Mission


Heal the Ocean focuses on wastewater infrastructure – sewers and septic systems – as well as ocean dumping practices that have contributed to ocean pollution. We are focused on Santa Barbara County, but our methods are now serving as a model for other coastal communities across the country. 



Our mission maintains five definite goals:

  1. WASTEWATER UPGRADE & RECYCLING. Wastewater is waste(d)water. HTO actively works to secure grant funding for wastewater treatment plant upgrade and recycling projects that turn the water around for reuse rather than ocean disposal.
  2. SEPTIC SYSTEMS. Septic systems operate on the principle of leaching, and must be removed from inappropriate beach and creek areas. “Cluster overuse” must be dealt with by sewer hookup, which we facilitate by working with homeowner associations.
  3. NON-POINT SOURCE POLLUTION. Heal the Ocean plays an active role in the development of storm water permits, and has initiated a study of groundwater ocean interaction; we lobby for increased street sweeping and enforcement to prevent illegal dumping into creeks and storm drains.
  4. OCEAN DUMPING. Dredge and fill operations in the name of “restoring beaches” will not be performed unless materials are suitable and clean for beaches, and do not cause smothering of near-shore sea life.
  5. LANDFILLS. We take an active role in the prevention of toxic pollutants leaching into the sea from landfills.

We employ engineers, researchers and scientists, lawyers, GIS mappers, and other experts to locate sources of pollution, assess their significance and find solutions. We perform cost feasibility studies for upgraded wastewater management methods. We have conducted DNA tests in watersheds as well as virus tests in the ocean. To meet our objectives, we work with city, county and state agencies to initiate new programs and comply with those that already exist.

Proud Corporate Supporters of Heal the Ocean

Individual Donors

  • Pat & Maire Radis
  • Hoyt Tarola
  • Robert Glazier
  • Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation
  • Mary Conrad
  • Heather Kelly Clenet
  • Robert Coronado
  • Graham & Sara Farrar
  • Roy E. Crummer Foundation
  • Plum Goods
  • Rosemary Fatano
  • Francesca Cava
  • Barbara Dukas
  • Heidi Clever
  • Richard & Lloyd Dallet
  • Cliff & Nicola Ghersen
  • Connie & Dennis Doheny
  • Sandra & Tim Armour
  • Marie Morrisroe
  • David & Lyn Anderson
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall
  • Craig Rice
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  • Lee Heller
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  • Jim Garcia & Erin Graffy
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  • William & Wendy Drewry III
  • Susan Anderson
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  • David & Lyn Anderson
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  • Amy Cooper
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  • Mina Goena-Welch
  • Yvon & Malinda Chouinard
  • Rich & Krista Coffin
  • Dr. & Mrs. John A. Clark
  • The Jim Ryerson Environmental Fund
  • Kathy B. Gallo
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  • J.T. & Elizabeth Gerig
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  • Pam Caswell
  • Thomas Dabney
  • D. Maile Ellington
  • Melissa Riparetti-Stepien
  • Bernard & Joan Fried
  • Bob & Alea Cunningham
  • Frances Lufkin
  • Nora McNeely Hurley & Michael Hurley

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