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What Exactly is a Red Tide?

Coastkeeper Science Advisor Jim Perry sheds some light on a phenomenon occurring up and down the Southern California coast. Jim is the director of the cardiac electrophysiology and adult congenital heart programs at Rady Children’s Hospital, and the co-founder of two chapters of Surfrider Foundation. — What’s the story with Red Tide? Much of the coastline of …

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Becoming an armchair activist

Coastkeeper and advocacy Part of the important work we do here at San Diego Coastkeeper is ensuring the individuals and entities responsible for protecting public and environmental health are doing their jobs to safeguard our waters, our communities, and our environment. That is true during times of relative tranquility, and it remains true in times …

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Diversions For Difficult Times

As our community grapples with how to navigate a pandemic and all the disruptions in its wake, things look very different for most of us right now than they did even a week ago. You may be a parent who suddenly has kids at home who still need access to education resources and school meals. …

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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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