State Lands Commission Tackling Hazards at Haskell's Beach

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Haskell's Beach, photo by Steve Curran

State Lands Commission Petroleum drilling engineer Steve Curran sent a picture to Heal the Ocean this week that shows the rusty, hazardous pilings now being removed from Haskell's Beach, adjacent to the Bacara Resort. The removal is being done with funding from Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's Senate Bill 44, which takes in coastal hazards removal as well ascapping of abandoned, leaking oil wells. Curran is in the Santa Barbara area every week, planning the next oil-capping operations for Summerland beach as well as overseeing the decommissioning of old wells on Rincon Island, a 2.3-acre artificial island located off Mussel Shoals in Ventura County. Thank you, Steve!

20 Years of HTO Work, & Finally! Garden Street/101 Freeway Gets a Clean-Up Order

Left: Garden Street/101 Property // Right: Pollutants oozing out of 101 South onramp

In 1999, during the earliest days of HTO, someone came into our office with a vial of putrid water collected from the wall of the 101 freeway south onramp at Garden Street. We had it tested – and the bacterial readings were off the charts. 
 
HTO chased this issue for years and were led astray by many City, County, and State officials, who said this area only consisted of a wood-mulching company. Our petition to the Regional Water Quality Control Board merely led the owner of the mulching company having to cover the area with tarps during a rain.
 
HTO chased this issue for years, going through City boring records, County Environmental Health services records, Santa Barbara News-Pressmicrofiche records. We were determined that one cannot cover up a landfill with dirt and leave. It has to monitored, capped, controlled, dug up – remediated. The polluted groundwater beneath this site spreads, and it spreads to the ocean.
 
Finally, this property came before the City Planning Commission in January 2016 for approval of a magnificent plaza project, designed by celebrated architect Brian Cearnal. HTO went to this meeting and praised the project, because, we said to the Commission, it was an opportunity to clean up the mess underneath. The Commission agreed with us, and Brian Cearnal came to HTO offices to discuss a remedy. At this point Santa Barbara County Public Health Site Mitigation (SMU) officials became involved. 
 
So now, twenty years after HTO started sleuthing on this issue, on January 28, 2019, we received a copy of a cleanup directive from Santa Barbara County Public Health to the owner of this property. It is comprehensive - and it states (in Section 11) that the site must be cleaned up whether it is developed or not. Heal the Ocean hopes that the site will be cleaned up such that Brian Cearnal great vision for this property can be realized.

In Water Negotiation with Montecito, the City of Santa Barbara Moves Towards 'One' Water

Cater Treatment Plant

Cater Treatment Plant

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, in its negotiations with the Montecito Water District to supply water to Montecito, the Santa Barbara City Council heard from staff about the Governing Principles of the agreement. The City Council will consider its approval during a City Council meeting in spring 2019.

Heal the Ocean was thrilled to learn that one of the Governing Principles of such agreement is that the City shall have the right to supply Montecito from the City potable water supply system as a whole. (Emphasis ours.) This means the water available to Montecito could come from "One Water"- Cachuma, Gibraltar, State Water, and potable reuse water - as well as (and not only) from the desalination plant.

The City has long been waiting for the State to finalize its Potable Reuse Standards, the new deadline of which is 2023 - four years from now. In theOne Water scenario, the potable reuse water would be sent to the William B. Cater Water Treatment Plant, which currently treats raw water received from Gibraltar and Cachuma to drinking water standards, and adding desaland potable reuse to this mix would require less desal water to supply both the City and Montecito.

The agreement with Montecito, however, requires the City Desalination Plant to be able to increase production by 1,430 Acre Feet Per Year (AFY) as a guarantee. (The city currently produces 3,125 AFY for its own use.) Thispotential increase in production does not mean it will fully take place, because the water for Montecito is from the City Potable water supply as a whole.

An analogy is an insurance policy on a house. Let's say the structure is insured for $500,000 - but if a fire breaks out in the garage, the homeowner is reimbursed just the amount of damages, not the full $500,000.

HTO has been working long and hard to promote recycled water, which has included pressuring the State Water Board to move forward on developing standards for Potable Reuse. (Please see James Hawkins report “Inventory of Municipal Wastewater Discharges to California Coastal Waters”). We are all for One Water!

An added note: City Water rates will not increase. It is Montecito buying the water - and Montecito Water rates will increase as a result. It has been noted that the increase rates may encourage conservation.

Please write your City Councilmembers to approve of the Montecito/City agreement because it urges the City forward with developing its potable water supply!

February 2019 E-Letter #2

In this E-Letter:

  • The City of SB Moves Towards 'One' Water

  • Garden Street/101 Freeway gets a Clean-Up Order...FINALLY!

  • State Lands Commission Tackles Haskell's Beach

  • HTO 2019 Newsletter On the Drawing Board...Get on the Mailing List Now!


In Water Negotiation with Montecito, the City of Santa Barbara Moves Towards 'One' Water

Cater Treatment Plant

Cater Treatment Plant

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, in its negotiations with the Montecito Water District to supply water to Montecito, the Santa Barbara City Council heard from staff about the Governing Principles of the agreement. The City Council will consider its approval during a City Council meeting in spring 2019.

Heal the Ocean was thrilled to learn that one of the Governing Principles of such agreement is that the City shall have the right to supply Montecito from the City potable water supply system as a whole. (Emphasis ours.) This means the water available to Montecito could come from "One Water"- Cachuma, Gibraltar, State Water, and potable reuse water - as well as (and not only) from the desalination plant.

The City has long been waiting for the State to finalize its Potable Reuse Standards, the new deadline of which is 2023 - four years from now. In theOne Water scenario, the potable reuse water would be sent to the William B. Cater Water Treatment Plant, which currently treats raw water received from Gibraltar and Cachuma to drinking water standards, and adding desaland potable reuse to this mix would require less desal water to supply both the City and Montecito.

The agreement with Montecito, however, requires the City Desalination Plant to be able to increase production by 1,430 Acre Feet Per Year (AFY) as a guarantee. (The city currently produces 3,125 AFY for its own use.) Thispotential increase in production does not mean it will fully take place, because the water for Montecito is from the City Potable water supply as a whole.

An analogy is an insurance policy on a house. Let's say the structure is insured for $500,000 - but if a fire breaks out in the garage, the homeowner is reimbursed just the amount of damages, not the full $500,000.

HTO has been working long and hard to promote recycled water, which has included pressuring the State Water Board to move forward on developing standards for Potable Reuse. (Please see James Hawkins report “Inventory of Municipal Wastewater Discharges to California Coastal Waters”). We are all for One Water!

An added note: City Water rates will not increase. It is Montecito buying the water - and Montecito Water rates will increase as a result. It has been noted that the increase rates may encourage conservation.

Please write your City Councilmembers to approve of the Montecito/City agreement because it urges the City forward with developing its potable water supply!


20 Years of HTO Work, & Finally!
Garden Street/101 Freeway Gets a Clean-Up Order

Left: Garden Street/101 Property

Right: Pollutants oozing out of 101 South onramp

In 1999, during the earliest days of HTO, someone came into our office with a vial of putrid water collected from the wall of the 101 freeway south onramp at Garden Street. We had it tested – and the bacterial readings were off the charts. 
 
HTO chased this issue for years and were led astray by many City, County, and State officials, who said this area only consisted of a wood-mulching company. Our petition to the Regional Water Quality Control Board merely led the owner of the mulching company having to cover the area with tarps during a rain.
 
