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    Posted June 30, 2012 by
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    An Ocean Friendly Garden is a garden that applies CPR – Conservation, Permeability and Retention – to revive the health of our oceans. An Ocean Friendly Garden Party is a gathering that took place in the sunny courtyard of the Ocean Beach Hotel, located at 5080 Newport Avenue in San Diego on Thursday evening, June 28th.


    There, the Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Garden program was discussed as it pertains to homes, particularly along the coast. The area of Sunset Cliffs is a specific concern because environmental reports have documented continued erosion and steady deterioration of the scenic Cliffs.


    OFG has a mantra: CPR:
    "C" is for Conservation. This applies to conservation of water, energy and habitat through properly spaced native plants, low-flow irrigation and "smart" timers that prevent dry-weather water run-off.


    "P" is for permeability of soil and hard surfaces. The ability of water to soak into the ground slows down run-off and allows moisture to spread out and sink in.


    "R" is for Retention. Retention of rainwater prevents or may cleanse run-off, reduce water ued for irrigation and recharges groundwater. Flooding downstream is reduced with retention.


    At the party, Paul Herzog, of the national Surfrider chapter, gave a presentation on how oceans can be kept cleaner by avoiding run-off. It is this urban run-off that is the #1 source of ocean pollution


    The OFG program asks that you think of your own property as a "mini watershed." The first thing to do is to redirect water from your rooftop into your landscape.
    This may mean using rain barrels. Compost and mulch can help make your garden and landscape able to absorb more water.


    A lady from the City of San Diego spoke on the many rebates and offers the city issues home-owners to help improve their property and make it more ocean friendly.
    Residential savings range from rebates to change your turf to low-water., switch to smart-weather irrigation controls, and purchase a rain barrel.


    Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Gardens installation began in La Jolla In 2010. Steve Roeder’s front yard in La Jolla was transformed from turf into a beautiful certified Ocean Friendly Garden by a group of dedicated Surfrider volunteers. Since then, the OFG yard has been featured in various news articles, was the winner of Cali Bamboo’s 2011 Greenscape Challege, and was recently featured as a stop in the California Native Plant Society’s inaugural San Diego Native Garden Tour. A local water agency has also saluted this OFG by making it a runner-up in the “California Friendly” Landscape Challenge, an annual local competition.


    After some delicious snacks and desserts and an open bar, a raffle was held to give away natuve plants and tickets to the San Diego County Fair, where an Ocean Friendly Garden display is a popular attraction.


    The sources of water pollution are from all of us. And it is up to all of us to do something about it. Ocean Friendly Gardens asks that you become part of the solution, not the pollution.. Turn your landscapes everywhere into an Ocean Friendly Garden.

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