Fwd: Santa Barbara Channelkeeper E-News
- Reminder - Stream team this Saturdaythere's lots of water in the river, so it's a great time to come out, visit the watershed, and collect samples!Begin forwarded message:From: Santa Barbara Channelkeeper <info@...>Date: January 30, 2008 11:55:56 AM PSTTo: pjenkin@...Subject: Santa Barbara Channelkeeper E-NewsReply-To: info@...
February 2008Santa Barbara Channelkeeper News & Events News & Events 'Bustin' Down the Door' Premiere Benefits Channelkeeper Goleta General Plan Channelkeeper wants to Clean up your Creek! Stream Team - February 2nd & 3rd Save the Date for the 8th Annual Blue Water Ball! Did You Know?
The Channel Islands are home to the oldest dated human remains in North America-Arlington Springs Woman (13,000 BC).
Shaun Tomson's 'Bustin Down the Door' Premiere Benefits Channelkeeper
Channelkeeper was invited to a very special after party following last Sunday's World Premiere of the surf documentary "Bustin' Down The Door" at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The event, a celebration of the film created by Montecito resident and former World Champion surfer Shaun Tompson, featured a live auction of classic surf photography by Santa Barbarian Dan Merkel to benefit Channelkeeper and others. The invite-only evening was graced by surfing legends Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, Michael Tomson, Ian Cairns and the great Mark Richards. The auction raised thousands of dollars to benefit our programs, and we are very grateful to have been the beneficiary of such a fun event. Thanks to Shaun for all he has done both for the sport of surfing and for his strong leadership in the ocean community!
Goleta General Plan
On January 17th, Channelkeeper appeared once again before the Goleta City Council to oppose changes to the City's General Plan that would be detrimental to water quality and habitats of local creeks, wetlands, and beaches. The City, under intense pressure from a handful of developers, is still in the process of determining whether or not to proceed with a large number of policy amendments, many of which aim to loosen existing environmental protections to make the approval of development projects less rigorous for applicants. Although properly planned growth can be appropriate and stimulating for local economies, this amendment process will allow growth to occur at the cost of already impaired creeks, wetlands, and beaches. Many of the amendments will make it easier to encroach upon and develop in creeks and creek buffers that improve water quality, provide habitat, and protect property from flooding. One amendment regresses the City's policy towards stormwater management requirements for new developments, effectively putting the City in violation of imminent stormwater management requirements soon to be imposed by the State. In multiple community workshops held by the City, community members voiced their overwhelming opposition to the proposed amendments. Despite this public input, the majority of City Councilmembers want to move forward with the amendment process. Channelkeeper continues to participate in this public process in on ongoing effort to protect Goleta's creeks, wetlands, and beaches. Click here to read our latest comment letter to the City of Goleta, as well as additional comments submitted to the City, under the "Other Watershed Advocacy" section.
Channelkeeper wants to Clean up your Creek!
But we need your help! Help us identify creeks in your neighborhood in need of our attention. Due to the large amount of community interest we have received, in the upcoming year Channelkeeper will be expanding our creek cleanup program. In the past, we have focused our cleanup efforts on a handful of the worst Stream Team monitoring locations. However, this year we plan on expanding this effort to additional creeks, beaches, and watersheds. You can help! Not only will we need volunteers to help clean up the creeks, but Channelkeeper needs your observations and recommendations to help us identify the locations most in need of attention. If you live, work, or walk near a creek or beach that is littered with trash, please let us know by contacting ben@... or by calling (805) 563-3377 x3. We hope to compile a hit list of the dirtiest locations so that we can arrange to clean them up. So send us your photos, stories, and observations, and we will look forward to cleaning up a creek near you!
Stream Team - February 2nd & 3rd
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 15 different sites in the Ventura River and Goleta Slough watersheds. Come join us to help protect our local waterways; we will be testing in Ventura on Saturday, February 2nd, and in Goleta on Sunday, February 3rd. For more information, visit our website, or contact us at ben@... or 805.563.3377 ext.3.
Save the Date for the 8th Annual Blue Water Ball!
Channelkeeper's annual benefit, the Blue Water Ball, will take place on Friday, March 14th from 6-9 pm at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center on East Beach in Santa Barbara. The event will feature a three-course plated organic dinner, live jazz, live and silent auctions, a marine environment-themed student art show, and a keynote speaker. 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 marine habitats in and along the Santa Barbara Channel. Channelkeeper is currently seeking event sponsors, auction item donations and volunteers. Please contact Cynthia at cynthia@... or 805.563.3377 ext.0 to sponsor, donate, volunteer or reserve your tickets!