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 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 Runoff Photo by Shannon Switzer

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

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


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.

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Outdated dams pollute rivers and block fish like salmon from their historic habitats.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


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.

Coastal and Ocean Protection

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

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.

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.

Desalination Plant Photo by Jon Wiley

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

Ocean Climate Resiliency

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.

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.


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

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.

Clean Water Accountability Project


With the Trump Administration actively working to stop federal enforcement of clean water laws, we must improve the function of our Water Boards to ensure that every Californian has access to safe, clean water.