HTO chased this issue for years, going through City boring records, County Environmental Health services records, Santa Barbara News-Pressmicrofiche records. We were determined that one cannot cover up a landfill with dirt and leave. It has to monitored, capped, controlled, dug up – remediated. The polluted groundwater beneath this site spreads, and it spreads to the ocean.
 
Finally, this property came before the City Planning Commission in January 2016 for approval of a magnificent plaza project, designed by celebrated architect Brian Cearnal. HTO went to this meeting and praised the project, because, we said to the Commission, it was an opportunity to clean up the mess underneath. The Commission agreed with us, and Brian Cearnal came to HTO offices to discuss a remedy. At this point Santa Barbara County Public Health Site Mitigation (SMU) officials became involved. 
 
So now, twenty years after HTO started sleuthing on this issue, on January 28, 2019, we received a copy of a cleanup directive from Santa Barbara County Public Health to the owner of this property. It is comprehensive - and it states (in Section 11) that the site must be cleaned up whether it is developed or not. Heal the Ocean hopes that the site will be cleaned up such that Brian Cearnal great vision for this property can be realized.


State Lands Commission Tackling Hazards at Haskell's Beach

Haskell's Beach, photo by Steve Curran

Haskell's Beach, photo by Steve Curran

State Lands Commission Petroleum drilling engineer Steve Curran sent a picture to Heal the Ocean this week that shows the rusty, hazardous pilings now being removed from Haskell's Beach, adjacent to the Bacara Resort. The removal is being done with funding from Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's Senate Bill 44, which takes in coastal hazards removal as well ascapping of abandoned, leaking oil wells. Curran is in the Santa Barbara area every week, planning the next oil-capping operations for Summerland beach as well as overseeing the decommissioning of old wells on Rincon Island, a 2.3-acre artificial island located off Mussel Shoals in Ventura County. Thank you, Steve!


Join HTO's Mailing List to
Receive Our 2019 Newsletter!

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HTO's 2019 Newsletter Cover, "Twin Palms" by Eliot Crowley

HTO's 2019 Newsletter is shaping up to be an exciting one, and you won't want to miss out!

Please email HTO's Operations Coordinator, Alison (alison@healtheocean.org), your mailing address if you have had a change of address recently or are not currently on our mailing list. Thank you!


Three Simple Things YOU Can Do For the Environment

Three Simple Things YOU Can Do
For the Environment at Home!

1. Recycle That Awful Styrofoam

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Styrofoam is basically outlawed in the City of Santa Barbara. It's terrible stuff that NEVER breaks down in the environment, disintegrates into smaller and smaller pieces that blow in the wind until ending up in the ocean, where fish eat it, thinking it's food.
 
BUT, next time you receive a package packed in Styrofoam peanuts - do not throw them in the trash! Take the product out of the packing material, makes sure there's no tape or paper, just the styrofoam, tape up the box, and send it to:

Foam Fabricators, Inc.
1810 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Compton, CA 90221 


Actually, that's where we send ours because we're in Southern California. There are two other locations in California - and in other states as well.Click here find the addresses for other regions. It's almost too good to be true, so we called Foam Fabricators in Compton and they said absolutely they will accept it - and repurpose it.  You can also break up the big pieces of Styrofoam that pack your new TV Screen, electronic equipment, etc. and send that stuff, too - just tape up the original box. YES, it costs money to send, but Styrofoam is extremely light and shipping fees are minimal. You'll get more than your money's worth in feeling good.


 Click here for facts on Mail-Back Recycling for EPS (Expanded polystyrene).
 

2. Home Planting

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Maybe HTO is the last to know, but only recently we found out from a knowledgeable gentleman in the Home Improvement Center garden shop in Santa Barbara that Miracle-Gro plant food is terrible for the ocean. The reason? It's a synthetic fertilizer. When synthetic fertilizers run off into the water system, they can serve as pollutants and thus cause eutrophicationto occur, which is essentially the presence of too much nitrogen in a body of water. This can cause life to rapidly die off, and it kills both animals and plants in the water.

The Home Improvement guru told us that much better is the line of Dr. Earth organic plant food. He said Washington and Oregon states have already made the move toward organics, to protect precious salmon fisheries.
 

3. Recycle Film Plastics (Bread Bags, Air Pillows, & Bubble Wrap)

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Heal the Ocean salutes the Community Environmental Council (CEC) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (SBCK) for initiating public awareness ofAblitt’s Fine Cleaners “Recycle Plastic Bags & Film Packaging” Program.Ablitt’s has been collecting film plastics and turning them into plastic pellets that are then used for home and garden products. This program helps keep plastics out of the ocean and our landfills.

Please save the following items for the program:

  • Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers);

  • Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry);

  • Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate);

  • Product wrap on cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers, and female sanitary products

  • Furniture and electronic wrap;

  • Plastic cereal box liners (but if it tears like paper, do not include).

You can drop off the above materials (as long as they are clean and dry) at three locations, including Ablitt’s (14 W. Gutierrez St.), the CEC office (26 W. Anapamu St. 2nd floor), or SBCK (714 Bond Ave.) between 9am and 5pm.Ablitt's, by the way, is a really nice cleaning establishment, and some of us in the HTO office have switched laundry services. Thank you, Ablitt's for instituting such a great program to help the environment!

Filmmaker Harry Rabin joins HTO Advisory Board

Harry Rabin

Harry Rabin

Film producer, writer, cinematographer and director Harry Rabin has joined Heal the Ocean's Advisory Board, lending us his invaluable hand with aerial drone work to assist State Lands work on the Summerland Oil Field cleanup. Harry is also beginning to work on a documentary, which includes some of Heal the Oceans success stories, and he helps us in achieving many of our goals to help our environment.

The founder of On the Wave Productions—Harry is a talented film producer with a passion for the ocean and marine life. He has worked on several projects with Mike deGruy, consulted for James Cameron's “Deepsea Challenge 3D”  and produced natural history shows aired worldwide as well as providing footage for other films like Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue documentary. 

Rabin works as an official advisor and liaison between universities, community and government entities like NOAA, USGS, UCSB's Bren and Marine Sciences Institution, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, California National Marine Sanctuary, WHOI, Monterey Bay Aquarium and more! He also serves as Producer and advisor to the prestigious Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.

Welcome aboard Harry, we are thrilled to have your expertise and insight as we move forward!

James Hawkins takes Associate Directorship at Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans

James Hawkins

James Hawkins

Former HTO Policy Analyst James Hawkins has been appointed Associate Director of Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. The position follows hisreceiving a Masters of Public Policy from UC Berkeley. James' focus at the Institute includes examining public policies designed to expand opportunity for young people in today’s labor market.

During his time at HTO, James led policy campaigns for recycled water as a green water supply alternative. This work included publication of a white paper (Inventory of Municipal Wastewater Discharges to California Coastal Watersas a foundational work to examine the potential for recycled water production from coastal wastewater treatment plants in California. James still works with HTO on the Advisory Board as policy consultant and we are thrilled to have him carry on with us still!

Get Ready...Here Comes the OCEAN!

