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With endless crowds and stressful shopping sprees, isn’t there a better way to celebrate the holiday season?

All gifts of $100 or more to Heal the Ocean on this #GivingTuesday (December 1) will receive a free Heal the Ocean t-shirt – a perfect gift for the holidays. This is a gift with meaning because it is also a gift to the ocean.

We will email you to find out the color and size of your shirt!

Happy Holidays from HTO
Happy Holidays from all of us at Heal the Ocean! The HTO reindeer are bringing you our thanks for all your support throughout the year! When you give a donation to HTO as a holiday gift to your loved ones, our HTO Reindeer Card will go to them, announcing your support of our clean-ocean work in their names. 

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Our New Website Has Launched!

Heal the Ocean is extremely proud to launch our beautiful new website designed by the creative team at Santa Barbara-based Oniracom. Featuring pages of new content documenting Heal the Ocean’s Victories and Research & Advocacy, this website gives Heal the Ocean a whole new streamlined platform to interact with our supporters. Oniracom has set up the site to be responsive to all devices, so you can keep informed of Heal the Ocean’s work from your smart phone or tablet. We hope you enjoy our new site! 

Santa Barbara County LAMP Approved

Finally, finally – Santa Barbara County has new septic system regulations in place!

This represents a big success for Heal the Ocean’s  work on septic system regulations  dating back to 1999, when then-Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson authored Assembly Bill 885 to address pollution from substandard and failing systems across the state.

On Friday, November 20, 2015, Heal the Ocean celebrated the Central Coast Regional Water Board’s approval of Santa Barbara County’s Local Agency Management Program (LAMP), which establishes robust regulations on new and existing septic systems throughout the County, with a particular focus on problematic areas where pollution from septic systems pose a risk to groundwater resources. We look forward to continuing to work with regulators to implement this program, while also seeking state funds to help those areas initiate septic-to-sewer projects.

Momentum for Potable Reuse on the South Coast

Heal the Ocean is celebrating a giant leap forward for our “Waste(d)water” Campaign as the Goleta Water District voted on November 10, 2015 to move forward with an application for a facilities planning grant from the State Water Board to upgrade the Goleta Sanitary District wastewater plant to a potable reuse facility (advanced water recycling). Heal the Ocean has strongly supported this effort from the start and helped bring Goleta Water District, Goleta Sanitary District, and Goleta West Sanitary District to the table to develop a plan to move forward. 

Potable reuse projects, as detailed in a recently released publication by Heal the Ocean, Potable Reuse: A New Water Resource for California, utilize advanced treatment technologies to transform wastewater into a safe source of purified water.

Read on for more on this project and our latest efforts in pushing for potable reuse throughout the South Coast.

!Sold Out and Souled Out

There was never a party like this one! 200 guests at the El Paseo on October 17, designed by HTO Board Member Heather Hudson, who also created all the prizes for the Auction – auctioned by Russ “The Rocktioneer” Stolnack with gusto. Mexican cuisine, good vibes – and a lot of love in the crowd.

Please check out our Facebook page for the entire montage of photos from the evening’s festivities.

HTO thanks our Rock Star Event Sponsors! 

(Won’t you be my) 
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!

Note: We also thank all our wonderful donors who have supported us throughout the year, who will be listed in our upcoming Annual Newsletter
We can’t thank everyone enough who attended and continue generously support Heal the Ocean on behalf of our mission.


Santa Ynez Moves Ahead with Septic System Removal Plan

The Santa Ynez Community Services District (SYCSD) is moving forward with an ambitious plan to replace problematic septic systems with sewer service for nearly five-hundred homes in the Horizon and Stadium Drive neighborhood of Santa Ynez (pictured above), where nitrate levels have been steadily rising in groundwater.

Heal the Ocean has been championing this project since 2001, and in September 2015 successfully helped organize a $250,000 grant to SYCSD from County Environmental Health Services, to pay for an engineering plan to extend sewer mains into the area. Next step: a Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) hearing where the SYCSD will seek approval to annex the neighborhood so that project work can commence. HTO has been actively talking to LAFCO Commissioners about the environmental advantages of this project.

We also salute the SYCSD Board of Directors for voting unanimously to submit an application to the State Water Board for a facilities planning grant to build a wastewater recycling plant for west Santa Ynez Valley. Heal the Ocean brought RMC Water, Santa Monica consultant Rob Morrow to SYCSD to put this application together.  

Montecito Groundwater Recharge Feasibility Study

Heal the Ocean recently organized with Montecito Water District and Montecito Sanitary District a study to examine the feasibility of recharging the Montecito groundwater basin with highly treated recycled water. 

The study, which was undertaken by consultants from Dudek and completed in September 2015, concluded that a groundwater recharge project with recycled water is infeasible in Montecito. The Central Coast Regional Water Board recently asked for the full evaluation of a conventional recycled water project (purple pipes) in Montecito, and we are working with and encouraging the districts to implement a study to assess this supply.

Plan Evolving for Los Olivos Septic Problem

Los Olivos has long been high on the list of problematic areas for septic systems in Santa Barbara County. HTO recently sent out a questionnaire to homeowners to determine the level of support for hooking into a public sewer system and the response was strongly positive. This, together with over 150 signatures on a neighborhood petition to the Santa Ynez Community Services District (SYCSD) requesting annexation for sewer service, helped lead to the SYCSD Board of Directors voting on October 28, 2015 for its staff to initiate the process of applying to LAFCO to include Los Olivos within its sphere of influence. This action, if successful, would provide the community a platform to make collective decisions about wastewater handling.

Doggy Bag Program Raises Big Funds for Clean Beaches

Heal the Ocean is very proud to announce that our Doggy Bag Program has raised $15,400 so far in 2015 on behalf of clean beaches and parks throughout the County. The Heal the Ocean Doggy Bag Program partners with the County of Santa Barbara to restock dog bag dispensers at beaches and parks in the south county.

We give a barking shout-out to Dr. David Dawson (Santa Barbara Veterinary Group/San Roque Pet Hospital/HydroPaws/Montecito Pet Hospital), Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS), and Leslie von Wiesenberger for continuing to sponsor doggy bag dispensers. We also thank James & Wendy Drasdo for their continued generous support that helps us purchase doggy bags.

 The County budget for dog bags is $23k per year, please visit our website to learn more and help us reach our 100% goal by supporting this program.
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