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In a season of more, support industries that use less

It’s the time of year for gathering with friends and family, sharing stories over simmering pots of spiced cider, and embracing our best hygge selves with cozy sweaters and thoughtful gifts. It’s also the time of the year for flash sales and rush shipping and BOGO and last minute gift gathering maddness. For elaborate meals …

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Integrated Water Management and the Water-Energy Nexus

Editor’s note: Congratulations for being the kind of person who would click on a title like that. Despite the fact that it’s actually a very interesting and dynamic topic, it’s virtually impossible to write a clickbait-y title for an article on integrated water management (believe me, I’ve tried), so I commend you on your genuine …

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Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Make A Difference This Holiday Season Here at San Diego Coastkeeper, we’re proud to partner with a handful of local and sustainably-minded companies that are dedicated to giving back to our natural world and the communities and wildlife that depend on a healthy environment. By supporting San Diego Coastkeeper, these companies support the programs and …

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Can preventing industrial pollution also save water? You bet.

Setting The Scene: Industrial Pollution in San Diego County Here in San Diego County, urban runoff is the largest contributor of pollutants into our region’s waterways. Stormwater runoff from industrial facilities in particular significantly contributes to these pollution threats. Certain types of industrial operations conducted in the San Diego region are known to handle or …

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California’s Water Use: How do we compare?

WATER USE: IT’S COMPLICATED It’s no secret that water supply, water rights, and water use are complex issues in the state of California. But more broadly speaking, how does water use in California measure up against other states? According to the UCGS, the United States as a whole used over 321,500 million gallons of water …

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The Water in Your Energy

THE PRICE GASOLINE IS HIGHER THAN YOU THINK Water and energy, two of the most essential elements in our modern society, are inextricably linked. In our prior articles regarding the water-energy nexus, we discussed the massive energy demands, and corresponding greenhouse gas impacts, of transporting, treating, and disposing of water in California. For example, the …

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Pure Project: In pursuit of a more sustainable brew

CHEERS TO SUSTAINABILITY San Diego is known as the Beer Capital of America, and with 155 craft breweries, it is clear why.  While the brewing process can be environmentally taxing – using numerous gallons of water in each step, and requiring grain that often uses chemicals for growth and fossil fuels for transport – there …

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The Water You Wear

The ocean, rivers, and you As individuals, we can make lots of choices to help our ocean, rivers, and streams — like choosing to ditch single-use plastics, using reusable water bottles, or opting for reef-friendly sunscreen. But a lot of our environmental impact is influenced by less-obvious decisions. For example, have you ever thought about …

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Keeping an Eye on Conservation

Conservation in the post-drought era On the heels of one of the worst droughts in California history – and in the face of a rapidly changing climate and increasingly erratic weather patterns – San Diego Coastkeeper advocated for statewide legislation that would make efficient water use the norm for our region and improve water supply …

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