Help Russian Riverkeeper Stop Pollution Trading

The North Coast Water Quality Control Board has proposed a draft Laguna Water Quality Credit Trading Program – which is really a pollution trading program. The Water Board’s draft pollution trading framework proposes to set up a “marketplace” for trading phosphorous, a nutrient that drives the profound pollution affecting the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. Too much phosphorus causes massive algal blooms that can be toxic to humans… Read More…


Orange County Coastkeeper Stepping up For San Juan Creek

Orange County Coastkeeper is taking legal action to protect the public and marine life from harmful pollution flowing from Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, an equestrian riding park in San Juan Capistrano. For years, horse manure and other harmful pollutants have discharged into San Juan Creek, contaminating water all the way to Doheny State Beach – one of the most polluted beaches in California. Contaminated discharges… Read More…


San Diego Coastkeeper Helps Teachers Grow Future Leaders

Written by Sandra J. Lebron, San Diego Coastkeeper Education Manager Teachers know that in order to make sure our region has responsible leaders and residents in the future, we must raise a generation of science-minded students with an awareness of our regional water issues and a commitment to conserving resources. Sounds like a challenge to accomplish in the classroom, right? We thought so, too. That’s why… Read More…


Give a Shuck for our Oceans

June 8th is World Oceans Day, an international celebration of our oceans where people all over the world collaborate to make the future of our oceans better. This year’s focus is on plastic pollution and solutions to marine litter, an important theme in California. California was the first state in the nation to adopt a statewide plastic bag ban – something we continue to defend as… Read More…


How to be a Green Beach Bum

What’s summer without weekends on the water? Whether you’re heading to an alpine lake, a rushing river, or the ocean, California has endless shorelines to explore. There’s nothing like a day at the beach! Millions of Californians and tourists head outside every summer, and all of those visits can have harmful impacts on fragile aquatic ecosystems. Follow these tips to do your part to keep our… Read More…


Learn the True Cost of Poseidon’s Unsustainable Desalination Plant

Distribution, storage, infrastructure and more – all of these expensive factors remain hidden from the true cost of the proposed Poseidon Huntington Beach Desalination Plant. Knowing that Orange County residents are not receiving an accurate price tag, Orange County Coastkeeper created an infographic  displaying each of the sneaky costs Poseidon does not want ratepayers to know. On top of the $1 billion it will cost… Read More…


Smarter Water Town Hall Packs the House in Culver City

Culver City residents and other engaged community members convened at the Veterans Memorial Building on May 17 for an enlightening community discussion on the future of LA’s most precious resource: water. The Smarter Water Town Hall, which took over a regular meeting of the West LA Group of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, was organized by a coalition of environmental groups in response to West Basin… Read More…


Volunteers Brave the Snow in Yuba Headwaters

Since 2000, Yuba River Waterkeeper volunteers have been studying the condition of the Yuba River watershed to help protect and restore it. Over 40 volunteers are trained in water quality sampling and trek throughout 35 stations in the watershed for monthly sampling sessions. Participants range from high school students to senior citizens, who dedicate nine months of their time and energy to the river. With these beautiful sunny days… Read More…


Orange County Coastkeeper Garden Agave Bloom

Agave Watch at the Orange County Coastkeeper Garden has begun. The Garden’s impressively large Agave Americana, or Blue Agave, is preparing to bloom. A large flower stalk appeared on March 29 and is growing an astonishing six inches a day. We anticipate that the stalk will bloom sometime in June. Already striking at more than 13 feet tall and 11 feet wide, the Coastkeeper Garden’s magnificent… Read More…


Businesses: We can’t afford to risk California’s blue economy with dirty and dangerous offshore drilling

For immediate release Contact: Garry Brown, Orange County Coastkeeper, *protected email*, 714 913-7847 Sean Smith, Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, *protected email*, 949-366-1164, ext. 6 Today, the Trump Administration issued an executive order directing the Interior Department to review the current schedule for offshore drilling lease sales, potentially opening the door to new oil and gas drilling off California’s coast. The order also asks for a… Read More…


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