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Heal The Ocean

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Po Box 90106 Santa Barbara CA 93190 USA

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Heal the ocean focuses on wastewater infrastructure - sewers and septic systems as well as ocean dumping practices. We have voluntary beach clean ups and buy biodegradable dog bags for santa barbara south county bag dispensers. New this year, facilitating engineers to line up wastewater and water districts for state (prop 1) funding to upgrade wastewater plants to recycled water plants.

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Heal the ocean focuses on wastewater infrastructure - sewers and septic systems - as well as ocean dumping practices that have contributed to ocean pollution that closes santa barbara beaches. We are focused on santa barbara county, but our methods are now serving as a model for other coastal communities across the country. Heal the ocean hires engineers, experts, researchers and scientists, lawyers, gis mappers and university laboratories to produce reports and to give us test results as well as sewer engineering blueprints. We perform cost feasibility studies for upgraded wastewater management methods. We have conducted dna tests in watersheds and well as virus tests in the ocean. We work with city, county and state agencies to initiate new programs of wastewater upgrade. Our approach to solving environmental problems is unique in that we work with (not against) counties, cities, agencies, wastewater and water districts to access state funds to help upgrade wastewater infrastructure and/or help homeowners convert from septic systems to public sewer. We have served on the santa barbara county integrated regional water management plan (irwm) steering committee since 2010, and in this capacity have lined up septic-to-sewer projects for funding, as well as wastewater treatment plant upgrade. In 2014, heal the ocean brought to successful completion the rincon septic-to-sewer project, a 15-year endeavor spearheaded by us, and done in conjunction with the carpinteria sanitary district. The rincon hookup of homes caps the south coast beach communities septic-to-sewer project, which, when finished on sept. 4, 2014, resulted in 7 miles of beach (172 homes) being rid of septic systems in areas of sand and high groundwater. For the rincon septic-to-sewer project heal the ocean was honored on january 29, 2015 with commendations by the regional water quality control board, as well as the california state senate (19th district); and the santa barbara county board of supervisors (1st and 2nd districts). In 2014 and going into 2015, heal the ocean has pushed for upgrading wastewater treatment plants to recycling wastewater(as a way of keeping wastewater out of the ocean), and instead of ocean disposal, purifying wastewater for groundwater recharge and for irrigation to allay 75% of california water supply being used for irrigation. At the end of 2014 heal the ocean contracted with rmc water, los angeles engineers to pair 5 wastewater districts and their relative water districts in facilities upgrade planning grants - which is the first step(s) in making those districts eligible for grant funding under proposition 1, the state water bond voted by california voters in november 2014. We have worked to line up the goleta water district, goleta sanitary district and goleta west sanitary district in a project to upgrade the goleta sanitary district to full potable reuse-level recycled water. In addition we coordinated with dudek engineering, santa barbara, a study of montecito's groundwater basin for montecito sanitary district and montecito water district, to ascertain whether the upgrade of the montecito sanitary district plant can go to full indirect potable reuse (groundwater recharge). Results of that study are due june 2015. Additional septic-to-sewer work includes: individual homes (3 streets) in montecito connected to sewer with heal the ocean help (2012); the town of los olivos/business owners working with heal the ocean on septic to sewer conversion and accessing state funds to help pay for the project (ongoing); multi-year work on the passage of ab885 to regulate septic systems in california (2005-2013) including 6 sacramento sessions until ab 885 became law in may 2013. To formulate local area management plan (lamp) for septic systems under ab885, heal the ocean participated in 12 stakeholder sessions (may 2013 through may 2014) to work with santa barbara county environmental health services(ehs)to formulate a strong lamp. We have participated in public hearings on the lamp before the regional water quality control board and the santa barbara county board of supervisors, the final lamp is expected to be approved sometime in 2015. Miscellaneous work: heal the ocean also runs a voluntary beach cleanup program, wherein school children can sign up for a beach to clean, under supervision of their teachers, receive a free heal the ocean t-shirt, then clean a beach and report to us what they pick up. These reports are published in heal the ocean newsletters and e-letters. Heal the ocean has also provided input through comment letters on a litany of issues and regulations every year lending our knowledge and expertise to rulemaking processes for agencies at the local, county, and state level. Heal the ocean also runs sponsorship of a dog bag program with the county of santa barbara, to raise funds to the county to pay for bioddegradable dog bags in santa barbara south coast beach dispensers, as well as inland parks. Heal the ocean began this program in 2010 when we learned the county was suspending the program to facilitate budget cut of approximately $20,000 per year in dog bags. In 2014 heal the ocean provided the county $17,500 to the county through our dog bag dispenser program, where we contract with the business, provide graphic design for a dispenser sticker for the business to advertise on a dog bag dispenser for one year. We expect to coer 100% of the county's costs in 2015.

