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Students Learn About Water Conservation and Watershed Protection

September 11th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Students Learn About Water Conservation and Watershed Protection”

In 2018, Coastkeeper launched a partnership with the Moulton Niguel Water District to bring high-level water and watershed education to future ratepayers in their service area. We found that our missions aligned in our goal to inspire students to be stewards of their water resource and so we worked together to develop a program specifically designed for the service area. We have since reached over 1,500 6th- and 7th-grade science students through this partnership.


Coastkeeper created a presentation using resources and information specific to Moulton Niguel Water District’s service area and even taught students how to use their water bill as a resource to help them conserve water and protect their local watershed! Students learn about water budgets, tier-based rate systems, and how to check for leaks in the household using these tools. Students also learn the importance of recycling water and discuss other ways our area could become more water independent.









 

We were even able to provide our program virtually when the global pandemic made it so that we were unable to conduct our field trip program as planned. Below are quotes from teachers regarding our online program:

“The students were very appreciative to come together for the field trip and for the way you two presented everything.  I am amazed at how you two put things together and made it work. This zoom and virtual field trip could really be something cool for student education…Next year, I hope we can do it again. Hopefully, in person though. Thanks again!” –Wende Iriart, a 7th-grade science teacher at Don Juan Avila Middle School

 “Thanks so much. It was so great to have the experience and give the kids, not just super information, but something different to their routine.” –Tracey Forbes, a 7th-grade science teacher at Don Juan Avila Middle School

“Hi Cristina ~ Thanks so much for the awesome program! The kids loved it and are still talking about it! Some have even contacted me to learn more. I think I’ve already spent an additional 3 hours teaching more to those students that had additional questions 🙂 Thanks again for adapting the program to meet the needs of our students. Your work and efforts are greatly appreciated :)” –Valarie Broadhead, a 7th-grade science teacher at Aliso Viejo Middle School

“Hi Cristina! Thanks for today!  It was so nice to be able to do the field trip with the quarantine.  I posted the video on Google Classroom for any kids that missed it.  I also shared the two videos with you on Drive.  I looked more closely at the photos you sent.  They are great pics!  I posted those as well for the kids.” –Cindy Ortiz, a 7th-grade science teacher at Aliso Viejo Middle School



After having gone through our program, students feel more connected to their local watershed, waterway, beach, and are more appreciative of our water resources. Student letters and assignments, and feedback from teachers reflect that students not only retain information but also enjoy the program. They become curious about other scientific or environmental topics. We hope that this connection inspires them to become stewards of their water resources and watershed. 


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Trabuco Creek Research Efforts Showing Success

August 25th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Trabuco Creek Research Efforts Showing Success”

With funding from the International Paper Foundation, Orange County Coastkeeper has been working with the US Forest Service for two years to develop stream profile data on Trabuco Creek. This effort was started by Coastkeeper as a response to the Holy Fire which destroyed the Trabuco Creek watershed in 2018, destroying the house and compelling destroying inundating in the winter of 2019.

Coastkeeper spent the springtime of 2019 developing the project proposal with the Forest service and obtaining the necessary approvals and grants. Then Coastkeeper staff and volunteers offset six expeditions to the creek to gather the river profile data from June through October 2019. Next Coastkeeper originated a final report of our work in April 2020 and submitted it to the Forest Service for their use.

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We are pleased to announce that the Forest Service has exerted our data to develop their own report that was released in August 2020. The report focuses on the flow ailments at a major aqueduct crossing on Trabuco Creek. This Forest Service report papers the differences in channel response at the connection when compared to still-existing low water crossing and provides insight into specific channel welfares the connect has provided.

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This report will inform future decisions on the other creek traverses on Trabuco Creek and elsewhere. This endeavor shows the benefits that can be realized when Coastkeeper works with business and government agencies to bring the community together to address important issues like protecting our National Forests. We are looking to continuing our work in our National Forests and thank International Paper and all our voluntaries for helping to make it possible.

