KNOW YOUR H20

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WHAT WE DO

Know Your H2O is a Surfrider Foundation program designed to educate people on the link between freshwater management issues and the impact on our oceans, waves, and beaches. We advocate for practical and environmentally sound solutions.

Do you know where your water comes from? In many places, water travels thousands of miles through canals and pipelines before reaching your home. Due to persistent drought, growing population and legislation, less water will be delivered from these sources in the future.

Many rivers near the coast have been paved over, and nearly all storm drain pipes empty into our oceans. This dumps animal waste, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and pollution from our cars and roads, plastics and anything else in our watershed into the ocean.

Through conservation, using climate-appropriate plants, implementing Low Impact Development, capturing and reusing “waste” water, and Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR), we can reduce water pollution in the ocean AND improve our drinking water supply.

NOT JUST WATER

Know Your H2O is a broad program designed to educate people on the link between freshwater management issues and the impact on our oceans, waves, and beaches. We advocate for practical and environmentally sound solutions.  We host a variety of water management speakers, review important water policies and plans from different agencies, and organize watershed educational events.

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LOCALLY

In San Diego, our water travels thousands of miles through canals and pipelines before reaching our homes and businesses. Due to persistent drought, growing population and legislation, less water will be delivered from these sources in the future. Many rivers near the coast have been channelized and diverted from their natural course, and nearly all storm water empties into our oceans, instead of replenishing our groundwater. This dumps animal waste, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and pollution from our cars and roads, plastics and any other pollution into our watersheds and the ocean.  This is not what Mother Nature intended, and our bad habits are creating big problems for our oceans, waves and beaches. Through conservation, using climate-appropriate plants, permeable pavement, capturing and reusing “waste” water, and Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR), we can reduce water pollution in the ocean AND improve our drinking water supply.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The KYH20 program tackles many areas of concentration. Check out these additional resources to learn more.

LATEST NEWS

Sea Level Rise and the Urban Water Management Plan

By: Jennifer Olim, KYH2O At a hearing last week for the county’s Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP), Surfrider climate spokesman Dr. Bruce Bekkar and policy director Julia Chunn, presented a compelling case for the importance of considering climate change in...

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We need you Nov 18th at the Regional Board!!! 12-2pm

Do you care about water quality? Help us protect our hard won victory with the 2013 stormwater permit! Join us Nov 18th at the Regional Water Quality Control Board meeting (2375 Northside Drive, Suite 108 San Diego) to advocate for strong water quality protections,...

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