Twenty Years of Defending Clean Water in Orange County

Protecting Our Region’s Coast, Rivers and Streams 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 was also involved in 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

Help Our Garden Grow This Spring

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we’re hosting a fundraiser for the Coastkeeper Garden. The recent rain season took a heavy toll on our walkways and supplies. A donation to the garden will help pay for new gardening tools, renovations for our pergola, new gravel and field trip costs for students.


Calling All Homeowners Associations of Orange County

Want your community to look like a California-friendly plant wonderland? Our SmartScape team invites you to join them on Wednesday, March 27 to learn about incorporating low-water, environmentally friendly landscaping in your HOA. The goal of this workshop is to save your neighborhood time, money and water.

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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


Square meters of eelgrass planted


Community members engaged in 2017

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