As usual, I’ve run out of time for my last post, which was to focus on water conservation, the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly (i.e. actually helps reduce urban runoff pollution) and climate-smart way for the region to enhance its water supply. 

To date, most of the region’s focus has been on under-funded education and voluntary measures.  Have they worked? Resoundingly, NO (see this Saturday’s San Diego Union-Tribune for a good article on our conservation efforts). Despite facing one of the great environmental crisis of our time (if not all time), we can’t even make a serious effort to get people to stop wasting water we don’t have and money they probably don’t have. It is time we start seriously looking at mandatory conservation, building moratoriums or at least a real investment in voluntary programs to avert the looming water shortages which will have a dramatic impact on this region.   

I’m sorry I don’t have time to write longer on conservation (I can tell you a report will be coming out within the next month), and I promise next time Coastkeeper is featured on voiceofsandiego.org, we’ll focus on a subject other than water supply. Marine reserves, anyone? In the meantime, have a wonderful week! 

—BRUCE REZNIK

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