We’ve been a voice for San Diego’s waters for over 25 years. As the region’s leading water quality “watchdog,” we don’t shy away from a fight, and neither should you. Learn about the campaigns we’re working on right now and how you can join the movement.
Due to the region’s relatively dry climate, San Diego County imports over 80 percent of its water. More than half the water used in San Diego comes from a series of dams, canals, and pipes carrying water from the distant Colorado River. Despite its status as one of the the most endangered rivers in the United States, the Colorado supports the water needs of over 30 million people across California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, and Colorado.
STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING
Our stormwater system is failing. Emergency repairs to our stormwater system are costly and take funding away from other critical projects. Stormwater pollution is San Diego’s most persistent threat to our coastline and ecosystem. The City of San Diego Stormwater Department has a budget shortfall of 1.4 billion dollars in outstanding projects. We need clean, safe water for San Diego and a dedicated stormwater revenue source.
REGIONAL CONVEYANCE SYSTEM
Estimated cost: $6 billion. New water delivered: none. This outrageously expensive pipe dream is not only redundant and unnecessary but will needlessly burden future generations of San Diegans. Not only would the negative environmental impacts of tunneling and drilling through the San Diego backcountry be massive, but so would the energy implications.
OFFSHORE FISH FARMING
Proponents of offshore fish farming, or aquaculture, proposals have hailed these projects as part of the solution to the world’s food needs and as a much-needed stimulus for San Diego’s port and marine-based industries. Yet, offshore fish farming projects are accompanied by significant impacts on water quality, wildlife, habitat, and other environmental resources in coastal San Diego.