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Plastic Free July Challenge by Education Intern Aaron Yang

July 16th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Plastic Free July Challenge by Education Intern Aaron Yang”

Woah! Is it July previously? These past few months sure seem to have ZOOMed right by. Along with the majority of you, I’ve been working from home this summer while we # FlattenTheCurve and I’ve noticed quite a few things about my house that I merely didn’t before. Things like, did I always use that much Saran Wrap for leftovers? And, where did all these Ziploc bags come from? So, with these questions in mind, I sought to be more conscious of my plastic utilization. Luckily this month just happens to be Plastic Free July( nice going, huh )!

If you don’t once know, Plastic Free July is a global movement dedicated to reducing our single-use plastic trash so “that were going” have cleaner streets, oceans, and communities. As with most things, that’s easier said than done. So how do I go about reducing my plastic apply where reference is literally percolates all levels of our daily lives?

The first step would be to conduct a plastic audit.

You have to know how much plastic you use firstly before you can actually go about reducing it. Conduct an examine as I did. I made a tally of some of the biggest delinquents in my kitchen, bathroom, and closet and afforded some potential alternatives. Let’s get started!

Kitchen

At-home cooking means tons of leftovers for the next day. To keep the food fresh, my family goes through a ton of Saran Wrap after each snack. A sustainable alternative to all this plastic wrap could be beeswax food wraps. They’re easy to use, reusable, and are an all-natural alternative to plastic food cover. And if you want a super-duper cheap alternative, simply gave a layer over your bowl. It keeps the bad nonsense out and holds your nutrient fresh.

Looking around in drawers I noticed containers full of Ziploc crates. To be perfectly honest, I have no idea what we need all of these Ziploc pockets for since I rarely appreciate us make these out, but they’re now and most likely thrown out after a single-use. One no-cost option would be to simply wash the pockets after each exert. Since they’re plastic they’ll last-place quite a while( like hundreds of years ). If you’re willing to spend a bit of cash, Stasher Bags are also a pretty good option.

What we also have a lot of in our live are Tupperware containers. They experience some fair use and are employed for both food and sundry storage. Although plastic Tupperware is a bit cheaper, lighter, and more shatter-resistant than glass containers, the state concerns are more than enough to acquire the button. Plastic receptacles can leach poisonous compounds into your menu at high temperatures, which can have negative health affects. So, if you’ve got any plastic containers lying around, it’s best to reserve those for nonfood items and invest in some Pyrex/ glass receptacles for the kitchen.

If you’re move a good deal of saucers like me, perhaps consider reusing the bottle and refilling it with dish soap. You can buy a larger bottle of dish soap to use for refills or see a refilling station where you can pay for the force of the item you are buying. You can bring in your own container from residence, like reused pasta sauce or soup flasks! Two local refilling stations in Orange County are Eco Now and BYO Long Beach.

Bathroom

Hand soap is pretty same to dish soap. Our family actually reuses the soap bottles and we just refill it with one beings bathtub we buy. We’ve actually been reusing one soap bottle for practically 16 times! That’s almost as long as I’ve been alive.

I actually got a bit stuck with this one. Toothbrushes! I frequently toss out my plastic toothbrush once the bristles on the head start to wear out, and I never truly imparted much thought to the number I go through in a year. I did some probing and found out about bamboo toothbrushes. They’re biodegradable, so you don’t have to feel extremely guilty when flinging it out. Although some come with the standard nylon bristles, many come with natural fiber bristles!

And since we’re in matters of dental hygiene, did you know that toothpaste and mouthwash tablets existed ?!? I know I didn’t, but it turns out that these tablets are eco-friendlier due to their illuminate pact package. They are likewise TSA approved, which is a HUGE plus in my book. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve held up my jaunt radical due to a forgotten toothpaste tube immersed within my luggage. Another common dental commodity that too comes to mind is dental floss. For those of you who actually floss, buying natural silk floss is a great alternative to regular dental floss. Bite Toothpaste is a good website for monthly toothpaste tablet dues and some of those previously mentioned bamboo grazes. For the floss, you can check out our friends at Plastic Me Not. They also have some huge plastic alternatives to a large number of pieces.

Closet

Most of its consideration of this agenda item I is located within my closet were Dri-FIT workout invests and fast pattern idiosyncrasies worn only once or twice. Younger me didn’t understand the detrimental effects of polyester fibers on the environment, but older me knows … better. Since most of these clothes no longer fit, I decided to throw them out. But how do you do so in an environmentally friendly way? Donating or recycling your old-fashioned clothes is a great option. Many subscription midsts welcome your aged invests, and nowadays countless organizations recycle your old-time uniforms AND give you a discount on your next purchase. When purchasing new drapes, try to buy exploited or durable entries woven with natural fibers that they are able to last for years. Synthetic textiles removed tiny microfibers in each cleanse that ultimately end up in the ocean.

