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
World Oceans Day
This month, in honor of World Oceans Day, the Channelkeeper Crew invites you to take action for the ocean to help ensure that clean beaches, flowing streams, and a healthy ocean support a thriving economy, offer healthy habitat for fish and wildlife, and provide clean water and safe places for recreation for all people and for future generations.Read the full story
The Leydecker Archive is Now Live!
Channelkeeper is pleased to share an array of insightful reports, articles, and images on the Ventura River and Goleta creeks on our website in a special archive. If you are interested in learning more about nutrients, rainfall, conductivity, or other fascinating cycles of change in the Ventura River or Goleta watershed, we invite you to explore this valuable information.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
May 20, 2021
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s Plastic Film Festival
Plastic pollution is a mounting global concern, and it has significant impacts locally, which is why reducing single-use plastic continues to be a major focus of Channelkeeper’s work. In an effort to help educate and inspire our community, we’ve compiled a list of seven informative films about plastic that are available to stream online. It’s the perfect opportunity to host a documentary film festival in the comfort of your home.Read more
April 29, 2021
California Can Lead the Fight for Clean Water
In California, 95% of all waters remain too polluted to swim, fish, or drink. After half a century with the Clean Water Act in place why does toxic contamination continue to threaten our water resources? The California Clean Water Act, Assembly Bill 377, will put the state on track to eliminate polluted waterways and make California waters swimmable, fishable, drinkable by 2050.Read more
March 11, 2021
Tracing the Path of Trash
Each year, 5 to 14 million tons of debris flows into the ocean from coastal areas. Not only can it be toxic to aquatic wildlife and humans, this pollution degrades the water quality and also destroys the beauty of our oceans and beaches that we swim and play in. Each of us can help stop the flow of trash to the sea by helping keep streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and storm drains free of garbage.Read more
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