California Coastkeeper Alliance


Mission Statement

California Coastkeeper Alliance fights for swimmable, fishable, and drinkable waters for Californians today - and for future generations.


California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA) was founded in 1999 with the belief that a healthy ocean and coast and clean water is vital to California’s economy, public health, and way of life.
CCKA coordinates, supports, and enhances the work of the local California Waterkeeper programs to provide a statewide voice for safeguarding California's waters, and its world-renowned coast and ocean, for the benefit of all Californians and for California's future. CCKA staff are policy experts who effectively navigate Sacramento legislative and agency processes to address local water quality and coastal threats by advancing lasting laws and policies.
CCKA is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, a network of water advocates with more than 300 programs on 6 continents.

Program Details

California Coastkeeper Alliance and local Waterkeeper groups develop, implement, and defend policies that meet the needs of California’s distinct communities and ecosystems. We have helped to secure some of the state’s landmark environmental victories, including creation of the nation’s first statewide underwater park system, a statewide policy to prevent the mortality of billions of fish and marine mammals from the intake of coastal powerplants, the nation’s first Industrial Stormwater Permit with enforceable numeric limits, and a nationally-precedent setting Trash Policy that sets an enforceable standard of “no trash present” in California waterways by 2030.
Today, we are working to make our ocean more climate resilient by securing a water quality standard to prevent ocean acidification and hypoxia hot spots, improving the water quality within marine protected areas to act as ‘hope spots’ in the face of climate change, and to increase our coastal wetlands through the beneficial reuse of dredged sediment for wetland restoration. Finally, we are working to protect underserved California communities’ sources of drinking water from uncontrolled agricultural pollution.
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1100 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
United States
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