E-Letter

May 2019 E-Letter

In this E-Letter:

  • Railroad & HTO Triumph in Summerland Cliff Cleanup

  • Next Oil Cleanup: HTO & State Lands Working Hard on Plan to Proceed

  • El Estero WWTP Renamed -- It's a Resource Center

  • Big Swims for our Hero(ine) Marcie

  • County Brings Dog Dispensers to Jalama Beach -- a first!

  • Cars for the Ocean…Donate Your Car Today


RAILROAD HEEDS HTO CALL
TO RESCUE SUMMERLAND BEACH CLIFF

Photo by Nora McNeely Hurley

Photo by Nora McNeely Hurley

After nearly two years of establishing a working relationship with Union Pacific Railroad, Heal the Ocean organized, with the Railroad, the cleanup on Friday, April 26, 2019, of an abandoned homeless encampment on the seaside cliffs in Summerland.

Our intrepid Advisory Board member/ former Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Eric Peterson, who maintains communication with fire officials about any hazards posed by homeless encampments, happened upon the Friday clean-up scene just as the work train-truck arrived with massive equipment.
 

Photo by Eric Peterson

Photo by Eric Peterson

The cleanup required cranes to lift the heavy materials up the cliff and into the waiting train-truck. 

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Above 2 photos Branden Aroyan

Above 2 photos Branden Aroyan

May 2, 2019: After the Railroad cleanup (Photo by Harry Rabin)

May 2, 2019: After the Railroad cleanup (Photo by Harry Rabin)


NEXT STEPS FOR SUMMERLAND OIL PROBLEM:
HTO WORKING WITH STATE LANDS ON HOW TO PROCEED

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Advisory Board member/underwater filmmaker Harry Rabin (center) has been hired by InterAct, the project management and engineering firm working with SLC on the Summerland oil problem – for drone photography work with the InterAct team (Mike Giuliani (Left) and Eric Kroh (right) to identify the next well or wells to be capped in the Summerland leaking oil mess.

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The Hannah-Beth Jackson AB 44 $2 million per year funding is there, but lately, the oil seems to be spewing from a number of different sources: Treadwell (above), followed by "Ohlssens"...

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AND…

Oil leaks as of May 1, 2019 off Summerland Beach (All photos by Harry Rabin)

Oil leaks as of May 1, 2019 off Summerland Beach (All photos by Harry Rabin)

Harry and the InterAct team are waiting for the arrival of an underwater ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) to pinpoint the leak(s) that could be effectively stopped, and are aiming for a plan to make the budget time for $2 million contract work.


ONE WATER! AND EL ESTERO IS RENAMED

Hillary Hauser speaking at the dedication of the New El Estero Water Resources Center (Harry Rabin)

Hillary Hauser speaking at the dedication of the New El Estero Water Resources Center (Harry Rabin)

Heal the Ocean is honored to have been a part of the April 22, 2019 (the Real Earth Day!) invocation ceremony for the renaming of the City of Santa Barbara's El Estero Wastewater Plant – which is now the El Estero Water Resources Center. HTO has been working on recycled water for a long time, which has included participating in research on Potable Reuse (see HTO Advisory Board James Hawkins 2015 Report Potable Reuse: A New Water Resource for California) and we have participated in in the multi-year state panel studies on contaminants of concern (CECs), to help propel the State Water Board to move forward on developing standards for Potable Reuse.

In City Water Commission meetings, Heal the Ocean participated in discussions about wastewater being “waste(d)water” and how the El Estero plant has an expanded role in recovering water resources by producing water that can eventually be mixed with Cachuma Water and State Water to be processed together in a reservoir that goes into the Cater plant to make One Water. Which, will help Santa Barbara reduce its wasted water output and help alleviate water stress in periods of drought.

And so, the El Estero Wastewater Plant has been renamed, and Hillary was honored to speak in a lineup that included City Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark, SB City Poet Laureate Laura Anne Bosselaar, Mayor Cathy Murrillo, and US EPA 9th District Administrator Mike Stoker.


SWIM IN HONOR OF MARCIE

Marcie Kjoller

Marcie Kjoller

In March 2019, Marcie Kjoller, a UCSB Hall of Fame swimmer, a teacher, and an inspirational fitness advocate, tragically passed while swimming off East Beach in Santa Barbara.

Marcie had been a strong, well-awarded swimmer - participating in 2007 and 2008 in six-person relay teams that swam across the Santa Barbara Channel from Santa Cruz Island to the mainland. After coming to UCSB in 1986, she helped the Gaucho women's swim team win four Big West championships. As a freestyler on relay teams, she earned NCAA All-America honors in 1987, 1988, and 1990, and she was inducted into the Gaucho Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. With a best friend, Dawn Schroeder, who also was Kjoller's UCSB teammate for two years, Marcie founded Moms in Motion in 2001, a program that trained women to get in shape for a triathlon - and Heal the Ocean is proud to be an early recipient of Moms in Motion entry fees.

Marcie, we wish we could tell you about the ocean wave of love and well wishes that are coming to you and your husband Kevin, and your two daughters right now. How you have introduced so many to the love of ocean swimming is your legacy, never to be forgotten.

Two separate swim events will be taking place this summer/fall to honor Marcie: the 2019 Santa Barbara Triathlon and a fall 2019 Santa Barbara Channel Swim by Patagonia employee Rachel Horn. Please keep an eye out for more information on these events, and we hope you'll get involved!


HTO DOG BAG PROGRAM EXPANDS TO JALAMA BEACH...

BECOME A SPONSOR TODAY!

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Jalama Beach is an out of the way, up-the-coast, surf spot. Known for its incredible waves, beautiful sunsets, and famous “Jalama Burgers,” Jalama is a popular stop along the Central Coast. There truly is something for everyone at Jalama Beach County Park…surfers have the great waves, campers have the incredible scenery, and now, thanks to Santa Barbara County Parks, dogs have 8 new dog bag dispensers!

