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
Court Prohibits Fracking Until Federal Government Complies with Environmental Protection Laws
The Court of Appeals recently decided that the federal government must prepare a new, more comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement prior to permitting fracking off the California coast.Read the full story
Working Together to Protect Our Watershed
In the months since the Alisal Fire claimed 17,000 acres in November of 2021, Channelkeeper has worked with local organizations to manage stormwater runoff and clear debris from burned homes and structures in Refugio Canyon as part of the Alisal Fire Assistance Project.Read the full story
Channelkeeper is hiring a Part-time Program and Administrative Assistant
We’re looking for a motivated, dependable, and well-organized individual to support our education and monitoring programs. The right candidate is committed to our mission and work and enthusiastic about working with volunteers.Read the full story
June 28, 2022
Monitoring Plankton to Protect Wildlife, People, and Ocean Health
Did you know that one teaspoon of ocean water can contain over a million living creatures called plankton? These microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) drift with the ocean’s currents and play a fundamental role in many ocean systems. Plankton are tiny yet vital organisms. Phytoplankton form the base of the ocean food web. Small […]Read more
April 29, 2022
Meet MPA Watch Intern, Andrea Chagoya!
The Santa Barbara Channel includes a network of nineteen marine protected areas, five along the coast and fourteen surrounding the Channel Islands. Marine protected areas (MPAs), are underwater parks that provide safe havens for marine wildlife. Through Channelkeeper’s MPA Watch program, staff, volunteers, and interns collect data related to human use activities at eleven of them. […]Read more
March 24, 2022
Connecting Kids with Nature to Spark Wonder and Inspire Environmental Sensitivity
If you’ve ever followed a hermit crab’s footprints across a tidepool, built a fort in the wilderness, or listened closely to a bird’s song, you understand the sense of wonder and quiet joy that activities in the wild can inspire. For kids, the natural world can be a place of curiosity, creative play, and discovery. […]Read more
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