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Los Angeles Waterkeeper (LAW) safeguards LA’s inland and coastal waters by enforcing laws and empowering communities. LAW is an Organization of Waterkeeper Alliance, the world’s fastest growing environmental movement. Along with hundreds of other Waterkeeper Organizations, our movement works for swimmable, drinkable and fishable waterways worldwide.

Our advocacy efforts have protected LA’s waterways from thousands of Clean Water Act violations at industrial facilities and helped the City of LA reduce sewage spills by 90% since 2004. Our lawsuits have activated billions of investment dollars toward remediation and infrastructure, all in support of the region’s most threatened waterways. Our hands-on programs engage thousands of students, at-risk youth and community volunteers  in monitoring, restoring, and fostering local connection with our inland and coastal waters.

In 2018, LAW celebrated our 25th year as LA’s water watchdog!




In 1993, Terry Tamminen and his team first started Santa Monica Baykeeper while patrolling the Santa Monica Bay-on a single houseboat no less- identifying sources of pollution and taking action to stop it. Twenty years later our organization has grown by leaps and bounds, and is now called Los Angeles Waterkeeper, recognized as the defender of all waterways throughout Los Angeles. However, despite our growth in size and prominence, our principles have remained fundamentally the same.

Since 2004, sewage spills that foul our rivers and beaches have decreased by 83%–a direct result of our successful lawsuit against the City of LA under the federal Clean Water Act. More recently, we have reached a $6.6 million dollar settlement with the City of Malibu, requiring the City to clean up some of Malibu’s most frequented spots including the world famous Surfrider Beach. Whether it’s protecting ocean habitats, endangered species, addressing the impacts from oil drilling, sewage and trash collection, or advocating on statewide policies related to our issues, we are there. And not only do we use the law to achieve our goals, we also work to restore creeks and rivers, and our volunteer scientific diver team works tirelessly to reduce the impacts of invasive species along our shoreline.



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LA Waterkeeper
120 Broadway, Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Email: info@lawaterkeeper.org
Phone Number: 310-394-6162
Fax Number: 310-394-6178

Our office is located in Downtown Santa Monica. We are on the 1st floor of the Brian Cave building facing Broadway. Free public parking is available for the first 90 minutes adjacent to Santa Monica Place in public parking structure 8, 1571 2nd St. Santa Monica, CA (Colorado Ave. and 2nd St.)

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Contact Us

LA Waterkeeper
120 Broadway, Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 9040

Email: info [at] lawaterkeeper [dot] org
Phone: 310-394-6162
Fax: 310-394-6178

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