From San Diego Coastkeeper
Is Mission Bay gross? To clear the fog surrounding this issue, San Diego Coastkeeper, which protects and restores fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters, and ZLAC Rowing Club, America’s oldest women’s rowing club, will host a free community forum to address the question, “Is Mission Bay Gross?”
Four experts will review Mission Bay’s ecological history, its current water quality, the City of San Diego’s plans for maintaining and improving the bay’s health and how individuals can find and fix problems.
One of San Diego’s most popular destinations, Mission Bay is aptly described as the “largest water park of its kind in the world.” Covering more than 4,200 acres and drawing thousands of tourists and locals every day, it is treasured by boaters, wake boarders, stand-up paddlers, anglers and all manner of water sports enthusiasts. However, urban runoff and uses of the bay cause many to wonder about its water quality and associated health impacts.
- Rob Hutsel will cover Mission Bay’s history and transformation into one of San Diego’s principal recreational assets, also exploring the change of the course of water flowing to the bay from the San Diego River and review water circulation patterns throughout the year in Mission Bay.
- Ken Schiff will review Mission Bay’s water quality, and compare Mission Bay’s water quality to other water bodies in the region. He will explain methods used to test water quality, where and how frequently testing is done and what the results
- Ruth Kolb will recap how Mission Bay got a bad reputation years ago and the steps the City of San Diego has taken to improve the bay’s water quality. She will also review Mission Bay’s current status as well as what the city does to protect and restore the health of the bay.
- Mallory Watson will dive into the current problems Coastkeeper sees affecting Mission Bay’s water quality and explain how community members can identify, report and improve water quality problems.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: ZLAC Rowing Club, 1111 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA, 92109
CONTACT: Jamie Ortiz, 858-337-7466