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What I Learned During my Time as an Intern at Coastkeeper

February 20th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “What I Learned During my Time as an Intern at Coastkeeper”

By Hannah Del Barto

 

When I first landed my internship for the restoration program at Coastkeeper, my intention was to get lots of hands-on experience – helping at the Coastkeeper garden, building oyster beds, and doing beach clean ups.

Unfortunately, most of my internship was done remotely due to COVID-19. Instead, I spent most of my time attending meetings, watching live streams and webinars, and doing research. I still learned a lot as I:

Assisted with researching potential grant opportunities and oyster shell recycling legislation around the United States to further expand Coastkeeper’s oyster restoration projects
Researched ocean acidification
Created a flyer and edited a blog for our living shorelines project
Attended a virtual MPA Watch training
Researched laws and bills regarding beachfront property issues in Newport Beach

Learning to Fight Poseidon

Coastkeeper has been fighting against Poseidon’s Huntington Beach desalination plant proposal for years and the team taught me that the plant would have detrimental effects on our climate, economy and oceans. 

I’ve learned that our current water recycling system in Orange County produces twice as much water as Poseidon’s proposed plant for a fraction of the cost. Not only would the plant produce less water, but it would make water very expensive for consumers and would be the most energy intensive way to produce fresh water. The most damaging effect is that the pipes for the plant would suck up tons of marine life that play an important role in the ecosystem. 

Listening to the countless community members speak up about their opposing views towards the desalination plant really moved me. The fact that all of these people took time out of their day to speak out against something that they passionately believe is wrong, in hopes to make change, is quite inspiring. 

My take-away from this is that there is a great power in the voice of people who come together. I now understand that I have a say in the environmental decisions that my city makes. 

Learning in the Field

Although I was a little bummed that I couldn’t do all the hands-on work that I initially expected to be a part of the majority of my internship, I was able to get in-person field work approved just in time to participate in Coastkeeper’s annual eelgrass surveys! 

During this time, I worked as a boat hand – assisting with cleaning supplies, handing the divers their gear when they were in the water, collecting bags of eelgrass into buckets, taking photos, and looking out for incoming boats, kayakers, paddleboarders, etc. – all while the divers were under water. 

Reading a report on the results of a scientific experiment is one thing, but actually watching the data being taken and helping the scientists with whatever they needed was a super cool experience. Now I can say that I understand how a marine restoration project goes down! 

A Lifelong Inspiration for Conservation

The main highlight of my internship has been learning about the roles that oysters and eelgrass play in the ecosystem, our water quality, and shoreline stability. It is a subject that I have never really considered and did not have any prior knowledge about.

I have discovered a secret passion for restoration, conservation, and volunteer work thanks to Coastkeeper.

Although this internship was for marine restoration and my field of study is public health, I have learned that the two subjects are directly related. After exploring how the conditions of our environment affects the health of humans, I realized that I want to go back to school to pursue a Masters of Environmental Health at San Diego State University. 

This internship prepared me for a better career in the future because it opened up my eyes to so many possibilities and opportunities to better the environment, which has always been a priority and life-long goal of mine.

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The Most Trash our Education Coordinator has ever seen…

February 9th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “The Most Trash our Education Coordinator has ever seen…”

By Cristina Robinson

As the Education Coordinator at OC Coastkeeper, I have learned so much about how to be a better steward of my local watershed and environment, and love practicing what we preach to our students.

Before COVID, our education staff (myself & Dyana Peña) would be busy throughout the school year taking students on field trips to wonderful habitats and places throughout our various watersheds in Orange County. As much as I enjoyed our field trips, I couldn’t help but notice all the litter at every location.

I’m also a Tidepool Educator for Laguna Ocean Foundation and am constantly seeing trash in and around our tidepools that are in designated Marine Protected Areas. Though I didn’t want to be more active on social media, I decided to use my platform to educate others regarding plastic pollution, plastic alternatives, and zero waste options.

In the fall of 2019, I created the website www.plasticmenot.com to showcase all these resources, as well as an Instagram account to educate my followers on a more frequent basis.

In mid-October of 2020, my fellow litter-picking California State University, Long Beach marine biology alumni buddy, Janine Rodriguez, and I teamed up to start a trash project where we created stickers encouraging people to protect our planet from pollution and to include friends and family in cleanups.