Top Left: Sandyland/Sand Point (Branden Aroyan) / Top Right: Predictive coastal flooding in Carpinteria (including Sandyland/Sand Point) due to SLR in 2100 (Our Coast Our Future) / Bottom Left: Goleta Slough/Airport (Harry Rabin) / Bottom Right: Predictive coastal flooding in Goleta Slough due to SLR in 2100 (Our Coast Our Future)

The Santa Barbara Airport flooded. Goleta Beach Park gone. The ocean over Cabrillo Blvd...are these scenarios sensationalism? No. The above scenarios will come to pass by 2100 if nothing is done to prevent such inundation- or at least prepare for it.

Sea Level Rise, directly caused by climate change, is a real deal, and theKing Tides of December 22-23, 2018 & January 20-21, 2019 gave us a hint of what the future looks like for Santa Barbara if we do nothing but talk about it.

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words...HTO contracted withphotographer/pilot Harry Rabin and well-known surf photographer Branden Aroyan to photograph Sandyland/Sand Point (Carpinteria coast area), Miramar Beach, Goleta Beach, and the Santa Barbara Airport. 

The photos speak for themselves. All these areas are at risk of flooding - even now, in a high tide/storm event. Years ago, as climate change symposiums and plans and analyses began to proliferate, HTO made strong input about Adaptation to Sea Level Rise. Years ago, we recognized how much of our infrastructure is in flood zones and smack in the path of an incoming ocean. We maintained then, and emphasize now, that we must act. A building permitted today should last longer than 30-50 years. All the money spent on expanding the Airport might have been better spent building a monorail to the Santa Maria airport - because the Airport is already flooding, and may be totally underwater in too few years.

Left: Miramar Beach December 2018 & January 2019 (Branden Aroyan) / Right: Goleta Beach January 20, 2019 (Branden Aroyan)

Knowing that the seas are coming in and that groundwater will rise with it, HTO has been emphasizing a list of what a responsible community should start doing to prepare:

  • Waterproof, raise, or relocate vulnerable wastewater treatment plants, which will otherwise flood;

  • Disallow building in flood zones (including airports);

  • Clean up toxic pollution in groundwater, which is expected to rise along with sea levels;

  • Halt septic system installation in flood zones (and remove those that are already in high groundwater);

  • Changing permitting requirement in the coastal zone (require setbacks, pilings, etc.)

Heal the Ocean is campaigning for these, and other preventative measures, to prepare for things to come.

Next Summerland Oil Cleanup Scheduled For June 2019

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, Hillary and Steve Curran discuss the next phase of the Summerland Oil field cleanup.

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, Hillary and Steve Curran discuss the next phase of the Summerland Oil field cleanup.

Just in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, Heal the Ocean is happy to announce a few preliminary details of the next phase of the Summerland Oil Field cleanup. The State Lands Commission has hired the contractor (InterAct) to cap the next leaking well - or two, or maybe even three (!), with work estimated to begin by June 2019. On Saturday, January 20, 2019, HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser met with SLC Petroleum Drilling Engineer Steve Curran on the beach at Summerland at extreme low tide, to view the area as part of SLC's preliminary scoping of a work plan. The two were joined in this exercise by Summerland residents Michael Hurley & his wife Nora McNeely Hurley, whose family foundation, Manitou, is a major funder of preliminary surveys for the oil cleanup of Summerland Beach. Later on, Hillary & Curran met with State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and her husband, retired Superior Court Judge George Eskin, at Summerland's famed Nugget restaurant, to talk about oil cleanup funding issues - and also to watch the Kansas City-Patriot game while sharing French fries. We will keep our members updated as plans for capping/construction proceed!

Lookout Park, Summerland -- a likely work spot for cleanup. (Harry Rabin/On the Wave Productions)

Lookout Park, Summerland -- a likely work spot for cleanup.
(Harry Rabin/On the Wave Productions)

February 2019 E-Letter

In this E-Letter:

  • The Next Summerland Oil Cleanup Coming Soon!

  • Get Ready...Here Comes the Ocean (King Tides & Sea Level Rise)

  • James Hawkins appointed Associate Director at Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans 

  • EF International Language School Honored for EF/HTO Earth Day Work

  • Filmmaker Harry Rabin Joins HTO Advisory Board

  • Three Simple Things YOU Can Do for the Environment

  • HTO is Hiring a Part-Time Intern!


Next Summerland Oil Cleanup For June

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, Hillary and Steve Curran discuss the next phase of the Summerland Oil field cleanup.

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, Hillary and Steve Curran discuss the next phase of the Summerland Oil field cleanup.

Just in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, Heal the Ocean is happy to announce a few preliminary details of the next phase of the Summerland Oil Field cleanup. The State Lands Commission has hired the contractor (InterAct) to cap the next leaking well - or two, or maybe even three (!), with work estimated to begin by June 2019. On Saturday, January 20, 2019, HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser met withSLC Petroleum Drilling Engineer Steve Curran on the beach at Summerland at extreme low tide, to view the area as part of SLC's preliminary scoping of a work plan. The two were joined in this exercise by Summerland residents Michael Hurley & his wife Nora McNeely Hurley, whose family foundation, Manitou, is a major funder of preliminary surveys for the oil cleanup of Summerland Beach. Later on, Hillary & Curran met with State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and her husband, retired Superior Court Judge George Eskin, at Summerland's famed Nugget restaurant, to talk about oil cleanup funding issues - and also to watch the Kansas City-Patriot game while sharing French fries. We will keep our members updated as plans for capping/construction proceed!

Lookout Park, Summerland -- a likely work spot for cleanup. (Harry Rabin/On the Wave Productions)

Lookout Park, Summerland -- a likely work spot for cleanup.
(Harry Rabin/On the Wave Productions)


Get Ready...Here Comes the OCEAN!

Top Left: Sandyland/Sand Point (Branden Aroyan) / Top Right: Predictive coastal flooding in Carpinteria (including Sandyland/Sand Point) due to SLR in 2100 (Our Coast Our Future) / Bottom Left: Goleta Slough/Airport (Harry Rabin) / Bottom Right: Predictive coastal flooding in Goleta Slough due to SLR in 2100 (Our Coast Our Future)

The Santa Barbara Airport flooded. Goleta Beach Park gone. The ocean over Cabrillo Blvd...are these scenarios sensationalism? No. The above scenarios will come to pass by 2100 if nothing is done to prevent such inundation- or at least prepare for it.

Sea Level Rise, directly caused by climate change, is a real deal, and theKing Tides of December 22-23, 2018 & January 20-21, 2019 gave us a hint of what the future looks like for Santa Barbara if we do nothing but talk about it.

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words...HTO contracted withphotographer/pilot Harry Rabin and well-known surf photographer Branden Aroyan to photograph Sandyland/Sand Point (Carpinteria coast area), Miramar Beach, Goleta Beach, and the Santa Barbara Airport. 

The photos speak for themselves. All these areas are at risk of flooding - even now, in a high tide/storm event. Years ago, as climate change symposiums and plans and analyses began to proliferate, HTO made strong input about Adaptation to Sea Level Rise. Years ago, we recognized how much of our infrastructure is in flood zones and smack in the path of an incoming ocean. We maintained then, and emphasize now, that we must act. A building permitted today should last longer than 30-50 years. All the money spent on expanding the Airport might have been better spent building a monorail to the Santa Maria airport - because the Airport is already flooding, and may be totally underwater in too few years.

