Swimmable. Fishable. Drinkable.

California Coastkeeper Alliance connects the dots.

CCKA represents California Waterkeeper programs in Sacramento to defend your right to clean water.
Environmental laws must be fully implemented and enforced or the health of California’s special places, economy and people suffer.

Water Pollution

Clean water sustains California’s communities, wildlife, economy and way of life.

Polluted Runoff


Polluted runoff is the #1 source of contamination to California’s 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.

Coastal Water Quality

Coastal Runoff Photo by Shannon Switzer

Over half of the state’s lakes, bays, estuaries and wetlands are too polluted to swim, fish or drink.

Oil Spills and Fracking

Refugio Slick Photo by Santa Barbara Coastkeeper

Spills from offshore oil drilling and fracking have catastrophic impacts on ecosystems. Neither approach solves the energy problem.


Irrigated Agriculture

Although agriculture is one of California’s largest industries with the largest impacts to our waterways, it is among the least regulated.

Healthy Rivers

Flows for Fish


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

Climate Change Impacts to Rivers


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


Copco Dam Photo by Klamath Riverkeeper

Outdated dams pollute rivers and block fish like salmon from their historic habitats.

Resilient Water Supply

With California facing an unprecedented drought, it’s time for innovative Integrated Water Resources Management.

Drought and Water Conservation


Conservation must be a way of life in California.

Water Recycling

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


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.

Coast and Ocean Protection

California’s character and economy are fueled by vibrant marine habitats and 840 miles of coastline.

Underwater Parks

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.

Coastal Power Plants

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.

Ocean Desalination

Desalination Plant Photo by Jon Wiley

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

Climate Change Adaptation

Climate change is transforming the chemistry of our ocean, the character of our coastline, and the timing and intensity of rain that falls from our sky.

King Tides


King tides provide a glimpse into our future as sea levels rise due to climate change.

Sea Level Rise

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.

Ocean Acidification


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

A Voice for Clean Water in Sacramento

There’s power in numbers. California Coastkeeper Alliance works with a number of partners and coalitions in order to serve as an effective voice for Waterkeeper communities and watersheds in Sacramento.

Blue Business Council

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.

California Water Partnership

Underwater Smiles Photo by Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

The California Water Partnership unites California Coastkeeper Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Heal the Bay, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Clean Water Action, Community Water Center, American Rivers, and Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability. California Coastkeeper Alliance has gathered the brightest and boldest to develop a vision for statewide integrated water resources management, which will prioritize equitable access to clean water, healthy aquatic ecosystems and strong public policies that promote a thriving California 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.