Is Mission Bay Gross?: Coastkeeper, rowing club forum to examine ecosystems, water quality
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THE STATE OF MISSION BAY A June 25 forum will be hosted by San Diego Coastkeeper and the ZLAC Rowing Club to explore the history of Mission Bay, its current water quality and what can be done to improve it. The forum is titled “Is Mission Bay Gross?” Photo by Ethan Orenstein I Beach & Bay Press
THE STATE OF MISSION BAY A June 25 forum will be hosted by San Diego Coastkeeper and the ZLAC Rowing Club to explore the history of Mission Bay, its current water quality and what can be done to improve it. The forum is titled “Is Mission Bay Gross?” Photo by Ethan Orenstein I Beach & Bay Press
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Mission Bay, one of San Diego’s most popular destinations, 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. 

But urban runoff and uses of the bay cause many to wonder about its water quality and associated health impacts. To clear the fog on the issue, San Diego Coastkeeper, which works to protect and restore 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?” on Tuesday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Coastkeeper and ZLAC will welcome community members to ZLAC’s clubhouse overlooking Mission Bay at 1111 Pacific Beach Drive as four experts review Mission Bay’s ecological history, its current water quality, the city’s plans for maintaining and improving the bay’s health and how individuals can find and fix problems. 

San Diego River Park Foundation executive director Rob Hutsel will cover Mission Bay’s history and transformation into one of San Diego’s principal recreational assets. Hutsel will explore 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, deputy director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, will review Mission Bay’s water quality, including a comparison of how Mission Bay’s water quality compares to other water bodies in the region. 

Schiff will explain methods used to test water quality, where and how frequently testing is done and what the results can tell us about staying healthy while using the bay.

Ruth Kolb, a program manager for the city’s Transportation and Stormwater Department, will recap how Mission Bay got a bad reputation years ago and the steps the city has taken to improve the bay’s water quality. 

Kolb 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, community engagement coordinator at San Diego Coastkeeper, 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.

At the event, participants will enjoy light appetizers and beverages, along with plenty of food for thought. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

Prior registration is required because of the limited seating capacity. Visit www.eventbrite.com/event/6836196247.

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