Left: Miramar Beach December 2018 & January 2019 (Branden Aroyan) / Right: Goleta Beach January 20, 2019 (Branden Aroyan)

Knowing that the seas are coming in and that groundwater will rise with it, HTO has been emphasizing a list of what a responsible community should start doing to prepare:

  • Waterproof, raise, or relocate vulnerable wastewater treatment plants, which will otherwise flood;

  • Disallow building in flood zones (including airports);

  • Clean up toxic pollution in groundwater, which is expected to rise along with sea levels;

  • Halt septic system installation in flood zones (and remove those that are already in high groundwater!);

  • Changing permitting requirement in the coastal zone (require setbacks, pilings, etc.)

Heal the Ocean is campaigning for these, and other preventative measures, to prepare for things to come.


James Hawkins takes Associate Directorship at Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans

James Hawkins

James Hawkins

Former HTO Policy Analyst James Hawkins has been appointed Associate Director of Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. The position follows hisreceiving a Masters of Public Policy from UC Berkeley. James' focus at the Institute includes examining public policies designed to expand opportunity for young people in today’s labor market.

During his time at HTO, James led policy campaigns for recycled water as a green water supply alternative. This work included publication of a white paper (Inventory of Municipal Wastewater Discharges to California Coastal Watersas a foundational work to examine the potential for recycled water production from coastal wastewater treatment plants in California. James still works with HTO on the Advisory Board as policy consultant and we are thrilled to have him carry on with us still!


EF International Language School honored for
EF/HTO Earth Day work

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EF International Language Center, Santa Barbara has partnered with HTO for its “Every day is Earth Day” beach cleanup campaign every year in April, wherein over 300 international students clean up to 10 different beaches simultaneously, creating one of the largest local beach cleanups in Santa Barbara. For its instigation of this unusual program, at the end of 2018, EF International was chosen the fourth top finalist to receive the prestigious Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET)  2018 Community Service Award. HTO thanks EF VolunteershipCoordinator Susanne Heierling for creating and maintaining such a successful and vibrant environmental volunteering program - and we especially like EF International's intent to spread the "Every Day/Earth Day" shore-cleaning concept to many of its campuses around the world.


Filmmaker Harry Rabin joins HTO Advisory Board

Harry Rabin

Harry Rabin

Film producer, writer, cinematographer and director Harry Rabin has joined Heal the Ocean's Advisory Board, lending us his invaluable hand with aerial drone work to assist State Lands work on the Summerland Oil Field cleanup. Harry is also beginning to work on a documentary, which includes some of Heal the Oceans success stories, and he helps us in achieving many of our goals to help our environment.

The founder of On the Wave Productions—Harry is a talented film producer with a passion for the ocean and marine life. He has worked on several projects with Mike deGruy, consulted for James Cameron's “Deepsea Challenge 3D”  and produced natural history shows aired worldwide as well as providing footage for other films like Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue documentary. 

Rabin works as an official advisor and liaison between universities, community and government entities like NOAA, USGS, UCSB's Bren and Marine Sciences Institution, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, California National Marine Sanctuary, WHOI, Monterey Bay Aquarium and more! He also serves as Producer and advisor to the prestigious Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.

Welcome aboard Harry, we are thrilled to have your expertise and insight as we move forward!


Three Simple Things YOU Can Do
For the Environment

1. Recycle That Awful Styrofoam

7ec3b589-fec5-44cb-a2ca-730a2a097a38.jpg

Styrofoam is basically outlawed in the City of Santa Barbara. It's terrible stuff that NEVER breaks down in the environment, disintegrates into smaller and smaller pieces that blow in the wind until ending up in the ocean, where fish eat it, thinking it's food.
 
BUT, next time you receive a package packed in Styrofoam peanuts - do not throw them in the trash! Take the product out of the packing material, makes sure there's no tape or paper, just the styrofoam, tape up the box, and send it to:

Foam Fabricators, Inc.
1810 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Compton, CA 90221 


Actually, that's where we send ours because we're in Southern California. There are two other locations in California - and in other states as well.Click here find the addresses for other regions. It's almost too good to be true, so we called Foam Fabricators in Compton and they said absolutely they will accept it - and repurpose it.  You can also break up the big pieces of Styrofoam that pack your new TV Screen, electronic equipment, etc. and send that stuff, too - just tape up the original box. YES, it costs money to send, but Styrofoam is extremely light and shipping fees are minimal. You'll get more than your money's worth in feeling good.


 Click here for facts on Mail-Back Recycling for EPS (Expanded polystyrene).
 

2. Home Planting

38c2ca7a-6fde-463a-b9d8-429f9c69c641.jpg

Maybe HTO is the last to know, but only recently we found out from a knowledgeable gentleman in the Home Improvement Center garden shop in Santa Barbara that Miracle-Gro plant food is terrible for the ocean. The reason? It's a synthetic fertilizer. When synthetic fertilizers run off into the water system, they can serve as pollutants and thus cause eutrophicationto occur, which is essentially the presence of too much nitrogen in a body of water. This can cause life to rapidly die off, and it kills both animals and plants in the water.

The Home Improvement guru told us that much better is the line of Dr. Earth organic plant food. He said Washington and Oregon states have already made the move toward organics, to protect precious salmon fisheries.
 

3. Recycle Film Plastics (Bread Bags, Air Pillows, & Bubble Wrap)

recycle.png

Heal the Ocean salutes the Community Environmental Council (CEC) and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper (SBCK) for initiating public awareness ofAblitt’s Fine Cleaners “Recycle Plastic Bags & Film Packaging” Program.Ablitt’s has been collecting film plastics and turning them into plastic pellets that are then used for home and garden products. This program helps keep plastics out of the ocean and our landfills.

Please save the following items for the program:

  • Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers);

  • Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry);

  • Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate);

  • Product wrap on cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers, and female sanitary products

  • Furniture and electronic wrap;

  • Plastic cereal box liners (but if it tears like paper, do not include).

You can drop off the above materials (as long as they are clean and dry) at three locations, including Ablitt’s (14 W. Gutierrez St.), the CEC office (26 W. Anapamu St. 2nd floor), or SBCK (714 Bond Ave.) between 9am and 5pm.Ablitt's, by the way, is a really nice cleaning establishment, and some of us in the HTO office have switched laundry services. Thank you, Ablitt's for instituting such a great program to help the environment!


Heal the Ocean is Hiring a Part-Time Intern

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HTO is hiring an Operations Intern to assist with day-to-day office activities as well as research projects! Please click here to read the job description flyer and for instructions on how to apply

Charging Into the New Year with HTO

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In these last few days of 2018, we celebrate all of our supporters who have helped us do wonderful work for the ocean this year, and we are full steam ahead on achieving great victories in 2019!

Including:

  • The capping of another (or two!) leaking oil well(s) off Summerland Beach. After the successful capping of Becker Well in February 2018, State Lands officials have communicated with us their plans to cap the next oil well(s), beginning in May/June 2019....and they have indicated they might be able to work on two leakers while the barge is in place!

  • Going after septic pollution of groundwater basins. The Regional Water Board survey of nitrate pollution of Santa Barbara county groundwater basins, done with HTO financial/personnel help since 2017, will be complete in early 2019.  With statistics in hand, HTO will come to the rescue of those groundwater basins needing immediate relief from septic pollution sources.

  • Planning for sea level rise: Stay tuned for our 2019 HTO Newsletter two-page spread of ace photographer Branden Aroyan's coverage of the ocean coming in on the 2018 King Tide. HTO will be lobbying for immediate action on areas where septic leachfields are located in areas that are already in high groundwater - which will become increasingly higher. It's time to act.

