways clean.

environmental education san diegoChildren are our future. That future can be bold and beautiful or dark and dreary. You mean the difference between a generation of environmental leaders who love and respond the environment, making choices to live, work and play in a way that respects our natural spaces. And uninformed adults who don't think beyond selfish needs and desparate profit. Follow these simple tips to teach environmental lessons to the children in your life.

eco friendly ocean habitsLet's face it. Many of us live in San Diego because of its proximity to the ocean. But that also means that so many of us live near the ocean. This can stress our coastal waters and the ecosystems that depend on them. To assist you - the ocean lover - responsibly enjoy the ocean, we offer these ten tips.

h20drop-sIn San Diego, a typical household uses about 10,472 gallons of water a month. What can you do to use less this month? Whatever your conservation goal is - 15 percent, 25 percent or more - the more of these steps you take, the more water you'll save. The more water you save, the more money you'll save on your water and sewer bills.

 

reduce pollution neighborhoodNeighborhood pollution comes in all forms – cigarette butts on street corners, dog remnants on the grass, food wrappers and bags blowing by and pesticides and fertilizers in our yards. Luckily, a few easy adjustments in habits can snowball into a community effort to make your neighborhood cleaner and healthier for everyone. Try out these ten suggested steps to make your neighborhood pollution free.

drive car less san diegoThe massive amount of cars on San Diego County's roads greatly contributes to water and air pollution. We breathe the chemicals from autos, which irritate our lungs, resulting in asthma, bronchitis, lowered-lung capacity and other respiratory illnesses. Cars also cover our streets with pollution, like copper dust and oil, that rain and runoff carry into our waters. Follow these tips to drive your car less and help reduce runoff and carbon emission pollution in San Diego. 

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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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