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How California’s Conservation Legislation Faltered

As difficult as the relentless period of drought had been, perhaps it could serve as a necessary and long-awaited wake-up call for our state. It may have taken three years of the worst drought conditions in the state’s history, but California seemed to be changing the way we valued, talked about, and conserved water.

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Watershed Spotlight: Rose Creek

Welcome to the second installment of our Watershed Spotlight series! Coming up, we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite San Diego County watersheds (hint: it’s all of them) in a new feature series on these amazing places we call home. Need a quick refresher on the definition of a watershed? Start here. Location The Rose …

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San Diego’s Dwindling Conservation

Recent numbers on urban water use in our region have illuminated a less-than-stellar trend: Many of our area water suppliers are reporting negative conservation rates in December and January, meaning we’re using more water now than we were before the drought even started. It’s both surprising and disappointing to see our region’s water use has …

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The Poetry of Water Monitors, Volume II

A couple years ago, our beloved (now former) lab manager, Travis Pritchard, decided he saw something special scrawled in “Notes, Observations, and Comments” section of the field data sheets of our volunteer water quality monitors. These monitors visit sites along rivers and steams throughout San Diego, taking readings and collecting water samples, giving each visited …

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A Return To Drought

With conditions across California suggesting an impending return to drought, San Diego is poised to take a meaningful leadership role in sustainable water management – should the city step up and take it.

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Using Conservation to Combat Pollution

As clean water people, we talk a lot about water quality here at Coastkeeper. Because we also care about where our water comes from and how much of it we are using, we also talk a lot about water supply and conservation. Below, we’ll take a deep dive into just how water quality and quality …

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Conscientious Homeowner

Water in San Diego County San Diego County imports over 80 percent of our drinking water from far-away sources such as the Colorado River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. We use about half of that drinking water for outdoor uses, such as watering our lawns. This dependence on energy-intensive imported water and water-intensive uses …

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Water conservation, one kid at a time

Off to a swell start Back in 2013, I landed myself a really swell job. At San Diego Coastkeeper, Project SWELL is the name of our K-6th environmental curriculum. SWELL stands for “Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership.” It’s a fitting title. Through Project SWELL, Coastkeeper teaches kids about water conservation, climate science, and the …

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