The spark that lights the San Diego water quality monitoring fire


Amanda, Chris and Taya test for pollution in water samples from throughout the region.

The third Saturday morning of the month is one of those times that I always look forward to on the calendar.  While I’m sure most of the world is pumped for some college football, turning on their favorite cartoon or gearing up for some fun weekend adventure, I’m firing up my Vespa and charging full throttle from PB, past Mission Bay, over the Ingraham Bridge, and past those “adult establishments” on Sports Arena Boulevard.

I always smile as I swing a hard left into the Einstein’s Bros. Bagels on the corner of Midway and Rosecrans because I know my friend Debbie is waiting with the two giant bags of bagels she donates every month to the volunteers in our Water Quality Monitoring program.  They are always super fresh, tasty and chocked full of carbs to fuel our volunteer’s adventures through San Diego’s major watersheds.

I stuff a few bagel bites (the cinnamon are my favorite) in my mouth, hop back on the Vespa and fly down to Liberty Station where another tasty treat awaits. Starbucks of Liberty Station on Truxtun Road is always on board to support the cause, and Elaina and crew always have a carrier or two of coffee ready and fresh from the press for our volunteers.  I grab an americano for the road, the caffeine kicks in and I get prepped for our amazing team of volunteers to arrive.  

I know how much the coffee and bagels help me get fired up for the day, and I know our volunteers feel the same way.  The San Diego Coastkeeper team knows how important it is to monitor San Diego water quality for pollution, and it’s great to have community businesses that feel the same way.

Thanks so much to Starbucks and Einstein Bros!