We are excited to include these 8 new dispensers as the newest additions to the Santa Barbara County Parks/Heal the Ocean Dog Bag Program! The new dispensers are located in the high-traffic Jalama Beach County Park,which includes 120 campsites that are at full occupancy for most of the year, especially from May-October. These 8 dispensers are an especially great opportunity to advertise your business to local residents, surfers, and tourists -- and you can sponsor one today!

The Dog Bag Program started in 2010 when Santa Barbara County removed dog bags and dispensers from the budget – an estimated $24,000 in savings. Since the sponsorship program started, we have raised over $120,000 for dog bags across the county. This successful public-private partnership has helped clean up our beaches, trails, and creeks while also advertising great local businesses.

There are now more open sponsorship opportunities for Santa Barbara County park dog bag dispensers, and we invite you to become a sponsor today!

Some of the other County park dispensers that are also currently available for sponsorship include:

  •          Jalama Beach County Park (8 dispensers available)

  •          Rocky Nook Park (2 dispensers available)

  •          Oceanview Park (3 dispensers available)

  •          Calle Barquero Park (1 dispenser available)

  •          Town & Country (2 dispensers available)

  •          University Circle (2 dispensers available)

  •          Rhoads Neighborhood Park (2 dispensers available)

If you are interested in sponsoring one of the above parks, HTO will work with you to design and print custom stickers for your dispensers while the County park rangers re-stock them. By sponsoring a dispenser for $500/year, your business is advertised for a full year, and you are helping the environment.

To find out more about sponsoring please contact HTO’s Operations Coordinator, Alison, by email (alison@healtheocean.org) or phone (805-965-7570), we would love to work with you and your business to make it happen!


DONATE YOUR CAR TO HEAL THE OCEAN!

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Are you trying to sell an extra car or get rid of an old car that no longer works? Skip the hassle and donate it to Heal the Ocean instead! Heal the Ocean has established an arrangement with Insurance Auto Auctions to process our vehicle donations. Insurance Auto Auctions arranges a free vehicle pickup, handles all the DMV issues, sells the vehicle at auction, and distributes the net proceeds to Heal the Ocean. By donating, you avoid the headache of selling a used vehicle, help support Heal the Ocean, and receive a receipt entitling you to a tax deduction.

When you are ready to donate or want to learn more, simply call the Heal the Ocean office at (805) 965-7570 or email us at info@healtheocean.org so we can provide you with the donor forms.


April 2019 E-Letter

In this E-Letter:

  • HTO Moves into Moscow

  • Treadwell to be Capped off Summerland Beach

  • SB 44 Funds Clear Haskell's Beach Hazards

  • HTO Welcomes New Operations Intern Wendy Pelayo

  • City Takes up HTO Suggestion, Renames El Estero WWTP

  • AB 885 Septic Regulations get First Action in SB County

  • #trashtag Cleaning Challenge Goes Viral

  • That Awful, Stupid Styrofoam!

  • EF International Beach Cleanup Spreads from SB to San Diego and Honolulu

  • Visit HTO at the Earth Day Festival, April 27-28

  • Save the Date for HTO's 2019 Event

  • Have a Listen: Hillary on Solutions News Radio


HEAL THE OCEAN OPENS OFFICE IN MOSCOW

Whale Jail in Sredyaya Bay, Russia

Whale Jail in Sredyaya Bay, Russia

HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser is proud to announce that Heal the Ocean has been asked to open an office in Moscow by Vladimir Putin, who says he loves fish and that his country needs help getting more of them. The connection was made by Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, who emerged from his sanctuary at the Embassy of Ecuador in London to arrange contact.
 

April Fools!


However, no fooling about the fact that, Charles Vinick, Jean-Michel Cousteau and Harry Rabin are on their way to Russia today, on a mission to visit the notorious so-called “whale jail” near Vladivostok, where 10 orcas and 87 belugas are languishing in icy sea pens.

Vinick is executive director of the Santa Barbara-based Whale Sanctuary Project, which aims to build a model sanctuary where whales and dolphins can be rehabilitated and live permanently in their natural environment. Vinick and Cousteau (who both serve on HTO’s Board of Directors) received a formal invitation from Russia's Ministry of the Environment & Natural Resources to visit Srednyaya Bay, where the whales are being held captive. On the Wave documentary filmmakerHarry Rabin is along on the expedition to document it. (Rabin also works with HTO as an Advisory Board member, and does a lot of photography and filming for us.) We wish our ambassadors the best of luck in achieving victory on this mission!


NOTORIOUS TREADWELL OIL WELL TO BE CAPPED

Treadwell from the air, March 22, 2019 (Photo by Harry Rabin/On the Wave Productions)

Treadwell from the air, March 22, 2019 (Photo by Harry Rabin/On the Wave Productions)

Heal the Ocean is so very happy to announce that the notorious Treadwell oil well which is actively spewing oil into the ocean off Summerland Beach,will be capped this summer. We thank State Lands Commission (SLC) petroleum drilling engineer Steve Curran for working closely with us to get this project rolling, and for putting us together with Mike Giuliani andErik Kroh of InterAct Engineering, Ventura, which has been contracted by State Lands to get the capping project underway. HTO also thanks Nora McNeely-Hurley, who keeps a watch on the water from her Summerland seaside home, letting us know when new oil messes appear on the surface, and lately, there has been a LOT from Treadwell.


SB 44 FUNDS CLEAR HASKELL’S BEACH HAZARDS

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Photos by Harry Rabin

Photos by Harry Rabin

In mid-March, 2019, State Lands Commission petroleum drilling engineer Steve Curran called HTO to report that funds from state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s SB 44 legislation were being used to clear the rusty hazards from Haskell’s Beach, which fronts the oceanfront Bacara Resort. HTO Advisory Board member (and hard worker!) Harry Rabin documented the work with aerial drone and still photography.


WELCOME WENDY PELAYO, HTO’S NEW OPERATIONS INTERN!

