Our Programs



Our Programs aim to reconnect Angelenos with their natural environment. Our hands-on volunteer experiences provide community members with opportunities to understand how our inland and coastal waterways impact our lives and in turn how our choices and behaviors impact our waterways.


Creeks to Coast

This program integrates our Marine and Watershed conservation work through in-class instruction and fieldwork and data collection in our inland waterways, including the Los Angeles River and Ballona Creek, as well as in LA County’s local Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). We combine enhanced hands-on STEM education with civic action engagement for students enrolled in Title I high schools throughout the LA area, with an ultimate goal of demonstrating how we are all connected to our waterways–and how all our waterways are connected to us. While we provide a window into the field of environmental conservation and show why this work matters, the students open our eyes to how young Angelenos relate to our local waterways.

Learn more about Creeks to Coast.


Marine Program

Our Marine Program works to engage Angelenos in protecting and restoring LA County’s coast and ocean. Our MPA Watch Boat-Based Survey Program helps provide a better understanding of activities occurring in and around LA County’s Marine Protected Areas (areas of the ocean where consumptive activities are limited and/or prohibited) and improve the management of these “underwater parks.” Each year, our program engages over 300 volunteers to help collect critical data of these special places, and provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the water. Our Marine Program also coordinates specialized scientific dive projects that ensure our coastal ecosystem is flourishing.

Learn more about our Marine Program.


Watershed Program

Our Watershed Program provides a powerful voice concerning the need for watershed-level management, ecosystem restoration and community engagement within the highly urbanized, densely populated, and water scarce Los Angeles region. LAW’s special Watershed Volunteer Programs include our River Assessment Fieldwork Team (RAFT) and Community Water Watch (CWW). RAFT engages Angelenos throughout the County in collecting water quality samples and ecological heath assessments along three sections of the LA River, to help inform decisions about future restoration while bringing community members together to build a dialogue around holistic river revitalization. Through CWW, we partner with our neighbors living in industiral communities that face high pollution burdens across LA. We offer water sampling training opportunities to our CWW Ambassadors, who can then collect polluted stormwater running onto our streets and into our waterways. We conduct detailed analyses of those samples, which support local community organizations’ environmental justice work and help us to understand the state of our waterways for our advocacy efforts.

Learn more about our Watershed Program.


 

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

Phone: 310-394-6162
Fax: 310-394-6178

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