Clean Water


Stormwater is the #1 source of contamination to urban waters. If we capture stormwater, we can control stormwater pollution and create a local, sustainable supply and resource.

Trash Cleanup

Trash in our waterways is a pervasive problem, but California is poised to become a national leader on trash control with a new program to stop its flow to our ocean, bays, and rivers.

Irrigated Agriculture

Agriculture is one of the largest sources of pollution to California’s waterways, yet it is among the least regulated.

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One million Californians lack access to safe and affordable drinking water – a fact that should be fiction in a state boasting the world’s fifth largest economy.

Ocean Climate Resiliency


Greenhouse gas emissions are changing the ocean’s chemistry and jeopardizing the foundation of sea life.

Underwater Parks Photo by Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

Just like on land, underwater reserves and parks preserve biologically unique and sensitive ecosystems for future generations. These areas need to be defended from threats like pollution and overfishing.

Kings Tide

At least a 16-inch rise in sea level is projected along the California coast by 2050, with a 50-inch rise by the turn of the century. Flooding and erosion threaten communities up and down the state, which must start preparing today.

Coastal and Ocean Protection


California Coastkeeper Alliance is home to The Otter Project, which promotes the rapid recovery of the threatened California sea otter.

Refugio Slick Photo by Santa Barbara Coastkeeper

Offshore oil drilling poses an unnecessary and unacceptable risk to California’s environment and economy, and does not solve the energy problem.

Desalination Plant Photo by Jon Wiley

Ocean desalination is the most expensive and energy intensive water supply option available to California.

Coastal Power Plant

Coastal power plants use an illegal and antiquated cooling technology that kills 79 billion fish every year, including endangered chinook salmon and delta smelt.

Smart Water Choices


Conservation must be a way of life in California.

Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System

Hundreds of billions of gallons of treated wastewater is dumped into the ocean instead of being highly-purified for potable uses.


Stormwater capture is one of the most effective strategies to control stormwater pollutants from entering our waterways, and is also a sustainable water supply strategy.

Healthy Rivers


California’s rivers and streams are over-pumped to the point that natural systems are collapsing.


Hotter and drier weather means rivers and wetlands are even more threatened.

A Voice for Clean Water in Sacramento

Blue Business Council

The Blue Business Council is a network of companies working to protect the state’s most vital and threatened natural capital—the coast, ocean, bays, rivers, and streams that power our economy.


Although California has some of the toughest water quality and marine resource laws on the books, these laws are constantly under attack. CCKA defends and expands California’s environmental laws to protect clean and abundant water.

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California has some of the strongest water protection laws in the country, but falls behind on enforcing them. CCKA uses the power of the courts to hold polluters accountable.