February 17 – Coastkeeper Brings City Heights 3rd Annual Walk the Watershed

Community members, students learn about Swan Canyon on March 20

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SAN DIEGO, February 17, 2010- San Diego Coastkeeper will host its 3rd annual Walk the
Watershed restoration and education event in City Heights on Saturday, March 20. The event
in Swan Canyon aims to increase awareness within the community about how residents can
restore and protect the Pueblo Watershed. The free event begins at 10 a.m. at Monroe Clark
Middle School and concludes at 2 p.m. at Hamilton Elementary School with a celebration for

“City Heights is in one of San Diego’s 11 watersheds, which are natural drainage systems that
carry with them oils, trash, pesticides and other toxins from across the county into our bays and
ocean,” said Coastkeeper Executive Director Bruce Reznik. “Walk the Watershed celebrates
City Height’s natural resources and brings community members together to learn the
importance of preserving and restoring their local watershed in Swan Canyon.”

During the event, elementary school students and community members will walk a path
through Swan Canyon and nearby neighborhoods, and they will stop at educational stations
along the way. Event partners Ocean Discovery Institute, Outside the Lens, Elementary Institute
of Science and Food & Water Watch will host educational stations consisting of watershed
models, native seed planting, photography and art, recycling, water quality monitoring, green
gardening, pollution prevention and watershed ecology. Walkers will also identify storm
drains and distinguish between urban and natural watershed landscape.

Events like Walk the Watershed are important to help residents across the county understand
that what they do inland can affect the health of the bays and ocean.

Event organizers expect about 500 students and community members to participate in the walk,
which concludes with a party with food, music and entertainment. This event is open to the
public. For more information and to RSVP to attend Walk the Watershed, visit Coastkeeper’s
website at localhost/sdcoastkeeper.

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Founded in 1995, San Diego Coastkeeper protects the region’s bays, beaches, watersheds and
ocean for the people and wildlife that depend on them. We balance community outreach,
education, and advocacy to promote stewardship of clean water and a healthy coastal