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Fighting for Science in San Diego Schools

This past year, San Diego Coastkeeper has been leading the fight for strong science programs in San Diego schools. Since 2000, science education and performance has improved dramatically in San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). The district is the second largest school district in California and it now ranks competitively with coastal districts and is …

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Volunteer Captains for Clean Sweep

I never thought I’d know how to dry dock a Boston Whaler, but I know now. I’m also pretty good at cleaning a boat cover of the “gifts” left by the local birds. Today I spent the morning on Clean Sweep with San Diego Coastkeeper’s soon-to-be-former outreach and volunteer coordinator, who’s on her way to …

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How Qualcomm Does It

Not everyone gets to spend Friday afternoon on the beach and then enjoy a delicious cookout with a bunch of cool people and call it “work.” I love my job! At the end of June, I headed down to Mission Bay for a sponsored beach cleanup with about 60 employees from Qualcomm. These folks know …

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Clearing the air about desalination

Environmental groups challenging the Carlsbad Desalination Plant scrutinize the project because as proposed it’s the region’s most expensive and energy intensive water supply option. As one of the environmental groups leading the charge in challenging the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, we’re clearing the air about a few misconceptions. Truth #1 Our cases have merit. Procedural deficiencies …

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Ocean Protection Council Sets Statewide Environmental Precedent, Part 2

San Diego recently hosted the California Ocean Protection Council (COPC), a committee we haven’t seen in this region since 2005. Governor Schwarzenegger created the COPC to regulate ocean health in California, and the commissioners represent the state’s leading elected and appointed officials. As the executive director of San Diego Coastkeeper, the county’s largest water quality …

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Ocean Protection Council Sets Statewide Environmental Precedence, Part 1

San Diego recently hosted the California Ocean Protection Council (COPC), a committee we haven’t seen in this region since 2005. Governor Schwarzenegger created the COPC to regulate ocean health in California, and the commissioners represent the state’s leading elected and appointed officials. As the executive director of San Diego Coastkeeper, the county’s largest water quality …

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Recycling wastewater into drinking water–why not?

Indirect potable reuse sounds technical, doesn’t it? Referred to as IPR, it a process that recycles wastewater into water so clean that it can augment our reservoirs and help increase our drinking water supplies. This means that in non-technical terms, it’s recycling water we’ve already used. At San Diego Coastkeeper, we believe in the old …

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Vote with your fork

A lot of people these days want to feel a sense of place in the things they eat. Whether they do it for culinary or environmental reasons, there’s a growing demand in San Diego for locally sourced food. You can easily find local citrus and squash at your neighborhood farmer’s market, but things get a …

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The problem of trash in our ocean starts inland

Marine debris in the Pacific Ocean is increasing at a startling rate! Studies of have shown that millions of birds, fish, marine mammals and other wildlife are impacted every year from ingesting or getting entangled in plastics and other debris. It is not solely the cities and counties on the coastline that contribute to the …

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