Twenty Years of Defending Clean Water in Orange County

Protecting Our Region’s Coast, Rivers and Streams Since 1999

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Catch Up on 20 Years of Coastkeeper

In 1999, Founding Director Garry Brown started Coastkeeper with two employees in a small Newport Beach office and an annual budget of $100,000. Twenty years later, Garry is joined by over 22 employees sprawled across Orange County, Inland Empire and Coachella Valley.

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Giving Tuesday: Donate to Kids Care this Holiday Season

A gift to our Kids Care program will go directly to help support Coastkeeper’s marine debris education program for elementary students in 3rd through 5th grade. Or donate $35 for one student to receive a reusable kit that includes an eco-friendly water bottle, cutlery kit and straw.  

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Our Results

Over nearly two decades, Coastkeeper has become an effective and proactive organization that advocates for everyone’s inalienable right to clean water.


# of Students Reached Through Education Programs


Pounds of Trash Removed


square meters of eelgrass restored


Community members engaged in 2017

What's In Your Water?

November 26, 2019

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris Pushes for Better Environmental Policy

We don't hesitate to criticize elected officials when they make decisions we don’t like, so we shouldn’t hesitate to thank a legislator when they bring bills that we support.  In…
Trabuco CreekBlog
November 25, 2019

Understanding Trabuco Creek’s Hydrology and Changing Water Levels

Orange County Coastkeeper Garden staff member Angela Castanon and interns Rupert Barnett and Will Glasband spent an afternoon measuring Trabuco Creek in the Cleveland National Forest to better understand the…
November 18, 2019

Adventure is Out There! Santiago High School Students Enter… the Outdoor Classroom

Santiago High School AP Environmental Science students started their first out of three planned field trips under our WHALES Program at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Environmental Nature Center in…

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