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From: Santa Barbara Channelkeeper <info@xxxxxxxx>
Date: July 2, 2019 at 8:15:52 AM PDT
Subject: SB Channelkeeper E-Newsletter - July 2019
July 2019 E-Newsletter
Support Clean Water Today
Channelkeeper and EDC File Legal Appeal to Protect Against Offshore Fracking
On June 17th, Channelkeeper and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) filed
an appeal to defend our 2018 legal victory to address the impacts of offshore
fracking on the environment and endangered species. A federal court ruled in
our favor last November and issued an injunction prohibiting the Trump
Administration from approving permits for fracking and acidizing from oil
platforms off the California coast until the US Fish and Wildlife Service and
California Coastal Commission have reviewed the potential impacts of these
practices on wildlife and our coast. The American Petroleum Institute
appealed that ruling, so Channelkeeper and EDC have filed our own appeal to
ensure full compliance with environmental protection laws.
Thanks for Supporting Water Quality Sampling at Rincon!
Many thanks to all you beach lovers out there who contributed to our Rincon
Beach Water Quality Sampling fundraising campaign last month! Our community
rallied for surfable, swimmable water by donating nearly $4,000 to support
Channelkeeper’s effort to provide ocean users with accurate and timely
information about water quality at Rincon Beach. Click here to get the most
current sampling results for Rincon, and download the Swim Guide app to
access water quality info for Rincon and thousands of other beaches across
the nation from your smart phone. Get the skinny before you dip, because a
day at the beach shouldn’t make you sick!
Santa Barbara Straw Ban Effective July 1
Last October, at the request of Channelkeeper and the Community Environmental
Council (CEC), the Santa Barbara City Council voted to ban plastic straws and
stirrers and require that plastic to-go utensils be provided only upon
request. The ban (which includes a medical exemption in consideration of the
Americans with Disabilities Act) entered into effect yesterday, July 1, 2019!
Now that the City of Santa Barbara has taken this big step to reduce its
plastic pollution footprint, we're working on Goleta and Santa Barbara County
to follow suit, so please stay tuned for ways you can help the whole South
Coast stem the tide of plastic pollution.
Take the Pledge:
Go Plastic Free this July!
Please join Channelkeeper, CEC, and partners around the world by taking the
pledge to 'Choose to Refuse' single-use plastic during the month of July. We
can all be part of the solution to plastic pollution! The challenge is
simple; commit to refusing ALL single-use plastic, or try the top 4: plastic
bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws. Click here to learn
Locally, Channelkeeper and CEC have been working to reduce single-use plastic
for over a decade. We first tackled single-use plastic grocery bags by giving
away thousands of free reusable bags, successfully advocating for local bag
ban ordinances, and supporting the statewide bag ban as well. Channelkeeper
and CEC are now championing efforts to reduce the use of Styrofoam and
plastic straws, including through local ordinances, our Skip the Straw
outreach campaign, innovative pilot projects, and widespread efforts to raise
public awareness about the impacts of single-use plastics on wildlife and our
If you like great beer, live music and clean water, we’ve got your back!
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. will be promoting and supporting Channelkeeper
every Tuesday in July through their #FigBackTuesdays. Swing by the Santa
Barbara taproom at 137 Anacapa Street in the Funk Zone any Tuesday in July
and enjoy some cold frosty brews and live music while supporting
Channelkeeper’s work for clean water and a healthy coast! The music line-up
includes Wall of Tom (July 9), The Salty Strings (July 16), and The Traveling
Hurtados (July 23). Channelkeeper crew members will be there to mingle and
chat about our work, so please come join us. Cheers!
Goleta Stream Team
Stream Team is Channelkeeper's volunteer-based water quality monitoring
program. Come join us to help monitor and protect our local waterways. Goleta
Stream Team will meet on Sunday, July 14th at 10 am. Please RSVP via email.
For more information, visit our website, email us or call 805.563.3377 ext. 3.
Ocean Jewel SB Benefit
Ends July 15!
Ocean Jewel SB is donating 15% of all jewelry sales from May 15-July 15 to
support Channelkeeper's efforts to protect and restore the Santa Barbara
Channel and its watersheds. You can find Ocean Jewel SB on Saturdays at Paseo
Nuevo in the Blissful Boutique Makers Market (located near the theater), as
well as in the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital gift shop, A-Frame Surf Shop,
and The Beach House.
Celebrate Swimmable CA Day
Channelkeeper works hard to protect the Santa Barbara Channel and its
watersheds so they're clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. In 2013, the
California Legislature passed a resolution to officially commemorate July
25th as "Swimmable California Day," recognizing Californians' right to waters
that are clean and safe for swimming. Snap a photo of yourself enjoying your
favorite waterway with the #SwimmableCA hashtag for a chance to be
highlighted on our social media! Here's to clean, swimmable water!
Wild Waves & Wild Fish at FCD Surfboards in Ventura
Fletcher Chouinard Designs has chosen Channelkeeper to be the beneficiary of
its "Wild Waves & Wild Fish" event on Monday, July 29th. Join us at the
Patagonia retail store in Ventura from 7-9 pm for screenings of three films
(Los Plástico, Estado Salmonero, and Saving Martha) and Q&A with Patagonia
Ambassador Lea Brassy. FCD will be selling beer, raffling off some awesome
products, and donating the proceeds to Channelkeeper, so come on down and
join in the fun while supporting a great cause. We look forward to seeing you
Dive in and Explore
August 11 & September 8
Join Channelkeeper and Truth Aquatics on two special, limited-time discounted
SCUBA diving trips to the Naples and Campus Point Marine Protected Areas
(MPAs) on Sunday, August 11th and Sunday, September 8th from 7 am-4 pm. Dive
in and experience the breathtaking beauty of this stunning stretch of
coastline and the diversity of marine life that makes these MPAs so unique.
Check out Channelkeeper's Naples Reef and Campus Point Dive Portals for a
glimpse at what you might see beneath the surface! Excursions cost $70 per
person (including meals and air fills); dive gear and snorkeling rentals are
available at additional expense. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! Call Truth Aquatics
at 805.962.1127 or click here to reserve your spot on the August 11th dive or
here for the September 8th dive.
Become a Member!
Your support for Channelkeeper's efforts is needed now more than ever. Become
a member of the Channelkeeper crew today with your tax-deductible donation.
You'll be investing in clean water and healthy communities along the Santa
Barbara Channel today and for future generations. With your membership, you
will receive our regular newsletters, news updates and action alerts,
invitations to special Channelkeeper events and fun volunteer opportunities,
and a free Channelkeeper sticker. All new donors contributing $50 or more can
also receive a Channelkeeper t-shirt, and for donations of $250 or more,
bi-annual issues of Waterkeeper magazine. Sign up today by calling
805.563.3377 ext.1, emailing us, or clicking here.
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