December 2018 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!


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!


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

Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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

A Big Bark-Out to Our Dog Sponsors!


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 ( / 805-965-7570) to get set up! If you would like to donate to our Dog Bag Sponsor Program, click the button below. 


HTO Races into the New Year -- Join Us!


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