HTO is able to work on these and many other issues because of your generous donations! There are a few days left in 2018 to donate to Heal the Ocean, and we hope you will take this opportunity to join the lineup as we surf into 2019.
 
Thank you for your wonderful support, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year to you all!

P.S. If you would like to make a donation online, please click the button below. If you would like to send a check, please make checks out to Heal the Ocean, and mail them to:
 
Heal the Ocean
PO Box 90106
Santa Barbara, CA 93190

December 2018 E-Letter

HAPPY HOLIDAYS E-LETTER

In this E-Letter:

  • Give A Big Piece of Good Ocean this Holiday Season

  • Join us Wednesday, December 12 (that's tomorrow!) at Topa Topa Brewing Co. for Toad & Co's Sustainability Event Benefiting HTO

  • Shop Heal the Ocean’s Online Holiday Store 

  • Letter Perfect - You're PERFECT!

  • Bark Out to our Dog Bag Sponsors

  • HTO Races Into the New Year!


Give a Big Piece of Good Ocean this Season!

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When you make a charitable contribution to Heal the Ocean as a gift to a friend this Holiday Season, we will send them a Heal the Ocean holiday card on your behalf letting them know of your ocean-loving generosity!

To make a donation click below. Thank you, and Happy Holidays!
 

DONATE


Grab a Beer, Shop Sustainable, and Save the Ocean -

Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12!

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Grab a beer and support Heal the Ocean this Wednesday, December 12, from 5:30-9:30pm at Topa Topa Brewing Company as we celebrate Toad & Co's Save the Planet, Wear Sustainable Tour! 

This is a great event where you can do some holiday shopping for cool gifts from 1% for the Planet members like Bureo while you shop, visit friends, and celebrate local, sustainable companies that are doing great things for the planet!Uncle Uncle. Groove to music from All Good Brand, and The Refill ShoppeSun & Swell Foods
 
Proceeds from the drink purchases and vendors benefit Heal the Ocean, AND the first 20 people with reusable cups get a FREE BEER! So “do good” this Wednesday and come to the party!

Click here for more details from the event page!


HTO Holiday Store...Shop With Us!

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For extra special holiday presents this season, visit the Heal the Ocean online store and shop for great stuff! From HTO hats, t-shirts, and flags, to stickers and greeting cards, there is something for everyone on your list.
 

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For the very important person in your life, purchase a custom Jes MaHarry bracelet or necklace (on sale NOW). Each year Ojai-based jeweler, Jes MaHarry donates custom, ocean-themed pieces to Heal the Ocean that reflect upon the beauty of the sea and the importance of protecting the ocean. Her soulful lifestyle and generous heart inform her art and original jewelry that has come to be renowned worldwide. 

To see more of Jes MaHarry's HTO jewelry collection click here.

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For the ocean enthusiast, consider the gift of a plastic-free sea with a pack of reusable stainless steel straws (they make for GREAT stocking stuffers). For your coffee obsessed co-worker, a classic Heal the Ocean coffee mugmakes the perfect present for chilly mornings.

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To view our online store click here. Each purchase supports Heal the Ocean and the work we do, so THANK YOU and Happy Holidays!  


Letter Perfect -- You're Perfect!

Letter Perfect, the store on Coast Village Road, Montecito had a great opening party in the beautiful Just Folk Building in Summerland on Friday, December 7, 2018 - and a lot of our wonderful HTO supporters came! The artwork was incredible, the party fantastic, and the atmosphere merry.

Thank you Letter Perfect for benefiting Heal the Ocean and thank you, Leslie Person Ryan, for putting together the most fabulous Gallery Opening in town!

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(1) Hillary Hauser & Nora McNeely Hurley  /  (2) Heather Hudson, Laura Camp, & Ruston Slager


A Big Bark-Out to Our Dog Sponsors!

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Thank you to the HTO Dog Bag Sponsors for helping to keep our parks and beaches clean (and poop free)! HTO has been raising money for dog bags for the dispensers of Santa Barbara County south coast beaches (and some dispensers in Santa Barbara City parks). This year, we've contributedover $16,000 for public access dog waste bags. We love the beloved businesses and dog-lovers who have jumped on board with our great program...thank you all for your support!

If you are interested in joining the Dog Bag Sponsor Program, contact HTO's Operations Coordinator Alison (alison@healtheocean.org / 805-965-7570) to get set up! If you would like to donate to our Dog Bag Sponsor Program, click the button below. 
 

DONATE


HTO Races into the New Year -- Join Us!

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This is a picture of HTO policy analyst Andrew Juiliano in a bike race in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the weekend of December 8-9, 2018. Andrew is a Cyclocross biker. We like this picture because it represents speed and obstacles. HTO work is rather like this - and this is how we're going into the New Year of 2019, fast and ready for the challenges ahead!
 
Take a peek at HTO's 2019 agenda:

  • More Summerland Oil well cleanup/capping will happen in May, 2019, and we might get TWO wells capped at once!

  • HTO and James Hawkins Wastewater Inventory Report is being used as a reference to the State Recycled Water Policy.

  • We continue to get septic systems removed from creeks, beaches, and
    other inappropriate areas - which are becoming especially problematic now that the tide is rising along with groundwater levels.


ALL THIS AND MORE! Happy Holidays to All, and thank you for your support all year round!
 
Hillary & Staff and HTO Board of Directors 

Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is a national day to celebrate gratitude and giving back – and Heal the Ocean sends our deep thanks to all those who choose us to support. Your gifts, love, and donations keep us moving forward in our work for a clean ocean and unsoiled groundwater.
 
The coming year will be filled with significant, newsworthy successes. Big ones. If you would like to join our effort to make a difference for the Ocean, please go to our Donation Page, click the donate button below, or contact the office with gift information (805-965-7570 or alison@healtheocean.org). 
 
We thank you so much for your support this Giving Tuesday!
 
With all good wishes,

The HTO Team


A Great Offer from SB Shellfish Company to Benefit HTO

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REMINDER! If you haven’t bought a ticket to dine at the Shellfish Co. for half price (while benefiting Heal the Ocean) do it today; and, while you celebrate the sea, enjoy SB’s freshest seafood.

Each ticket is $30 but is worth $60 to spend on food and drinks at the restaurant, and 10% of all proceeds benefit HTO! Tickets must be purchased at CentralCoastDining.com by this Friday, November 30, 2018, to take advantage of this great offer.

NOVEMBER 2018 E-LETTER

HEAL THE OCEAN THANKSGIVING 2018 E-LETTER

In this E-Letter:

  • TONIGHT AT 9PM ON PBS! Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus Receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (link provided here)!

  • SB Shellfish Company Supports HTO 

  • Tavarua, Fiji--a trip of a lifetime!

  • Hillary Hauser's Santa Book for sale now-- a portion of proceeds benefits HTO!

  • HTO Event 2018 Photos are Here -- check out our Facebook page!

  • Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Julia - Mark Twain Prize - Tonight!
(And Watch Jack Johnson Sing "Better Together")

Julia Louis-Dreyfus receiving the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Credit: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts / The New York Times

Julia Louis-Dreyfus receiving the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Credit: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts / The New York Times

You don’t want to miss HTO's famous Advisory Board members Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jack Johnson on stage tonight at 9 p.m. local time for the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the most prestigious award in comedy, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. This huge event was attended by pals and co-stars – including our beloved rock music magician Jack Johnson singing “Better Together” on stage.