We sell each sticker for $1 and pick up one pound of trash for every sticker sold, and then post a dedicated cleanup to the buyer on our respective social media accounts. Thus far, we have 903 pounds of trash to remove and have already removed 465 pounds! Learn how to order our stickers by checking out my Instagram or Janine’s @_trashygurl account.

Since we launched this project, I’ve been trying to do cleanups every weekend or so to chip away at our 903 pounds we have committed to remove with the support we received.

A Trashy Adventure at the Santa Ana River Mouth

During the last weekend of January, I had planned my weekly cleanup to be at the beach since I knew we would have intensified trash along our coast from the big rainstorm we had a couple of days prior. However, I was not expecting to witness or remove the amount of trash I found on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2021.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, my friend Brittney, her two children, and her sister joined me for a beach cleanup as they had been the last few weekends. I had them meet me in the neighborhood across the street from the Frog House (for free parking), as I knew there would be a lot of trash to be found since we were at the end of the Santa Ana River Mouth (SARM).

This is where the Santa Ana River Watershed drains. It is this the largest watershed in Orange County and it travels across San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange County.

We walked over to the Newport City side of the beach and picked up almost 50 pounds of trash within 30 minutes, just from what was around the jetties. While we were picking up trash in the rocks, we saw across from us what looked like a trash island and were horrified!

We then quickly weighed our first trash haul, emptied our bucket and bags of trash by compiling everything into a convenient tub we found, left this at my car, then walked over the Pacific Coast Highway bridge where we discovered a trash goldmine. The trash island was more of a trash peninsula, and quite frankly brought me to tears.

I have never seen so much trash congregated in one area before – ever. There were huge furniture items, shoes galore, so many facemasks, tons of food and beverage containers, toys, endless pieces of Styrofoam and plastic, and so much more. I posted videos on my social media story asking for help to join me in removing more the next day.

 

We refilled our bucket and bags as much as we could and made a pile of shoes we hoped to return to the next day. With no trash cans to be seen in near sight and my car on the other side of the river mouth, we luckily found a nearby abandoned shopping cart to push all the trash back to my car. After weighing all the trash hauls from Saturday, we were amazed that the five of us had removed 127.65 pounds of trash!

On Jan. 31, I came back to the SARM, but this time I parked my car in the Huntington State Beach parking lot since it was closer to the trash peninsula. My call for help was heard and some wonderful friends joined me in removing even more trash.

After a quick surf session and grabbing a balloon and some plastic pieces on the way to my car, Brittney and her kids joined me again in picking up trash starting in the parking lot. Dyana and her boyfriend, Chris, then joined us and once all our bags and buckets were full, we consolidated the trash and left it at my car to weigh later.

We then made our way to the trash peninsula where my friends Kaysha and Kelsey had started cleaning up the debris. They had been filling up their buckets, walking them to the nearest trash can (which wasn’t that near), and returning to do it all over again.

On this day, we tackled some huge heavy items (including the shoe pile from Saturday). Thanks to Dyana’s quick thinking, we got maintenance to help haul the heavy trash items.

 

Dyana’s sister and parents had also removed 30 pounds of trash to help us on the Talbert channel side of Huntington State Beach. Kaysha and Kelsey kept track of their weight of trash removed for the day, so that night we compiled our data (I had to triple check mine because I was in disbelief), but altogether we removed 397.69 pounds of trash! My personal weight of trash picked up for the entire weekend was 377.47 pounds.

I am simultaneously so proud of these efforts, but so sad that this much trash was there to begin with, and that still so much trash remains.

How You Can Help Keep our Coast Classy, not TrashyPlease use this as a call to action to help in preventing this trash from draining to our coast by not littering, reducing your plastic and Styrofoam use, and doing neighborhood cleanups whenever you can.

At OC Coastkeeper, we are currently providing ‘Cleanup Kits’ that include a trash bag with two sets of gloves per household (adult & children sizes) and have these available outside our office door every Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. We would also like to distribute these cleanup kits throughout Orange County, so please let us know where they are needed.

We are organizing Emergency Cleanups in areas with extreme litter accumulation before and after rain events. If you are experienced in cleanups and interested in joining our Emergency Cleanup Volunteer List, please fill out our quick Google Form. Feel free to let us know of any areas that need an emergency cleanup near you!

