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Phytoplankton – Canary in the coal mine

Several weeks ago, CNN did a story about the toxic effects of oil and dispersants in the Gulf. Researchers from the University of South Florida used the same toxicity test that San Diego Coastkeeper uses to monitor the health of our local waterways. The QwikLite test method uses a type of naturally occurring plankton to …

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Save water, save energy, save polar bears

Saving polar bears directly by conserving water may be a stretch, but an incredible amount of our state’s energy, and the associated carbon footprint, is used on transporting water.  California’s Energy Commission estimates that water related activities use “19 percent of the state’s electricity, 30 percent of its natural gas, and 88 billion gallons of …

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Won’t you be my neighbor… who waters less?

  Photo credit Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood / PBS Last Saturday morning, I was heading out for a run, when I noticed my neighbor was watering his lawn. It was 11 a.m., and some of his sprinklers had overshot his lawn and water was flowing directly into the storm drain.  The fact that my neighbor was …

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An environmentalist’s wine drinking dilemma

As we sampled local wines in Temecula, I noticed several wineries now offering organically and bio-dynamically grown wines. I love wine. I enjoy dark beer, tart lemonade and cold tap water. But I love wine. Especially if it’s red and spicy with hints of berry. Unfortunately, most of my favorites (Argentinean Malbec, Australian Shiraz and, …

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Please eat this fish to extinction

    Please eat this fish to extinction. What an interesting idea. Personally I’ve never tried lionfish, but word on the street is that it is quite delectable. Lionfish are an invasive species (and aggressive predator) to the Atlantic. And to keep them from chomping their way to domination, NOAA developed an “Eat Lionfish” campaign. …

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Take Action – Ban Plastic Bags

Each year, the average consumer uses 500 plastic bags. Each of these 500 plastic bags cost the taxpayer as much as 17 cents in recycling, collection and disposal—totalling $85 per year. Support AB 1998 to save our environment and your tax dollars. Photo credit Matthew Meier Photography It’s down to the wire. With days to …

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Ban Plastic Bags

California’s ocean economy is valued at $43 billion, including an estimated 408,000 jobs mostly in the tourism and recreation sectors. But plastic bags are littering our waterways and our coasts, threatening the marine environment, damaging our economy, and creating a potential hazard to human health. Join in the fight against plastic bag waste by SUPPORTING …

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Coastkeeper Tours Groundwater Replenishment System

On June 25, the San Diego Coastkeeper Environmental Law Clinic staff and legal interns toured the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System in Fountain Valley, CA.      The Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System began as a response to a water shortage in Orange County in 1965. At this time it was discovered that the water …

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