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April 21- San Diego Coastkeeper Calls for 2014 Coastal Champion Nominations


Organization to hold awards breakfast in honor of World Oceans Day

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April 21- Belly Up Presents Third Annual Ocean Commotion Concert


Headlined by Barnwell Shift, concert will benefit San Diego Coastkeeper

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April 1- Acclaimed Oceanside Artist to Showcase Limited Edition Prints at Culture Brewing Company’s Art & Culture Event


Proceeds from April 4 event will benefit San Diego Coastkeeper

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March 27- Coastkeeper Says Today's Water Authority Vote Lacks Vision

Water wholesaler fails to address greater environmental, fiscal impacts of water supply plan

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March 27- San Diego County Water Authority Wants All Residents to Pay for Costly Desalination—Even if Their City Doesn’t Buy It


Environmental groups call for a decision delay on the fee structure that could embed desalination rates into fixed costs paid by all customers

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March 26- Environmental Organizations Say County Water Authority is Missing the Mark on its Water Supply Plan


Groups warn that the water wholesaler fails to address big picture impacts of its shortsighted strategy

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March 4 - San Diego Coastkeeper Welcomes Glen Schmidt to Board of Directors


Schmidt's policy, conservation experience adds to depth of the board

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February 5 - Coastkeeper Warns City of San Diego That Voluntary Water Conservation Is a Good First Step But May Not be Enough

In anticipation of today's City of San Diego press conference responding to statewide drought, Coastkeeper says now is the time for mandatory conservation

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January 24 - Coastkeeper Launches New San Diego Water Quality Database

Organization shares 2013 results showing Los Peñasquitos, San Diego watersheds taking top honors as good and Tijuana ranking lowest as poor

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January 17 - Coastkeeper Calls on County Water Authority to Enact Mandatory Water Conservation

Governor Brown expected to declare today statewide drought after local agency says San Diego County has plentiful water supplies

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January 17 - San Diego Coastkeeper Hires Matt O’Malley as Waterkeeper

Organization also promotes Travis Pritchard to program manager

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tank that Leak: A Quick Fix to Save Water

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Single Use Can Mean Permanent Harm

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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