List reveals top 10 places to witness urban runoff

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SAN DIEGO - A list released Wednesday shows the top 10 locations in San Diego County where residents can witness urban runoff as it impacts to our waterways.

San Diego Coastkeeper, an organization that protects and restores water in the county, said the list brings awareness to the countywide need to address polluted runoff.

Urban runoff is water that flows over the hardscape surfaces throughout the county and drains directly into water.

"[The list] highlights the diverse complications ranging from cross-border management, channelized creeks, storm drains connected directly to bays and the ocean and other issues that this week’s rainstorm will highlight," the water quality watchdog group said.

The top 10 locations included:

  • 2306 S. Coast Highway: Open channel dumping onto the beach
  • 300 Forward Street in La Jolla/Bird Rock: Drain at the street's end
  • Tourmaline Surf Park: Channelized stormwater outlet meets popular surf spot
  • Coast Boulevard Park: Cement pipe at ocean's edge
  • Cottonwood Creek at Moonlight State Beach: Storm Drain opening
  • San Dieguito River Park Stormwater treatment lagoon: Treatment wetland in action
  • Tecolote Shores, Mission Beach: Creek emptying into man-made bay]
  • Dog Beach, Ocean Beach: The mouth of our region's namesake river
  • 3001 Harbor Drive: Trash moves from land to sea
  • Dairy Mart Road: Binational polluted runoff
    Details for each of the locations was posted on the SD Coastkeeper website.

Coastkeeper reminds residents that they can take steps today to reduce the runoff impact such as using fewer pesticides and fertilizers, picking up litter, using reusable items and cleaning up after their pets.

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