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.
POSTED ON September 20th, 2013
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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 (http://bit.ly/1nxCYvV).
Even locally, if we recycled all of our wastewater supplies we could offset over half of our water use in the Santa Barbara region (http://bit.ly/1kYKq3n).
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
POSTED ON September 30th, 2013
IT WAS A BLAST!
Check back here for photos from HTO’s “A Night with the Rat Pack!”