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Trash on the Water Fog in the Sky

As a student attorney for San Diego Coastkeeper, my work naturally revolves around the organization’s core mission of ensuring drinkable, swimmable, and fishable waters. While water is almost always the central theme of my work, there is a difference between talking or writing about water and actually seeing, feeling, and breathing the ocean. So when …

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Coastkeeper and UCSD tackle marine debris sources

Beach cleanups are one of our volunteers’ favorite programs. Who doesn’t love a morning on the beach with friends and family while helping to solve our global marine debris issue? So far this year, more than 1,000 Coastkeeper volunteers have removed over 2,736 pounds of trash from our coastline. Impressive work, but still troubling. Even …

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Take a Survey to Protect Del Mar Beaches

My name is Derek Kiy, and I am a junior at Canyon Crest Academy. When I began the conceptualization of an Eagle Scout project, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to make a legitimate impact on the community. I contacted San Diego Coastkeeper regarding a project proposal, and they jumped on the opportunity to guide me …

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It’s the Little Things

As I was driving to the Morning After Mess cleanup in Mission Beach, I was pleasantly surprised at the apparent lack of garbage left after Independence Day celebrations. After chatting briefly with our friends at I Love a Clean San Diego about how more than 150 volunteers were picking up trash in Mission Beach, I headed to Bonita Cove, …

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Why are Moonlight Beach Cleanups Cancelled?

Starting this September, the City of Encinitas will be making improvements to Moonlight Beach through June 2013. Due to anticipated construction, the Moonlight Beach parking lot and access areas will not be available for special events. This includes our beach cleanups which were scheduled for September 15, October 20 and November 17. We anticipate resuming …

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Power cleaning with Power Scuba

On August 4, San Diego Coastkeeper and Power Scuba joined forces for an underwater and beach cleanup. We had walkers, kayakers, snorkelers and divers participate. The following account from diver Dan Prosperi and photos from his dive buddy Lida Chaipat tell the story. When I started hearing rumors about an underwater cleanup in Mission Bay, …

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Ditching the Plastic Foam in San Diego

Imagine you have just finished an excellent meal at your favorite local restaurant. When you feel like you can’t fit any more into your stomach, the wait staff comes by to bring you a box for your leftovers. Of course, no one wants to waste food, however, you receive a box made from plastic foam, …

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Plastic Bags: The Environment’s Deadly Predator

Evan Lewis, an 11-year-old environmental activitist, is a member of Kids Eco Club of the National Youth Green Council. Plastic bags. Oh, they are such a helpful resource in our society. But are they really worth it? Are they really worth killing animals, overflowing our landfills and polluting our environment? Every man, woman and child on …

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