 

My friends that joined Sunday’s cleanup also keep track of all the trash they remove for their own amazing cleanup efforts. You can check out Kaysha Kenney’s Instagram and Kelsey Nannini’s Instagram to follow along with their conservation efforts.

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Safe Boating and Fishing Practices

January 13th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Safe Boating and Fishing Practices”

By Hayden Vega

Boating and fishing are some of the most popular highways that people experience their local waterways. Regrettably, hazardou dress like littering and dropping while on the irrigate can drastically slacken an ecosystem’s health. It is estimated that over 100 million marine swine will die this year due to pollution alone. Practicing safe boating and fishing dress can help mitigate the effects of pollution and help your waterways flourish for many years.

As a boater, one of the most common environmental impacts is chemical pollution. Common boat soaps and boat draws contain poisonous chemicals such as cuprous oxide, which is a known biocide. Cuprous oxide pollution can result in a deadly fog of chemicals that drifts through the liquid line, developing in die off of animals such as aquatic plants and native fish species. By scavenge your ship on shore and using products without cuprous oxide, you can help mitigate the loss of marine life and keep your waterway health. Too, another way to mitigate your chemical jolt is by getting your ship checked by the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. Coast Guard offers free craft inspections and educational directions to make sure that your boat congregates the necessary safety and environmental standards within your position. This includes checking for any fuel or chemical openings that may be present. By adopting healthy boating practises, you can protect the health of your waterway for many years to come.

Along with boating, harmful net practices can negatively impact your waterways. As of 2018, there is an estimated 79, 000 metric tons of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, with 46% being consisting of representatives of jettisoned fishing nets alone. One of the prime criminals of fishing contamination is discarded fishing line. A good tip-off for your next fishing trip is to take a reusable bag and use it as your designated line crate while you are out. The most common fishing line pollution is small bits of tag line that are trimmed from fishing bows. It may not seem like a lot, but those small-scale slice can add up by the end of the day. In addition, a health habit is to recycle your unsolicited angling string. Countless bodies of water have fishing line recycling receptacles available for you. If none extended to you, you can still recycle by send your angling order to a nearby net wrinkle recycling seed. Last time alone, the Boat U.S. Foundation’s Reel In andRecycle Program collected fairly fishing orders from their recycling receptacles to stretch from Washington D.C. to San Diego, CA. By practicing healthful net dress, you can help minimize your contribution to global pollution.

It’s important to understand that what we do on the spray has impacts on not only the environment but likewise the people around us. By practicing safer boating and fishing habits, we can minimize our impacts on the environment and ensure the longevity of the national resources we enjoy.

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With the Election Behind Us, the Fight for Clean Water Continues

January 12th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “With the Election Behind Us, the Fight for Clean Water Continues”

During each referendum season, we all get the opportunity to rise up and move our values heard on the issues that matter most to us. Polls demonstrate us the opportunity to support initiatives that further protect our communities and natural resources, especially when we select elected officials we trust to look out for our best interests.

While the votes are still being counted in federal elections, we are inspired by regional voter participation and local election results.

In Orange County alone, we witnessed a 77% voter turnout, with over 1.3 million votes cast in this election, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Seeing that our community cares about and is involved in regional publications is reassuring to our democracy.

But we too received things locally that give us pause.

For example, special interest groups, like Poseidon, tried to undermine our democratic process. Poseidon is determined to introduced its friends on our local liquid cards by spending 50% more coin in the election than what was raised by all 18 countywide spray card nominees blended. According to the Orange County Register, Poseidon invested a whopping $419,000 in the past two months in those races in an attempt to gain majority control of the boards.

We’re happy to see the amount of money they contributed did not seem to sway voters. Voters did their own research and chose the most qualified candidates that best represented the priorities of the community.

While Poseidon’s two favored nominees in the Orange County Water District, Tri Ta of Division 4 and Cathy Green of Division 6, managed to clench a succes , not all Poseidon cronies earned a seat on our local irrigate boards.

In the Municipal Water District of Orange County( MWDOC ), Poseidon’s financially supported nominees- Tyler Diep, Debbie Neev and Stacy Lynne Taylor- all lost their hastens by a large margin in Division 3, Division 7 and Division 4, respectively. Poseidon’s heavy investment in this election is remarkable, as in the past 22 years they contributed less than $6,000 to MWDOC council candidates.

