Category Archives: Water Quality

Sea Otters Sue State Water Resources Control Board

Lawsuit alleges delay of Agricultural Regulations is Illegal (Monterey) 11/30/12, The Otter Project together with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper, and California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, sued the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) for delaying regulations meant to … Continue reading

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The Otter Project took on Big-Ag, and guess what…We Won!

By Steve Shimek After three years of delays, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board passed first-of-its-kind regulation of agricultural pollution.  The Otter Project led a broad coalition of conservation, environmental justice and water policy groups to the huge … Continue reading

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Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

March 22nd gives us time to stop and reflect on one of the most important issues facing humanity in the 21st century—water and how we manage it. World Water Day is an opportunity to discuss a topic that many of … Continue reading

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HR 261: Ban Offshore Oil

Although oil is highly toxic and dangerous to all living creatures, our favorite furry friends are exceptionally susceptible to oil’s negative impacts. Sea otters rely on their dense fur to keep them warm in the water and, when oiled, they … Continue reading

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From the mouths of babes

I was cleaning up our website and came across this picture in our kids art gallery.  In light of recent events, I thought I would share it with you.  No other words are neccessary.  Thanks Natalia!

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Oil persists in environment more than 20 years after spill

A new study by engineering professor Michel C. Boufadel, chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University found large remaining pools of oil remain in gravel-sand beaches in Alaska, near the site of the 1989 Exxon … Continue reading

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Why plastic bags should be banned–tragic otter pup photo

Save our Shores from Santa Cruz posted this horrific blog entry yesterday entitled Ever wonder how plastic affects marine animals? It shows a picture taken by local photographer Terry McCormac, of a sea otter frantically struggling to remove a plastic … Continue reading

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The Sea Otter Stormwater Challenge: Great Success!

Back when I was reading Stormwater Management Plans (SWMPs) for fun, we used to struggle with the section on Public Outreach and Education. Does it work? Can it work better? How, we wondered, do you tell if your message is … Continue reading

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The Sea Otter Stormwater Challenge–are you up to it?

October is one of my favorite months; the smell of fall in the air, beautiful weather here in Monterey, and the arrival of fall rain after a long, dry summer. I love that feeling of curling up in the warmth … Continue reading

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Sea Otter Awareness Week coming to an end

Tomorrow marks the end of Sea Otter Awareness Week–although our art show will last until the end of October–and we hope you are all very much more aware of sea otters now. In all seriousness, it still amazes me how … Continue reading

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