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Kelly Coplin, Water Program Assistant, San Francisco

Kelly Coplin
I’m the San Francisco Water Program Assistant, and couldn’t be happier to have landed my dream job helping to restore, revitalize and protect our nation’s freshwater resources. It’s fitting that I work primarily on California water issues, since I’ve lived here my whole life (specifically, I’ve never left the San Francisco Bay Area!) I graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology, concentrating on environmental policy and environmental economics. My academic interests run the gamut from conservation biology to marketing and communications, so I’m lucky that the environmental movement demands interdisciplinary solutions. In my free time, I like to enjoy the outdoors we are working so hard to save.

Recent Posts

Five California Water Districts Lead the Way in Reducing Demands on Imperiled Ecosystems

Posted May 16, 2013 by Kelly Coplin in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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This April NRDC released an issue paper highlighting five Southern California urban water agencies’ plans to reduce their reliance on water from the Bay-Delta ecosystem and the Colorado River. If fully implemented, by 2035 these agencies could save 40 billion...continued

Your Faith, Restored: NRDC Receives Support from Budding Seventh Grade Environmentalists

Posted February 11, 2013 by Kelly Coplin in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down by the seemingly insurmountable challenges associated with environmental policy in general (and water policy in particular). The problems we face are big. And change frequently doesn’t seem to be coming fast enough. But...continued

New California Water Web Tool Asks, Is Your City Planning for the Future?

Posted January 29, 2013 by Kelly Coplin in Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Beyond “the tap,” the majority of Americans have no idea, let alone the environmental and public health costs associated with delivering their water to their faucet. In California, 78% of residents...continued

New Salmon Doubling Index Displays Telling Trends in Chinook Salmon Populations

Posted November 12, 2012 by Kelly Coplin in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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(Click graph to enlarge)  Salmon Index Blog Series The 20th Anniversary of the CVPIA - the Failure of Salmon Doubling One Fish, Two Fish - The New Bay-Delta Salmon Doubling Index and the Need for Improved Restoration Efforts New Salmon...continued

The New "Restoration Economy" a Boon for Jobseekers and the Environment

Posted October 9, 2012 by Kelly Coplin in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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The news this past week has been plastered with encouraging headlines regarding the recent September, and revised July and August job growth numbers. Jobless rate falls to 7.8%, lowest since January 2009! Jobless rate hits 44-month low! 114K jobs added...continued

Bike Touring - The Ultimate Road Trip

Posted September 27, 2012 by Kelly Coplin in Living Sustainably

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I’m officially convinced that I have the best job. Ever. In early September my colleagues and I biked from Fortuna, CA to San Francisco, CA with 150 other concerned citizens to raise money and awareness for organizations working on climate...continued

Lake Tahoe Water Quality - A Clear Solution to Pollution

Posted September 5, 2012 by Kelly Coplin in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably

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As someone who considers themselves about 50% scientist (science literate and science curious, but not quite fluent), I am always very appreciative of efforts to communicate science in understandable language. Every so often, a publication comes along that perfectly addresses...continued

Green Roof Roots: Stumbling Upon Environmental History in Lake Tahoe

Posted August 24, 2012 by Kelly Coplin in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably

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Last weekend I had the great fortune to spend three days biking, swimming and relaxing along the shores of Lake Tahoe with my family. I’ve spent summer weekends at the lake almost annually since I was a baby, and like...continued

Bay-Delta Climate Change Study Points to Virtual River as California's Only Sustainable Solution

Posted November 7, 2011 by Kelly Coplin in Living Sustainably

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Last week USGS scientists and academic colleagues released an integrated assessment, the first of its kind, of how the Bay-Delta ecosystem will respond to climate change. The authors echoed a concern that the environmental community has been repeating for years:...continued

Building Rivers: A Million Toilets Can't Be Wrong

Posted November 2, 2011 by Kelly Coplin in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably

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Building Rivers Blog Series A New Era of California Water Solutions Santa Monica and Other Cities Increase Water Self-Reliance The Yolo Bypass - Hiding in Plain Sight A Million Toilets Can't Be Wrong Today, I’m going to write about...continued

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