THE SURGE May 2016


Save the Blue
Mark Your Calendars!

LAW's annual  Making Waves
fundraiser will be held
the evening of
Thursday, September 29th! 

Stay tuned for more information.
Sargassum Update
Spring has sprung, the water has cooled down, and the sargassum has undergone the final stage in its annual life cycle. Observers on the lookout for 
Sargassum horneri , the invasive 'devil weed', might be surprised to see it dying back. The adult plants have reproduced and spread the next generation across the seafloor. Continued monitoring of  S. horneri is crucial to determine where it will be later this year to help LAW's volunteer divers determine where to stage removal efforts in the upcoming fall.

Want to help us document the spread of these invasive algae along our coast?
Upload your observations
to our iNaturalist page!
Pollution Lawsuit to Benefit Pacoima Urban Greening Initiative
City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes
thanks LAW for contributing to the
Bradley Green Alley Project during his remarks at at the release of the Pacoima Beautiful Urban Greening Vision Plan

L AW is thrilled to see nearly $200,000 awarded to the Bradley Green Alley Project, Pacoima Beautiful 's urban greening initiative to convert an alley into a new community amenity. The funds are the result of a settlement LAW reached with Community Recycling & Resource Recovery, Inc. over the facility's pollution of the Los Angeles River. It is fitting that settlement funds will be invested in this important project that mitigates the impacts of polluted stormwater runoff on the River. Read more...  
Remembering Ozzie
We mourn the loss of former LAW board member and longtime supporter Ozzie Silna. His support of our organization is just one example of Ozzie's commitment to environmental causes and giving back to the Los Angeles community. Ozzie was a true friend to LAW, particularly through some of our most challenging times, and we offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Ozzie's friends and family.

Celebrate Ozzie's life by  reading up on the legacy he and his brother left in American sports history.
Volunteer with LAW!
We are grateful for LAW's extraordinary volunteers. Our programs team is always in search of dedicated and energetic individuals ready to make an impact. See below for more details!

MPA Watch Program: Join our volunteer Waterkeeper crew in monitoring boating and fishing activity in and around the two LA County mainland Marine Protected Areas at Palos Verdes and Malibu. Weekly trips run out of Marina Del Rey. See our calendar for more info or contact Michael at

Watershed Program Interested in learning more about participating in our upcoming surface water quality monitoring trainings and fieldwork days? Reach out to Melissa  at .

Dive Program: We are looking for scientific divers to participate in our new project focusing on the invasive algae Sargassum horneri. Divers who fulfill our pre-requisites (here) are welcome to join our volunteer corps, but anyone can help our tracking efforts by logging their observations through iNaturalist.
Contact Ian at 

To sign up, visit our volunteer page!
SUP Community Comes Together at Stand Up For Clean Water
Over 500 racers, beachgoers and supporters joined Los Angeles Waterkeeper on April 16 at Paradise Cove in Malibu for our 5th annual Stand Up For Clean Water paddleboard race, a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event presented nationally by Toyota and locally by Whole Foods Market of Venice.
What started and ended as a beautiful day at Paradise Cove, however, got a bit dicey in the middle as unusually high Santa Ana winds kicked up during the day's first race. "Many competitors were compelled to drop to their knees and even lie down and prone paddle," reported Matt Chebatoris . Thankfully, potential disaster was averted due to quick thinking and inspiring community action, and  the event was still a major success!  Check out our full event recap here.

Photo Courtesy of OnIt.Pro

LAW Urges West Basin to Reject Desal
LAW is working closely with  Heal the Bay, the Surfrider Foundation and other environmental groups to stop a proposed desalination plant from being built along our coastline in El Segundo. With the cities of  Manhattan Beach  and  Hermosa Beach recently joining the opposition, we are urging the West Basin Municipal Water District to reject the the proposed desal plant in favor of greater water conservation, stormwater capture and reuse, and the expansion of the agency's successful wastewater recycling facility.

Proposed Beachside Desal Plant, Courtesy of  West Basin

Simply put, open ocean desalination is the most energy-intensive, expensive and environmental damaging way to enhance our local water supplies. As such, we could not agree more with the California State Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources that "desalination should be used as an option of last resort".

LAW in the News ...

Waterkeeper Magazine details how LAW's Executive Director Bruce brought together a coalition of environmental groups, business leaders, labor groups and social justice organizations to champion wastewater recycling in San Diego. Read more... (page 50)

LAW gets out on the water to monitor activity on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Michael Quill has found that most folks who violate MPA prohibitions do so unknowingly, and are genreally receptive to opening up dialogue. Read more...

Michael Quill, LAW's Community Programs Manager, was honored as an  Unsung Hero  of LA County  for his work in connecting underserved communities to our coastline.   Read more...

Unsung Hero
Michael Quill aboard the LAW Boat. Photo Courtesy of Stella Kalinina, California Community Foundation

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