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December 2010 Santa Barbara Channelkeeper Newsletter

December 2010 Santa Barbara Channelkeeper Newsletter

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Published by: Santa Barbara Channelkeeper on Jan 16, 2011
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December 2010 
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper News & Events
News & Events
Action Alert! Voice Your Support
for Marine Conservation
Save the Date - 2011 Blue WaterBall
Use Reusable Bags for Your
Holiday Shopping
Stream Team now in Carpinteria
December Stream Team
Give the Gift of Clean Water
Did You Know?
High school students canearn credit for volunteeringwithChannelkeeper
 Channelkeeper is always lookingfor volunteers to help ourorganization.Emailor call us at805.563.3377 for moreinformation.
Support Marine Conservation
Attend historic meeting on December 15 in Santa Barbara to decideocean protection
 History will be made in Santa Barbara onDecember 15th, when we have a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to safeguardSouthern
's oceans for futuregenerations by adopting a series of MarineProtected Areas (MPAs) along our coast. Aftermore than two years and hundreds of hours of stakeholder negotiations, public testimony andscientific input, the CA Fish and GameCommission will hold its final public hearing inSanta Barbara to consider and vote on what small sections off the SouthernCalifornia coast (from Point Conception to the Mexican border) will beestablished as MPAs.The package of MPAs most likely to be adopted by the Commission, the"Integrated Preferred Alternative" (IPA) proposal, is a compromise betweenconservation and fishing interests. However, despite the fact that this proposalwould set aside only a fraction of Southern California's coastal ocean forprotection while leaving nearly 85% open to fishing (including the vast majorityof popular fishing spots), vocal opponents are still calling for less protection andeven attempting to undermine the process entirely. For this reason, it isabsolutely critical that we have an overwhelming showing of public support forMPAs at the December 15th hearing. Channelkeeper encourages all local citizenswho care about our oceans to attend this final meeting and voice support for theCommission's adoption of the IPA as the bare minimum level of protectionneeded for our invaluable ocean and coast.
 Fish and Game Commission MPA Adoption HearingWednesday, December 15, 2010(meeting time to be announced soon)Hotel Mar Monte1111 East Cabrillo Blvd.Santa Barbara, CA 93103Please RSVPhereto let us know you plan to attend so we can share moreinformation about the meeting when it becomes available. In addition toattending the meeting or if you absolutely cannot attend, please considersubmitting comments to the Commission atfgc@fgc.ca.govbefore their
December 9th deadline.
Save the Date:11th Annual Blue Water Ball is March 19th!
 Join Santa Barbara Channelkeeper for our 11th Annual
BlueWater Ball
on Saturday, March 19th at the RockwoodWoman's Club in Santa Barbara, where we will be honoringLynne Cox, bestselling author and world-renowned openwater swimmer. This year's event will also feature fabulouslocal wines, an awesome auction and raffle, live music, adelicious dinner created from all local and organicingredients, and other exciting surprises. Proceeds from the event will provide critical unrestrictedfunds for Channelkeeper's daily operating activities as wellas our ongoing community outreach and advocacy efforts toprotect water quality and restore aquatic habitats in and along the SantaBarbara Channel. Channelkeeper is currently seeking event sponsors, auctionitem donations and volunteers. Please contact us atlindsey@sbck.orgor
805.563.3377 ext.4 to sponsor, donate, volunteer or reserve your tickets! 
Reusable Bags - Great forHoliday Shopping!
 Reusable bags aren't just for the grocery store.During this busy time of year, one thing you can doto help the environment is to reduce your use of disposable bags by using reusable bags whenrunning your holiday errands.Channelkeeper is partnering with other localenvironmental groups to promote the use of reusable bags. On Thursday, December 16th, we willbe giving away free reusable bags at Scolari's, TriCounty Produce and at two locations in Paseo Nuevo.Stop by our tables to get a free reusable bag and learn about the environmentalimpacts of disposable bags, or just participate by saying NO to paper ANDplastic and using only reusable bags all day (and every day!).This effort is part of a larger Channelkeeper campaign to reduce theconsumption of disposable shopping bags in Santa Barbara. We are lobbyingCity Council to implement an ordinance mandating reductions in disposable baguse, which they are moving forward with soon. We are also partnering with theCity Environmental Services Department, local grocery stores and Choose toReuse on the "Where's Your Bag?" campaign to educate the community andlocal retailers about the environmental impacts of disposable bags and to helpfacilitate a shift to reusable bags. To learn more about the "Where's Your Bag?"campaign, please visitwww.wheresyourbag.com. This holiday season, give a
gift to the environment; bring your reusable bags with you every time youshop. Small changes add up! 
Channelkeeper Expands Stream Team toCarpinteria!
 Channelkeeper recently launched a newCarpinteria Stream Team program to monitorwater quality in streams and wetlandsthroughout the Carpinteria Valley inpartnership with Cate School. Channelkeeperworked closely with Cate School science facultyto provide student training, supervision,equipment and supplies. On November 13th,Cate students collected and processed waterquality samples from Arroyo Paredon,Carpinteria, Franklin and Santa Monica Creeks, as well as from the CarpinteriaSalt Marsh and Carpinteria Creek Lagoon. Like the water quality dataChannelkeeper collects through our Goleta and Ventura Stream Team programs,

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