WE UNITE WATERKEEPER PROGRAMS STATEWIDE TO FIGHT FOR SWIMMABLE, FISHABLE, AND DRINKABLE WATERS FOR ALL CALIFORNIANS.

California Coastkeeper Alliance was founded in 1999 with the belief that clean and healthy water, oceans, and coasts are vital to California’s economy, public health and way of life. Using law, policy, science, and creative media, California Coastkeeper Alliance advances statewide policies and programs for healthy and clean waters.

Along with California Waterkeeper organizations, we are members of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, a network of water advocates with more than 300 programs in 44 countries on 6 continents. California Coastkeeper Alliance works with local Waterkeepers develop, implement, and defend policies that meet the needs of California’s distinct communities and ecosystems. Together, we provide the public with the tools and information needed to hold decision-makers accountable and to be effective local water stewards.

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Our Team

Sean BothwellExecutive Director

Sean Bothwell directs California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA) initiatives to protect and enhance healthy inland and marine waters throughout the state for the benefit of Californians and California ecosystems. Sean is a national leader on critical environmental issues, including ocean desalination, California’s trash policy, stormwater permitting and funding, and potable recycled water. He leads CCKA’s legislative program by developing and introducing legislation and representing the Waterkeepers in Sacramento at legislative hearings and special committee panels. Prior to joining CCKA, Sean provided legal expertise to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) in the development of the state’s first sea level rise regulations. Sean holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School.

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Natalie Caulk, Associate Director

Natalie Caulk provides operational leadership and manages the ongoing implementation of programs and partnerships of CCKA. She comes to CCKA with a passion for science advocacy and a background in marine and freshwater research, project management, and philanthropy. Prior to joining CCKA, Natalie was a Program Associate at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she supported the programmatic activities of the Data-Driven Discovery Initiative and helped to launch the Moore Inventor Fellows Program. During graduate school, Natalie studied the effects of climate warming on food availability within planktonic freshwater systems, and previously researched community composition of seagrass meadows in British Columbia and Bodega Bay, California. Natalie holds a B.S. in biological sciences with an emphasis on marine biology from the University of California, Davis and an M.S. in zoology from the University of British Columbia.

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Drevet Hunt, Legal Director

Drevet Hunt directs CCKA’s litigation and enforcement actions to protect, restore, and enhance healthy freshwater and marine ecosystems – and the communities that depend on them – throughout the state. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Drev is an expert in legal and scientific principles regarding water quality and ecosystem health. Drev leads CCKA’s ongoing litigation, prepares and reviews anticipated litigation, oversees the California Waterkeepers’ Legal Committee, and provides legal support and assistance to CCKA’s member organizations. In addition Drev contributes to CCKA’s legislative program by providing legal analysis and strategic advice on legislation relevant to CCKA’s programs and initiatives. Prior to joining CCKA, Drev was Senior Attorney with Natural Resources Defense Council and, prior to that, a partner at the public interest law firm Lawyers for Clean Water. Drev holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law.

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Tyler Sullivan, Staff Attorney – Monterey Region

Tyler Sullivan supports CCKA’s legal advocacy with a focus on the Monterey Region. His life has revolved around California’s amazing waters and coastline and he believes our generation’s legacy will include sharing and preserving them equitably. Prior to joining CCKA, Tyler served as a fellow at the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic at Golden Gate University School of Law where he represented clients, including CCKA, on environmental issues that disproportionately burden low-income communities and communities of color. Prior to becoming an attorney, Tyler worked in a diverse range of roles at various non-profit organizations focused on youth development and health. He holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

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Carson Capps, Public Service Fellow

Carson Capps supports CCKA’s legal enforcement efforts. A lifelong resident of Southern California, the beauty and ecological significance of his home has never been lost on him and he hopes to spend his career being an advocate for its protection. Carson comes to CCKA by way of a post-graduate Public Service Fellowship through University of California, Irvine School of Law. During his time at UCI Law, Carson spent six months assisting Orange County Coastkeeper with Clean Water Act enforcement and represented a community group in an environmental justice matter with the UCI Environmental Law Clinic. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a J.D. from University of California, Irvine School of Law.

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Chloe Fross, Legal Research Assistant

Chloe Fross supports CCKA’s legal program. Chloe comes to CCKA as a second-year law student at Boston University School of Law. Chloe previously served as a summer Legal Intern for CCKA, primarily contributing to CCKA’s Clean Water Enforcement Program. Chloe rejoins CCKA with a passion for clean water access and coastal management. Prior to law school, Chloe worked as a Paralegal and then Research Associate at Boston-based, regional non-profit Conservation Law Foundation working on cases relating to climate liability and coastal resilience, nutrient pollution, and emerging contaminants. Chloe holds a B.S.F.S. in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University.

