U.S. Green Chamber Newsletter - September 14th, 2011
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In This Issue:
U.S. Green Chamber Member Spotlight: Great Ecology
Dirty and In the Dark
U.S. Green Chamber Mastermind Event
Get In the Mix: San Diego's Green Business Mixer & Expo
Water for Children Music Festival & Eco Fair
Moving San Diego to a Clean Energy Future
September Events
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Dirty and In the Dark: 
The Aftermath of the Power Outage 

On Thursday,  September 8th a widespread power outage left over 5 million people in California, Arizona, and Mexico without electricity. Among the population affected, 1.5 million San Deigans were left in the dark as 2 million gallons of sewage water began to spill into San Diego water tables, beaches, lagoons, and harbor.  The spillage caused the closure of 10 miles of San Diego coastline, deeming the water extremely unsafe.


The first pump failed at 5:50pm, when it began spilling 1.9 million gallons of sewage into the Los Penasquitos Lagoon which feeds directly into Torrey Pines State Beach.A second pump station failed during the outage and discharged 120,000 gallons of sewage into the Sweet Water River flowing directly into San Diego Bay.


The spill was unable to be controlled for three and a half hours until power was restored, due to the fact there were no back-up generators available for the sewage treatment plants affected.


Tests announced on Monday showed that bacteria levels are still far above state standards thus closures are likely to remain in place through the week at the hardest hit spots. Health officials require two days of clean samples before they clear beaches for human use.


South of the border, Mexico faced an even larger spill of 3.8 million gallons of sewage which flowed into the Tijuana River. The Mexico spill was reported not being as dangerous as the San Diego spill however due to the fact that the raw sewage in Mexico did not reach the beaches as it did in San diego.


The debate over whether or not there will be a fine for the pollution of the beaches is still up in the air, but the question remains, why isn't there a back-up generator for one of the largest sewage treatment plants in California?

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Get In the Mix: San Diego's Green Business Mixer & Expo


GET IN THE MIX: The ultimate networking event where San Diego's business elite meet at the Town and County Resort & Conference Center on Tuesday, September 20, 5 to 9 p.m. San Diego's Business Mixer & Expo offers businesses and entrepreneurs a great opportunity to network during an evening of fun with business people representing hundreds of industries and companies in and around San Diego, CA.


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Water for Children Music Festival & Eco Fair


The "Water for Children Awareness Music Festival and Eco Fair" will be held on September 24th, from 9am to sunset at the San Diego City College campus (near Balboa park) San Diego, CA. This is a free event hosted in conjunction with various community organizations working toward promoting and focusing on water conservation, education, and awareness.


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Moving San Diego to a Clean Energy Future

 Join the Worldwide Rally to Demand Solutions to the Climate Crisis!


Scientists tell us that 350 parts per million is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Currently we are at 394 and rising rapidly. Click here to read about the effects and dramatic impacts this could have on our community, nation, and world.


Join SanDiego350.org along with thousands of people all over the U.S. for a march and rally to let our elected representatives know that we need them to act now on climate change. In San Diego this event will take place on September 24th from 11am -1pm in Balboa Park.


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Yours for a Greener Future,
The U.S. Green Chamber Staff
 Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. 
Abbey, Edward (1927-1989)

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