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Heal the Ocean's Featured Research

Waste(d)water Infographic: A New Water Resource for the Santa Barbara Region
Water Reclamation 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)

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Another Day at the Beach?

Mabel from San Francisco gives HTO Dog Bag program 4,000 doggy bags for Thanksgiving!

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POSTED ON October 13th, 2015

Heal the Ocean's Evening with Elvis

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for their generous support! Photos of event coming soon!

HTO thanks our Rock Star Event Sponsors! 

(Won't you be my) TEDDY BEAR
Marie Morrisroe

Brian & Laurence Hodges 

Dan & Rae Emmett Family 
The Roy E. Crummer Foundation 
Adam & Kara Rhodes

David & Lyn Anderson
Marcy Carsey & Susan Baerwald/Just Folk 
Yvon & Malinda Chouinard 
Brad Hall & Julia Louis-Dreyfus 
Sam & Sherilyn Scranton 
Tomchin Family Foundation 

AQUEOS Corporation 
Carolyn & Ted Roche/Wendy & Larry Barels 
Kelly & Heather Clenet
Aubert & Pamela de Villaine 
Brad Fiedel & Ann Dusenberry
James & Francoise Park/GEOPARK
The Hutton Parker Foundation 
Jeffrey Young, Attorney-at-Law 
& Jana Young

Tom & Nancy Crawford 
Roxanna & Randy Solakian 

Pat Brooks 
Robert & Cindy Gelber
Jed & Kat Hirsch
Arthur L. (Skip) & Deborah Hudson
Judy Little
Henry & Nanette Nevins
Susan W. & Carl W. Robertson
Jonathan & Elise Wygant

Thank you everybody!



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This new white paper by Heal the Ocean shows the promise of potable reuse as a significant supply of safe, affordable, and environmentally sustainable water for California.

Heal the Ocean and other organizations have called for expanded recycled water use both locally and statewide to combat the drought in California. This paper examines the most advanced form of water recycling available to date – potable reuse – and its benefits as compared to alternative water supplies. This is a well researched primer on all facets of indirect potable reuse – including the technologies employed, studies on the safety water produced in these projects, its cost and energy use, and successful projects in California.

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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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