Poseidon is hungry for self-restraint of our regional water boards so that it can obtain a guaranteed purchase of all the water they grow at a price three times higher than other water, and to acquire approval of a $400 million subsidy. We have faith that members of our community will continue to help us protect our local coastal waters and marine habitats. Coastkeeper remains committed to fighting against this harmful, redundant, and outrageously costly desalination weed. Ratepayers, who are already fastened, cannot render to and should not have to pay to subsidize a affluent international corporation.

We must contend now to protect our coastal waters and marine habitats so benefit of future generations are able to enjoy California’s most precious resource: our coast.

Here’s how you can join us in our fight for safe, accessible and healthy water resources for all 😛 TAGEND

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How Our Intern Helped Bring Fishing Line Recycling to Seal Beach Fishing Pier

December 12th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “How Our Intern Helped Bring Fishing Line Recycling to Seal Beach Fishing Pier”

Orange County Coastkeeper’s education and internship programs offer a unique opportunity for students and community members to take action regarding their concerns with sea caliber and neighbourhood aquatic environments. Though this year has been very limited, our perpetrated students have found ways to remain caused and carried out under some real, meaningful work.

Below you will find the story of our intern, Hayden Vega’s experience working with Coastkeeper. Hayden is a student at Troy High School in Fullerton, CA.

From Hayden:

“The beast secured itself in the merciless current, but with one last fling, I strained the being from its stronghold. As my bounty lied at my foot, I recognise this was no ordinary fish. More akin to a sodden bedsheet, this faceless globule and its genu can plague our waters for practically 1,000 times. The affliction of all environmentalists: a plastic takeout luggage. As a fisherman, I examined myself as partly responsible for this scene, but I also witnessed an opportunity to solve a problem I was enthusiastic about.

Recently, I envisioned that I’ve been catching more diversionary tactic, whether it’s plastic bags or even tangled fishing indication. This is especially true at one of my favorite discerns: the Seal Beach Fishing Pier. The quay was losing its reputation as a safe infinite for lineages as vacated secures and tumbleweeds of fishing order became more commonplace.

After some experiment, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s( CDFW) city-based fish strand recycling program caught my nose. It was perfect. I wanted to contact Seal Beach officials, so I mixed somber pollution statistics with cliche John Muir quotes into a monstrosity of an email that I sent to the director of public works, Steve Myrter.

Within a month, we worked out the major items with CDFW like place, motif, and maintenance of fishing line recycling bins. I was able to create a digital 3D simulation of CDFW’s crate design for the program’s future use and worked with city planners to finalize spots for the bins at the pier’s fishing hotspots. Through its own experience, I learned that sometimes all it takes to help is to care and speak up. I did, and now my parish is cleaner for it.”

We are inspired by Hayden’s commitment and hope that we can continue to be the boulevard by which our community members can take action.

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Skip the Plastic Straw’s Story & Campaign

December 2nd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Skip the Plastic Straw’s Story & Campaign”

Hi! My name is Chloe Mei Espinosa. I am 14 years old and the founder of Skip the Plastic Straw. I started my expedition when I was 11 years old for a sixth-grade school project, called the Passion Project, where I was able to research anything I was enthusiastic about.

As a scuba diver, I adore the oceans and seas and marine mammals. I was very heartbroken after watching the video of a plastic straw stuck in a turtle’s nose. It was a wake-up call to me and I knew I had to take action to protect these innocent marine swine from plastic pollution.

For my Passion Project, I chose to research and campaign against the use of single-use plastic straws. I established my website, SkipThePlasticStraw.com, and Instagram page, @skiptheplasticstraw, to educate people on the harmful effects of single-use plastic straws.

Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day, which could fill more than 46,400 enormous institution bus. That’s a lot of straws! Unlike other plastics, plastic straws are not recyclable or biodegradable – you use a plastic straw for a few minutes but it outlives you and stays on the planet for hundreds of years. Plastic straws simply break down into microscopic slice and marine animals mistake them as meat, causing them to disable, suffocate or die. If this doesn’t change, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. We all it is necessary do our segment to reduce our uptake of single-use plastic- and plastic straws are a good start!

Since my safarus launched in April 2018, I have convinced PALI Outdoor Science Institute in the San Bernardino Mountains, three academy districts( 128 schools in total ), and two hospitals in Orange County to join my expedition to remove all plastic straws from their cafeterias.