If you’re rinse your polyester textiles, there are some preventative alternatives to mitigate the removing of microfibers when doing laundry. The Cora Ball is a great option that compiles microfibers into a visible fuzz that are in a position last-minute get rid of properly. Another portable option with a more effective filter is the Guppy Friend bathe crate. It increases microfiber removing, protects your robes, and filters the few fibers that actually do break. The most effective( but most costly and permanent) option is a microfiber filter such as the LINT LUV-R. It’ll stop most microfibers from bypassing its systems and is simple to clean and reuse.

This plastic inspection actually took a little longer than I anticipated and I witnessed a lot more plastic in my house than I ever expected. Sadly, I had to leave out some items for the sake of length, or else this blog enter would actually be longer than all of my college works combined.

One thing not have mentioned that experiences its style into our watersheds quite often- balloon garbage. Check out this awesome resource to help find alternatives for performances and gatherings. By inducing some small changes–such as refusing straws, using reusable utensils, noting alternatives to balloons and using reusable shopping bags–in our everyday lives, we are to be able compile the world a more environmentally friendly place.

Have a delightful Plastic Free July everyone!

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Now Hiring: Staff Attorney

July 2nd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Now Hiring: Staff Attorney”

Orange County Coastkeeper is seeking a staff attorney to join its team. The advocate selected for this position will focus on litigation and advocacy in our efforts to protect, enhance and recover water resources in Orange County, the Inland Empire, and Coachella Valley. This is a full-time, exempted position reporting to the Senior Staff Attorney.

Responsibilities: Combination environmental policy and litigation drive. Drawing remark symbols on permits, policies, and the rules of procedure related to water quality and water supply problems. Represent Orange County Coastkeeper and affiliated curricula at administrative enterprise hearings. Facilitate in litigation from investigation through trial, including enlist pleadings, breakthrough, action pattern, etc. Investigate and write subsidies to fund environmental advocacy. Succeed relationships with co-counsel, patrons, and alignment spouses. General solicitor offices for Orange County Coastkeeper and associated programs including Inland Empire Waterkeeper and Coachella Valley Waterkeeper, including review of contracts.

Diplomata:

Applicants must admitted to the California bar. Working knowledge of California regulatory agencies. Self-confident in oral advocacy abilities a must. Grant-writing ordeal. Minimum one year prosecution experience with additional 2-3 years of program/ advocacy knowledge opted. Experience with MS4 permits and other NPDES grants opted. Superb research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy abilities. A commitment to public interest work and a resentment for Orange County Coastkeeper’s mission. Ability to work both separately and in cooperation with other. Learning of the Clean Water Act is preferred. Insight of RCRA, SDWA, and tribal natural resources rule a bonus.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Orange County Coastkeeper is an equal rights employer, highly appraises diversification, and affords promotion opportunities to everyone. Employment decisions are based on merit, diplomata and ability. Compensation corresponding with experience.

Applications

If you are interested in and qualified for this position, satisfy send your resume and a flood letter to Sarah@coastkeeper.org, subject boundary “YOUR LAST NAME, Staff Attorney.” If your substances mark a possible coincide for our requirements, we will contact you. Please , no telephone calls or emails to the office regarding this opening. Position open until filled.

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Gardening Lessons by Marianne

June 27th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Gardening Lessons by Marianne”

Since April, Coastkeeper Garden Director Marianne has imparted her horticulture ability through live tasks on our virtual program, OCCK Streams. By offering simple gratuities and quirks like how to create beautiful butterfly garden-varieties, she has created and coached hands-on gardening acts for houses or anyone looking to try out their green thumb.

Have you ever wanted to grow a plot and had no clue where to begin? Watch and learn from our library of gardening lessons below.

Before you get your hands soiled, here’s a bonus consider- A Q& A with the garden-variety leader, herself.

