Surfrider Promotes Landscaping Program to OB and Pt. Loma Residents – June 28th

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Ocean Friendly Garden Party

San Diego, California – Ocean Beach and Point Loma residents have long endured problems of stormwater flooding, an eroding coastline, and polluted beaches from rainwater runoff, but now they can learn firsthand how to mitigate those problems by attending Surfrider Foundation’s Garden Party event at the Ocean Beach Hotel on Thursday, June 28th from 5-8pm.  The Ocean Beach Hotel is located at 5080 Newport Ave.

“The event will be a beautiful evening of music, wine, and appetizers, but more importantly we will be introducing local homeowners to our Ocean Friendly Gardens Program” said Susan Krzywicki, Chair of the Ocean Friendly Gardens program.

“Everyone always wants to know why Surfrider is involved in gardening. Well, in nature, everything is connected. An Ocean Friendly Garden can help stop erosion, stop polluted runoff, save water (thereby lowering water bills,) create native habitat for birds and butterflies, and is part of a comprehensive landscaping solution needed for the Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs area,” she said.

The 3-year old program from Surfrider is having a lot of success in coastal communities which see it as an answer to cleaner beaches, better coastal preservation, and lower water and energy use. The event will offer an opportunity for residents to get answers on how to make an impact on their community.

“Most people don’t understand that they can help control erosion in their neighborhood,” said Shauna McKellar, a Surfrider volunteer, and member of the Ocean Friendly Gardens committee. “We want people to make the connection between their coastal property and the bottom of the hill when it rains. Everyone can play a part in preserving the coast by making their landscape ocean-friendly, and because Sunset Cliffs was recently named one of the top five “disappearing places” in the country, we think it’s more important than ever to implement proper water management techniques in support of a healthy coastline!”

“We are NOT talking about xeriscaping,” said Susan. “We are talking about using lush flowering plants, techniques to bank water in our soil, and sustainable ways to improve our communities during times of drought or flood which is what we deal with in Southern California.”

Flamenco guitar by Dennis Bergstrom of B’Entertained will perform. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVPs are required. Please RSVP to

For more on the Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Campaign , or contact San Diego County Campaign Coordinator Julia Chunn-Heer at (619) 246-8881 or

For more on the San Diego County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, go to .

Surfrider Foundation promotes ocean healthy gardens:

  • Conserving the use of water, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides reduces the amount of pollutants and water running off a landscape and dramatically helps restore and protect our local waterways and the ocean. Removing turf grass areas as much as possible, and replacing them with native plants or other climate-adapted choices establishes habitat for many species and makes the garden “come alive.” Finally, the proper selection of plants and design reduces maintenance and eliminates the need for equipment that contributes to air pollution.
  •  Permeability within a landscape allows it to hold more of its water and nutrients. This mixture of water and nutrients is healthy in a garden but can accumulate and deplete oxygen in our streams and ocean – killing precious marine life. Permeable walkways and other permeable “hardscape” as well as “living soil” greatly improve a garden’ permeability.
  •  Retaining rainwater in your garden mimics natural processes. Retention/infiltration areas help restore a garden’s natural water resource and replenish groundwater aquifers, which directly benefits the communities that rely on groundwater. These devices are important at capturing the first inch of rainfall after a dry spell – the event called “First Flush” that carries the most pollutants to our ocean. Approximately 600 gallons of water is generated per inch of rain per 1,000 sq. ft. of impermeable surface. The steps of rainwater retention are to take water otherwise running off your property and: “slow it, spread it and sink it.”

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