I established advertisements to display at all 128 academies to inform students and teaches of the new alter and to hopefully inspire them to bounce the plastic straw even outside of school. I likewise started a chide series to youngster groups and adults and have presented to thousands of beings on the harmful effects of single-use plastic straws.

I received the Captain Planet Foundation’s Young Superhero for Earth Award in 2018, Top 100 Influencers in 2018 in Orange County by The Orange County Register, the Junior Philanthropist Award in 2019 from Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, and Ocean Hero Award in 2019 from OCEANA in recognition of my work.

Last November, I was invited as a client to share my campaign on The Kelly Clarkson Show and, most recently, I was honored to be selected as a Finalist for the TIME Magazine/ Nickelodeon first-ever Kid of the Year 2020.

In 2019, I was given amazing opportunities to work on other environmental projects. I was also selected to be on the Delta Green Up Youth Advisory Board, are concerned with other youngster to help stir Delta Air Lines a more sustainable airline. And I was selected as a reviewer for the Redford Center Stories Film Competition, heartening middle school children to get artistic and produce abruptly films on lanes they can help pulsate plastic pollution.

Since I haven’t been able to do in-person proposals due to the pandemic, my sister( Ella Lin) and I decided to find other ways of reaching out to people, including launching a brand-new YouTube Channel called the Sustainable Sisters! Our channel is all about reviewing eco-friendly makes and labels, and sharing roads we can all help to protect our environment!

We too planned our first-ever Skip the Plastic Straw Global Cleanup Challenge with Litterati in the month of September with a point to collect at least 10,000 parts of litter. In precisely 1 month, we excess our goal and are caught up- and documented- a total of 11, 361 bits of scum! We had a total of 76 amazing participants from all over the world- including the USA, Netherlands, Spain, Qatar, Philippines, Pakistan, Africa, and even Singapore- who joined our global virtual cleanup challenge. For more details on my work during COVID-1 9, read my website blog: skiptheplasticstraw.com/ blog

Through this campaign, I’ve learned that it’s probable for one person- adult or kid- to make a difference for our environment. All it makes somebody who attends intensely enough to start their journey to low-waste living or even to begin a campaign.

Single-use plastic straws are a problem, but they’re merely the tip of the single-use plastic problem. If you can start by joining me to hop-skip that plastic straw and switch to alternative straws- like a glass, bamboo or a metal straws- or no straw at all, you will once be making a huge difference!

You can also help by printing or emailing my campaign restaurant flyer to your favorite eatery and ask them to consider switching to a biodegradable option.

-Chloe Mei

” Skip the plastic straw. Save our oceans .”

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Things to Look Out for Before Taking a Dip in Orange County Waters

November 23rd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Things to Look Out for Before Taking a Dip in Orange County Waters”

Orange County coasts are some of the best beaches in the world countries- OK, we acknowledge we’re a little biased here.

But these beaches do furnish an oasis to Southern California beachgoers for the most part of the year, especially during summer.

While many of us can hardly wait to make that first plunge into the curves, it is important to know what to look for to make sure water problems are safe to swim in.

There are many factors to consider for spray safety- like rip currents, surf requirements, and even lightning- but we’d like to focus on two perilous surroundings that we’ve experienced in recent weeks in Orange County: stormwater pollution and King Tides.

The threats of King Tides

King Tides are a natural phenomenon that we often knowledge along the coast, making coastal flooding.

Just recently, we experienced one of the first major King Tide contests of the season.

While most of the time these ebbs are harmless, there are a few things beachgoers must take into consideration before exploring the coast during these tidal events.

Much like heavy rainstorms, King Tides can affect the sea excellence if the coastal flooding is high enough. The tidal liquid can become contaminated with street junk, fertilizers, and other pollutants, which can cause illness if assimilated.

If enough fertilizers and nutrients return to the ocean after coastal flooding, naval life can also be affected by the extreme high tides in the form of algal blooms, which often deplete dissolved oxygen degrees when the bud dies off due to the eutrophication process.

Lastly, King Tides can easily entrap beach explorers who are walking the tidepools and ocean caves along the coast. It’s important to know when high tides are resulting to epoch a safe beach journey with the family.

Remain Away from Polluted Stormwater

Stormwater pollution is the number one water quality problem for Orange County. Stormwater frequently contains heavy metal music( such as copper, guide, and cast-iron ), scum, bacteria, and pH-affecting contaminants. Stormwater pollution likewise accounts for more than half of the total pollution enter surface waters each year.

