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Action Alert! Voice Your Support for Marine Conservation Save the Date - 2011 Blue Water Ball Use Reusable Bags for Your Holiday Shopping Stream Team now in Carpinteria December Stream Team Give the Gift of Clean Water
Support Marine Conservation
Attend historic meeting on December 15 in Santa Barbara to decide ocean protection History will be made in Santa Barbara on December 15th, when we have a once-in-alifetime opportunity to safeguard Southern California 's oceans for future generations by adopting a series of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along our coast. After more than two years and hundreds of hours of stakeholder negotiations, public testimony and scientific input, the CA Fish and Game Commission will hold its final public hearing in Santa Barbara to consider and vote on what small sections off the Southern California coast (from Point Conception to the Mexican border) will be established as MPAs. The package of MPAs most likely to be adopted by the Commission, the "Integrated Preferred Alternative" (IPA) proposal, is a compromise between conservation and fishing interests. However, despite the fact that this proposal would set aside only a fraction of Southern California's coastal ocean for protection while leaving nearly 85% open to fishing (including the vast majority of popular fishing spots), vocal opponents are still calling for less protection and even attempting to undermine the process entirely. For this reason, it is absolutely critical that we have an overwhelming showing of public support for MPAs at the December 15th hearing. Channelkeeper encourages all local citizens who care about our oceans to attend this final meeting and voice support for the Commission's adoption of the IPA as the bare minimum level of protection needed for our invaluable ocean and coast. PLEASE ATTEND THE MEETING! Fish and Game Commission MPA Adoption Hearing Wednesday, December 15, 2010 (meeting time to be announced soon) Hotel Mar Monte 1111 East Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara, CA 93103 Please RSVP here to let us know you plan to attend so we can share more information about the meeting when it becomes available. In addition to attending the meeting or if you absolutely cannot attend, please consider submitting comments to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org before their December 9th deadline.
Did You Know?
High school students can earn credit for volunteering with Channelkeeper
Channelkeeper is always looking for volunteers to help our organization. Email or call us at 805.563.3377 for more information.
Save the Date: 11th Annual Blue Water Ball is March 19th!
Join Santa Barbara Channelkeeper for our 11th Annual Blue Water Ball on Saturday, March 19th at the Rockwood Woman's Club in Santa Barbara, where we will be honoring Lynne Cox, bestselling author and world-renowned open water swimmer. This year's event will also feature fabulous local wines, an awesome auction and raffle, live music, a delicious dinner created from all local and organic ingredients, and other exciting surprises. Proceeds from the event will provide critical unrestricted funds for Channelkeeper's daily operating activities as well as our ongoing community outreach and advocacy efforts to protect water quality and restore aquatic habitats in and along the Santa Barbara Channel. Channelkeeper is currently seeking event sponsors, auction item donations and volunteers. Please contact us at email@example.com or 805.563.3377 ext.4 to sponsor, donate, volunteer or reserve your tickets!
Reusable Bags - Great for Holiday Shopping!
Reusable bags aren't just for the grocery store. During this busy time of year, one thing you can do to help the environment is to reduce your use of disposable bags by using reusable bags when running your holiday errands. Channelkeeper is partnering with other local environmental groups to promote the use of reusable bags. On Thursday, December 16th, we will be giving away free reusable bags at Scolari's, Tri County Produce and at two locations in Paseo Nuevo. Stop by our tables to get a free reusable bag and learn about the environmental impacts of disposable bags, or just participate by saying NO to paper AND plastic and using only reusable bags all day (and every day!). This effort is part of a larger Channelkeeper campaign to reduce the consumption of disposable shopping bags in Santa Barbara. We are lobbying City Council to implement an ordinance mandating reductions in disposable bag use, which they are moving forward with soon. We are also partnering with the City Environmental Services Department, local grocery stores and Choose to Reuse on the "Where's Your Bag?" campaign to educate the community and local retailers about the environmental impacts of disposable bags and to help facilitate a shift to reusable bags. To learn more about the "Where's Your Bag?" campaign, please visit www.wheresyourbag.com. This holiday season, give a gift to the environment; bring your reusable bags with you every time you shop. Small changes add up!
Channelkeeper Expands Stream Team to Carpinteria!
Channelkeeper recently launched a new Carpinteria Stream Team program to monitor water quality in streams and wetlands throughout the Carpinteria Valley in partnership with Cate School. Channelkeeper worked closely with Cate School science faculty to provide student training, supervision, equipment and supplies. On November 13th, Cate students collected and processed water quality samples from Arroyo Paredon, Carpinteria, Franklin and Santa Monica Creeks, as well as from the Carpinteria Salt Marsh and Carpinteria Creek Lagoon. Like the water quality data Channelkeeper collects through our Goleta and Ventura Stream Team programs,
our Carpinteria Stream Team data will help government agencies develop and implement targeted water pollution prevention programs. Channelkeeper is thrilled to be working with our new partners at Cate School, and we are very grateful to the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Hollis Norris Fund for supporting this important project!
Stream Team - December 4th & 5th
Stream team is Channelkeeper's volunteer-based water quality monitoring program. Every month, volunteers join Channelkeeper staff to test for common water quality parameters at numerous sites in the Ventura River and Goleta Slough watersheds. Come join us to help protect our local waterways; we will be sampling in Ventura on Saturday, December 4th at 9 am and in Goleta on Sunday, December 5th at 10 am. For more information, email us or call 805.563.3377 ext.0.
Give the Gift of Clean Water
As we celebrate the holiday season and embrace the spirit of giving, please consider giving your friends and family an annual membership to Santa Barbara Channelkeeper or making a donation in their names. Every dollar invested in Channelkeeper is a direct investment in clean water and healthy communities along the Santa Barbara Channel today and for future generations. With your membership, you'll receive our regular newsletters, news updates and action alerts, invitations to special Channelkeeper events and fun volunteer opportunities, and a free Channelkeeper sticker. All new donors contributing $50 or more can also receive a Channelkeeper t-shirt, and for donations of $250 or more, quarterly issues of Waterkeeper magazine. Sign up or give the gift of clean water to a loved one today by clicking here calling 805.563.3377 or emailing us.
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