COAST CITIES — San Diego Coastkeeper has opened nominations for its 2015 Coastal Champions awards. For World Oceans Day June 8, Coastal Champions seeks nominations in six categories to honor the people and projects throughout San Diego County that protect, restore and conserve water.
Coastkeeper asks participants to use its online form to nominate and self-nominate people, businesses and projects for six of the seven Coastal Champion categories. The deadline to nominate is April 30. Coastkeeper staff and board of directors will present awards to the winners at its Coastal Champion Awards breakfast June 8 at Birch Aquarium, and tickets will go on sale in May.
The 2015 Coastal Champions Awards categories include:
— Lighthouse Lifetime Achievement: The Lighthouse Award is for lifetime achievement to advance fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters in San Diego County. This awardee will be selected by San Diego Coastkeeper’s board of directors.
— Volunteer of the Year: In 2014, San Diego Coastkeeper and our region’s waters benefited from the efforts of more than 7,000 volunteers, selected by San Diego Coastkeeper staff.
— Find & Fix: The Find & Fix Award is for success in a program, project or idea that first finds a pollution problem and then takes action to fix that pollution problem in the community.
— Blue Tech: The Blue Tech Award goes to exceptional innovation in the development and/or use of technology to protect and restore fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters in San Diego County.
— Marine Conservation: The Marine Conservation Award recognizes efforts to advocate for, monitor and/or implement ocean conservation programs, techniques and innovations including those dealing with fishery management and marine protected areas (MPAs) or other conservation areas of concern.
— Runoff Rockstar: For outstanding action taken to reduce urban runoff through best practices, including, but not limited to, low impact development, pollution prevention and urban waste reduction.
— Water Wise: Goes to outstanding achievements in water-friendly landscaping, water conservation and the use of methods to promote healthy environmental restoration with native plants and natural growth.
For more information about this event and to become a sponsor, visit Coastkeeper’s Web site at sdcoastkeeper.org.