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
Ted Morton is Our New Executive Director
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is pleased to welcome Ted Morton as its new Executive Director. Ted will guide the organization’s work to protect the health of the Santa Barbara Channel through science-based advocacy, education, fieldwork, and enforcement. He will lead and expand Channelkeeper’s programmatic efforts to monitor waterways, advocate for protective environmental policies, hold polluters accountable, and ensure a cleaner, healthier water future.Read the full story
Reduce Your Reliance on Single-Use Plastic During the Month of July
Join us in going plastic-free this month! Plastic-Free July is a global movement to create cleaner communities and oceans by refusing single-use plastics. Reducing our reliance on single-use plastic on an individual level can have a real impact! Plus, learn how evaluating the amount of plastic you use can identify areas where you can lessen your reliance on plastic with zero-waste alternatives.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
July 21, 2021
Welcome Aboard, Ted!
We’re thrilled to welcome Ted Morton as Channelkeeper’s new Executive Director. Ted brings an impressive list of professional accomplishments and skills, as well as 25 years of experience in ocean conservation. Ted joins Channelkeeper from The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he directed the organization’s oceans’ programmatic work at the federal level. Prior to that, he […]Read more
July 6, 2021
Knowledge is Power for Meaningful Plastic Reduction
If you look around your living space, you’ll likely notice that nearly everything involves plastic, from the furniture and electronics to your favorite shirt and the packaging that keeps your salad fresh. Plastic is composed of polymers—typically made from fossil fuels—that allow it to be malleable or rigid, flimsy or durable. These qualities make plastic […]Read more
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
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