Protecting Our Region’s Coast, Rivers and Streams

Improving Water Quality & Defending Public Health Since 1999

Rick Nicholson: Board Member, Supporter, Friend

It is with great sadness that we inform our Coastkeeper family about the loss of one of our own. Rick Nicholson, long-time board member and former board President, and his wife Kim passed away recently at their home in Newport Beach.

Rick was a strong believer in advocating for clean water in his local community. He collaborated with the Coastkeeper staff to bring our programs into Newport Beach and other coastal cities. For almost 15 years, Rick served as a leader on our board of directors, pushing himself and others to contribute as much as they could to help our mission. Rick also chaired our annual “Toast the Coast” event for several years.

Coastkeeper expresses our deepest sympathies to his family. We are forever grateful for his years of service to protect Orange County’s water. His presence will be sincerely missed.

Featured Events & News

Looking to Give your Garden a Water-Wise Makeover?

Join us on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Garden Grove for Coastkeeper’s SmartScape Workshop. Learn how to transform your garden into a sustainable oasis – saving you time, money and water. Dozens of Orange County gardeners will learn how to give their garden a drought-tolerant makeover using low-water, native plants.

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Beautify Your Home with Organic, Low-Water Use Houseplants

Did you know? The Coastkeeper Garden hosts free workshops and events each month to teach aspiring gardeners tips and tricks on how to garden smarter, not harder. Join us for our next workshop on Saturday, March 2 to learn how you can beautify your home with low-water use houseplants.

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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 Children Reached in Whales Program


Pounds of Trash Removed


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Community members engaged in 2017

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