Hidden gems: Mati Waiya of Wishtoyo Chumash demonstration village
Drought boosts intrest in stormwater capture and resuse in LA
Americans use twice as much water as they think, study says
Sacramento wetlands scientist honored with top EPA award
3 days after rain, beach water can still make swimmers ill, study says
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Drought Calls for Action
On January 17th, Gov. Brown officially declared a drought in California. The state has seen consecutive dry years with no immediate relief in sight, and until recently there have been no real restrictions on the state’s reservoirs, thus allowing rivers to run dry. We’ve all seen the extreme versions of California’s traditional wet and dry cycles. But what if this is really the new normal? With the effects of climate change already being felt, it’s time to adapt.
California Coastkeeper Alliance is part of a coalition that is evaluating long-term solutions to water management in California and exploring a more integrated path to sustainability. As the drought looms over California’s water supplies, CCKA is working towards larger policy issues, including: lack of groundwater regulations, lack of meters for agricultural agencies, the need to capture stormwater more aggressively, and prioritizing greater wastewater recycling and to direct potable reuse.
Read CCKA's Huffington Post Blog on conserving water during the drought.
“King Tides” Illustrate the Need for Sea-Level Rise Guidance
Over the last month some of the year’s highest tides hit California shorelines, providing a glimpse of what the state can expect as sea-level rises. These ultra-high or “king tides” occured December 30-January 2 and January 29-31. To help educate state’s decision-makers and the general public about sea level rise, the California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA) participates in the California King Tides Initiative. The Initiative, now in its fourth season, encourages the public to view and photograph ultra-high tides and add to a growing collection. Click here for King Tides locations near you.
Along with educating the public about rising tides, CCKA is also providing legal expertise to the California Coastal Commission on its newly released Draft Sea Level Rise Guidance. The Draft Guidance released in October predicts up to 66 inches of rise by 2100 in some parts of the state. CCKA is advocating for the state to take the precautionary approach and to use the upper-range of sea-level rise estimates for land use planning. The guidance is also designed to assist local planners and others in addressing sea-level rise in Commission planning efforts. CCKA is advocating for more emphasis on nature-based strategies like wetland buffers and "living shorelines" that involve replanting coastal habitat.
SD Coastkeeper Launches Water Quality Portal
San Diego Coastkeeper has set the standard for data-sharing with the launch of its water quality database. For the first time, monthly water samples are displayed via an interactive, color-coded map. The database has already become a model across the United States and in Mexico, setting a new standard for sharing information with the community.
Ventura Coastkeeper Continues Vital Cultural Legacy
Congrats to our Ventura Coastkeeper, whose work on the Chumash Discovery Village in Malibu, CA brings an important perspective to the cultural and historical legacy of our coast. Coastkeeper’s work highlights just how deep California’s connections with the coast run, and demonstrates what it means to be a true steward of the environment.
Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s Stand-Up Paddle Race
On April 12th, join our LA Waterkeeper for the 3rd annual Stand-Up for Clean Water paddleboard race. The event will include a 5-mile and 1-mile race, a relay race, and an awards ceremony after party; all to benefit LA Waterkeeper as they lead the fight to protect and restore LA County’s waterways. Don’t miss out, click here to register!