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
Settlement Agreement with Southern California Edison will Help Protect Waterways from Toxic Pollution
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and the Ecological Rights Foundation recently reached a settlement agreement with Southern California Edison under which Edison has agreed to clean up utility pole storage and processing facilities identified as sources of toxic contaminants that flow into streams, rivers, and other waterways.Read the full story
Members of Congress Support Lawsuit to Protect Against Offshore Fracking
On September 24th, nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives filed a brief in support of appeals filed by the Environmental Defense Center, Channelkeeper, the State of California, and other environmental groups, in their case challenging federal government agencies’ approval of offshore fracking and acidizing.Read the full story
Historic Milestone for the Ventura River
Channelkeeper’s advocacy for Ventura River reached an important milestone on August 5th, when the City of Ventura, for the first time in history, curtailed all water pumping at its well field at Foster Park, specifically for the purpose of restoring flows to the parched river ecosystem.Read the full story
October 29, 2021
Governor Newsom’s Drought Declaration Intensifies Water Conservation Measures
2021 is on track to be the driest year recorded in California since 1924. In October, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for the entire state of California, extending the declaration already active in 50 counties to the eight remaining counties—Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, San Francisco, and Ventura. Under the […]Read more
September 29, 2021
Holding Agricultural Polluters Accountable
The State Water Quality Control Board recently accepted our coalition’s request to review the rules regulating pollution from irrigated agriculture. Fertile soils, abundant sunshine, and cool, coastal influence make Santa Barbara County a prosperous agricultural region with 720,000 acres of farmland. While climate and soil characteristics in Santa Barbara County provide for optimal crop yields, […]Read more
August 25, 2021
Marine Protected Areas Enhance Lobster Fisheries Through Spillover Effect
Marine Protected Areas, or MPAs, are parks and protected areas that provide safe havens for marine wildlife to reproduce, grow, and replenish. MPAs support the long-term conservation of marine wildlife and habitats. In 2012, California completed the nation’s first statewide network of underwater parks in an effort to cultivate stronger and more resilient marine ecosystems. […]Read more
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