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San Diego Coastkeeper, Valuable Service for Our Precious Waterways

December 28, 2010

Went to high school with Bruce Reznik. He was a friend of a friend. His organization, San Diego Coastkeeper, is involved with San Diego’s inland and coastal water issues. I see Bruce’s name pop up here, there, and everywhere when it comes to issues surrounding our precious waterways. Take a moment to find out more. From their web site:

San Diego Coastkeeper protects the region’s inland and coastal waters for the communities and wildlife that depend on them by blending education, community empowerment and advocacy.

Vision

San Diego Coastkeeper is the region’s go-to organization inspiring individuals and communities to make clean and thriving coastal and inland waters a reality

Values

In striving to achieve our mission, the San Diego Coastkeeper team seeks always (and all ways) to be:

* Impactful: Addressing the root issues affecting our inland and coastal waters with a solutions-oriented approach that recognizes the connections between people and the natural world
* Thoughtful: Basing our decisions and actions on the best available scientific, legal and public policy rationale, while being respectful of those who disagree with our views
* Courageous: Being a zealous advocate for those positions we believe are right and necessary, even when unpopular
* Transparent: Providing the public with the rationale for our decisions and actions in a straightforward fashion to help raise the level of public discourse about the important issues in which we engage
* Collaborative: Engaging broad-based coalitions in our work to enhance effectiveness while empowering local communities to steward our shared environment
* Passionate: Caring about the work we do and the waters we protect, ensuring that generations to come will be able to better enjoy the region’s resources
* Exemplar: Serving as role models for protecting the environment in both our personal and professional lives

Protect San Diego’s Ocean

Keep your backyard waters healthy. Donate Now to help us protect your playground for you today and generations to come.

Let Us Check Into It

Did you see a polluter? Even if it occurs on land, our waters could be harmed. Don’t let it go unnoticed; report the polluter to us.

Become a San Diego Coastkeeper

Become a member, and fuel our fight for healthy inland and coastal waters in San Diego. Become a member today and help us reach our goal to grow by 700 new members this year.

FACTOID:

San Diego Coastkeeper’s efforts have helped to reduce the number of sewage spills by 90% since 2001.

San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation conduct twice-monthly beach cleanups. We have completed more than 60.

75% of California’s ocean-related jobs, and 54% of revenue, come from tourism and recreation.

The urban runoff discharge from one square mile of roads and parking lots can yield approximately 20,000 gallons of residual oil per year.

More than 160,000 children have received the Project SWELL curricula since it rolled out in 2004.

Kelp forests play home to more than 700 species of marine creatures.

Many factors including pollution, climate change, and over-fishing contribute to kelp forest decline, and their collective impact is far greater than any individual stressor.

Although there have been periods of drastic decline in Southern California’s kelp forests, research has shown that they have a remarkable ability to recover when stressors are reduced.

Research has shown that grazing by inflated sea urchins populations damaged kelp forests and slowed recovery in the ’50s-70’s at Point Loma. Lobster and sheephead are important predators, keeping urchins populations in check.

Our Mission

San Diego Coastkeeper protects the region’s inland and coastal waters for the communities and wildlife that depend on them by blending education, community empowerment and advocacy

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