How did you get into gardening? Marianne: I began gardening when I moved into my first mansion. The plot was in horrid influence and I was forced to fix it up. After I started the job I realized that I was actually experiencing it and having fun. The residue is history! What do you love most about gardening? Marianne: I adoration the fact that gardening is fun, relaxing, and it reduces stress. After I go outside and garden, I ever feel better! Too, there is a sense of attainment after you finish a project, specially when a beautiful plant originates from your efforts. Where do you get inspiration from? Marianne: My inspiration comes from new seeds. When I find a seed that I have not grown before it causes me to give it a try. In doing so, I usually end up redoing the portion of my yard where I want to plant it. I am also inspired by the environment and prefer flowers that are water wise and attract helpful insects and fledglings. Have there been any challenges you faced, for example, trouble changing or maintaining a certain plant or vegetable? And how did “youre working” around that challenge? Marianne: The challenge of embed a seed and get it to thrive is the fun of gardening! Frequently if I have a plant die, I reevaluate what I did so next time I can do it differently. What advice would you throw someone just starting out? Marianne: Do some investigate to figure out what originating region “youre in”. Also, in Southern California it’s important to pick seeds that can grow with less ocean and hot sun. Gardening is a process with no precise regulates. I’ve been gardening for years and I still have plants die. Just is moving forward and try again. Once you figure out your specific thriving environment you will have success!

Gardening Lessons:

If you find these lessons fun and helpful, tell us! We’d love to see what you grow and how you make love- call us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Three Years Later: An Inside Look at Our Oyster Restoration

June 15th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Three Years Later: An Inside Look at Our Oyster Restoration”

As part of our living shorelines reconstruction job we have been monitoring regenerated native eelgrass and rehabilitated oyster habitat since 2016. Below, is a sneak peek at what we do and how it works.

Oysters are filter self-feeders, making they obtain tiny corpuscles of organic material from the ocean in order to better feed. In doing so, they remove excess nutrients from urban areas and agricultural runoff. This helps prevent harmful algal blushes and spurs natural action like the nitrogen cycle to occur.

The Olympia oyster is native to the west coast of North America and are known to settle on other oyster eggshells on mudflats. This accumulation of oyster shells along coastlines and creeks jobs as a natural hindrance to reduce the potential for coastal erosion. This is especially vital in our own Newport Bay because of the consistent ship traffic and seaside residences that reside upon the faces ignoring the inlet. This environment also attracts other critters and filter feeders like mussels, which further provide benefits to the bay.

Once a year, our unit of researchers and indulgent voluntaries wake up in the middle of the nighttime for four dates straight-from-the-shoulder to shoot the early morning tide out and find how the regenerated oyster plots are performing.

Here’s how these examines are done 😛 TAGEND

We haphazardly sample areas within the oyster bunks, applying a PVC quadrat( white-hot square depicted) to define our sampling neighbourhood. This strung quadrat allows us to record our determines quantitatively by each point so we can get an idea of what’s happening at each site. We too use a small chain to measure the rugosity, or intricacy of the surfaces of the berthed. Generally, higher rugosity represents more oyster shells. With a smaller quadrat we then unearth( or obtain) all the hard shell within this space. We make this collected samples back to the lab to count and examine the oysters and other characters that have drawn the mudflat their home.

The openings created by these quarries are filled with replacement oyster husks to create keep the space for the native oysters to settle on.

Finally, we weigh the total area of the bottoms to see if they are expanding or migrating.

Through this work and the assistance of our supporters, we can provide a healthier and more sustainable coastline. Let’s return these habitat-forming species with their crucial environmental capacities to Upper Newport Bay! Visit our restoration page to learn more.

About the Author:

Mason Emery is currently a Masters student in Coastkeeper’s partner Danielle Zacherl’s Marine Ecology Lab at California State University Fullerton.

His research focuses on eelgrass restoration and their relationship with oyster environment. He aims to help preserve and protect the inlet by regenerate both of these habitat make species for the potential benefits of all who enjoy its countless fascinations. For more information, contact Mason at memery @csu. fullerton.edu and stay zacherllab.com.

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OCCK Streams

June 3rd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “OCCK Streams”

Follow along with the schedule for OCCK Streams, here.

Bee friendly: Gratuities for Attracting Native Bees to Your Garden

Beach Reopenings: New Rules and Safety

Veggie propagation.

