The event unravels how low impact development can seize urban runoff
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 14, 2011 – Urban runoff, the single biggest threat to San Diego water, continues to impact the region’s water quality of inland and coastal waters. On Dec. 6, San Diego Coastkeeper invites residents to its Signs of the Tide: Put a LID on Pollution event to find out how they can stop the urban runoff and save the region’s waters from pollution.
Moderated by Robert Santos, a weathercaster and reporter at ABC10 News, the attendees will learn from the various experts about low impact development (LID) and options San Diego has to implement this urban runoff prevention tool.
The speakers include:
• Edward Beldenwill, a US Green Council Boardmember and principal at SCALEgreen LLC, will discuss the major LID features in Southern California. He will address LID costs and benefits, including reducing polluted runoff, improved water supply and flood control.
• Bill Harris, supervising public information officer for the City of San Diego, will answer the questions like why San Diego needs the LID and the outcomes of using LID in our community.
• Leslie Ryan, landscape architecture department chair at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, will explore a real-world low impact development designs to address current problems with stormwater and flooding in the Ocean Beach community.
To highlight the real-world application of LID in San Diego, Coastkeeper partnered with landscape architecture students from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design and Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association to work on creating innovative urban designs to reduce water pollution in Ocean Beach. The students worked on low impact development design solutions that focus on keeping stormwater on site, infiltrating or capturing it, primarily by harnessing the power of plants. The students will present these low impact design projects at the event.
The Signs of the Tide is on Dec. 6, 2011, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Electric Ladyland Art and Music Center at 4944 Newport Ave., San Diego, CA 92107. Coastkeeper will provide light food and refreshments. The coordinators advise the attendees to park along Newport Ave. The participants can also park at The Apple Tree Market, municipal parking at the end of Newport Ave. or a parking lot behind OB Surf and Skate.
Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association, NewSchool of Architecture and Design and Think Blue San Diego proudly sponsor Signs of the Tide: Put a Lid on Pollution event.
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Founded in 1995, San Diego Coastkeeper protects the region’s bays, beaches, watersheds and ocean for the people and wildlife that depend on them. We balance community outreach, education, and advocacy to promote stewardship of clean water and a healthy coastal ecosystem. For more information, visit San Diego Coastkeeper online at http://localhost/sdcoastkeeper.