In 1993, Terry Tamminen and his team first started Santa Monica Baykeeper while patrolling the Santa Monica Bay-on a single houseboat no less- identifying sources of pollution and taking action to stop it. Twenty years later their organization has grown by leaps and bounds, and is now called Los Angeles Waterkeeper, recognized as the defender of all waterways throughout Los Angeles. However, despite their growth in size and prominence, their principles have remained fundamentally the same. Since 2004, sewage spills that foul rivers and beaches have decreased by 83% -a direct result of their successful lawsuit against the City of LA under the federal Clean Water Act. More recently, they have reached a $6.6 million dollar settlement with the City of Malibu, requiring the City to clean up some of Malibu's most frequented spots including the world famous Surfrider Beach. Whether it's protecting ocean habitats, endangered species, addressing the impacts from oil drilling, sewage and trash collection, or advocating on statewide policies related to their issues, they are there. And not only do they use the law to achieve their goals, they also work to restore creeks and rivers, and their volunteer scuba team works tirelessly to restore kelp forests along the shoreline.
Their mission is to protect and restore Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork, and community action. They work to achieve this goal through litigation and regulatory programs that ensure water quality protections in waterways throughout L.A. County. Their Litigation, Advocacy, Marine, and Water Quality teams conduct interconnected projects that serve this mission.
Los Angeles Waterkeeper is an Organization of Waterkeeper Alliance, the world's fastest growing environmental movement. Along with 200 other Waterkeeper Organizations, their movement works for swimmable, drinkable and fishable waterways worldwide.
Sign the pledge on their website to not wash your car for 60 days. It saves water and money. Once you sign the pledge, they'll mail you a "Dirty for the Drought" car sticker. It's static cling, so it won't ruin your car.
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- New Zealand
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