Succulents: Embed and Maintenance.

Poseidon Desalination Updates.

California Natives.

What are PFAS? With special guest, CEO of Cyclopure.

Marine debris.

Water-wise gardening.

All About Algae.

How to create a butterfly garden.

The right direction to recycle.

Top three rationalizations to adore our ocean.

Tomato growing tips-off with Marianne.

Legal revelations on EPA enforcement updates.

How to choose sustainable seafood.

Unbe-leafable tips-off for ripening veggies with Marianne.

Our education coordinator, Cristina, share actualities about microplastics and where they can be found in your everyday products.

Our education director Dyana dives deep into watersheds and volunteers examples of where you can find them in Orange County.

Coastkeeper’s garden leader, Marianne, unveils must-know garden-variety basics.

Our associate director of programs Ray gives insight into stormwater in this OCCK Streams episode.

Check out our first video from our OCCK Streams virtual curriculum. Our legal experts Colin and Sarah talked about coastal access and current restrictions at local beaches.* Modernize: Things are altering swiftly. Please check county and municipal websites for closes before traveling to coastal areas for public access reasons.

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The Latest on San Onofre

May 31st, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “The Latest on San Onofre”

Since June 7, 2013, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station( SONGS) has been shut down. The plan for SONGS, including the plan for the spent fuel it props has faced a ocean of changes; and it was better could. For now, we arrive at good news of a new roof method being built to keep the spent fuel in a safer neighbourhood. This is thanks to the ratepayer, who has helped build up a $4.2 billion money over the years. SCE is working with that store to achieve its goals of safety in decommissioning SONGS.

Coastkeeper’s team includes a number of members of the Citizen Engagement Panel and stand by the SCE’s efforts to provide transparency to the public in this process. Coastkeeper will continue monitoring information regarding SONGS and were still the spokesperson that fights for clean water.

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Conserving Water at Home

May 25th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Conserving Water at Home”

As we now spend the majority of our time in our residences, we’re using water in new ways. Certainly, we’re washing our hands more, but likewise, we’re cooking, cleansing and doing other activities that are increasing water use. Now is a time more than ever to keep in mind tips and ploys to keep sea.

Here are simple things to keep in mind as you use water at home:

Turn off the sound when you soap your hands Reduce your shower term While waiting for hot water to come down to the hoses, catch the cool shower sea in a pail and repurpose it Water your plot and bushes with a watering can rather than a hose Turn off the tap when grazing your teeth Always abuse full loadings in your launder machine and dishwasher Bath vegetables and return in a submerge or container filled with water instead of under feeing irrigate

There’s a ton of ways you can reduce water consumption at home. Everyone goes their own wave so ask yourself 😛 TAGEND

What can you change about your daily attires to make sure you use less spray?

We want to know how you’re saving water. Share with us through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Wildlife In Your Backyard

April 29th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Wildlife In Your Backyard”

Southern California is rich in our proximity to a variety of sceneries. We knows where to find mountains, sea-coasts or deserts in our backyards. We are lucky to be so close to nature’s playground, especially when we encounter the people who call it home. That’s why Orange County Coastkeeper participated in the City Nature Challenge. If you didn’t get the chance, you can still follow the steps below for a merriment undertaking for the whole family.

Participation is easy 😛 TAGEND

Step 1: Go out into your backyard and record the wildlife you find- floras or animals

Find common souls like:

Opossums: Find them in your garden as they chew bullets, snails and bugs that are commonly garden secure. Squirrels: Find them in your plot, wide grassy spaces, or racing up and down trees. Skunks: They live in burrows, bush stilts, or hollow logs. You might find them under the deck, or your porch.

Step 2: Use the iNatualist App to submit your acquires at https :// www.inaturalist.org /

Step 3: Have fun exploring the wildlife around you!

Need more suggestions? Take photos of native or drought tolerant flowers- here are some theories 😛 TAGEND

California Yarrow Apricot Mallow California Lilac

You can learn more about drought tolerant floras like these by reading about our Smartscape program at https :// www.coastkeeper.org/ advocacy/ smartscape /

Good luck, and recollect to keep in mind yours and wildlife’s safety. Be sure to show us where you go and what you find- tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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