Wendy Pelayo/Photo by Hillary Hauser

Wendy Pelayo/Photo by Hillary Hauser

Heal the Ocean welcomes Wendy Pelayo to our team as Operations Intern! In two short weeks, this wonder-woman has produced an immense amount of work that has helped us move forward on many fronts. Wendy, a third-year undergraduate student in Environmental Studies at UCSB, is responsible for assisting with research projects, administrative duties, and supports HTO social media work. We're glad to have her with us!


EL ESTERO WWTP TO GET A NEW NAME

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On April 16, 2019, the Santa Barbara City Council will act on the city Water Commission's recommendation that the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant be renamed El Estero Water Resource Center. As a result of HTO’s recommendation during the Water Commission’s February 15, 2018 meeting, the name change was approved by the Commission on March 28,2019 and will next be taken  up by City Council. The name change reflects the expanded role of wastewater management, in that the facilities have a much larger role than in the past in relation to recovering water resources and protecting the environment. The Goleta Sanitary District changed its name to Goleta Sanitary Water Resource Recovery District last year and together with the Goleta Water District are recycling water for landscape irrigation to the tune of saving up to 300 million gallons of potable water annually.


AB 885 SEPTIC REGULATIONS GET FIRST ACTION IN SB COUNTY

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Heal the Ocean spent much time working with environmental health directors from around the state in Sacramento meetings to craft language for AB 885 septic regulations, written into law by then-assemblymember (now state Senator) Hannah-Beth Jackson in the year 2000. It was difficultbusiness, because Malibu is different from Mojave, and San Diego is not the Russian River, and so on. But with the consulting help of former Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Director Rick Merrifield (who is now on HTO’s Advisory Board), we and Heal the Bay, Santa Monica wereable to make input into language that was acceptable to all, and the regulations went into effect in June 2012.

For over a year we have been seeking AB885 compliance on a number of non-compliant septic system owners in a listed 303(d) impaired area in the Santa Barbara south coast, where septic systems have been identified as contributing to pollution issues in nearby water bodies (ocean and creek). We thank the Los Angeles Regional Water Control Board for following through on the AB 885 mandate with enforcement notices.*

*Notices have been heavily redacted to delete confidential information.


THE CLEANUP CHALLENGE #TRASHTAG

We at Heal the Ocean send huge applause to  Byron Román  for making this post on Facebook.

We at Heal the Ocean send huge applause to Byron Román for making this post on Facebook.

There is a great new cleanup drive on the internet that started when Arizona-based Byron Román posted a challenge to "bored teenagers" around the world to clean up litter in their communities - anywhere in their communities - and post before and after photos showing the transformation to social media using the hashtag (#trashtag). The post has gone viral and thousands of people around the world have caught on and challenged their friends, family, and community members to help clean up garbage found on streets, beaches, parks, and rivers. The trending hashtag has been used on social media hundreds of thousands of times. The genius of this global challenge is its simplicity: that everyone can get involved. 

Perfect timing for all this: Earth Day is around the corner. If you want to put on your own #trashtag event, contact Alison at the HTO office 805-965-7570 and we will get you set up with everything you need for a successful cleanup - whether a beach, hiking trail, or city street. After all, almost all trash ends up in the ocean.


HTO SWAMPED WITH STYROFOAM

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Following our recent collection call for Styrofoam, the HTO office turned into a giant mess of the terrible stuff. Within one week alone, HTO Operations Coordinator Alison Thompson cut up, broke up, smashedand shipped over 13 large boxes of this highly polluting material to be repurposed at Foam Fabricators in Compton, CA. 

Styrofoam never ever EVER breaks down. It becomes smaller and smaller until it resembles plankton - and marine life all over the world are eating it. Please, can you help by 1) asking that products be shipped in recycled cardboard filler, and 2) if you receive styrofoam, PLEASE do not throw into the trash, instead, send it back to the manufacturer in the original box, or send to:

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


EF INTERNATIONAL COORDINATES BEACH CLEANUPS IN SANTA BARBARA, HAWAII, AND SAN DIEGO FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

EF Students on Goleta Beach

EF Students on Goleta Beach

EF International Language School, Santa Barbara, has joined hands with HTO for the fourth year in a row to celebrate Earth Day in a massive coastal cleanup scheduled for April 12, 2019.

The EF/HTO model has been picked up by EF San Diego and EF Honolulu, and on that same day in April, hundreds of students will be hitting the beaches in these locations too!

EF Santa Barbara School Director Kristen Reilly says it is the school’s vision to further introduce the beach cleanup model to other EF schools on the U.S. west coast, including campuses in San Francisco and Seattle. The project is part of the school's Ocean & Environmental Awareness campaign entitled “EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY.”

For the Santa Barbara event, all 300 students from the EF campus on Chapala Street will spread out to clean up ten South Coast beaches from Summerland to Goleta, while in Hawaii, EF Honolulu will be working on its coastline with Hawaii-based Kokua Hawaii Foundation (founded by Kim and Jack Johnson). In San Diego, EF San Diego will tackle San Diego beaches, partnering with the Adopt-A-Beach Program, funded by the California Coastal Commission’s Whale Tail Grand and run by I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD) of San Diego County.


CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH US!

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Heal the Ocean will have a booth at the annual Earth Day celebration in Alameda Park on Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, so please stop by to say hello, and to shop Heal the Ocean's new supply of t-shirts, as well as coffee mugs, hats, sweatshirts, reusable stainless steel straws, and other items! Learn about our most recent projects, and sign up for #trashtag cleanups. You can follow us on Facebook (Heal the Ocean) and Instagram (@healtheoceansb) to stay updated on our ocean work and events, but it's always more fun to talk in person.

Above all, you can make your own personal commitment to do what you can to help your immediate environment - every day - by doing some or all of the following:

  • Read labels on cleaning agents - if you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it, wastewater plants that are not full tertiary can’t process these chemicals, (neither can septic systems), and all this stuff ends up in the environment;

  • Avoid “anti-bacteria” lotions and other products, especially those containing tryclosan. Use alcohol-based hand cleaners, and wash your hands often instead;

  • Refuse take-home food in single use plastic containers (bring your own containers instead)...and please remember to ask that nothing be brought to you in styrofoam!;

  • Remember to take your cloth bags for shopping  - PLEASE do not use single-use plastic bags (which are banned in the City of Santa Barbara but unfortunately are still in use in Santa Barbara County). 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is now joined by REFUSE! Do you really need to buy that new stuff?


MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR HTO'S ANNUAL CELEBRATION!

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Join HTO at the Historic El Paseo Restaurant in Downtown Santa Barbara on Saturday, October 19, 2019, for Heal the Ocean's Annual Celebration. More news to follow!


HTO GOES ON SOLUTIONS NEWS RADIO

Rinaldo Brutoco hosting Solutions News (KZSB 1290AM)

Rinaldo Brutoco hosting Solutions News (KZSB 1290AM)

Heal the Ocean Executive Director Hillary Hauser was featured onSolutions News Radio on Friday, March 29, 2019, in a lively discussion with World Business Academy (WBA) Founder/Director Rinaldo Brutoco and Kristina Jansen, Chief of Staff/Producer of Solution News Radio.

On the Friday session, Hillary and Rinaldo discussed the positive and negative consequences of converting decommissioned oil platform foundations as "rigs to reefs" in the ocean off the Santa Barbara coast.

Click here to listen to the interview now.

Solutions News is a new weekly radio talk show that discusses solutions to local, national, and global problems to give people optimism concerning solutions for the future. Rinaldo Brutuco is the Founding President of the World Business Academy (Founded in 1987).  He is an economics and business expert specializing in energy policy, renewable energy, finance, innovation, and the causes of, and adaptation strategies for, climate change. 

March 2019 E-Letter

In this E-Letter:

  • Former S.B. County EHS Director Rick Merrifield Joins HTO Advisory Board

  • Retired County Fire Chief Eric Peterson Joins HTO Advisory Board

  • Planning Next Move on Summerland Oil

  • A (Shocking) New Truth About Recycling

  • HTO Accepting Styrofoam Waste

  • SB 332 Aims to Cut Wastewater Disposal into CA Ocean & Estuaries

  • New, Non-Intrusive Technology to Fix Your Sewer Lateral

  • EF International/HTO Beach Cleanup Program Starts in Honolulu

  • Cate School Cleans Carpinteria Beach

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Re-up her Great Role as Honorary Chair of HTO's 2019 Benefit


FORMER EHS DIRECTOR RICK MERRIFIELD
JOINS HTO ADVISORY BOARD

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Rick Merrifield

Heal the Ocean is proud to announce that Rick Merrifield, former director of Santa Barbara County’s Environmental Health Services, has joined our Advisory Board - and has already begun important work to help as a consultant on septic system issues. During his tenure as EHS director, Rick worked closely with HTO for years on septic pollution problems, including the South Coast Beach Communities Septic to Sewer Project. Most notably, Rick came to our rescue as we muddled through with Heal the Bay, Santa Monica, the difficult process of working with State Water Resources Control Board staff in crafting language for AB 885 – septic system regulations for the State of California. His input was a major contributor to the adoption of AB 885 regulations in June 2012.

Rick is presently helping HTO with his expert edit of the HTO-sponsored Groundwater Characterization Project: Santa Ynez River Valley Groundwater Basin report, which has been stuck in the review process at the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board for too long (in our estimation). The report is needed to gauge septic system pollution of the Santa Ynez Valley groundwater basin, with suspected sources including Los Olivos, Janin Acres, and Ballard. Rick's edits and comments have been sent to the Regional Board with our request for action.


NEW ADDITION TO HTO ADVISORY BOARD:
RETIRED COUNTY FIRE CHIEF ERIC PETERSON

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With bells and sirens, Heal the Ocean also welcomes Santa Barbara County Fire Chief (ret) Eric Peterson, to Heal the Ocean's Advisory Board. Peterson had been with County Fire for 32 years before he retired in 2018, making him a veteran of the Painted Cave, Zaca, Tea, Jesusita, Gap, Sherpa, Alamo, Rey, Whittier, Thomas, and Holiday Fires. With fire being the "new normal" for California, environmental issues come up for the handling of these disasters, and Eric Peterson's skill, leadership, and experience will help us with no-nonsense environmental decision-making on these issues. Thank you, Eric!


PLANNING NEXT MOVE ON SUMMERLAND OIL

Photo/graphics by Harry Rabin

Photo/graphics by Harry Rabin

As the State Lands Commission (SLC) moves toward its June/July planning for the capping of the next leaking Summerland oil wells, HTO Advisory Board members Harry Rabin and Nora McNeely-Hurley are putting their heads together on what they are observing by drone (Rabin) and daily observation (McNeely-Hurley). Rabin, who is in contact with State Lands officials about what he is seeing by drone, is also communicating with a UCSB researcher who is able to scientifically identify spilled oil with its source(s). The above image shows how Rabin is working to pinpoint locations, and with Nora McNeely-Hurley's generous offer of financial help from her family foundation, Manitou, for science help, HTO's hope is that their diligent work will help SLC plan out the contracting work that is to come.


SHOCKING NEW TRUTH ABOUT RECYCLING CREATES 4TH ACTION PLAN: "REFUSE!"

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"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" has become a mantra around the country, and most cities have instituted curbside pickup for plastics, cardboard, and other recyclables.
 
But an alarming article recently published in The Atlantic explains how recycling facilities are having a hard time keeping up with the amount of waste they receive--China no longer accepts America's waste, recycled or not. Even eco-cities like San Francisco are having a problem with what to do with waste.

The ultimate answer is to reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying less--way less.
 
In response to this problem, zero-waste communities have sprung up around the U.S.  According to National Geographic, there are uber-conscious citizens producing just ONE JAR of unrecyclable waste per year--even every two years! Individuals and families alike have demonstrated it's possible to reduce their annual trash pile to fit in one eight-ounce Mason jar, compared to the average American's yearly trash pile weighing 1,500 pounds. 
 
With Americans producing the most trash of all countries - it is time tostart thinking about getting longer use out of what we already have. Do we really need a new phone every year? Do we need to buy that new car, a new television? Can we not take a little glassware to a restaurant for leftovers?
 
