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Channelkeeper and City of SB Extend Enforcement Agreement to Reduce Sewage Spills

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the City of Santa Barbara announced their agreement to extend, for up to three years, a 2012 enforcement agreement to assure clean local waters by improving performance of Santa Barbara’s wastewater collection system to prevent spills and protect water quality.   View full press release here.  

Channelkeeper and EDC File Suit to Compel Full Environmental Review of Offshore Fracking

Channelkeeper and the Environmental Defense Center filed a lawsuit against two federal agencies for failing to adequately assess potential impacts of offshore fracking on the environment and endangered species. Read full press release here.

SBCK and Santa Barbara County Settle Lawsuit to Clean Up Pollution from Transfer Station

Santa Barbara County has signed a settlement agreement with Channelkeeper to clean up pollution from the County’s South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station! This will result in cleaner water and healthier aquatic habitat in Atascadero Creek, as well as the Goleta Slough and Goleta Beach downstream. Just another way that Channelkeeper is keeping watch for…

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and EDC file a notice of intent to sue the federal government for violating the Endangered Species Act

On August 10th, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and our partners at EDC filed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for violating the Endangered Species Act because it failed to consult with expert wildlife agencies regarding potential impacts to at least 25 threatened and endangered species, including whales, sea otters, fur seals, sea turtles,…

Channelkeeper is hiring!

Communications & Development Assistant Want to work for a great organization that makes a real difference in protecting the environment? Santa Barbara Channelkeeper seeks a temporary, part-time Communications and Development Assistant to help raise awareness and funds to support our work to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Communications…

Naples Dive Portal

Dive in and explore this unique coastal gem using Channelkeeper’s new Naples Dive Portal!

El Nino Portal

Check out Channelkeeper’s new El Niño Portal! Click the image to enter, or visit http://www.sbck.org/current-issues/el-nino-portal/

Channelkeeper and EDC file two lawsuits challenging federal government’s refusal to disclose information on oil pipelines in southern California

On December 7, 2015, Channelkeeper and EDC filed two lawsuits challenging the federal government’s refusal to disclose information on oil pipelines in southern California, including the Plains Pipeline that ruptured in May and spilled 143,000 gallons of oil on the Gaviota Coast. View the full press release

King Tides – Help Photo-Document Impacts of Rising Sea Levels

The National Academy of Sciences predicts that the ocean along California’s coast will rise as much as one foot by 2050 and five feet by the end of the century. To help document the potential impacts of rising sea levels, Channelkeeper and other groups throughout California are calling on citizens to submit photos taken during…

Judge Rules California Not Doing Enough to Curb Agricultural Pollution

Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley ruled on August 10, 2015 that California is not doing enough to curb the witch’s brew of pollution pouring off of California farms. Judge Frawley ordered the State and Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to create new rules to protect human health and the environment, surface water and…

Plains All American Oil Spill

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, an onshore pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline ruptured, spilling an estimated 143,000 gallons of crude oil onto the Gaviota Coast, one of the last remaining stretches of pristine undeveloped coastline in California. At least 21,000 gallons spilled into the Santa Barbara Channel. This environmental disaster has taken and…

Channelkeeper Statement on Oil Spill at Refugio

May 19, 2015 –

In the wake of today’s oil spill, where a pipeline ruptured and spilled an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil at Refugio State Beach, the local environmental watchdog organization Santa Barbara Channelkeeper issued the following statement:

Join us for the Blue Water Ball

Click here for information and ticket sales.   Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s 15th Annual Blue Water Ball fundraising gala will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in the beautiful rotunda at Deckers’ LEED-certified headquarters. Guests will be tempted by an impressive array of silent auction items including the best in local food and wine, beauty…

Channelkeeper Calls for Action to Protect Public Health from Fracking Contamination

On Friday Santa Barbara Channelkeeper petitioned two government agencies – the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (VCHD) and the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) – to take action to protect public health and the environment from contamination emanating from oil fields along the north coast of Ventura County. Citing a recent…

Support Channelkeeper While You Shop for the Holidays

Whether you’re shopping for groceries or gifts at your favorite retailer, a percentage of your purchases can support our programs at no additional cost to you. Click to learn more.

SB Channelkeeper Files Lawsuit to Keep Ventura River Flowing

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper filed a lawsuit on Friday, September 19th against the State Water Resources Control Board to protect the Ventura River and the people, animals and plants that depend on it. Even though the State of California has designated the river as impaired because of excessive pumping and diversions, the City of Ventura has…

Vote for Channelkeeper to be 2015 SB Triathlon Beneficiary!

UPDATE: Channelkeeper took fourth place out of ten with 828 votes. Thanks to everyone who voted for us and congratulations to the winner, CASA. Triathletes (and you) need clean water! Santa Barbara Channelkeeper has a chance to win $50,000 as the beneficiary of the 2015 Santa Barbara Triathlon, and YOU CAN HELP US WIN. We need as…

Channelkeeper and EDC Settle Lawsuit against Ojai Quarry

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) have entered into an agreement with the owner of the Ojai Quarry to settle the lawsuit we filed last year alleging that stormwater management practices at the Quarry were violating requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, resulting in polluted runoff that…

Businesses Unite to Fight for Clean and Plentiful Water in California

California Coastkeeper Alliance and 12 local Waterkeeper organizations today announced the launch of the Blue Business Council, a network of California businesses working to protect the State’s most valuable and threatened natural capital—its coast, ocean, bays, rivers, and streams. Click here to read the full press release and here to see the website.

