What if we could stop urban runoff, keep our oceans clean and have more water for our homes and businesses?  Come learn what one local water agency is trying to do to make this a reality.

Join us for our next chapter meeting on Wednesday, May 16th from 7-8:30pm at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, located at 8690 Balboa Avenue, Suite 100.  Our guest speakers this month will be Mike Thornton and David Roberts of the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, the wastewater district serving Cardiff, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe and Olivenhain.

The San Elijo Joint Powers Authority is undertaking an impressive new project focused on protecting coastal water quality in Cariff by the Sea and Solana Beach.  This Advanced Water Treatment Project will capture urban runoff before it reaches the surf zone, and will reduce ocean discharge of treated wastewater.  The captured water will be sent to the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility where it will be purified to supplement the recycled water program in Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar.

Mike Thornton, General Manager of the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, is very progressive and proactive in his views of water recycling.  In addition to his role as General Manager, he also serves on the Board of Trustees for WateReuse California.  Mike supports policy that provides communities the opportunity to implement Indirect and Direct Potable Reuse (IPR and DPR), and reduces urban runoff.

Dave Roberts is the Deputy Mayor of the City of Solana Beach, serves as the Vice Chair of the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors and served as the Chairman of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority.  He is a recognized expert in health care policy, and was appointed by both the Bush and the Obama Administrations to national healthcare advisory leadership roles.  This year, Dave is running for the 3rd District, San Diego County Board Supervisor.  He has the endorsement of Pam Slater-Price, a longtime County Supervisor and Surfrider San Diego supporter.