You can watch it on your iPad or computer on PBS's live stream!


A Great Offer from SB Shellfish Company to Benefit HTO

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Through the end of November 2018, you can buy a ticket to dine at theShellfish Company for half price... and benefit Heal the Ocean at the same time!

Owners Tom White & Adam White are once again making this great offer through Central Coast Dining. Through the end of November, you can buy your ticket on CentralCoastDining.com, and use that ticket any time before the end of February 2019. Each ticket is $30, but is worth $60 to spend on food and drinks at the restaurant, and 10% of all proceeds benefit HTO! The Shellfish Co. is the atmospheric total-fish house on the end of Stearns Wharf. Thank you Tom and Adam White!


Give a Fabulous Gift to Yourself & a Friend this Holiday Season...

a Trip to Tavarua, Fiji!

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Treat yourself or a friend this holiday season with the gift of a lifetime--a trip to Tavarua, Fiji! With two great time windows for travel, November 2018-February 2019 OR November 2019-February 2020! This is a week of pure paradise and relaxation.

Make the great escape to your own Tavarua Island Resort beach bungalow (“buré”) for 7 nights. When you aren’t in the crystal blue water or relaxing on the sandy white beaches, you can hop aboard one of the panga boats for surfing, fishing, snorkeling, or make day trips to nearby islands. Or, have a massage by the pool. Or…you can find a private spot anywhere on the island beach for solace and meditation.

Tavarua Island is a small, heart-shaped island in Nadi Bay. The Resort is known for its environmental work on the island and in neighboring island villages. 
 
Pack your swimsuit and your snorkel; this is a trip you won’t want to miss!

Read the information below and contact Alison Thompson at the HTO office if you are interested in this fabulous opportunity(alison@healtheocean.org or (805) 965-7570). You might be surprised how fast you'll find yourself on the Island because of the great Tavarua crew that handles ALL of your travel arrangements and works with you to ensure quick and easy scheduling!

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One Week Vacation on Tavarua, Fiji Package for 2 Adults Includes:

• 7 Nights at the Tavarua Island Resort

• 3 Gourmet Buffet-Style Meals per Day

• Boat use for Daily Activities (Surfing, Fishing, Snorkeling, Day Trips to Nearby Islands) & Island Transfers

Restrictions:

  • Offer valid from November 2018-February 2019 OR from November 2019-February 2020 based upon availability. Excludes holiday weeks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

  • Also not included: Taxi (ground), Helicopter Transfers, Bar Items, Boutique Items, Wifi, and Massage. All Sales Final. No refunds or exchanges.

  • Airfare not included.

(Thank you Tavarua Island Resort/David and Jeannie Clark!)


Hillary Hauser's Santa Book is for Sale!

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“The Truth About Santa Claus” is a delightful book for children and adults alike – and at $10.99 is a great gift to take to your friends during the holidays. It’s a clever way to explain Santa Claus to children and it is fun for everybody to see how Santa gets “put together” by all the qualities represented by the Jolly Old Elf.

The book was written and illustrated in 1949 by HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser’s mother and aunt, who made the book to read to their children. Hillary went to work with HTO’s talented graphic designer Debbie Bellman of Bellman Design to colorize the art, which was almost lost in a faded Xeroxed copy unearthed in the bottom of a box of papers.
 
The book is available on Amazon.com, and a portion of sales benefits Heal the Ocean!


Photos From Heal the Ocean's 2018 Event are Here! Have a Look-Through to See How we Celebrated Our 20th Birthday!

All photos by Priscilla.

All photos by Priscilla.

Heal the Ocean’s 20th Birthday Celebration on October 27, 2018 was the most fun, EVER! What a great group gathered at the El Paseo, with our wonderful sponsors and friends, politicos and supporters mingling in a party that netted a wonderful sum to support our work! Great celebratory tributes came from County Fire Chief (Ret.) Eric Peterson,  City Fire Chief (Ret.)Pat McElroy, our beloved state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and our Honorary Chair Julia Louis-Dreyfus blew us a kiss from her dressing room at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she was being honored with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (airing on PBS tonight, Monday, November 19, 2018!).

Music by Jason Libs got everyone on their feet, dancing and hopping – and surprise musical performances were given by HTO Public Outreach director Ruston Slager on piano; surfer/musicians Denny Aaberg & Simone Reddingius on guitars, and HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser on piano – and some other impromptu rock-out performances that came from members in the audience. The beautiful room was created by HTO Event Manager Heather Hudson and her committee – Shannon Trotta and HTO Operations Coordinator Alison Thompson. The Live Auction was conducted by Los Angeles auctioneer Rick Werner, who had video assist on one of the items by Jack Johnson. HTO is so proud of the fact that both Jack said to red carpet interviewers at Kennedy Center that he knew Julia because of their mutual love and work for the environment – and because “we are both advisory board members for Heal the Ocean.” Wheee!

To view the Event photos, please check out our Facebook page (or click on the above photo).


Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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We hope you have a great Holiday with family and friends this week. Big thanks to all our wonderful donors who have made 2018 the mostwonderful year in our history!

And while we are thankful, we send prayers to those who have gone through devastating losses in the California fires, and to those without homes. To help those who have been affected by this devastation, please check out this article

ONE WEEK VACATION FOR 2 ON TAVARUA ISLAND, FIJI!

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Heal the Ocean's 20th Anniversary Celebration 2018 was a sold-out, smashing success! Our Live Auction was Really Alive...and our Auctioneer Rick Werner got some lively bidding going. The great news is that the dear HTO supporters who were the high bidders for the “One Week Vacation on the Beautiful Island of Tavarua, Fiji” auction package have graciously let us keep their $6,000 bid while turning the trip back to us to be resold! Good News for YOU – this vacation for two people has a value of over $5,400 (please note that airfare is not included), and the first response to this email can BUY IT NOW for $5,000! 

Email alison@healtheocean.org to purchase this package or for more details. Your donation will go directly to our important and effective mission to remove sources of ocean pollution. Thank you!

PS - Stay tuned for HTO 2018 20th Anniversary Celebration photos! 

Heal the Ocean's 20th Anniversary In the News

There was a lot of love in the room at the El Paseo on Saturday, October 27, 2018 when people came together to celebrate Heal the Ocean's 20th Anniversary. It was a night to remember. (Photo: John Palminteri/KEYT.com)

There was a lot of love in the room at the El Paseo on Saturday, October 27, 2018 when people came together to celebrate Heal the Ocean's 20th Anniversary. It was a night to remember.
(Photo: John Palminteri/KEYT.com)

Heal the Ocean Celebrates
20 Years of Water Improvements

Tributes from Jack Johnson and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The following is from KEYT-3 by John Palminteri

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The ocean and water watchdog group Heal the Ocean celebrated its 20th anniversary over the weekend. 

The event at the El Paseo restaurant featured videos, auction items andtributes. Among those honored were retiring Santa Barbara Coutny Fire Chief Eric Petersen and Retired City Fire Chief Pat McElroy.  

Heal the Ocean has spoken out strongly about efforts to clean up and cap leaking oil wells along the Summerland coastline that have polluted the waters there. It helped to do aerial surveys and effort legislation through State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) that resulted in $14-million in state money for those projects.

It has also worked on multiple projects to bring neighborhoods on septic tanks get their system and  into water treatment facilities if they are in areas where creeks and groundwater are impacted.  They also supply biodegradable doggy bags for beaches and parks.

