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

  • Judith Little
  • Hiroko Benko
  • Janet Graham
  • Elizabeth Graham
  • Ann Crawford
  • Wendy Foster
  • Francesca Cava
  • Richard & Lloyd Dallet
  • Amy Kunze
  • William & Wendy Drewry III
  • Hoyt Tarola
  • Margo Rose
  • Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation
  • D. Maile Ellington
  • John & Carrie Givens
  • Mina Goena-Welch
  • Peter R. & Sarah de Tagyos
  • Sarah Kass
  • Brittingham Family Foundation
  • Frances Lufkin
  • Elizabeth B. (Betsy) Denison
  • Theresa Yandell
  • James Hawkins
  • Deb Monroe
  • J'Amy Brown
  • Susan and Carol Robertson
  • Mike Furner
  • Joyce & Fritz Patterson
  • Robert & Cindy Gelber
  • Kate Mead & Marty Conoley
  • Kathy & Bill Crevier
  • Barbara Dukas
  • Dennis & Suzanne Shanelec
  • Randy Freedman & Jennifer Freed
  • Daniel Frank
  • Julie Shamblin
  • Eric & Francine Kirsch
  • Robert Glazier
  • Michael Tish
  • Donald & Diane Jackson
  • Hudson Hersh
  • Renee Hamaty
  • Billy & Lin Goodnick
  • David & Lyn Anderson
  • Nancy Acosta
  • Robin Donaldson
  • Hui Koon Khor
  • Christine Gallagher
  • Fardad Rahimian
  • Clarinda Conger
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall
  • Gail Kennedy
  • Nora McNeely Hurley & Michael Hurley
  • Tisha Ford
  • Ken & Nancy Goldsholl
  • Jeffery & Monica Fried
  • Lauren Hawksworth
  • Anne Doubilet
  • Martha Clyde
  • Santa Barbara Shellfish Company
  • Robert & Christine Emmons
  • Hillary Hauser
  • Jim Garcia & Erin Graffy
  • Charles Blitz
  • Rayethon
  • Heather Kelly Clenet
  • Marilyn Magid
  • Tracy Fernandez & Hyla Fetler
  • Andrew & Konnie Gault
  • Kathy B. Gallo
  • Caolyn Hubbs
  • William Cornfield
  • Amy Cooper
  • Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation/Morrow
  • Lee Heller
  • Georgia Funsten
  • Graham & Sara Farrar
  • Suzanne & Edward Eubanks
  • Suzanne Edick
  • Robert & Christine Emmons
  • Robert & Prudence Sternin
  • Harry & Sharon Felder
  • Robert & Stan Fishman
  • Barbara & Roy Harthorn
  • Eliot Crowley & Debra P. Geiger
  • Cliff & Nicola Ghersen
  • Melissa Riparetti-Stepien
  • Cooper Allebrand
  • Kathryn Courain
  • Big Speak, Inc.
  • The Brittingham Family Foundation
  • Nicholas & Margaret Dewey
  • David, Jeannie & Roxy Clark
  • Steven & Deborah Hartzman
  • Dr. & Mrs. John A. Clark
  • Mark Schildhauer & Joyce Gauvain
  • David & Lyn Anderson
  • Chip & Kelley Bell
  • Ronald J. & Carole A. Fox
  • Charlene Harris

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