Everyone can play a significant role in eliminating garbage from ever reaching the ocean by adopting the motto, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle--and REFUSE. Refuse to buy, and use what you have.

  • Reduce your plastic footprint by cutting down on your use of goods that come in excessive plastic;

  • Reuse plastics, bags, and other items that you have, and when you can, reuse materials like glass, stainless steel, and wood that have longer lifetimes for use.

  • Lastly, properly recycle what you can’t refuse, reduce, and reuse.


RECYCLE THAT NASTY STYROFOAM AT HEAL THE OCEAN!

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With the passing of the City of Santa Barbara’s Styrofoam ordinance, there is a significant reduction in Styrofoam around town, but unfortunately, it is still out there. You find Styrofoam in the meat departments of grocery stores, and outside of city limits in the form of takeout containers, packing material and the like. If Styrofoam comes to you in any form, please DO NOT throw it in the garbage! Instead, bring your clean and dry Styrofoam containers, blocks, trays, and peanuts to the Heal the Ocean office so we can ship them to be recycled.
 
We ship the Styrofoam to Foam Fabricators, Inc. in Compton, California, where the foam is repurposed. Bring in any Styrofoam to our office (1430, Chapala Street) and we will handle the rest. (It's helpful to call to schedule a drop off 805-965-7570.) Thank you for helping us to keep foam out of the ocean! Remember, styrofoam never, ever disappears completely - it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces until those pieces resemble plankton, which looks like food to marine life.
 
Note: Styrofoam trays used for meat or produce can be recycled - as long as they are thoroughly washed and dry.


SB 332 AIMS TO CUT WASTEWATER DISPOSAL INTO

CALIFORNIA OCEAN & ESTUARIES

James Hawkins, MMP (HTO Advisory Board Member) and his Inventory of California Wastewater Discharge.

James Hawkins, MMP (HTO Advisory Board Member) and his Inventory of California Wastewater Discharge.

A study published by Heal the Ocean, Santa Barbara, has been credited as a compelling factor in a Senate bill introduced in February 2019, that would require huge reductions in the volume of treated wastewater discharged into the Pacific Ocean and California estuaries.
 
SB 332, the Local Water Reliability Act, calls on wastewater treatment facilities to step up recycling, conservation, and efficiency to meet reduction targets of 50 percent by 2030 and 95 percent by 2040 for the amount of waste(d)water dumped into the ocean and other water bodies.
 
In announcing the introduction of SB 332, its authors, Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), cited the amount of waste(d) water going into the ocean based on the groundbreaking studyInventory of Municipal Wastewater Discharges to California Coastal Waters, authored by former HTO Policy Analyst (and now Advisory Board member) James Hawkins, MPP, and published by Heal the Ocean in September 2018.
 
As reported in the Los Angeles Daily News on February 20, 2019, SB 332 is expected to start the Senate committee review process next month, in April 2019.
 
Heal the Ocean will be participating in that review process, with our chief concern being that the higher recycling goals would produce an inordinate amount of toxic brine waste, for which there is no feasible technology for disposal. Wastewater plants cannot exceed pollution limits in their discharge permits. The problem of brine waste has been examined by Heal the Ocean in its report, Brine Waste: Issues, Disposal, and Reduction, which presents facts that mean SB 332 may be unattainable as written.


SEWER LATERAL BACKED UP, LEAKING?

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HTO has long worked on the problem of leaking sewer laterals, which, if faulty (or even non-existent), can back up wastewater into the house, leak into the ground/groundwater, and cause other environmental problems. Years ago, we worked with the City of Santa Barbara to create an annual fund to help homeowners pay for inspection and repair, but after a number of successful years (and the annual fund growing from $200k to $900k per year), those funds dried up. Therefore, we welcome the news that the City is ramping up another program for sewer lateral inspection and repair. City Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark explains that leaking laterals not only pollute the ground but when they are "roto-rooted" due to tree roots reaching into cracks in the lateral and plugging up wastewater flow, a big clump of roots wind up jamming wastewater works at the plant.  

On this note, former City of Santa Barbara Wastewater Manager Lisa Arroyo has created a sewer lateral service that can fix faulty lateral-pipes with a trenchless method that makes for less mess and expense.

Headquartered in Goleta, Arroyo Trenchless is a licensed general engineering contracting company that focuses on trenchless construction methods to repair, rehabilitate, replace and/or install new underground infrastructure.  The company has a state-of-the-art "sewer trailer" with equipment to perform sewer lateral rehabilitation, spot line repairs, inspection, and cleaning.  Lisa Arroyo, President of Arroyo Trenchless, is a licensed civil engineer and certified by the National Association of Sanitary Sewer Organization (NASSCO) in its Pipeline Assessment Condition Programs. If you are experiencing numerous calls to Roto-Rooter services to free up your pipes (often needed when it rains!), please visit Arroyo Trenchless on its website at ArroyoTrenchless.com or call (805) 699-1717 to learn more about its services. You'll be doing a big service to the ground and groundwater--which all goes to the ocean!


EF INTERNATIONAL/HTO BEACH CLEANUP PROGRAM HITS HONOLULU WITH KOKUA HAWAII FOUNDATION

EF International Students on East Beach, Santa Barbara

EF International Students on East Beach, Santa Barbara

The Kokua Hawaii Foundation, the brainchild of Kim (and Jack) Johnson, has thrown its hat into the EF International Language School signature program of massive beach cleanups, following the EF/HTO model of involving many students at one time in tackling a coastal area to pick up what doesn't belong on the beach. EF International's Honolulu campus will join with Kokua for such work in Hawaii, while in Santa Barbara, EF International and HTO are preparing for their fourth annual cleanup of South County beaches on April 12, 2019. EF International, which has campuses around the world, has a large student body in Santa Barbara – 300 students - who will spread out to work on Santa Barbara beaches on this day, with HTO speaking to the student body about the importance of the EF motto, “Every Day is Earth Day.”


