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May 1, 2020 - June 1, 2021
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Justin Gamble

Green Oceanside

Points Total

  • 50 Today
  • 60 This Week
  • 372 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    31
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    3
    hydrozones
    created
  • up to
    1
    pounds pesticide and excess fertilizer
    prevented from entering watersheds
  • up to
    26
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    pounds of trash
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    544
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Justin's Actions

Waterwise Community

Take the Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

I will discover the power of my community working together by completing the WNMC Pledge and pledging to save 100. gallons of water.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waterwise Beautification

Plant a Tree

I will reduce stormwater runoff, promote better air quality, and reduce CO2 from our atmosphere by planting 2 tree(s) in my home or in my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waterwise Beautification

Use Native Plants When Possible

I will plant 500 square feet of native species, landscape with water-efficient plants in order to reduce general water usage, and minimize fertilizer and pesticide use.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waterwise Home

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waterwise Beautification

Hydrozone Your Landscape

I will "hydrozone" my yard and garden so that low water-use, moderate water-use and high water-use plants are grouped together.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waterwise Community

Litter Removal

I will organize or participate in a volunteer litter clean up to keep trash from entering our storm drains and waterways.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Waterwise Community

Identify a Local Freshwater Hope Spot using the Wyland Foundation Google Earth Portal

I will show my support for a favorite lake, river, stream, wetland or place along the coast.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waterwise Home

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waterwise Home

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waterwise Home

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Community Take the Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
    Water is a free resource, but what are the steps needed to get water to your home? What other resources are needed to ensure you have access to water? Energy? Infrastructure? What are some of the ways smart water use helps the national economy?

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    Justin Gamble 4/20/2021 2:11 PM
    The water supply industry involves multiple steps and expert staffing to safely deliver water to our homes. Whether you are part of a large municipal water delivery system or an independent well owner, access to water requires resources like engineers, utility workers, treatment operators, and administrative teams that oversee energy procurement, public outreach and manage construction contracts. The transport of water is one of the largest consumers of electrical energy in California. Smart water use helps the national economy by reducing energy consumption, offsetting climate impacts, protecting water-dependent habitats, protecting groundwater resources and reducing pollution. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Beautification Hydrozone Your Landscape
    A smart hydrozoning plan can reduce landscape water use by 20% to 70% and even reduce the need for chemicals. How might you reorganize or group the plants in your landscape or project?

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    Justin Gamble 4/13/2021 10:08 AM
    Our property faces east-west, with the north facing side of the property partially blocked by our house. This results in permanently shaded and cool landscape zones on the north, with hot, dry and intense growing conditions on the south side. We've hydrozoned our landscaping appropriately by placing hardy drought-resistant species including succulents and CA natives on the south side, with drip irrigation. Shade-loving natives, including monkeyflower and iris are used on the north side, that only require infrequent light watering. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Home Conserve Toilet Water
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

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    Justin Gamble 4/08/2021 11:45 AM
    Water supply reliability and sustainability in southern California has historically been challenging given our arid Mediterranean climate, with hot dry summers and infrequent winter storms. A sustainable water future for our region lies with reclamation and reuse projects made possible by advances in treatment technology and engineering. In Oceanside, indirect potable reuse technology will allow the City to offset ~30% of annual domestic demand by treating wastewater and reinjecting it into our aquifer. These projects, coupled with increased  recycled water infrastructure for non-potable uses, reduces reliance on the increasingly unpredictable Sierra snowpack and imported water.
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Home 5-Minute Showers
    Five-minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

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    Justin Gamble 4/02/2021 11:58 AM
    • If you're a homeowner, install a weather-based smart irrigation controller to water only when your landscape really needs it
    • Install a water meter smart monitor to track your daily and weekly potable water usage to identify ways to cut back. This can also help you identify costly water leaks and prevent property damage.
    • Only flush when necessary
    • Only run your dishwasher and clothes washer with full loads. Be sure to purchase High-efficiency certified appliances. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Community Litter Removal
    How do you feel about your community when you see lots of litter? How does litter find its way downstream?

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    Justin Gamble 4/02/2021 10:32 AM
    Litter on our streets and sidewalks not only causes blight and an unsightly image for our community, but finds its way downstream during rainstorms through our storm drains, ultimately winding up in our creeks, rivers and ocean. We can mitigate litter and waterway pollution by encouraging our community to properly dispose of their waste, encourage recycling and zero waste efforts, conducting community cleanups and installing storm drain infrastructure that captures trash before it reaches our receiving waters. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Community Identify a Local Freshwater Hope Spot using the Wyland Foundation Google Earth Portal
    What lakes, rivers, streams, or coastlines have inspired you? How have they changed over the years? What can be done to ensure they remain healthy and vital for the future?

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    Justin Gamble 4/02/2021 10:28 AM
    The Southern California coast is my home, and one of our most precious natural and economic resources.  With every major rainstorm, I see microplastics, trash and debris wash up on our shores from our creeks, rivers and lagoons. Taking action now through the treatment of urban runoff, utilizing stormwater capture and conducting community cleanups can help abate ocean pollution and keep our beaches clean and healthy for generations to come.