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Sea Level Rise in San Diego

San Diego County has roughly 70 miles of coastline that form the backbone of our culture, economy and critical wildlife habitat. Sea level rise resulting from global climate change has the potential to alter the form and function of our coastline habitats. Gauges along the California coast have recorded an increase during most of the […]

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San Diego’s Waters

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Santa Margarita Watershed

The way north. This watershed includes some of United States Marine Corps Camp Pendleton and north county unincorporated areas of Fallbrook and Rainbow. The drainage area of this watershed gets sandwiched as you near the coast and follow the Santa Margarita River. It includes the popular Camp Del Mar beach (Del Mar Jetty) located in […]

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San Juan Watershed

The way, way north. Most of this watershed lies within Orange County. In fact, you can only live in this part of San Diego Couny if you or a family member are stationed at United State Marine Corps (USMC) Camp Pendleton and have a USMC emblem on your lapel. Many coastal water quality researchers consider […]

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Pueblo Watershed

The smallest and the most densely populated of the county’s watersheds, Pueblo covers Lemon Grove, La Mesa, National City, downtown San Diego and Point Loma. We’ve developed approximately 75 percent of the watershed. The existing hard-scape (parking lots, roads, etc.) coupled with the large population means people can generate a lot of urban runoff pollution, […]

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Tijuana Watershed

About a quarter of this watershed lies within the United States and the remainder lies in Mexico. More than one million people live in this watershed. The main waterway, the Tijuana River, which enters the U.S. at San Ysidro about five miles east of the ocean, suffers from a long list of water quality problems. […]

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Carlsbad Watershed

One of the broadest watersheds along the San Diego County coastline, the Carlsbad watershed covers south Oceanside to Solana Beach, including Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos and Encinitas. This watershed encompasses many coastal lagoons and creeks: Loma Alta Creek, Buena Vista Lagoon, Agua Hedionda Lagoon, Batiquitos Lagoon and San Elijo Lagoon/ Escondido Creek. Popular attractions include […]

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Otay Watershed

This watershed encompasses a lot of unincorporated area as well as portions of the cities of National City, Chula Vista, San Diego, Coronado and Imperial Beach. Two drinking water reservoirs, Upper and Lower Otay Lakes, also provide important habitat and recreational opportunities. The Multiple Species Conservation Plan incorporates 36 square miles of this watershed to […]

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Sweetwater Watershed

This watershed spans from Cuyamaca Rancho State Park southwest to Chula Vista and includes the Loveland and Sweetwater drinking water reservoirs. Popular attractions include golf courses and three County of San Diego parks: Sweetwater, Steele Canyon and Old Ironside. The watershed’s main waterway, the Sweetwater River empties into San Diego Bay, making this one of […]

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