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Our Board

Bruce Reznik, President

Waterkeeper, Los Angeles Waterkeeper

Bruce Reznik took the helm of Los Angeles Waterkeeper (LAW) in September 2015, where he directs the organization’s advocacy and programmatic work. Reznik previously spent eleven years running San Diego Coastkeeper, where the organization grew into the region’s most effective voice for clean water.  Immediately prior to joining LAW, Bruce served as Executive Director for San Diego Housing Federation, where he promoted affordable housing and sustainable community development. He also previously led the Planning Conservation League, where he directed the organization’s efforts to promote sustainable water, land-use, and transportation policies for California. A California-licensed attorney, Reznik holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his law degree from the University of San Diego. Reznik has served as an Alternate on the California Coastal Commission and has sat on numerous local, state, and national boards and commissions, including the international Waterkeeper Alliance for six years. After too many years away from Los Angeles, Bruce is thrilled to be back home with his rescue dogs, Sasha and Bandit.

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Melinda Booth, Vice President

Executive Director & Film Festival Director, Yuba Riverkeeper

After six years working for SYRCL as the Festival Director for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Melinda was promoted to Executive Director. Before her passion for environmental conservation brought her to the festival, she focused her career on saving iconic species like bears, wolves, and salmon in the American West. Starting her career at Defenders of Wildlife, she led campaigns to keep bears alive and wild in the Tahoe basin and helped with the reintroduction of the California condor into the wild. As Development Manager at the California Wolf Center, Melinda led education, conservation, and research efforts around the North American gray wolf and the reintroduction of Mexican gray wolves to the Southwest. Her passion for wildlife drew her next to the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation where she served as Development Director, securing millions of dollars for their red panda habitat and an award-winning Native Predator exhibit featuring river otters, bald eagles, and salmon. Melinda holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she studied human-bear interactions in the wildland-urban interface. On a personal note, the Yuba River is central to Melinda’s everyday life. She and her husband purchased land overlooking the South Yuba. Not only is she professionally motivated to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed, she is personally invested as a Yuba River homeowner to do all she can as well.

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Don McEnhill, Treasurer

Executive Director and Riverkeeper, Russian Riverkeeper

Don McEnhill helped to create and launch the Russian Riverkeeper program, and has served as Riverkeeper and Executive Director since 2001 when the organization was officially launched as a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Russian Riverkeeper carries out its work through their Advocate, Educate and Celebrate programs. Riverkeeper’s advocacy work includes ending excessive gravel mining of the river, calling attention to mercury pollution issues, and conducting numerous water quality studies such as Russian River First Flush and the current evaluation of water quality from vineyard operations. The Educate program focuses on building a more resilient watershed in the face of climate change, engaging local high school students in curriculum-based projects to turn polluted water into a usable resource and working with community volunteers on watershed restoration. The Celebrate program centers on fun events to build a community around the Russian River such as the Great Russian River Race, River Awards Gala, and watershed cleanups. Mr. McEnhill grew up on the Russian River as his father did before him and his main goal is to pass along a better river to his two children and the community. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University Sacramento, is a state certified water quality-monitoring trainer, and sits on the Sonoma County Fish and Wildlife Commission and County Open Space Advisory Committee.

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Matt O’Malley, Secretary

Executive Director & Managing Attorney, San Diego Coastkeeper

Matt serves as Waterkeeper and Legal & Policy Director where he protects the waters of San Diego County by utilizing local, state, and national laws and regulations and community engagement. Prior to joining Coastkeeper, Matt practiced public-interest environmental and land-use law both through his own firm and with Wildlaw, a nonprofit law firm. Having represented a wide array of groups in the federal, state, and local arenas, Matt has worked on issues such as Clean Water Act and NPDES permits and enforcement, water supply, CEQA and NEPA, land-use and growth management, the Endangered Species Act, groundwater and soils remediation, and environmental justice, to name a few. Matt also serves as the Legal Committee Chair of California Coastkeeper Alliance. He is actively licensed to practice law in California, Florida, and Washington.

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Garry Brown

Founding Director, Orange County CoastkeeperInland Empire Waterkeeper, and Coachella Valley Waterkeeper

Garry Brown is the Founder, Executive Director, and Chief Executive Officer of Orange County Coastkeeper (OCCK), an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving marine habitats and watersheds through education, advocacy, restoration, and enforcement. Undertaking numerous restoration and marine research projects, OCCK has built a reputation for generating good science and delivering projects on time with credible measurable results. As a native of Orange County, Mr. Brown has in-depth knowledge of marine and water runoff issues, as well as water supply issues. During his time at OCCK, he has published Coastkeeper Magazine and established the first Coastkeeper Garden, a 2 ½ acre water conservation/education facility. Prior to opening OCCK in March 1999, Mr. Brown served as an Assistant City Manager, an advocate and executive director of trade associations in the real estate and building industries, and twice as president of a chamber of commerce. In 2001 he founded the Orange County League of Conservation Voters. Mr. Brown graduated with a degree in Government from the University of Redlands and sits on the Board of Directors of eight state and local environmental organizations.

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Jennifer Kalt

Director, Humboldt Baykeeper

Jennifer Kalt is the Director of Humboldt Baykeeper. She is a botanist with over 15 years of conservation advocacy experience on the North Coast. She launched Humboldt Baykeeper’s Citizen Water Monitoring Program in 2005, became the Policy Director in 2011, and has been the Director since January 2014. She has become a local leader in environmental advocacy through watchdogging, water quality research, and grassroots organizing for coastal development and other projects with potential impacts to the Bay, its tributaries, and adjacent coastal waters.

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