Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds. Through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement, Channelkeeper defends our community’s right to clean water and informs, inspires and empowers people to speak and act for our waterways.
Our service area includes approximately 500 square miles of coastal watersheds stretching from the Gaviota Coast to the Ventura River.
Channelkeeper’s vision is for clean beaches, healthy, flowing streams, and a teeming, resilient ocean that 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.
Our goals are to increase compliance and enforcement of existing water protection laws and compel enactment of new laws when necessary to protect our waterways and communities from pollution; identify and monitor new and known sources of impairment to local waterways to assess compliance with water protection laws and to produce scientifically rigorous data that is useful to Channelkeeper, regulatory agencies, educators and scientists for advocacy, enforcement, education and research; and increase awareness, knowledge and stewardship of the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds.
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a proud member of Waterkeeper Alliance, a coalition of more than 300 independent grassroots organizations on six continents collectively patrolling and protecting more than 2.7 million square miles of watersheds. We are also a member of the California Coastkeeper Alliance, which represents the California Waterkeepers by using law, policy, science, and creative media to advance statewide policies and programs for healthy and clean waters.