COAST CITIES — Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter is committed to clean water and coastal preservation from the beaches in Camp Pendleton in the north to the border across the Tijuana Sloughs in the south. To fund its programs, the organization is hosting its annual Art Gala fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. May 19 at the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1600 Coast Blvd. Tickets are on sale now at artgala. blogspot.com.
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 the 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 Conservation, Permeability and Retention, or CPR, 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. Surfrider Foundation works to help people 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.