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Waste(d)water Infographic: A New Water Resource for the Santa Barbara Region
Water Reclamation Research
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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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POSTED ON December 16th, 2014

A GREAT HOLIDAY PRESENT!          

Make your holiday shopping easier this year by donating to HTO in the name of your friends and loved ones, who will receive one of our famous “REINDEERPHIN” Cards announcing  your gift to them, which is a gift to us! We will be continuing our award-winning work on behalf of the ocean in your name, and in their names.

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CLICK HERE TO SEND A REINDEERPHIN CARD/PRESENT

The Board and Staff of Heal the Ocean wishes you a joyous, peaceful Holiday Season!

 

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POSTED ON December 10th, 2014

HEAL THE OCEAN SKIPS AHEAD TO FIREWORKS!

Photoart by Marie Morrisroe   

                           

YES! It’s not yet New Year’s but Heal the Ocean is already celebrating the awards/recognition we will be receiving in 2015:
  • January 21, 2015    We will be at the California Association of Sanitary Managers (CASA) Conference in Palm Springs, CA to make a presentation with the Carpinteria Sanitary District during a work session – CSD is receiving the coveted Project of the Year” Award for the South Coast Beaches Community Septic-to-Sewer Project – which includes Rincon.
  • January 30, 2015    Heal the Ocean will be at the Regional Water Quality Control Board hearing in Santa Barbara to receive a public Joint Commendation from the Regional Board, California State Senate and California State Assembly for our part in making the Rincon septic-to-sewer project happen.

 

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POSTED ON November 05th, 2014

HTO ON THE MOVE!

WE NEEDED MORE SPACE
SO GOT A NEW PLACE
IN TIME FOR THE SEASON
A PERFECTLY GOOD REASON
TO CELEBRATE

Our new address: 1430 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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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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SEWERS & WASTEWATER RECYCLING

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

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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NON-POINT POLLUTION

(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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DREDGING & DUMPING

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.

LANDFILL RUNOFF

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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