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.

Clean Water

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


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.

Healthy Rivers

Rivers need plentiful, clean water to support fish, wildlife, and recreation.


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.

Smart Water Choices

With California facing more frequent and intense droughts, it’s time for integrated water 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

Offshore oil drilling poses an unnecessary and unacceptable risk to California’s environment and economy, and does not solve 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 the most expensive and energy intensive water supply option available to California.

Ocean Climate Resiliency

Climate change is transforming the chemistry of our ocean, altering the character of our coastline, and threatening special marine habitats.


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.

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.


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.