Current Work on Toxic Waters

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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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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Pathogens in San Diego’s Water

Winter in San Diego is a fairly predictable time for locals –we get a few rainstorms followed with warnings to stay out of the water. We also get sewage spills that release fecal-associated pathogens into San Diego’s waters. Why does this matter? Pathogens make us sick. They are disease-causing microorganisms and include viruses, bacteria and […]

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Pesticides in San Diego’s Water

We don’t want insects in our homes, in our food or on our flowers, so we rely on very toxic chemicals to kill them. Unfortunately, these chemicals kill other invertebrates as well. Just because government agencies approve pesticides doesn’t mean they are safe for the wider environment. Research definitively shows two popular and widely used […]

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