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‘Ocean Monitoring Program’ working to protect our coastal waters

The City of San Diego’s ‘Ocean Monitoring Program’ screens greater than 340 sq. miles.

SAN DIEGO — The City of San Diego’s ‘Ocean Monitoring Program’ screens greater than 340 sq. miles – from northern San Diego to northern Baja California, Mexico – from the shoreline to roughly 10 miles offshore, and to depths of greater than 1,600 ft.  

City marine biologists use specialised sampling gear and devices to accumulate the big selection of knowledge, which is required to perceive the ecological well being of the ocean surroundings, to establish potential well being issues related to the leisure use of San Diego’s shoreline.  

“Essentially, we want to see the diversity of populations out in the local coastal waters so that we can get a better sense on how local impacts might be affecting their movement and the specific arrangement of those different species,” stated marine biologist Ryan Kempster. “By assessing all of the different creatures and organisms that live within that ecosystem, it tells us a lot about how healthy the environment is.” 

San Diego’s ‘Ocean Monitoring Program’ operates inside the City’s Public Utilities Department, and the staff of marine biologists and taxonomists have a really particular function. 

“Because the city owns and operates wastewater facilities, our program really exists to make sure that the treated wastewater that is discharged by the ocean outfalls is not having a negative impact on ocean water quality and the environment and ecosystem that the animals live within,” stated Kempster. 

Monitoring the standard of our ocean water isn’t any simple job and so they have some instruments to assist out.  

“This is our water profiler,” stated Kempster, whereas pointing towards a big machine. “This allows us to assess the quality of the local coastal waters by actually collecting water samples at various depths throughout the water column.” 

With their remotely operated automobile (ROV), they’re in a position to survey the ocean flooring and examine to be certain that any pipes carrying water from the remedy services are functioning correctly with none leaks.  

“San Diego coastal waters are actually very healthy and in very good condition, which is great,” stated Kempster. “But by assessing the whole region we can also look more broadly at larger indicators of changes in ocean health, whether that be from climate change or a specific event or other sources of pollution throughout the region.” 

For extra details about the City’s Ocean Monitoring Program, go tosandiego.gov/ocean-monitoring.   

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