(Video Courtesy of Heather Hudson and Elevated Horizon)

Heal the Ocean focuses on wastewater infrastructure – sewers and septic systems – as well as ocean dumping practices that have contributed to ocean pollution. We are focused on Santa Barbara County, but our methods are now serving as a model for other coastal communities across the country. 


NEW! HTO/Regional Board Groundwater Characterization Project: Santa Ynez River Valley Groundwater Basin

Styrofoam Recycling in Santa Barbara


Support Marcie’s Mermaids’ SB Channel Swim for Heal the Ocean

This year our community lost an incredibly kind and talented person, Marcie Kjoller, an accomplished waterwoman who supported Heal the Ocean for many years. In memory of her life and love for the ocean and this community, friend and local marathon swimmer Rachel Horn has created a relay team, "Marcie's Mermaids" (with Liz Boscacci, Hilary McAvoy, Chelsea Jones, Heather Royer, & Emily Case) who will be swimming 19 miles across the Santa Barbara Channel on September 19, 2019 in an effort to raise funds for Heal the Ocean in Marcie’s memory. Marcie's Mermaids will swim from Santa Cruz Island to Oxnard Beach, braving the cold water and the 10+ hour swim without wetsuits.

To learn more about this incredible fundraising effort and to donate, check out our fundraising page!

Santa Barbara County & Ventura County Water Quality Test Results

Before you head to the beach, remember to check the ocean water quality and beach status so you can swim safely! Weekly testing occurs year-round in both Santa Barbara County and Ventura County. Santa Barbara County monitors ocean water quality year-round at 16 beaches from Carpinteria to Guadalupe Dunes, while Ventura Resource Management Agency monitors Rincon and other Ventura County Beaches year-round.

Click here for the Santa Barbara County Ocean Water Monitoring Program.

Click here for the Ventura County Ocean Water Quality Monitoring Program.