HTO & CATE SCHOOL TACKLE CARPINTERIA BEACH

Cate School students at Carpinteria State Beach/photo by Alison Thompson, HTO

Cate School students at Carpinteria State Beach/photo by Alison Thompson, HTO

Heal the Ocean had the pleasure of working with Cate School students to clean up Carpinteria State Beach for the Cate School Day of Service in February 2019. In just a couple of hours, we left the beach with five large bags of garbage...Styrofoam, pieces of netting, straws, clothes, food wrappers, and microplastics tangled up in kelp and driftwood. We thank the staff and students of Cate School for initiating the project of cleaning up this beach, and we invite everyone to give back to the ocean by organizing a beach cleanup! Contact our office (805) 965-7570 for free gloves and bags and an info sheet to get you started.


JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS TO RE-UP HER GREAT ROLE AS HONORARY CHAIR OF HTO'S 2019 BENEFIT

Julia as "Veep" Selina Meyers

Julia as "Veep" Selina Meyers

How honored we are that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is staying on with Heal the Ocean as Honorary Chair of our Annual Benefit Celebration - slated for October 19, 2019, at the El Paseo in downtown Santa Barbara (please mark your calendars!)

Julia has just finished shooting the final season of the political satire Veep, which will debut Sunday, March 31. She has won an enormous number of Emmys for her acting in this series, which is signing off with one last season of just seven episodes.

Thank you, Julia!

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

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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

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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!

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

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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

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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!


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!


HEAL THE OCEAN RELEASES STUDY OF COASTAL WASTEWATER DISCHARGES

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There is a significant source of water for up to 8 million Californians.

Heal the Ocean is proud to release The Inventory of Municipal Wastewater Discharges to California Coastal Water Bodies, an online interactive studythat documents the 417 billion gallons of treated municipal wastewater discharged at fifty-seven coastal locations in the 2015 calendar year. 
 
The study, led by project manager James Hawkins, MPP, involved a multiyear effort to collect, review, and analyze publicly available data to determine the total volume of treated municipal effluent discharged to California’s coastal water bodies. Heal the Ocean estimates that the reuse of 85 percent of these coastal discharges could meet almost 30 percent of water needs for California’s coastal cities.
 
In the spirit of transparency and to help advance the state's water policy efforts, Heal the Ocean is releasing its database of dischargers and flow data that forms the basis of the study. 
 

To view the online interactive study, click here.
For a printer-friendly PDFclick here. 

August 2018 E-Letter

In this E-Letter:

  • Viva la Fiesta! But Watch out for Confetti!

  • HTO Funds a Remedy for Summerland Homeless Problem

  • City Groundwater Cleanup Gathers Speed

  • HTO Cheers Montecito Sanitary District Recycled Water Pilot Project

  • “Fun in the Sun” Art Show by HTO's Ruston Slager

  • The Biltmore Cup - a One-Hour Mad Dash for Ocean Charity

  • SCAPE Online Art Sale - Catch it While You Can!


VIVA LA FIESTA - BUT WATCH THE CONFETTI!

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The long-held tradition of smashing someone's head with an empty eggshell filled with confetti (cascarone) has always been a hoot - and a big part of Santa Barbara's annual Fiesta. The tradition was great fun until the confetti became plastic or metallic/mylar - which does not degrade, but instead goes down the storm drain and into the ocean, where fish eat it. Several years ago Heal the Ocean took up the issue with the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division, and we were successful in getting the city to contract for the covering of storm drains during Fiesta and Summer Solstice, and the sweeping up afterward. Still, this stuff gets away in the wind. Try to avoid it - and maybe use your best efforts to ask vendors if the confetti in their cascarones are "por favor el papel." Paper, please!

Meanwhile, Heal the Ocean operations coordinator Alison Thompson created a groovy little flyer that's going around town on this subject. Pleasedownload and share to help us get the word out!

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HTO TACKLES SUMMERLAND HOMELESS PROBLEM

Drone picture of Summerland homeless camp 2017.

Drone picture of Summerland homeless camp 2017.

Homelessness is a problem in more ways than one: for sure it's no good for the people without shelter, food or mental help, but also homeless camps are widely recognized as a major source of water pollution because of lack of sanitation in the camps. Heal the Ocean has been tackling the problem in Summerland since Spring 2017 when a Summerland resident sent up a drone picture of a large camp on Union Pacific Railroad property. We immediately began working with Carpinteria/Summerland Fire Department and a Santa Barbara County sheriff to clean out the camps, which became a particular problem with the camp caught on fire.

Last month (mid-July 2018) Heal the Ocean signed an agreement with Home For Good Santa Barbara County to go a step further - to fund the Summerland arm of a program that brings in government agencies, foundations, and service providers to move homeless families and individuals into permanent housing and linking them to the support they need to recover and rejoin society.

We thank Jane Gray of Dudek for bringing us into this program, and for introducing us to the good people of Northern Santa Barbara County United Way, which has raised over $635,082 of a $800K budget to tackle the problem - which in Santa Barbara County also includes about 100 people living in the Santa Ynez River watershed. Jane organized a meeting between HTO and former Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, who is a Regional Coordinator in the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, with the result that HTO signed up to take on the financial needs of the Summerland part of the Home For Good program. Outreach work begins September 1, 2018.


HTO SUPPORTS MONTECITO SANITARY DISTRICT RECYCLED WATER PILOT PROJECT

On Monday, July 30, 2018, Heal the Ocean Executive Director Hillary Hauser appeared before a board meeting of the Montecito Sanitary District to lend 100% support for the District to move forward with a Recycled Water Project that will install on MSD property a Micro Pulse Flow Reverse Osmosis Skid. IDE Technology, builder of desalination plants and other industrial installations around the world (and which rebuilt the City of Santa Barbara's Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant) - will build the MSD project, which, when finished, will be capable of producing 6,400 gallons per day of Title 22+ recycled water for onsite reuse by the District. Title 22 "Plus" is a better quality than standard "purple pipe" water, and MSD plans to test the water on landscaping - flowers, lawns, hedges - with help from the Garden Club of Montecito. Heal the Ocean has worked for years on ways to help MSD get together with Montecito Water District on a joint State-supported project to upgrade the MSD wastewater plant to a recycled water plant, to produce water for irrigation (and thereby saving hundreds of gallons of potable water for its intended use) but the Water District would not agree. We see the IDE project as a positive forward move!