The group started in 1998 with hand-made flyers and stickers.  They have led many efforts to speak to city and county leaders in support of ocean water cleanup projects.

"Thank you for all the work you continue to do," said singer Jack Johnson via video from Hawaii.  "I wish I could be there."   He donated two tickets at Aloha stadium to his upcoming show with the Eagles.

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus sent in a video from Washington D.C. where she was attending an event to receive a Mark Twain Award for comedy.  She said, "You're turning 20 years old?  What?   That means next year you can drink!   I send all my love."   She then blew a kiss.

The event also featured a toast from Senator Jackson, and live music with Jason Libs from the Red Piano


AND MORE...
FROM THE MONTECITO JOURNAL
Thursday, November 1, 2018 
by Richard Mineards

A tidal wave of generosity swept over the historic El Paseo restaurant when Heal the Ocean, celebrating its 20th anniversary, hosted its annual sold-out gala, raising around $200,000 from 200 guests.

The bustling bash had Montecito actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, recently recovered from a breast cancer scare, as honorary chair and Los Angeles auctioneer Rick Werner selling off a cornucopia of goodies, including a Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Oahu, getaway to see Jack Johnson and The Eagles, a week’s vacation to the Fijian island of Tavarua, and an oil painting of a Channel Islands sunset by artist Rick Garcia.

Among the tsunami of tony types flooding into the eatery for Hillary Hauser’s popular charity were John and Hazel Blankenship, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Heather Hudson, Shannon Trotta, Alison Thompson, John Palminteri, Mahri Kerley, Teresa McWilliams, Pat McElroy, Janet Wolf, Eric Peterson, Gregg Hart, Trish Reynales, and Das
Williams.

More pictures to come soon...

In the meantime, PLEASE VOTE! This election is very important for the ocean, for the environment, and for our quality of life. 

 

Please get to the polls! Thank you!

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JACK AND JULIA BRING GREAT LAUGHS AND MUSIC TO WASHINGTON, D.C.!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives applause at Kennedy Center Sunday, October 21, 2018, with husband Brad Hall at her side.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives applause at Kennedy Center Sunday, October 21, 2018, with husband Brad Hall at her side.

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the most prestigious award in comedy, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. This huge event was attended by pals and co-stars – including our beloved rock music magician Jack Johnson singing “Better Together” on stage.

nationwide broadcast of this event will air on PBS at 9 p.m. ET (check local time) Monday, November 19.

Jack Johnson on stage performing "Better Together."

Jack Johnson on stage performing "Better Together."

Meanwhile, from her dressing room, Julia sent Heal the Ocean a big video congratulations for our 20th birthday celebration, to air at our Annual Event taking place Saturday night October 27, 2018, at the El Paseo Restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara.*

“Happy Birthday, Heal the Ocean,” Julia says, “You’re twenty years old? WHAT? That means next year you can drink!”

Heal the Ocean Advisory Board Member Julia Louis-Dreyfus wishes Heal the Ocean a happy 20th for HTO's 20th Anniversary Celebration on October 27, 2018!

Meanwhile, on Jack Johnson’s Instagram page came a reference to both Julia and Jack being HTO Advisory Board members in a description of a neat picture (taken by his wife, Kim Johnson) of Jack at the table with Julia, Tina Fey, and fellow comedians and members of the fabulous “VEEP” cast, celebrating after the Big Bash at Kennedy Center. 

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Happy 20th Birthday to us, Julia and Jack! You have been with us from the beginning, you have helped us to be what we are. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being on our team.

*We wish the El Paseo was bigger to accommodate everyone – but we are entirely sold out.

P.S. Don't miss the evening news tonight (Tuesday, October 23, 2018) on KEYT for a look at HTO's meeting today with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and her staff, together with State Lands Commission project director Walter Scott who will oversee the capping of the next oil well off Summerland Beach!

October 2018 E-Letter #2

HEAL THE OCEAN E-LETTER

In this E-Letter:

  • State Lands Commission Starts Process for Next Summerland Well Capping

  • HTO Gets Beach Testing Back on SB County 2019 Legislative Platform

  • HTO 2018 Event-Nearly Sold Out & Live Auction Preview

  • SB Shellfish Company Supports HTO

  • A Message to the Montecito Community

  • VOTE!


State Lands Starts Process for Capping Next Summerland Well!

SLC request for proposals on CA Procure website.

SLC request for proposals on CA Procure website.

Heal the Ocean received a great call this week from the State Lands Commission (SLC), to tell us that the contracting process has started forcapping of the next oil well leaking off Summerland beach. SLC project director Walter Scott e-mailed us a copy of the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) website page used by the Commission to invite bids from contractors for the capping work. The bid closed on October 12, 2018, and according to Walter Scott, his agency is currently reviewing the proposals and qualifications of the interested parties, and expects to select a firm by the end of November 2018 (Happy Thanksgiving to us!) According to SLC petroleum drilling engineer Steve Curran, the actual work is expected to begin anywhere from May to July 2019.

HTO gives another big shout-out to State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson for authoring SB 44 - the Coastal Hazard & Legacy Oil Well Bill which has brought $14 million for capping leaking "Legacy" wells off the California coastline - including Summerland. The senator is bringing her staff to Summerland Beach on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, to meet HTO and Walter Scott, who will take all of us to the site where Becker Well used to leak all over the beach. Becker was successfully capped in February 2018.


HTO Ensures County Keeps Ocean Water Quality Testing
in Legislative Platform 

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On October 9, 2018, the County Board of Supervisors held its hearing for the 2019 Legislative Platform, which identifies issues the County targets for federal or state funding. We advocated for Funding Sustainable Groundwater Management and inclusion of Recycled Water as a means to replenish groundwater basins.  Additionally, we insisted that the Homeless platform include water quality issues. Legislating for water quality in relation to homelessness helps tap federal or state funding for multiple issues –helping homeless camps move out from watersheds and reducing pollution while improving water quality. (HTO funds the Home For Goodprogram to relocate homeless people who are camping in Summerland along coastal cliffs.)
 
Most importantly, Heal the Ocean spoke up to reinstate Ocean Water Testing – which had been deleted in entirety from the County’s 2019 Legislative Platform. Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf brought it up in Board discussion, and during our time at the podium, HTO insisted that it stay. As a result, we got a call from the County Executive Office three days after the hearing, informing us that Ocean Water Testing had been reinstated. HTO Policy Analyst Andrew Juiliano, who picked up the deletion in the first place, has been invited to participate in Legislative Platform meetings from here on out.


Heal the Ocean's 20th Anniversary Benefit -
A few seats left!

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Heal the Ocean can't wait to celebrate 20 years of hard work for the ocean at our 20th Anniversary Benefit on Saturday, October 27! This year’s event at the Historic El Paseo Restaurant is nearly sold out—there are just a few individual seats remaining. So, if you haven’t purchased your individual ticket yet, hurry and do so, seats are going fast. This year’s event will feature very special guest speakers, guest talent, and of course, a night of rocking piano hits with our emcee Jason Libs.

Take a peek at the great Live Auction items being offered:

1. Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2019 Cinema Passes &
El Encanto Resort Package

  • 2 Cinema Passes for the entire 2019 SBIFF

  •  2 nights at Belmond El Encanto + Local Hot Spots Gift Cards!

