Surfrider readies annual fundraiser

DEL MAR — Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter is committed to clean water and coastal preservation from the beaches in Camp Pendleton to the border across the Tijuana Sloughs. To fund its programs, the organization depends on proceeds from the 11th annual Art Gala fundraiser, set from 6 to 10 p.m. May 19 at the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd. Tickets are now on sale on-line at surfridersd.org/artgala.
All Surfrider Foundation campaigns and programs are supported by the proceeds from the upcoming fundraiser. Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter engages the community to help protect local beaches, ocean and waterways. With core campaigns and programs in clean water, beach access, beach preservation and protecting special places, the organization coordinates various local initiatives, including workshops on ocean-friendly gardens.
As part of its Know Your H2O program, Surfrider Foundation seeks to help prevent all forms of water pollution and ocean-friendly gardens are a great way to involve the community in the process. Everyone can design and maintain their gardens so as to reduce urban runoff — and the pollutants that go with it.
“The Ocean Friendly Gardens program offers a creative solution to a very real pollution problem,” said Julia Chunn with Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter. “By educating the community about how to prevent urban runoff, we empower residents of San Diego to help promote healthy coasts and oceans. Individuals can literally make a difference in their own backyards.”
In attempt to curb run-off of pesticides, sediment and debris from residential landscapes, Ocean Friendly Gardens promote CPR — Conservation, Permeability and Retention – to eliminate harmful pollutants from entering our waterways. Runoff from our lawns and backyards affects the quality of our oceans in various ways: sediment reduces clarity, nutrients and fertilizers increase algae populations, debris suffocates aquatic species, and pesticide chemicals poison fish. Most people do not realize that simple day-to-day activities like watering their lawn can cause harm to the ocean and the natural systems it sustains.
The next Ocean Friendly Gardens workshops are scheduled for early summer 2011 in San Diego. For more information, visit ofg-sandiego.blogspot.com.

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