On World Water Day, (March 22nd), we joined together with our nonproﬁt partners, individual supporters and dignitaries for the official public launch of Project Clean Water. During the socially distanced gathering at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, we celebrated the holiday and united under the cause of cleaner water for San Diego County.
Attendees created surf board art to share Project Clean Water’s powerful, simple message – to love our waters – and to symbolize that together, we can make clean water happen.
Later, the surfers of the group headed into the ocean for a socially distanced paddle out to demonstrate their love of water. The paddle out was joined by local surf legend Rob Machado, who has been a proud supporter of Project Clean Water through the Rob Machado Foundation.
During the accompanying press conference, local dignitaries spoke about what clean water means to them, sharing their commitment to Project Clean Water and taking the 52 Week Pledge for Clean Water.
Speakers included (L-R) Stephanie Gaines (Program Coordinator, County of San Diego), Catherine Blakespear (Mayor of Encinitas), Terra Lawson-Remer (San Diego County Supervisor), Kris McFadden ( Director of Stormwater and Transportation, City of San Diego).
The morning was concluded with a beautiful and moving spoken word piece by Gil Sotu, which he wrote for Project Clean Water.
A huge thank you to all of our incredible supporters and partners who made this day possible, including our the County of San Diego, Changing Tides Foundation, Groundswell Community Project, Kind Humans, I Love A Clean San Diego, Un Mar De Colores, San Diego Coastkeeper, Rob Machado Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Sports Innovators, WILDCOAST, and Native Like Water.
Want to get involved? Take the 52 Week Pledge today and commit to taking simple weekly actions to help reduce stormwater pollution and keep our waterways clean. Together, we can make a difference.