Make A Donation Today! go


HTO 2012 Newsletter pdf

Click on the cover above to download Heal the Ocean's 2014 Newsletter or click here.

Heal the Ocean's Featured Research

HTO Pocket Guide
California Ocean Wastewater Discharge Inventory
WDI Google Fly To Map and Resources
IRWMP Planning Grant Application for Wastewater Recycling Submitted eptember 2010, answer expected from State by January 2011!
Read the future of Water in Santa Barbara! HTO's Synopsis of the City of Santa Barbara 2009 Water Supply Planning Study
Cost of Tertiary Wastewater Treatment for Santa Barbara (2001)
Water Reclamation Research

Featured Video

Another Day at the Beach?



Please join us for our iCURÉMOS El OCÉANO! Party at the historic El Paseo Restaurant.

Please see our Donate Page for Individual Seat & Sponsorship Prices and to buy your ticket(s).

Saturday, October 4, 2014
6 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner, Live Auction, Dancing

We will also be celebrating Hillary’s 70th birthday!

The Latest

POSTED ON July 28th, 2014
SB Applies for $2 Million for Recycled Water Project

For several years now Heal the Ocean has been involved in the Santa Barbara County Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) process – a regional water forum consisting of water and wastewater managers from across the County with the purpose of better coordinating regional water policy and identifying funding needs for critical water projects. As a member of the Steering Committee for IRWM, HTO, along with the other members of the committee, is responsible for vetting and recommending a package of water projects to be submitted for funding through state bond monies.
In the most current application round, which was focused on California's drought, the Steering Committee ultimately recommended to submit a request for funding of $2 million for a new pumping system at Lake Cachuma, and $2 million for a new advanced recycling facility in the City of Santa Barbara. HTO pushed for inclusion of the advanced recycling project in the final package because it offered one of the best opportunities for the region to get funding given the State’s enthusiasm for water recycling projects.
And beyond Santa Barbara, we are working with Carpinteria, Montecito, and Goleta to overcome barriers to implementing advanced recycled water projects (See “Pushing for the ‘Gold’ Standard in Recycled Water” in this E-Letter). This is an exciting time to be working in water and we are more optimistic than ever for the future of clean water.
Continue Reading
POSTED ON September 20th, 2013

Click on the cover above to download Heal the Ocean's Special Issue: the Rincon Project. For a high resolution version, click here.

Continue Reading
POSTED ON June 19th, 2014

A newly released report by the Pacific Institute and NRDC estimates that California could recycle up to a total of 2.5 million acre-feet of wastewater per year (

Even locally, if we recycled all of our wastewater supplies we could offset over half of our water use in the Santa Barbara region (

Heal the Ocean is focused on finding funding to move treatment plants into the 21st Century with full recycled water production.

Thanks for your continued support!

Continue Reading
POSTED ON February 20th, 2014
A New Water Resource for the Santa Barbara Region

15 years ago, Heal the Ocean began with the “Impossible Dream” of removing all wastewater from the ocean.

A severe drought has hit California – not a good thing!

But in this drought HTO is telling you, the public, that wastewater is really “waste(d)water”!

HTO has Trademarked this term – meaning we are emphasizing that we must stop dumping waste(d)water supplies into the ocean!

Please check out and share our just released Waste(d)water Infographic on this issue!

A $687.4 million drought-relief package has been proposed by the State of California and HTO will be hard at work getting as much of this money as we can for Santa Barbara South Coast water recycling projects.

Continue Reading
POSTED ON January 16th, 2014
The minute the holidays were over, Heal the Ocean was fast at work with meetings with the Santa Barbara County Water Agency to figure out how to resubmit a $3 million grant application to the Proposition 84 Round III Integrated Regional Management (IRWM) process for the City of Santa Barbara’s upgrade of its recycled water plant to microfiltration
Continue Reading
POSTED ON January 08th, 2014



We had a banner year in 2013, with our best year end fundraising EVER.

We have a lot of exciting projects planned for 2014…stay tuned!

Join us! Become a member today!

Continue Reading
POSTED ON October 29th, 2013

Check out our latest eLetter with recap of a spectacular night with the Rat Pack, the ribbon cutting for the Goleta Sanitary Distict wastewater facilities, and much more!
Continue Reading
POSTED ON September 30th, 2013

Check back here for photos from HTO’s “A Night with the Rat Pack!”


Continue Reading

Heal the Ocean Platform


Heal the Ocean works to get wastewater treatment plants up to higher treatment levels (i.e. our 2002 win to have the Goleta Sanitary District upgrade to full secondary treatment). As a way of keeping wastewater out of the ocean, HTO is now involved in finding funds for sanitary districts to join with water districts to produce recycled wastewater totally cleaned of CECs (contaminants of emerging concern), suitable for irrigation and other uses. This program ties in with California’s dire need of water in a worsening draught.

Heal The Ocean's Research in This Area


Septic systems operate on the principle of leaching, and they must be removed from inappropriate beach and creek areas. “Cluster overuse” must be dealt with by sewer hookup. HTO facilitates homeowner associations to hook up to sewer, i.e., our recent successful campaign for the “South Coast Beach Communities Septic to Sewer Project,” wherein 7 miles of beaches will be cleared of septic systems.

Heal The Ocean's Research in This Area


(e.g. stormwater and groundwater). HTO has worked to toughen storm water permits for Santa Barbara County and every city in Santa Barbara County, has worked with USGS and the City of Santa Barbara on a three-year groundwater study. We lobby for increased street sweeping and enforcement for illegal dumping into creeks and drains.

Heal The Ocean's Research in This Area


Dredge and fill operations in the name of “restoring beaches” will not be performed unless materials are suitable, and clean for beaches, and plans do not cause smothering of near-shore sea life.


We are taking an active role in the issue of pollutants leaching into the sea and into groundwater from unlined landfills. HTO research now includes the examination of data from monitoring wells in Santa Barbara’s waterfront area for both old landfill sites and unresolved LUST (leaking underground storage tank) sites.

Heal The Ocean's Research in This Area