If you watch the neighbourhood television story after a major or even moderate winter whirlwind, you will likely appreciate a fib depicting sea endings or warning signs up and down the Southern California coast. Most recently, we experienced our “first flush” winter storm that impelled liquid aspect undesirable for swimmers.

The pollution brought on by these storm occurrences can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach griefs, and other health problems that can leave swimmers out of the liquid for extended periods of time.

To prevent illness from polluted stormwater, we caution to keep out of the water for at least 72 hours, if not longer, after a heavy storm.

How does Coastkeeper facilitate?

As part of Coastkeeper’s efforts to protect our swimmable, fishable, drinkable and sustainable sprays, we deter a close nose on regulatory process that affect stormwater.

The plans that muster stormwater from streets, walkways, parking lots, business owneds, industrial locates, landscapes, and many other skin-deeps typically exhaust untreated spray into a series, flow, inlet, or the Pacific Ocean.

We’re deep involved in the processes that oversee environmental regulation to ensure government agencies effectively keep us safe from polluted stormwater.

You can learn more about stormwater pollution monitoring and regulations here. If you want to get involved in our stormwater monitoring program, please contact Ray Hiemstra( Ray @coastkeeper. org ).

We have also recently partnered with Swim Guide, an app that adds beach and irrigate excellence intelligence. Stay adjusted for updates on the information regarding your favorite Orange County website.

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Our Diversity Plan

November 12th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Our Diversity Plan”

Orange County Coastkeeper believes that all people have a right to safe, accessible, inexpensive, fishable, swimmable, and drinkable irrigate. We are committed to creating a community where we can all enjoy our most precious natural resource.

We’ve done a lot in 21 years to protect Orange County’s water- and there’s one thing we can do better: be more representative and inclusive of the diverse Orange County communities. Diversity to us means welcoming all cultures and backgrounds and offering opportunities to include all people in the fight for clean water.

At Coastkeeper, we acknowledge the systemic issues that disproportionately change Black, Indigenous, and People of Color( BIPOC) in our region. These systems has generated roadblocks that limit access to our local natural openings and the leadership characters that help to protect them. These roadblocks likewise restrict access to meaningful suffers in these natural cavities and make it so BIPOC societies are being disproportionately affected by pollution issues.

While we have focused on eliminating these impediments through our education, advocacy, and law programs , now is time for us to be more strategic in our work to establish greater inclusivity in our curricula, the people they serve, and our leadership.

To accomplish this, we have developed a diversity plan and timeline which we will carry out over the next year to guide our effort, regarded ourselves accountable, and have discernible milestones. We will focus our efforts on three neighbourhoods 😛 TAGEND

LEARN: Provide and lead all staff and board members to complete Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion sets that will help guide our desires and strategies to ensure true equity and inclusion in our programs and organization. ACT: Evaluate our bylaws, and employee and apprentice requirements to ensure that the qualifications parallel our recruitment aims and do not act as roadblocks:

Begin by electing diverse board members. Follow with new staff opportunities

ENGAGE: Collaborate and partner with various environmental justice and other organizations that represent the diversity of Orange County and the adjacent field.

If you would like to join Coastkeeper in our fight for clean water for all, satisfy consider joining as a representative by either volunteering or giving to our organization. We all need clean-living ocean to survive, and most importantly, we all deserve access to clean water as a human right.

Let’s get to work.

Photo Credits to David Ohman

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Moulton Niguel Water District Helps Students Learn About Watershed Protection

November 11th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Moulton Niguel Water District Helps Students Learn About 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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Essential Tips for Smart Gardening

October 29th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Essential Tips for Smart Gardening”

Every gardener can be successful with the right information. The more you garden, the more you’ll catch on to the small things that make a big difference. As a novice gardener, you may have a lot of questions on where to begin, what tools to use, and how you can be the most efficient with your water use- and we’re here to help.

Orange County Coastkeeper’s garden director Marianne Hugo and SmartScape specialist Isabel Hernandez share the essential tools for every garden, the advantages of trickle irrigation, and more.

Watch our succession on #OCisGardenSmart and incorporate a vegetable garden-variety into your landscape today!

If you find these exercises recreation and helpful, we would love your feedback! Show us what you grow and how you do it- tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Happy gardening!

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