Posts with the category ‘Polluted Runoff’


Citizen Enforcement Helps Keep Our Water Clean

By Matt O’Malley and Drevet Hunt | Originally published on Voice of San Diego January 27, 2017 Our bay suffers from industrial stormwater pollution. Environmental groups like San Diego Coastkeeper use enforcement to heal it. Today, much of the pollution in San Diego Bay and our rivers and beaches originates at industrial facilities, like A-1 Alloys, the scrap metal facility recently featured in a Voice… Read More…


California’s Blue Resistance: Enforcing Water Laws in the Trump Era

Our new President said he was “committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies” like the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the Unites States rule. He is already making good on that promise by removing all mentions of climate change from his new White House website. And Scott Pruitt, his pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has repeatedly protected industry from environmental policies…. Read More…


You can Join the Clean Water Team

Volunteers like you help California Waterkeepers safeguard our coastlines and waterways from urban runoff, which can have devastating consequences to aquatic communities and human health. Stormwater runoff is the major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots in cities and their suburbs, the water cannot soak into the ground as it naturally should. Stormwater drains through… Read More…


Clean Water Accomplishments

California Coastkeeper Alliance was founded in 1999 with the belief that a healthy ocean and coast and clean water is vital to California’s economy, public health and way of life. We’ve accomplished a lot since then. Check out our infographic below to learn more or get all of the details. About the Illustrator Artist April Seymore is an improvisor, science communicator, teacher and sustainability catalyst. She… Read More…


Work for Your Water This Weekend

Water works for you every day. This weekend, it’s your turn to return the favor.  On Saturday, thousands of Californians will show their local beaches some love on Coastal Cleanup Day. And on Sunday, they’ll test their water’s health for World Water Monitoring Challenge. World Water Monitoring Challenge is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources…. Read More…


Russian River Headwaters to Ocean Paddle

This summer, a diverse group of stakeholders from Sonoma and Mendocino counties launched their boats to kick-off a year-long effort to create a new vision to improve the health of the Russian River watershed. Participants began to paddle along this “Headwaters to Ocean Descent” through the winding path of the Russian River in a 3-part expedition organized by the non-profit LandPaths and led by Sonoma County Supervisor… Read More…


EcoNews Report: Humboldt Baykeeper Co-Founder Fred Evenson on Mercury, Fish, and Monterey

Humboldt Baykeeper Jennifer Kalt recently interviewed Fred Evenson, Director of Ecological Rights Foundation, about mercury in fish in Monterey Bay. The EcoNews Report is the longest-running public affairs radio show on the North Coast, broadcast on KHSU on the Humboldt State University campus, airing Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Listen to the interview.


Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Seahorses

Earlier this month, The California Department of Fish and Wildlife discovered a rare seahorse near an eelgrass restoration site in Upper Newport Bay. That’s pretty much the equivalent of spotting a celebrity at your favorite local coffee shop. We’re excited about this news because it means our habitat restoration efforts are working. Read more from Orange County Coastkeeper.


Does San Diego have Aquaculture?

San Diego has aquaculture projects of various sizes and purposes in San Diego County. Each is a different form of aquaculture–which means they are in the business of fish production. While each of these projects exists today, there is also a major fish farm proposed in federal waters off San Diego’s shoreline that has our attention–Rose Canyon Fisheries. Read More from San Diego Coastkeeper.


The Price of Polluted Runoff

Executive Director Sara Aminzadah co-wrote a piece for Huffington Post with NRDC Attorney Noah Garrison. Polluted stormwater runoff is the number one source of contamination to California’s renowned waters. When it rains, water flows over streets, lawns, and parking lots, carrying a toxic soup of copper, lead, zinc and other heavy metals, oils and car fluids, bacteria, viruses and other harmful materials — untreated —… Read More…


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