Talking Trash: Join the World’s Largest Beach Cleanup

sculpture-coastal-cleanup.jpgEvery year, over eight million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans and more than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts litter our beaches. 

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Guests Among Wildlife: Part I

Humans are visitors among native Southern California wildlife, which occupies a lot of territory

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Photo Credit: David Ohman

The highest point of land in Orange County sits 5,690 feet above sea level overlooking about 948 square miles of mountains, canyons, hills, wetlands, flatlands and the coast. The 40 mile-long coastline is festooned with placid, secret coves with sultry tide pools brimming with life, estuaries, wetlands and sprawling, yacht-infested harbors. It’s a star-studded show if ever there was one.

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The 10,000 Pound Beach Cleanup

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It used to be that when you walked down the beach all you could feel was the sand and water between your toes, maybe a shell or two.

These days, when you go to the beach, you won’t only find sand and shells.  You will find trash and a lot of it.

Five years ago we set out to change this, launching a monthly beach cleanup program with Coastal Playground, every second Saturday of the month, at Huntington State Beach.

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Our Legal Interns Save Oceans: Meet Don Gourlie

Coastkeeper legal interns like Don gain valuable experience in environmental law.Thinking about saving the planet with a career in environmental justice? First of all, that’s amazing. Second, have you considered our competitive legal internship? It could be the perfect opportunity for you to gain real-world experience in environmental law and public policy. 

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Sea Change at Kids Ocean Day

Kids Ocean Day fun
Photo Credit: Shot Hunters Media

This week, 1,300 kids spent the morning cleaning up trash at Huntington Beach for Kids Ocean Day. Joined by nearly 200 teachers and volunteers, this crew removed over 500 pounds of trash from our waters. For ocean lovers like us, it was the best day ever.

After an hour and a half of cleanup in the morning, we all came together on the sparkling-clean sand to get creative and “sea change” with some aerial artwork.

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Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Seahorses

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Photo Credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Earlier this month, The California Department of Fish and Wildlife discovered a rare seahorse near an eelgrass restoration site in Upper Newport Bay. That’s pretty much the equivalent of spotting a celebrity at your favorite local coffee shop. We’re excited about this news because it means our habitat restoration efforts are working.

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Infographic: True Cost of Desalination

Huntington Beach desalination plant is bad for OC's economyDistribution, storage, infrastructure and more – all of these expensive factors remain hidden from the true cost of the proposed Poseidon Huntington Beach Desalination Plant. Knowing that Orange County residents are not receiving an accurate price tag, we created an infographic displaying each of the sneaky costs Poseidon does not want ratepayers to know.

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Are You a Water Warrior? Apply for Our Board of Directors

Become a water warriorAdvocating for fishable, swimmable, drinkable and sustainable water requires deep-rooted passion and unwavering commitment to protecting our water resources. Since our founding in 1999, Coastkeeper’s board of directors has led our efforts to promote our vision of clean and healthy waters for all of Orange County.

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What Orange County Can Learn from the Carlsbad Desalination Plant

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 By Bovlb (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

As community members, it’s up to us to ensure the sustainability of our ocean for future generations. If we don’t, we leave our regional economy, community and habitats vulnerable to damage fueled by corporate greed. 

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What Did the Rain Wash Into Our Water?

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An oil manufacturer in Orange County discharges oil into the street.

When it rains, stormwater runs into the storm drain system eventually finding its way into local and coastal waters without any treatment. During these times of increased pollution runoff, Orange County Coastkeeper’s stormwater enforcement team jumps into action to pinpoint violations of the Clean Water Act. 

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