THE WOMEN AND THE WAVES 2
May 21 Showing Benefits HTO
Heal the Ocean is excited to announce that our own Heather Hudson, HTO Board Member & Events Director, has a Santa Barbara Premiere of her film,
“The Women and the Waves 2,” which will be showing at Surf Nite at the New Vic Theater on Saturday, May 21 at 6pm. Come early for free drinks and a meet & greet at 5pm!
The May 21 Santa Barbara showing will feature a great raffle, the proceeds of which will benefit Heal the Ocean. Tickets are available now for $20 (click here to purchase).
Thank you, Heather!
The Women and the Waves 2 will be featured in the Santa Cruz Film Festival in June!
PANEL OKs FUNDING FOR
SUMMERLAND BEACH OIL REMOVAL
Thank you to everyone who submitted letters to secure funding to cap the leaking Becker Onshore Well in Summerland! We sent over 40 letters to Das William's office. We are thrilled to share this message from Das Williams' office:
"A State Assembly budget subcommittee on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 approved $900,000 over the next two years to help pay for oil remediation at Summerland Beach.
The funding still faces several legislative hurdles in the next few months before it is adopted in this year’s 2016/2017 budget, including approval by the Legislature and the Governor."
HTO will continue to support this budget measure to finally provide a solution to the leaking Becker Onshore Oil Well.
LAFCO APPROVES W. SANTA YNEZ ANNEXATION
On Thursday, May 5, 2016, Santa Barbara Local Agency Formation (LAFCO) approved
the annexation of an area of approximately 400 homes in the west Santa Ynez area
into the Santa Ynez Community Services District (SYCSD) for the purpose of bringing
sewer service into a dense area of septic systems. With over 380 parcels of septic
systems on crowded lots and unsuitable soils, the level of nitrates is rising in
HTO, which has been working on the Santa Ynez septic problem since 2000, helped in
2015 to facilitate a partnership between SYCSD and Santa Barbara County
Environmental Health Services for $150,000 funding for an engineering plan. We have
also been conducting an outreach to homeowners in the area, who have generally
responded favorably because the Santa Ynez area is considered “problematic” for
septic systems, that are now regulated by the recently enacted Local Area Management
Plan (LAMP). In the event of a septic system failure, homeowners would be required to
install expensive advanced systems (about $40K), and HTO is working to offer a better
alternative, which would also get septic waste out of the ground … and groundwater.
HTO'S 2010 WASTEWATER STUDY
MAKES THE NEWS...AGAIN!
We were delighted to stumble upon a news reference to HTO's 2010 study, "California Ocean Wastewater Discharge Inventory," in The Sacramento Bee's article: Another View: Better water plan would yield billions of gallons a year, published on April 9, 2016.
The article states, "Close to 500 billion gallons of highly treated wastewater are dumped into the Pacific Ocean annually. A 2010 study by Heal the Ocean found that 260 billion gallons can be safely recycled and reused or stored in aquifers. Orange County is already recycling wastewater along with a few cities."
CARPINTERIA UNVEILS RECYCLED WATER FACILITIES PLAN
It’s happening! The Carpinteria Valley Water District and the Carpinteria Sanitary District (CSD) have taken steps to upgrade the CSD wastewater treatment plant into a recycled water plant.
On April 18th, 2016, RMC Water, Santa Monica, presented the Recycled Water Facilities Plan for the Carpinteria Sanitary District Wastewater Treatment Plant at a Special Joint Meeting of the Carpinteria Valley Water District, Carpinteria City Council and the Carpinteria Sanitary District.
To HTO, this is a dream come true. In getting the septic systems off Rincon Point and neighboring beaches, we always used the waste pan analogy: first we sweep the septic waste into the waste pan (treatment plant), and then we upgrade the plant.
HILLARY HAUSER FINALIST IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD
HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser is among three finalists in the nonprofit category of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation Awards that will honor women and student entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County during its annual gala at the Bacara Resort on this Friday, May 6th, 2016. The other finalists in the non-profit category are Dee Duncan of New Directions Travel and Nathalie Gensac of Youth Interactive. Sarah Miller-McCune is being honored with the "Rock Star: Life Achievement Award" and Lynda Weinman of Lynda.com is master of ceremonies.
WE LOVE 1% FOR THE PLANET!
Heal the Ocean wants to give a special shout-out to the wonderful companies and businesses who have chosen us for their 1% For the Planet donations. The following businesses have sent us magnificent 1% checks, and we would love to have our members support them:
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