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Environmental Report Card for San Diego

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Aired 4/20/09

Four environmental groups say San Diego city and county officials scored well on votes to protect the environment in 2008.  A report card shows the city council had a better overall grade than county supervisors. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

It's the first time the Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Coastkeeper, the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters have jointly released the environmental assessments.

Coastkeeper's Bruce Reznik says last year's City Council members and Mayor Jerry Sanders scored an average B+ on water quality and coastal habitat issues.

Reznik: I think there's a lot they can be proud of and I think the next council has big shoes to fill but I expect them to do an even better job for our environment and our coast in San Diego.

Scott Harrison with the Surfrider Foundation says the county supervisors received an average grade of 'C.'

Harrison: The report assesses supervisors on their actions and decisions related to issues impacting not only water quality but land use, air quality and renewable energy.

The groups say water conservation and border sewage are key issues for the city and county this year.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

 

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