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Seals at Children’s Pool

Seals at Children’s Pool: A jewel along the La Jolla coastline, Children’s Pool at Casa Beach attracts both human beachgoers and a harbor seal colony, a somewhat contentious gathering. SUMMARY (updated Nov 9, 2015) Since 2004, Coastkeeper has been engaged with groups and individuals who are involved in the efforts to secure a safe environment […]

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Fireworks over Water

Fireworks Over Water: We understand the historic nature of and the public’s fondness for fireworks displays and want to ensure those displays occur in a way that doesn’t compromise water quality.   SUMMARY San Diego Coastkeeper understands that fireworks displays are a time honored tradition often used to celebrate such holidays as New Year Eve and […]

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San Diego Bay

San Diego Bay looks beautiful, but under the sparkling water, there’s a toxic secret. According to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, more than thirty locations in San Diego Bay suffer from unhealthy water, ground beneath that water or both. A federal list that identifies unhealthy waters, called the 303(d) list, includes San […]

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Styro Free San Diego

Plastic foam, commonly known as Styrofoam™, endangers human health and the environment. San Diego Coastkeeper helps local restaurants reduce Styrofoam™ use. Click below to learn more: Styrofoam™ pollution and health risks associated with Styrene Alternatives Terminology Printable educational materials Testimonials The Problem with Styrofoam™ Plastic foam, more commonly known as Styrofoam™, has negative effects on […]

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Marine Protected Areas Frequently Asked Questions

What is a marine protected area or MPA?What is the MLPA (Marine Life Protection Act)?Can I swim in a marine protected area?How do marine protected areas (MPAs) work?Why does fish size matter?What is the “spillover effect?”What is the difference between a State Marine Reserve (SMR) and a State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA)?Will the MLPA (Marine […]

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Endorsements of MPAs

Elected Officials and Organizations That Endorse MPAs The following elected officials and organizations of Southern California, representing millions of people and members, stand with San Diego Coastkeeper in support of science-based marine protected areas along the south coast from Santa Barbara to the US/Mexico border. We realize that MPAs are a critical investment in the […]

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Fireworks

Love them or hate them, fireworks bring more than a light show to San Diego.   Fireworks contain a wide range of highly toxic chemicals, which vary with each firework.  Some of the concerns about fireworks are sulfur-coal compounds in the propellant; heavy metals such as radioactive barium, strontium, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, […]

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Restoring San Diego’s Toxic Waters

Would you choose to take a bath in copper-filled water? Chances are you’d pass, but did you know that copper is one of the most common pollutants in the San Diego Bay? Industrial and military operations along San Diego’s waterfronts, urban runoff and decades of neglect have left San Diego with dozens of toxic waterways, […]

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303(d) List

The Clean Water Act – the federal law that lays out the legal requirement for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of our water bodies – is our most powerful tool for making sure San Diego’s water is healthy.  It mandates that all states identify creeks, rivers and shorelines that are severely impaired by pollution.  […]

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Copper in San Diego’s Water

Copper finds its way into our waters through stormwater runoff, industrial processes and boat hull paint leaching.  The San Diego Regional Water Board developed the Shelter Island Yacht Basin (SIYB) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for dissolved copper to address poor water quality there. Coastkeeper works with the Port of San Diego, recreational and commercial […]

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