Help Us Put Clean Water on the November Ballot, Join us July 17
Los Angeles needs safe, clean, local water and YOU can help secure it!

Join us on Tuesday, July 17 at 8:30 am for the Board of Supervisors Meeting as they vote on the Safe, Clean Water Program.  The measure could raise $300 million for nature-based projects such as wetlands, green streets and multi-benefit parks. These projects would:
  • Provide a more reliable supply of clean and local water
  • Reduce trash and flooding in our neighborhoods and shoreline
  • Create more open-spaces and shade and invest in disadvantaged communities
  • Generate new, good jobs through building and maintaining projects
Voice your support for a strong measure that invests equitably, prioritizes community-serving projects and creates good jobs. Join us July 17 and be sure to wear blue! 

More Than Three Dozen Orgs, Agencies & Businesses Express Concerns Over West Basin's Proposed Desal Plant
Also, five cities that buy water from West Basin are urging them to find smarter alternatives to desalination in order to meet local water supply

Monday, June 25th marked the final day to submit comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report issued by West Basin for its proposed ocean desalination facility in El Segundo, CA.

The Smarter Water Coalition and more than three dozen environmental justice, community, indigenous and environmental organizations as well as green businesses and governmental agencies submitted letters expressing serious misgivings of the project, including:
  • Intense energy consumption of the project
  • Unknown and excessive financial costs
  • Impact to local marine life
  • Environmental justice impacts of the proposed plant
  • Failure to adequately assess more sustainable alternatives
Read the latest on the project in the Dailey Breeze, "
Opposition mounts to West Basin ocean water desalination plant in El Segundo


Beat the Heat, Hop on Our Boat! 
Join us on the water for our our weekly MPA Watch! 

Enjoy the cool ocean breeze on your way to Palos Verde or Point Dume to help monitor one of the  Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the LA area. Watch this video to learn more about the experience. Contact Michael Quill today to reserve your spot on the boat! 
Have a vision for the LA River? Share it July 25
Our R.A.F.T Volunteers
Get Right into the LA River 
Interested in exploring the ecological health of the LA River? Join our R.A.F.T team for monthly excursions. 

Last month our team was spotted collecting data in the Glendale Narrows, Sepulveda Basin and Long Beach sections of the river Our next R.A.F.T excursion will take place this Saturday morning, July 14th in the Maywood section of the LA River, a popular area for biking and a particularly important bird habitat. This will be our first insect sampling in a fully-concretized section of the river.

If you are interested in joining the team email to  join our R.A.F.T listserv and sign up for the next training. 
Sick of Complaining About the State of Affairs? Take Action This Summer! 
Meet New People and Protect Clean Water in LA. Join our Team of Core Volunteers!

As a core volunteer you will: 
  • Work closely with LA Waterkeeper staff to learn first-hand what we do to keep water in Los Angeles clean 
  • Engage with countless like-minded Angelenos and community leaders
  • Gain leadership & communication skills, and experience in outreach
  • Represent the organization at beach cleanups, community engagements and events
Contact Mithsy for more information.