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From the Executive Director’s Desk: What’s Coastkeeper doing on water conservation?

We’re in the worst drought in California’s recorded history–and the City of San Diego has not yet elevated its water use restrictions to Level 2. This is unacceptable. Governor Brown already requested everyone in the state reach 20 percent conservation, and the San Diego County Water Authority recently approved moving voluntary water use restrictions to …

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Why We Sued

Well, hello blog readers. Because you’re an important part of the Coastkeeper community, I wanted to take a moment to give you an insider’s perspective on our recent lawsuit. We filed against the San Diego County Water Authority for failing to account for the environmental impacts of existing and future water supply sources in its recently …

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The Water Authority Misses the Mark…Again

It probably won’t surprise you that as San Diego Coastkeeper’s Waterkeeper I spend a lot of my time thinking about water- the best sources, the best methods and the best ways we can take stewardship for our environment while meeting our serious regional water needs. I probably don’t need to tell you that we live …

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What A Waste: The Hidden Waste of Water Leaks

Did you know that March 17-23 is Fix a Leak Week? Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this week brings attention to water leaks, which are a serious concern, especially in drought- stricken California. A leak doesn’t seem like a big deal? It is. Each year, more than 1 trillion gallons of water are …

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San Diego’s Waters Deserve Our Best

The following was written by Coastkeeper’s Jo Brooks and Everett Delano of our board of directors in response to a February 23 U-T San Diego editorial that criticized stormwater runoff requirements. This is the full text of their response, a partial response was published in the March 15, 2014 U-T. A recent U-T San Diego …

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Lake Morena and San Diego’s Water Supply

Shortly before the Governor declared an emergency state of drought in California, a question of supply arose. In the news recently is a story about the ongoing drawdown of water from Lake Morena. To sum it all up, the City of San Diego has begun drawing water out of Lake Morena for water supply, while …

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Fishable, Swimmable, Drinkable water for ALL of us

Protecting and restoring fishable, swimmable, drinkable San Diego waters. That’s San Diego Coastkeeper’s mission. Our mission echoes the goals of the Clean Water Act, which aims to protect all waters for all people–not just for the rich or the powerful. Too often environmental protection is the privilege of select communities, not the masses.  The Clean …

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Drought, what drought?

  We’re always in a drought. Seriously, people, I grew up here. There’s never been a time when it wasn’t important to conserve water. We watered our yards after 6 p.m., turned the faucet off when washing dishes or brushing our teeth and took brief showers. Some of that was mandated; some was common sense. …

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Potable Reuse vs. Desalination

Indirect Potable Reuse vs. Desalination: We support a diverse water supply portfolio. However, with the region’s limited resources, San Diego County’s immediate capital investment—and corresponding rate increases— should focus on potable reuse projects.  Updated October 4, 2012 San Diego Coastkeeper supports a diverse water supply portfolio. However, with the region’s limited resources, San Diego County’s …

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