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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

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POSTED ON October 15th, 2014

A Grand Success!

WHAT A TRIUMPH! Over 180 guests filled the historic El Paseo Restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara during the evening of October 4, 2014 for Heal the Ocean's sold-out CUREMOS EL OCEANO party! 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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