Twenty Years of Defending Clean Water in Orange County

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

A Letter From Garry

Dear Coastkeeper family,

I founded Orange County Coastkeeper in 1999 because I wanted my sons and their families to enjoy swimmable, drinkable and fishable waters in our community – just like I did growing up. For the past 20 years, Coastkeeper has served as our region’s last line of defense protecting our waterways for generations to come.

As I look back on this legacy during our 20th anniversary, I’m inspired by all the ways you’ve made this impact possible. Whether you supported Coastkeeper financially, joined a beach cleanup or took action for an advocacy campaign – thank you.

Together, we will continue defending our swimmable, fishable, drinkable and sustainable waters so every generation can experience the joy of a clean coast.

All the best,

Garry Brown

Founder and President of Orange County Coastkeeper

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Featured Events & News

Coastkeeper Presents: "Sea of Shadows"

Grab some popcorn! We are partnering with the Newport Beach Film Festival to present “Sea of Shadows,” a new documentary about fishing and conservation. We have two showings: one on April 28 at 8:00 p.m. and another on April 30 at 3:15 p.m. This film rarely hits theatres so don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

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Reduce Clothing Pollution And Help Coastkeeper's Mission

Did you know that you can shop for recycled clothes while donating to Coastkeeper? We are happy to announce that we’ve been selected as a recipient of the Tokens for Bags® program at Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa. Instead of offering their shoppers plastic bags, the Tokens for Bags® program offers every customer who makes a purchase one “token” valued at five cents to donate to a local organization.

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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

What's In Your Water?

April 8, 2019

The Fight to Prevent An Unnecessary Desalination Plant Continues in Huntington Beach

For almost two decades, a costly and unneeded desalination plant has been proposed for construction in Huntington Beach. The project, led by Poseidon Water, would negatively affect the coastal ecosystem…
April 5, 2019

Poseidon Ranked As Worst Option for Water in O.C. and Other News

New Evidence: Poseidon Ranked As Worst Option for Water in O.C. Last month, the Municipal Water District of Orange County released a study that ranked Poseidon’s proposed desalination plant as…
April 3, 2019

Now Hiring: Desert-Based Associate Director

Are you passionate about keeping water clean in your desert community? Do you enjoy being a leader of environmental awareness and advocacy? Coachella Valley Waterkeeper is California’s newest Waterkeeper affiliate…

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