SANTA BARBARA SITE CLEANUP OF GROUNDWATER
GAINING SPEED

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Heal the Ocean has tackled contaminated groundwater sites since our inception, spending years identifying particular contaminants and going through old records of monitoring wells and soil borings. We collaborated with Santa Barbara County Hazmat and the Regional Water Quality Control Board Hazmat section to organize information into the State’s Geotracker database, which has made it possible for the Regional Board to methodically prioritize sites for cleanup. It took us a while to get there, but we are amazed at the number of cleanup and monitoring orders coming in - four in July alone. HTO is copied on these orders, and we are gratified to see the fruition of our collaboration. 

Among the Santa Barbara addresses receiving orders for cleanup, monitoring, or investigation in July:


HTO’S RUSTON SLAGER FEATURED IN FAULKNER
GALLERY ART SHOW -FIRST THURSDAY (TOMORROW!)

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Ruston Slager has been with Heal the Ocean since our inception. In fact, Ruston started Heal the Ocean by organizing the August 1998 demonstration on the Santa Barbara County Administration Building, which led to HTO being founded. Ruston has many talents, one of which is painting....and on First Thursday, August 2, 2018 (tomorrow!) you are invited to the "Fun in the Sun" Art Show featuring Ruston's watercolors and pastels. Reception party is from 5-8 pm, and the show runs August 1-31, 2018 at the Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery West. Ruston is donating 50% of all sales to Heal the Ocean. Thank you, Ruston!


YACHT CLUB STAGES MAD OCEAN DASH TO BILTMORE CORAL CASINO TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY

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Photo by Geoff Robinson UKDailyMail.com

On Sunday, August 26, 2018, a wild ocean-paddling race will be staged by members of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and Coral Casino to raise money for a Santa Barbara ocean group. Entrants will meet at the Yacht Club for a breakfast and briefing, pay their entry fees ($20/$30) into a single pot and at the same time cast their vote for one of four ocean groups in Santa Barbara. The paddlers will then take off from the Yacht Club at about 10:45 a.m. on paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks, canoes - anything that floats and is human-powered - and make a mad ocean dash to the Coral Casino. The race is over by 12:45 at which time an after-race lunch celebration at the Coral Casino will take place and the winner of the pot will be announced. We hope it's Heal the Ocean - we're one of the four groups selected to possibly win the stakes of this wonderful, madcap race! We'll be at the Coral Casino at our table, and we look forward to seeing everyone there! Click here for entry form and for more info. Thank you!


BUY SCAPE ART ONLINE NOW & BENEFIT HTO!

Virginia Kamhi “Butterfly Beach Reflections”

Virginia Kamhi “Butterfly Beach Reflections”

The great party by SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) for Heal the Ocean goes on! See the paintings - which are still for sale online. For two weeks, from Wednesday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 15, you can purchase any artwork from the SCAPE show at list price. Scroll through the list of artwork here, then email Alison Thompson at the HTO office (Alison@healtheocean.org) to arrange purchase and instructions on getting the work to you.

July 2018 E-Letter Special Edition: Heal the Ocean Gets City Styrofoam Ban Tightened at City Council

Hillary Hauser asks Council to limit exemption clause on Styrofoam ban (photo by Alison Thompson)

Hillary Hauser asks Council to limit exemption clause on Styrofoam ban (photo by Alison Thompson)

IT WAS A GREAT DAY IN CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY. The Council voted to restrict plastic straws - after a heart-warming plea from beautiful children as well as heartfelt requests from physically challenged members of the community who told the Council they needed straws to have access to food/drink like everyone else…(the plastic straw regulation includes provisions for physically challenged people to have access to straws). HTO told Council that while we really wanted a total ban, we support the “ask-only” regulation because such regulation is said to reduce straw use by 80% or even 90%. We asked that straw-use numbers be checked a year after the Ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2019.
 
But when it came to Styrofoam, the Council voted an outright ban, and this ban includes important language only Heal the Ocean insisted on.
 
As written, the proposed Ordinance on Styrofoam contained an exemption clause that would have given food retailers the ability to plead “hardship” every year. If they could prove Styrofoam was better for their product (i.e. Smoothies), or that changing to a more environmentally-friendly product would cause economic hardship, they could carry on with Styrofoam.
 
HEAL THE OCEAN challenged this language. We asked the City Council to change the wording to ONE YEAR and no more. As a result of our request City Council began to parse the word “hardship,” and in the end, City Council voted 7-0 to change the Ordinance to read that after one year, “hardship” cases will not be renewed. This means the Styrofoam ban is more like a real ban – and we salute the City Council for agreeing with us. The Styrofoam ban also goes into effect January 1, 2019.

June 2018 E-Letter

In this E-Letter:

  • City Ordinance Committee Moves to Ban Styrofoam and Possibly Put a Dent in Plastic Straws
  • State Lands Commission Moving Forward with Next 3 Summerland Wells
  • Regional Board to get Update on HTO/RWQCB Groundwater Assessment
  • HTO’s Alison Thompson Received 2018 McGinnes Environmental Law and Advocacy Scholarship
  • Heal the Ocean’s Trio of Upcoming Events
  • Dogs of the Month: Boss and Maggie!

BYE, BYE, STYROFOAM!

These are biodegradable cups that can take the place of Styrofoam

These are biodegradable cups that can take the place of Styrofoam

Heal the Ocean salutes the City of Santa Barbara Ordinance Committee, which on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, voted to ban the sale and use of Styrofoam in the city. With some Committee members citing serious ocean pollution caused by Styrofoam and other plastics, they were in 100% agreement on the Styrofoam ban, but put the final vote on hold until the next Ordinance committee meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – a week delay – so that they could consider rolling into the ban an “ask only” regulation on plastic straws and cutlery as well. We applaud the Committee for these decisions – it is an important step that Santa Barbara can take to remove itself from being a contributor to the plastic ocean waste epidemic.

