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Organizations and what they’re doing:
 

The following are groups that support our ocean habitat and sustainable use of ocean resources like surfing and swimming:

bulletSan Diego Oceans Foundation –  Made up of  over 1,000 volunteers, two hundred members, and one staff member. This group promotes “ocean stewardship by leading community-supported projects that enhance ocean habitat and encourage sustainable use of ocean resources.” The foundation focuses on enhancing water quality to balance the health of both the natural habitat and the users of the ocean. Volunteers contribute time feeding fish, walking and monitoring San Diego canyons to scuba diving and even technical web management. H20 (Home to Ocean) is an educational link provided by the SD Oceans Foundation to educate both children and adults on the dangers of hazardous runoff which pollutes ocean water. For more information or to get involved, visit http://www.sdoceans.org/
 
bulletSan Diego Baykeeper – Working hard alongside regulatory agencies, academic institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations, and volunteers Baykeeper has been designated as the Secretary for the Harbor Safety Committee. They help to prevent local oil spills, protect sensitive ecosystems, find and eliminate pollution sources, regulate effectiveness of their works, and play a large role in altogether prevention . Clean-up initiatives are also sponsored to incorporate resident involvement. The San Diego Harbor Safety Committee was established in 1992. One of their missions is to “enhance vessel safety with the ultimate goal of pollution prevention and protection of the region's valuable resources.” They encourage regulatory enforcement and cooperation among the community that uses the Bay. For more information or to get involved, visit www.sdbaykeeper.org

 

bulletSan Diego SierraClub - very active in the legislative process, represented by the Conservation Committee, prioritizing conservation issues, maintaining relationships with government agencies and independent organizations. Implementations such as the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act, the Storm Water Permit, and the Border Treatment Facility are all products of members’ hard work, dedication, and diligence. Volunteers help to monitor and protect natural resources, support education and community involvement, and maintain office functions. All members are invited to monthly meetings where issues, activities and legislation is discussed. Form more information or to get involved, visit http://sandiego.sierraclub.org/home/index .html
 
bulletEnvironmental Protection Agency – Region 9 of the organization covers the Water Division, responsible for “implementing programs to protect the public and the environment by preventing, reducing and regulating contamination of surface and ground water.” Inspired by the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act, the EPA has produced watersheds which reduce contamination to lakes, rivers, estuaries, and the ocean, encouraging public & environmental safety. For more information or to get involved, visit www.epa.gov
 
bulletSouthern California Coastal Water Research Project – This undertaking is called a Joint Powers Agency, having the support and cooperation of several government agencies. By pooling resources and knowledge, Southern California marine environmental research and damage prevention can be better addressed in an effective and cost efficient way. The project aims to educate legislators, scientists and the general public of new findings and previous research. The website links readers to project reports and parties that are involved. The site also features FAQ, appealing to the general public, links to additional resources, seminar schedules, and the ability to ask scientists questions regarding their studies. For more information, or to get involved, visit http://www.sccwrp.org/
 
bulletThink Blue – This organization public education programs regarding storm drain pollution. They aim to emphasize that everything deposited on pavement ends up in a storm drain and out to the ocean. To report an illegal discharge within the city of San Diego, during business hours, call (619) 235-1000. For discharges in other areas call the regional hotline at (888) THINK-BLUE (844-6525  For more information or to get involved, visit http://www.thinkbluesd.org/
 
bulletSurfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter – A committee called the Blue Water Task Force monitors water quality through high school involvement and resident volunteers. Activists test ocean water samples for bacteria and other pollutants, and in turn share it through the website and in publications all over the county. Surfrider aims to emphasize the extreme dangers of near shore pollution, raise public awareness, hold polluters accountable for complying with restrictions, and to encourage national legislation and enforcement. Conclusive testing can provide strong arguments to change legislation and improve water quality. In association with I Love a Clean San Diego and The American Heart Association, the Surfrider Foundation has helped to crack down on cigarette-butt littering, getting the California Highway Patrol involved with a successful litter-reporting hotline. The site also provides information on advisories, warnings, beach clean-ups, and community meetings. http:www.surfridersd.org
 
bulletCALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group) – An association that encourages public contribution by performing beach clean ups, stream walks, water testing, elementary education programs, and political activism with legislators to demonstrate public support. For more information or to get involved, visit http://www.calpirg.org/
 
bulletProject Clean Water – Designed to monitor watersheds from the Tijuana river to Orange County, covering approximately 1,750 miles. They uphold current laws, regulations, and ordinances, and provide resources for teachers, students, and residents. The government has even formed grants to help improve the water quality. The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board is responsible for regulating runoff along this 85 miles of coastline, in compliance with the new Municipal Storm water Permit. For more information or to get involved, visit http://www.projectcleanwater.org/

 

 

Runoff is Ugly

- it’s the excess water  that carries pollutants directly into storm drains which carry water out to sea. Runoff can contain such pollutants as motor oil, gasoline, soap from car washes, trash, cigarette butts, leaves and plants. Runoff also contains copper & zinc from car brake linings, pesticides, & fertilizers.

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