November 18 - Coastkeeper Says Water Quality at Stake with Today's Change to Stormwater Permit

New amendment to stormwater permit removes accountability for clean water results


November 17 - Environmental Organizations Say Today’s Water Rate Increase Keeps City of San Diego in Compliance

Organizations say 2014 contract obligates City to fund Pure Water San Diego


October 30 - San Diego Coastkeeper’s Seaside Soiree Raises Nearly $80,000 For Clean Water

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. helps watchdog organization launch three-year plan to win more water victories


October 26 - Project SWELL Partners Launch 5th Grade Curriculum Featuring Pure Water San Diego

Environmental science lessons teach students about San Diego’s new wastewater recycling program


September 18 - San Diego Coastkeeper Announces Search for New Executive Director

Organization celebrates Megan Baehrens’ accomplishments as she steps down on October 2


July 31 - Yesterday's Ruling Puts San Diego at Risk With Energy-Intensive Water Supply Plan

Coastkeeper says Water Authority’s misguided long-term strategy gets a pass despite elevated need for conservation, water recycling


July 30 - Biggest California Water Users Targeted for Enforcement Action

California Waterkeepers call for bigger cuts to outdoor water use and increased investment in enforcement


July 29 - Coastkeeper Argues that San Diego County Water Authority’s Water Supply Plan Fails to Address Environmental Impacts

Today’s oral arguments are the first in organization’s 2014 lawsuit filed against the water supplier


July 10 - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Selected as Keynote Speaker for Coastkeeper’s 18th Annual Seaside Soiree

San Diego’s water quality watchdog says important fundraiser honors 20 years of impact


June 11 - San Diego Coastkeeper Celebrates 20th Anniversary Protecting the County’s Waters

Region's water quality, water supply watchdog announces event honoring two decades of impact


June 8 - San Diego Coastkeeper Honors Coastal Champions on World Oceans Day

Awards breakfast highlights San Diego Coastkeeper’s 20th anniversary protecting the county’s waters


May 7 - San Diego Coastkeeper Says Yesterday’s Approval of Amendment to State’s Ocean Plan Sets Unclear Standards For Desalination Plants

Watchdog organization says decision by the State Water Resources Control Board could allow mistakes of Carlsbad Desalination plant to propagate statewide


April 8 - Bands Announced for Coastkeeper’s 4th-Annual Ocean Commotion Concert on April 18

Lee Koch, Jah-N-1 Roots, Mono Verde and Wag Halen join headliner The Barnwell Shift in the all-volunteer lineup


April 7 - Coastkeeper Says Today’s Approval of Statewide Trash Rules is Great for San Diego

California State Water Quality Control Board passes mandatory guidelines for cities and counties to prevent trash from reaching our waters


April 1 - San Diego Coastkeeper Opens Nominations for Coastal Champions Awards

On June 8, yearly event will recognize clean water advocates, projects across the county


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Fishable Facts

  • Kelp forests play home to more than 700 species of marine creatures.
  • Many factors including pollution, climate change, and over-fishing contribute to kelp forest decline, and their collective impact is far greater than any individual stressor.
  • Research has shown that grazing by inflated sea urchins populations damaged kelp forests and slowed recovery in the '50s to '70s off Point Loma. Sea otters, lobster, and sheephead fish are important predators, keeping urchin populations in check.
  • Many fish off California's coast are in such decline that some species will take 50-80 years to recover to healthy levels.
  • La Jolla's lush kelp forest is like a stand of underwater redwoods – it provides food and shelter for hundreds of species, from tiny invertebrates to fish, mammals and birds.
  • Since 1990, revenues from commercial fishing have declined by more than half and the number of fishing boats calling at California ports has declined by nearly three-quarters.
  • Average size across a wide range of West Coast fish is down by half from 20 years ago.
  • A 40-cm bocaccio rockfish produces an average of just over 200,000 eggs per year, whereas an 80-cm fish at double the length produces nearly 10 times as many eggs (2 million)!
  • Nearly 80 percent of marine debris comes from land-based sources.
  • Regardless of their size, plastic pollution bits are not digestible by any creature.
  • More than 60 percent of all marine debris is plastic.
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