Channelkeeper Speaks Out About Desalination

Channelkeeper tells Santa Barbara City Council about concerns with the impacts of desalination on the marine environment.

World Oceans Day Activities

World Oceans Day is Sunday, June 8th. See this PDF for a list of ocean-related activities you can do to celebrate, including the Santa Barbara Ocean Festival at West Beach.

Blue Water Ball Coverage in Sentinel

Here’s a nice recap of the 2014 Blue Water Ball by Megan Waldrep in the latest Sentinel. The event was our most successful to date, selling out with 250 people in attendance and raising $120,000 for our local waterways.

Central Coast Keepers’ Ag Pollution Lawsuit Featured in Waterkeeper Magazine

Channelkeeper’s long-fought battle for stronger regulations to address severe pollution from irrigated agriculture on the Central Coast, in partnership with Monterey Coastkeeper and San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper, is featured in the current issue of Waterkeeper Magazine! Check out the article here or peruse the whole magazine to learn about what our Waterkeeper partners are doing…

Channelkeeper in Independent Cover Story on Radiation

Channelkeeper’s radiation monitoring efforts are discussed in this Independent cover story on the facts and fiction of Fukushima’s impacts to the West Coast. We’re partnering with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and CSU Long Beach to keep an eye on radiation levels in Santa Barbara. Our first tests show that there’s no cause for alarm at…

King Tides Map

Check out this interactive map to view pictures taken during the 2013-2014 King Tides by Santa Barbara Channelkeeper staff and volunteers. These locations feature infrastructure and important ecological systems that could be impacted by sea level rise.

Channelkeeper’s 2013 Accomplishments

Click here to see a list of our top accomplishments in 2013.

Channelkeeper Reviewing Ellwood Oil Project

Local oil company Venoco is proposing to return one of its Ellwood oil leases (PRC 421) to production using an existing pier. The project would reopen the well at Pier 421-2 (closed in since 1994) and shut down and remove neighboring Pier 421-1. Oil extracted from Pier 421-2 would be piped to the Ellwood Onshore…

Ultra-High Tides Illustrate Vulnerability of Santa Barbara’s Shoreline

Next Monday (December 30, 2013), some of the year’s highest tides will lash California’s coastal and bay shorelines, providing a glimpse of what the state can expect as sea levels rise in the coming years. These “king tides” – a term used to describe the highest winter tides – will be captured by citizen imagery…

King Tides – Help Photo-Document Impacts of Rising Sea Levels

The National Academy of Sciences predicts that the ocean along California’s coast will rise as much as one foot by 2050 and five feet by the end of the century. To help document the potential impacts of rising sea levels, Channelkeeper and other groups throughout California are calling on citizens to submit photos taken during…

Paid Team Leader Water Quality Internship Opening

Looking to get experience doing scientific monitoring and fieldwork? Ever want to explore the creeks and streams of Goleta? Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is looking for a dedicated individual to be our Team Leader Intern for our Goleta Stream Team program. The selected individual will be responsible for leading a team of volunteers to conduct water…

Conservation, Environmental Justice, and Industry Sue State over Agricultural Pollution

Last Wednesday, a coalition of five nonprofit organizations and an elderly woman on a fixed income in Monterey County, Antonia Manzo, who cannot drink water from her tap because it is contaminated with agricultural waste, filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court challenging the Central Coast Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from…

Channelkeeper and EDC File Suit against the Ojai Quarry

Today, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the Environmental Defense Center filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gralar LLC, dba Mosler Rock Product, for violations of the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act at its Mosler Rock Ojai Quarry. Over the past several years, Channelkeeper and various regulatory agencies have documented significant pollution problems…

Swimmable California Day & Photo Contest

July 25, 2013 is the first annual Swimmable California Day, recognizing Californians’ right to waters that are clean and safe for swimming. Celebrate with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper by: • Doing a 500m, 1k or 1 mile swim as part of Reef & Run (followed by live music, food and festivities). • Submit photos to the Swimmable…

Cruise Ship Boom in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara will host a record 22 cruise ship visits in 2013, up from 2-6 visits in recent years. While some welcome the revenue expected from cruise ship passengers shopping and dining in Santa Barbara (estimated at about $200 per couple), others including Channelkeeper are concerned about the potential environmental impacts of this drastic increase…

Channelkeeper Newsletter

New color newsletter – Spring 2013!  Click here to check out our beautiful new color newsletter with our new logo, both created for us by Rogue Element through Rogue Element’s Green Design Grant program. If you would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter in the mail, become a member today! Thanks and…

Waterkeeper Swim Guide App

In June 2012, Waterkeeper Alliance, in partnership with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and other local Waterkeepers, launched the California Swim Guide app for smart phones, which helps surfers, swimmers and beach-goers find current information about water quality at nearly 300 beaches across California. Since swimming in polluted water can make people sick, Channelkeeper believes the public…