California Preparing for King Tides

This holiday season some of the year’s highest tides will hit California shorelines, providing a glimpse of what the state can expect as sea-level rises. These ultra-high or “king tides” will occur December 21-23, January 19-21, and February 17-19. California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA) is a major partner of the California King Tides Initiative to help educate state decision-makers and the general public about sea
level rise.  The Initiative, commemorating five seasons of outreach, encourages the public to view and photograph ultra-high tides and add to a growing collectionClick here for King Tides locations near you. And this year, the Initiative is going international! Tijuana Waterkeeper is spearheading efforts to document king tides along the Baja Peninsula. 

Along with educating the public about rising tides, CCKA also provides legal expertise to the California Coastal Commission on its newly released Draft Sea Level Rise Guidance. The Draft Guidance predicts up to 66 inches of rise by 2100 in some parts of the state. The guidance is 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.

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Big Storms Bring Big Pollution

undefinedCalifornia's recent storms come at a price - stormwater pollution.  During our dry months, pollutants such as motor oil, grease, mercury and copper accumulate on roads, parking lots and other impervious surfaces. These contaminates accrue in high concentrations until the wet season, where stormwater runoff contaminates streams, lakes, the ocean and beaches. Across California, stormwater pollution leads to beach closures and serious impacts to both human health and aquatic life.  

California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), and California's 12 local Waterkeepers, are leaders in addressing the impacts of stormwater runoff. CCKA's stormwater advocacy has yielded dramatic public engagement in the stormwater permit processes, and resulted in measurable improvements to stormwater permits. On the local level, California Waterkeepers have developed citizen monitoring teams to enforce the Clean Water Act and prevent stormwater pollution from harming public health and aquatic ecosystems.

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  • LA Waterkeeper Gets Dirty for the Drought

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