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January 22, 2013

WiLDCOAST Kicks Off Marine Protected Area Protection Project With UC San Diego And Urban Corps

by John Holder
Urban Corps crew at Black's Beach

WiLDCOAST is excited to be partnering with UCSD and Urban Corps on an exciting new project to promote coastal conservation and Marine Protected Area (MPA) awareness.  Proper storm water management is crucial to protection of the MPAs just off La Jolla: the San Diego-Scripps Coastal No-Take State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) and the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve (SMR).  Both areas are also considered Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS), which are areas considered by the state of California to be some of the most pristine and biologically unique sections of our coast.  Starting with a cleanup last week, WiLDCOAST will be completing a series of cleanups and educational outreach activities with Urban Corps and through out the UCSD community. On January 18th, after a talk on the importance of MPAs and storm water management, Urban Corps and WiLDCOAST removed over 1000 pounds of sediment and green waste from storm drain culverts.   It was a beautiful day in La Jolla and the Urban Corps crew was stoked to see dolphins offshore and spend some time helping protect one of our most beautiful coastal resources.  


For more information on this event and how to participate in similar events, contact John Holder, Coastal Coordinator at 619 423 8665 ex 210