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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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March 23 – Will You Ride The Tide With Us?

  Grab a friend and your bike and get ready to be inspired.   We are thrilled to be partnering with our friends at San Diego Sustainable Living Institute and Catching H2O for an all-levels bike ride on Saturday, March 23, featuring some amazing behind-the-scenes local work in sustainable living. We’ll be cruising through the …

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The Water In Your Plastic

  At the end of each year, we take some time to look at all the items of trash beach cleanup volunteers found on San Diego’s beaches over the past twelve months. We look at the numbers, compare them to years past, and write up and share those results and our thoughts on our beach …

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You are watering your lawn with drinking water

During the last stretch of drought, you heard us advocating consistently for a radical restructuring of our relationship with water here in San Diego. In a drought-prone region like ours – and with climate change leading to increasing uncertainty when it comes to accessing reliable water supplies – using water wisely is only growing in …

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The Water-Energy Nexus: A Deeper Look

The Water-Energy Nexus Revisited:  Water Conservation, Potable Reuse, and Desalination Water and energy are fundamentally and inextricably connected. In our last article on the subject, we introduced the water-energy nexus and explored the greenhouse gas and climate impacts of the 48 terawatt-hours of electricity used every year to power the transportation, treatment, and disposal of …

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