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Giving to Heal the Ocean is an incredibly rewarding experience. Our family is impressed with the impact and leverage our contribution makes. Dollars turn into action. Under the leadership and vision of Hillary Hauser, Heal the Ocean has shaped legislation that will change polluting practices. Heal the Ocean articulates a clear and precise plan for how we should THINK and ACT towards the ocean. The members of the Heal the Ocean community help us express how we FEEL about a beautiful day at the beach. This is a winning organization.

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As someone who has served as Executive Director of another successful non-profit it has been extremely gratifying to be a member of this organization. The focus is clear and the follow through unrelenting in the effort to, as the name implies, Heal the Ocean in myriad ways necessary to achieve this goal. The cause will endure well past the current endeavors so whatever we accomplish today must continue on into the future. I encourage everyone to become a part of this organization in whatever way possible.

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Working in the office, I found Heal the Ocean to be dedicated, committed and passionate about the cause of ending ocean pollution. The philosophy of Heal the Ocean as quoted from their website "it's simple: The ocean can no longer be used as a dump. Heal the Ocean is committed to ending ocean pollution." is practiced everyday. It is a personal highlight of my life to be associated with this organization making a huge difference to the ocean I love.

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Many thanks to Heal the Ocean. I enjoyed working with them and their consultant. I am pleased that their particular experience and expertise were useful to our effective and on-going management of onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) or septic systems in the City of Los Angeles. Our collective efforts is expected to result in a successful grant process leading to the upgrading of antiquated wastewater systems within the City of Los Angeles or their connection to public sewers. I am grateful for their partnership support in this effort. I commend Heal-the-Ocean for making the effort to encourage us in this very important project for the community.

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Through cutting edge research and science-based advocacy, Heal the Ocean has made significant strides in improving ocean water quality. From major projects involving septic-to-sewer conversions and hazardous waste contamination to weekend beach clean-ups, the dedicated Heal the Ocean staff and volunteers never take their eye off the ball. They are thoughful, smart, committed and, most importantly, effective. Heal the Ocean gets results!

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Heal the Ocean is making a significant difference in cleaning up the ocean in Santa Barbara County. It is very well managed and maintains its focus on reducing polution in the ocean. The organization gets projects done as witnessed by the Carpenteria area beach front sewer project.

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Heal the Ocean is an organization that is focused on measurable, positive results. As the manager of a public wastewater agency, I greatly appreciate their commitment to clean water and their recognition that we are all working hard together to acheive the same objective. Instead of filing unnecessary lawsuits, HTO is focused on collaborative change - finding grant funds, sponsoring legislation, performing technical studies, and doing actual work to protect the environment. Hillary Hauser is a dynamo and her dedication and intensity are making a real difference in water quality in this area. Keep up the great work. Craig Murray, P.E. - General Manager, Carpinteria Sanitary District.

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I'm a surfer. I like to surf at Rincon. Yhe reason we will soon have a sewer pipe at Rincon instead of septic systems that drain to the ocean is because Heal the Ocean has fought for us to get it done. If it wasn't for HTO the gov't would still be dithering and delaying getting it done.They are also going after a real plan for storm water run-off. If we wait for the gov't to get it done that's what we'll do:wait. HTO is grass roots and cares what goes into the ocean. If you care what goes in the ocean support HTO.

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You couldn't ask for a better organization that goes to the front line on behalf of the people in it's community! HTO doesn't just complain and bring awareness regarding a potentially health threatening situation, they go far beyond that by offering expert advice on how to correct the problems and preserve the health of our beaches and ocean. They are a top notch WORLD recognized organization and deserve the highest level of support! HTO sets the bar and serves as a role model for similar non-profits all across our country.

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I manage several beach communities in Carpinteria, California (63 beach homes) who were operating on septic systems for many years. With HTO knowledge and water testing studies we were able to inform and convince our communities to convert to sewer treatment. Heal the Ocean was instrumental in working with local water municipalities in assisting us with the formation of a Sewer Assessment District, obtaining State bond financing, working through litigation and completing the installation from antiquated septic systems to a State of the Art low flow gravity feed ejection system that we can all be very proud of. Without their knowledge, assistance, involvement and support, I am sure we would still be in the planning stages. We owe HTO and Hillary Hauser a great deal of gratitude for their support and dedication to maintaining water quality for future generations. I wholly support all HTO does in identifying water quality problems and recommendations for improvements to our most important resouce. Joseph P. Kennedy, EA

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