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Clean Water

Clean water is one of our basic necessities, and it is all the more precious in this time of sustained drought. The Environmental Defense Center fights to ensure that runoff from rains is not carrying industrial chemicals and pollutants into our creeks and onto our coast, and to ensure that we all enjoy healthy communities and a safe environment.

Fighting Storm Water Pollution

Storm water runoff is one of the nation’s most widespread forms of water pollution, leading to the contamination of rivers, creeks, and coastal waters, and yet – despite a court order – the EPA has failed to strengthen standards to prevent this pollution. In late 2014, we joined forces with the Natural Resources Defense Council to file a lawsuit challenging this failure.

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Watershed Preservation and Restoration

Our beaches and creeks are precious community resources and EDC serves as a watchdog, working with landowners and state and local agencies to make sure our waters are clean and flow freely. In 2014 alone, EDC conducted 12 clean ups, removing nearly 2,100 pounds of trash from 10 creeks and two beaches.

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Advocating to Protect Goleta’s Creeks

Adequate development setbacks from creeks are vital to the long-term sustainability of the City of Goleta’s creeks. EDC, on behalf of ourselves and our client Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council, is committed to ensuring protection for our creeks and is advocating for the City to develop a robust creek protection ordinance that identifies the process for determining when a creek setback may be reduced.

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