October 11 – Coastkeeper Announces Members of its First Community Advisory Council

Group will help find and fix water quality problems in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 11, 2012 –– San Diego Coastkeeper announces the members of its first Community Advisory Council. This new entity includes community members who bring individual perspectives on how water pollution impacts different neighborhoods throughout the region. Members of the group will help Coastkeeper find and fix water quality issues that the communities in San Diego County face.

“San Diego Coastkeeper’s Community Advisory Council will work with us to help us identify and solve the critical issues affecting water quality in our county,” said Micah Mitrosky, the Coastkeeper board member who coordinates the council. “By connecting with these volunteers through this collaborative committee, we’re ensuring the organization has direct involvement with the community to solve everyday water pollution problems and empower the community as part of those solutions.”

Members include:

• Brent Alspach, Oceanside

• Margarita Diaz, Tijuana

• Jenny Kressel , Mission Hills

• Taya Lazootin, College Area

• Harry Orgovan, Chula Vista

• Allison Price, Mission Valley

• Craig Sherman, Carmel Valley

• Jessica Toth, Cardiff-by-the-Sea

• Hector Valtierra, La Mesa and El Cajon

• Alberto Vasquez, Encanto

As the inaugural Community Advisory Council, these members get to create the structure and goals of the council. The group will collaborate with organizational staff and a liaison from the board of directors to inform the organization about water quality issues in San Diego County and to help devise solutions.

Coastkeeper received a wave of applications after announcing the launch of the council at its Signs of the Tide event on August 7. Out of the nearly 30 applicants, Coastkeeper selected ten individuals after a series of application reviews and interviews.

San Diego Coastkeeper will formally introduce the members of the Community Advisory Council to its supporters and donors at the Seaside Soiree on November 15 at Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center. Tickets are $200 and can be purchased through Coastkeeper’s website at localhost/sdcoastkeeper.

For more information about the Community Advisory Council, please visit localhost/sdcoastkeeper.

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