Building environmental awareness and stewardship, changing attitudes and influencing the decisions of tomorrow by educating policy makers, students and the wider community about the biggest threats to the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds and solutions to address those threats.
Patrolling the Santa Barbara Channel and its tributaries to identify and deter pollution and respond to citizen reports of pollution. We conduct scientific research to investigate critical threats facing our waters, and collect and disseminate scientifically sound water quality data.
Representing our community’s interest in clean water by providing expert, science-based stakeholder advocacy and testifying before government officials to influence policies to better protect our waters and habitats.
Ensuring that entities, both public and private, comply with environmental laws, and that government agencies enforce those laws. Channelkeeper occasionally uses citizen lawsuits to protect the public interest in clean water and healthy aquatic habitats.
The Watershed Brigade is a community of volunteers dedicated to keeping our local watersheds and beaches clean. Brigade members remove trash from trails, creeks, rivers, urban areas, and beaches, act as environmental stewards, and collect trash data used to help reduce pollution at its source. And it’s fun! Volunteers earn points that make them eligible for perks and prizes.
The Watershed Brigade’s Corporate Challenge is a fun and effective way for your company to make a difference in our community and earn points to compete against other local businesses. Gain community-wide visibility while your company takes positive steps for the environment.
10kLBS OF TRASH CLEARED
The search is underway for new leadership!
Our team is looking for an Executive Director who will lead the organization’s efforts to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds. This leader will engage donors, build support, and inspire collaboration to address regional water issues and will maximize Channelkeeper’s impact by empowering the staff and securing the resources needed to accomplish program goals and expand organizational priorities.Read the full story
We are celebrating our 20th anniversary!
For 20 years Santa Barbara Channelkeeper has served our community as a vigilant watchdog and tenacious advocate for the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds. Our successes include stronger policies, stopping illegal discharges into the Santa Barbara Channel and its tributaries, removing trash, collecting scientific data, engaging volunteers, providing environmental education and exploration to youth, and so much more.Read the full story
February 1, 2021
Watershed Hero: Joy Downing Riley
Some people see a problem and wonder how others will solve it—but not Joy Downing Riley. When she noticed that litter was impacting marine life along one of her favorite coastal areas—the Rincon Parkway—she leaped into action, not only by picking up trash herself but by addressing the issue at its upstream source. Joy believes […]Read more
December 28, 2020
Science Supports Our Clean Water Work
Data can provide powerful insights to support environmental change. Channelkeeper regularly collects data related to the composition, quality, and availability of our water resources. Our team uses this data to measure critical threats facing our waters, to support decision-makers in their efforts to protect local waterways, and to raise community awareness and involvement in protecting […]Read more
July 6, 2020
The 411 on Film Plastic Recycling in Santa Barbara
Plastic film – also known as plastic film packaging – is soft, lightweight polyethylene packaging used for grocery, bread, zip-lock, and dry-cleaning bags. It’s also used as a wrapper around products such as paper plates, napkins, bathroom tissue, and diapers. Many recyclers don’t accept film plastics because the material is often contaminated or torn in […]Read more
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