#CrudeAwakening Advocates Go Deep to Protect the Coast from Oil

This past weekend, our Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, together with other environmental groups and Blue Business Council founding member Patagonia, participated in a dramatic protest to call to attention the need to better safeguard California’s unique coastal environment from future oil spills. To protect the coast, a flotilla of coastal advocates paddled over five miles out into open ocean waters to an offshore oil platform shut down since last spring’s #CrudeAwakening, the Plains All American spill at Refugio.
May 19th’s Plains All American spill at Refugio witnessed an estimated 143,000 gallons of heavy crude oil rupture from a degraded pipeline and flow along the California Coast, decimating wildlife, threatening Marine Protected Areas and closing beach access as far south as Redondo Beach. In order to ensure such a disaster never happens again, #CrudeAwakening is calling for stronger spill prevention and response mechanisms. 

Critical to this effort is the passage of four landmark California laws. Specifically, the legislative bills SB788SB414AB864 and SB295 will close offshore oil drilling loopholes in Marine Protected Areas, cut red tape for trained local boat captains to serve as emergency oil spill responders, require oil companies to utilize the “best available technology” on pipelines, and improve inspections and testing for often badly degraded pipeline infrastructure. 

To ensure the passage of these bills California Coastkeeper Alliance is working closely with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, and all members of #CrudeAwakening, to demonstrate to leaders in Sacramento the value of our ocean, and the need to stand up to protect all of California’s coastline from future oil spill disasters. Click here to lend your voice to Santa Barbara Channelkeeper's efforts.  

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Businesses Celebrate Beautiful, Water-Wise California Natives

undefinedAs the drought continues, Californians are stepping up to conserve water, and collectively exceeded the Governor’s 25% reduction mandate in June 2015. Nonetheless, water-intensive lawns and other hallmarks of an English garden-style landscape still remain a huge draw on our state’s dwindling water supply. Outdoor watering accounts for about half of residential water use in urban areas, and up to 80% in hot, dry inland areas. Reducing outdoor water use is a key focus of state conservation enforcement efforts, particularly in areas of the state that failed to meet the emergency water conservation mandate. Research from the Pacific Institute suggests that Californians could reduce outdoor water use by 70% by landscaping with low water-use plants, saving water and money.

As summer heats up, and thirsty lawns and exotic flowerbeds wilt and brown, California Coastkeeper Alliance and California Waterkeepers are joining forces with Blue Business Council Members and 1% For The Planet to celebrate California’s beautiful native plants, and other plants that naturally thrive in our arid climate. The groups’ Drought without the Drab campaign highlights water wise landscapes that are green and vibrant, from home gardens to wine country hotels, downtown businesses, and power plants. Businesses throughout California have embraced native plants and other water wise landscaping and are sharing #DroughtNotDrab images celebrating the beauty of their low-water gardens.  

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  • July’s Top Ten Water Wasters Drain a Reservoir’s Worth of Water

    While July saw a significant jump in water conservation by urban users, 28% of urban suppliers still failed to meet conservation targets, undermining impressive efforts statewide. Measured by volume, July’s top ten least compliant urban suppliers failed to meet conservation standards by a combined 1.67 billion gallons, enough water to overtop a 5000 acre-foot reservoir. While such waste is ugly, the solution doesn’t have to be, as CCKA and the Blue Business Council encourage all Californians to reduce outdoor water use with #DroughtNotDrab

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  • CCKA Welcomes New LA Waterkeeper

    undefinedCalifornia Coastkeeper Alliance is proud to announce Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s new Executive Director Bruce Reznik. A Los Angeles native, Reznik brings twenty years of experience in the environmental arena, including 11 successful years at our San Diego Coastkeeper. Under his direction, SD Coastkeeper grew into the region’s largest and most effective voice for clean water. CCKA is excited to support Reznik and Los Angeles Waterkeeper efforts to ensure that all Angelenos enjoy safe, healthy waterways. Welcome back!    

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  • Huge Victory for Clean Water!

    undefinedA Superior Court has ruled that California is not doing enough to curb ag pollution pouring from California farms.  In 2013, a coalition of five nonprofit organizations, including Monterey Coastkeeper and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, filed a lawsuit challenging the Central Coast’s Ag Waiver. The Judge ordered the State and Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to create new rules protecting human health and the environment, surface and groundwater, from agricultural pollution.

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