2. “Sunset Over the Channel Islands” (30 x 30 Oil) by Rick Garcia

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3. The Eagles with Jack Johnson & Royal Hawaiian Hotel Package

  • 2 concert tickets to extremely sold-out Eagles/Jack Johnson Concert at the Aloha Stadium + 3-night stay in the Royal Hawaiian + a ukulele signed by Jack Johnson

4. One Week Vacation on the Beautiful Island of Tavarua, Fiji!

A week on Tavarua? Wow!

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5. Custom Channel Islands/HTO 20th Anniversary Surfboard &
El Capitan Canyon Package

  • CI Rocket Wide Surfboard + other surf goodies

  • 2 nights in a Creekside Cabin at El Capitan Canyon

6. "What’s in the Box" Surprise Offering!

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To purchase an individual event ticket or make a donation please contact Alison (alison@healtheocean.org // 805.965.7570)
or 
visit our website!


A Great Offer from SB Shellfish Company to Benefit HTO

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Starting November 6, 2018, dine at the Shellfish Company for half price, and benefit Heal the Ocean at the same time!

Owners Tom White & Adam White are once again making this great offer through Central Coast Dining. From Tuesday, November 6 through the end of November, you can buy your ticket on CentralCoastDining.com. Each ticket is $30, but is worth $60 to spend on food and drinks at the restaurant, and 10% of all proceeds benefit HTO! The Shellfish Co. is the atmospheric total-fish house on the end of Stearns Wharf. Thank you Tomand Adam White!


AND IMPORTANTLY...
A Message to the Montecito Community

(as appearing in the Montecito Journal, Thursday, October 18, 2018)

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The recent juxtaposition of a Heal the Ocean quote in a “Committee for Water Security Ad” implies, by association, that we endorse the “Committee for Water Security” campaign.

  • We do not.

  • As a non-profit organization, Heal the Ocean does not endorse candidates for any office.

  • We find the use of our quote disingenuous. The quote is from a scholarly, researched paper recently published by Heal the Ocean on recycled water that has nothing to do with political candidates or any campaign.

  • Heal the Ocean has worked for years petitioning Montecito Water District to work together with Montecito Sanitary District to upgrade the MSD plant into a recycled water plant.

  • Heal the Ocean has been at countless hearings asking the MWD Board to get together with MSD on a recycled water facility. MWD has refused.

  • The campaign being waged by the “Committee for Water Security” in Montecito has dragged Heal the Ocean into this issue unfairly, and we protest.

  • Our approach continues to be to meet with MWD and MSD, as well as other districts in other communities, to find the most efficient ways to work together to collectively implement the procedures and systems to use discharge water rather than waste it.

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PLEASE Vote on Tuesday, November 6!

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 6! The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 22! Don't wait; register today online or in person.

We at Heal the Ocean urge you to exercise your right to vote. There are many countries whose citizens don't have a say in life. Please cherish your right to speak up, by voting! Thank you!

October 2018 E-Letter

HEAL THE OCEAN'S OCTOBER E-LETTER

Happy Autumn and Pumpkins to All!

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In this E-Letter:

  • Introducing HTO's New Policy Analyst Andrew Juiliano

  • HTO Releases Report on Vast Water Recycling Potential in CA

  • HTO's 20th Anniversary Celebration Coming Up - Check it out!

  • PLEASE Register to Vote 

  • Come See Us Saturday, October 13 at the SB Harbor & Seafood Festival

  • Shop on Amazon Smile to Give to HTO


MEET NEW HTO POLICY ANALYST
ANDREW JUILIANO!

Andrew Juiliano

Andrew Juiliano

ZOOM! Slashing through the mud on his bike all over the world, winning awards and trophies and various other prizes, Andrew Juiliano, a magnum cum laude graduate in English Literature UC Santa Cruz, has landed at Heal the Ocean as our new Policy Analyst! Andrew grew up on the Jersey Shore,and has traveled the world on his bike, most recently pedaling through the mud as a professional bike racer in Belgium and founding and publishingGrit World Media & Racing in Santa Barbara. About three weeks after he began working for Heal the Ocean, Andrew learned that a writing project done in Belgium earned him a Lowell Thomas Journalism award from the Society of American Travel Writers. Congratulations, Andrew, and wow! We are thrilled to have you on our team!

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HTO REPORT DOCUMENTS 417 BILLION GALLONS
OF POTENTIAL WATER FOR CALIFORNIA

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HTO has just published  The Inventory of Municipal Wastewater Discharges to California Coastal Waters, a three-year research project headed by former HTO Policy Analyst James Hawkins. The report focuses on the vast water recycling potential in California - enough for eight million coastal Californians! The report, which was immediately picked up by local NPR Station KCBX, determined that 57 different municipal treatment plants discharged over 417 billion gallons of wastewater into coastal bodies of water throughout California. If 85 percent of that coastal discharge were recycled, water needs could be met for a fifth of California’s population.

The complete interactive study is available here

The printer friendly PDF is available here

You can hear the interview of James Hawkins on local NPR Station KCBXhere.

Additional thanks go to former HTO staffers Corey Radis, ME, and Alex Bennett, MESM, who provided valuable research assistance for the project.


HTO'S 20TH BIRTHDAY EVENT IS NEAR!

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Ditch the witch hats and put on your party clothes to join Heal the Ocean on October 27, 2018, at the historic El Paseo Restaurant for our Annual Benefit - always billed as "the funnest party of the year!" This year we're celebrating Heal the Ocean’s 20th Anniversary and all the great things HTO has accomplished! If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, please don't wait, because tickets are going fast and we want you to be there with us!

Have a peek at the incredible Live Auction being offered:

1. One Week Vacation on the Beautiful Island of Tavarua, Fiji

2. Custom Channel Islands HTO 20th Anniversary Surfboard Package

3. Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2019 Cinema Passes Package

4. Aloha Stadium Concert: Eagles with Jack Johnson and the

Royal Hawaiian Ocean Front Hotel Package!

5. “Sunset Over the Channel Islands” (30 x 30 Oil) by Rick Garcia

6. Ocean Essentials Surprise Offering…What’s in the Box?
(You won’t want to miss out on this super special package...
it contains some BIG goodies!)

To purchase an event ticket, sponsor the event, or make a donation please contact Alison (alison@healtheocean.org // 805.965.7570) or visit our website!


DON'T FORGET...PLEASE REGISTER TO VOTE!

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In California, the deadline to register to vote is 15 days before Election Day, Tuesday, November 6! Your registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than Monday, October 22, 2018.

Don't wait, register today online!


VISIT HTO OCTOBER 13 AT THE
SANTA BARBARA HARBOR & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

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On Saturday, October 13 from 10am-5pm HTO will be at the Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival! Stop by and snack on some super fresh seafood, talk to local SB fishermen and learn about all the fantastic ocean nonprofits in our community.

We will be selling HTO t-shirts, hats, and reusable stainless steel metal straws! Hope to see you there!


GIVE TO HTO WHEN YOU SHOP ON AMAZON!

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With the holidays around the corner, you might be gearing up to start your holiday shopping. If you find yourself heading to Amazon for Halloween decorations, new pots and pans before Thanksgiving, or some cozy winter pajamas, shop at smile.amazon.com, designate Heal the Ocean as your charity of choice, and Amazon will donate to Heal the Ocean with each of your purchases!

To select Heal the Ocean as your charity of choice, click the orange supporting button and search for Heal the Ocean! Happy shopping!