Santa Barbara Channelkeeper—the nonprofit organization working to protect water resources in and along the Santa Barbara Channel through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement—celebrates 20 years since its founding. Channelkeeper has compelled numerous polluters to clean up their acts, effected countless policy changes to better protect our waterways, engaged 4,500 volunteers in its programs, and educated tens of thousands of students and adults about water pollution and solutions in classrooms, in the field, and through a variety of creative media and public outreach campaigns.

Channelkeeper will officially celebrate 20 years of environmental protection at its 20th Annual Blue Water Ball, a fundraising gala and silent auction on March 14 at Deckers Brands’ Headquarters in Goleta. The Blue Water Ball is Channelkeeper’s most important event of the year. This year, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will present the keynote address. Kennedy is an environmental attorney, author, activist and clean technology entrepreneur. He is the founder, senior attorney and president of Waterkeeper Alliance, one of the fastest-growing grassroots environmental movements in the world.  

Channelkeeper will also commemorate its 20th Anniversary with the release of a 20-year impact report, a new website and 20 multi-media profiles of Channelkeeper Heroes, local individuals who have supported the organization and its work over the past 20 years. It will also soon launch the Channelkeeper Challenge, a new initiative to encourage members of the community to explore the beauty of our coastal environment, engage in volunteer activities and act as environmental advocates.  

“We’re excited to celebrate 20 years of local environmental protection with initiatives that not only engage our community and inspire advocacy, but that also enable us to enjoy the extraordinary water resources we love and work hard to protect,” said Santa Barbara Channelkeeper executive director, Kira Redmond. “We’ve come a long way in the last two decades, and we have our work cut out for us in the years to come. We’re deeply grateful for the support and involvement of our community and look forward to serving as your clean water watchdog and advocate long into the future.”

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