However, the Committee is considering Exemptions to the ban – to businesses claiming “hardship” in abandoning Styrofoam. Heal the Ocean has written the Committee, taking strong exception to such Exemptions. Blenders in the Grass has asked for an exemption, stating that their smoothies become “runny” in anything but Styrofoam. We have checked with the Kokua Foundation in Hawaii (formed by Jack & Kim Johnson, who also head the Johnson Ohana Foundation, which fights the use of plastic worldwide), and have learned in Hawaii Lanikai Juice and Jamba Juice moved away from Styrofoam some time ago. Both use compostable cold cups made of PLA (plant-based Polylactic acid) – made of corn starch and sugar cane and which insulates both cold and hot drinks very well.

Also since the Tuesday hearing, HTO has learned (from Marborg, as well as mailing centers that formerly accepted Styrofoam “peanuts” to reuse for shipping) that Styrofoam cannot be reused and cannot be recycled in Santa Barbara – it goes into the landfill, i.e., the environment.

Please attend the Ordinance meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 12:30PM in the Council Chamber of City Hall, to cheer the Committee for banning Styrofoam – but without exemptions– and thank the panel for curtailing the use of plastic straws.

And if you receive Styrofoam packaging in any shipment, take out your item(s) and send the box back, with the Styrofoam, to where it came from.


STATE LANDS COMMISSION MOVES TOWARD TACKLING THREE MORE WELLS OFF SUMMERLAND

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HTO/Planck Aerosystems study identified leaking wells off Summerland

On Thursday, June 21, 2018 (please note this date correction), HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser will travel to Sonoma, Calif., to attend the State Lands Commission hearing, where she will lend applause when SLC petroleum drilling engineer Steve Curran gives the Commission a report on the successful capping of Becker Well on Summerland Beach, completed in February 2018. She will also encourage the Commission to approve a staff recommendation to begin the procedure for an implementation plan for SB 44, (Hannah-Beth Jackson, 2017), which is providing funds for the abandonment of leaking oil wells off the California coast, which includes permanent
abandonment of up to three leaking wells off Summerland. (Read HTO’s letter to the Commission here.

HTO thanks the State Lands Commission for its magnificent work to get these wells capped so that we can swim off Summerland Beach again!


PROGRESS ON HTO/RWQCB GROUNDWATER REPORT AT REGIONAL BOARD MEETING JUNE 28-29 IN SANTA BARBARA

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When the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board passed the Human Right to Water resolution, a program created to collect data, identify, and track communities who do not have access to clean and safe water, HTO approached the Board to offer help. We hired Cal Poly intern Riley Haas to  organize groundwater data starting with the gathering of existing groundwater studies and water well data from priority basins such as Santa Ynez River Valley, Santa Rita, Lompoc Plain, Lompoc Upland, Lompoc Terrace, Careaga Sand Highlands, Goleta Basin, Santa Barbara Basin, Carpinteria Basin, and Montecito Basin.  When this report is finished it will be an important tool for the Regional Board to gauge sources of pollution, whether for nitrates or bacteria.  A progress report on this project will be presented at the June 28-29, 2018 Water Board hearing in Santa Barbara.


HTO’S ALISON THOMPSON AWARDED MARC MCGINNES SCHOLARSHIP FROM UCSB ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

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Alison Thompson

HTO Operations Coordinator, Alison Thompson a graduate from UCSB with a BA in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in marine science and policy, has been awarded the 2018 McGinnes Environmental Law and Advocacy Scholarship. The scholarship has been established in the name of retired Environmental Studies faculty member, Marc McGinnes in recognition of his decades of service to the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB, as well as in the community along the lines of environmental advocacy, protection, law, and leadership. The award recognizes a graduating senior with outstanding academic achievement who has demonstrated passion and aptitude for environmental law and advocacy.

Alison received this award Friday, June 15, 2018, at the Environmental Studies Program’s 2018 Commencement Reception and Awards Program.

CONGRATULATIONS, ALISON, we're proud of you!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE GREAT HTO EVENTS!

JULY - SCAPE ART FOR THE OCEAN!

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On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from noon-8:00pm the Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) is exhibiting at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum a fabulous collection of sea paintings under the banner, “Heal the Ocean One Painting at a Time.” This exhibit and art sale, to benefit HTO, will feature live music, wine, hors d'oeuvres, a raffle, and is free to the public. And it's in the Santa Barbara Harbor, a very fun place to be! We'll see you there....Thank you, SCAPE!

AUGUST - RED PIANO FOR THE OCEAN!

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On Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Red Piano is hosting Heal the Ocean for a night of great entertainment with pianist Jason Libs and fantastic drinks will be mixed and served by our celebrity guest bartenders at Happy Hour with Heal the Ocean. Stay tuned for updates on our special musical party!

OCTOBER - OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

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Heal the Ocean is 20 years old on August 28, 2018! So our Annual Benefit this year, being held Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the El Paseo Restaurantin downtown Santa Barbara will be a special 20th Anniversary Celebration Benefit! Come celebrate with us 20 years of ocean healing with good friends, comradery and joy, along with great Mexican cuisine, a few fantastic auction items, and captivating entertainment. Save The Date cards are going out now, and please call the office if you want to get on the guest list NOW. If you are interested in finding out more or sponsoring our event, please contact Alison Thompson at our office at (805) 965-7570 or  Alison@healtheocean.org.


DOGS OF THE MONTH - BOSS & MAGGIE

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Boss and Maggie

HTO sends a big bark-out to Boss & Maggie, who made a nice contribution to Heal the Ocean's doggy bag program, which provides compostable dog bags to beaches and parks in the Santa Barbara South Coast. Boss & Maggie are the "children" of Dwight and Kimberley Lowell, who spend many days helping at animal shelters, and rescuing - and helping us. If you would like to join HTO's dog bag program, click here, and don’t forget to send uspicture(s) of your beloved pooch!