November 28 – San Diego Coastkeeper’s Signs of the Tide Puts a LID on Pollution

Event unravels how low impact development can halt North Park’s urban runoff

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 28, 2012 – 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 Low Impact Development, an emerging development technique, can stop urban runoff, provide a low-energy water supply and save the region’s waters from pollution. This event will focus on the challenges and opportunities present in the North Park community.

Moderated by Coastkeeper Waterkeeper Jill Witkowski, who will set the scene with updates from a regulatory process that is considering low impact development, the event also features:

  • Bill Harris, supervising public information officer for the City of San Diego, who will explore why San Diego needs LID and the outcomes of using LID in our community.
  • Leslie Ryan, landscape architecture department chair at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, who will explore real-world low impact development designs to address current problems with stormwater and flooding in the North Park community.
  • Shawn Weedon, senior engineer from Geocon Incorporated, who will talk about soils found around North Park and the issues and opportunities these soils present for water drainage.
  • Robert Thiele, sustainable architect, who will share examples of projects from San Diego and provide an economic perspective to making LID succeed in projects.

To highlight the real-world application of LID in San Diego, Coastkeeper partnered with landscape architecture students from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design to work on creating innovative urban designs to reduce water pollution. The students studied an existing North Park plot of land and will reveal their solutions to redeveloping that lot with low impact solutions.

The Signs of the Tide is on Dec. 6, 2012, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Queen Bee’s at 3925 Ohio Street, San Diego, CA 92104. Light food and refreshments will be provided. Event entry is $5. RSVP here for this event.

San Diego Green Building Council, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, City of San Diego Think Blue and North Park Mainstreet Association proudly sponsor Signs of the Tide: Put a LID on Pollution event.

For more information, please visit localhost/sdcoastkeeper.


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