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The Gaviota Coast, located in southern Santa Barbara County, includes the coastal watersheds between Coal Oil Point in Goleta, to Point Arguello on Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the remainder of Vandenberg's coast to Point Sal. The portion down-coast of Point Conception constitutes about 15% of Southern California's coast, yet contains approximately 50% of its remaining rural coastline.

The integrity of the Gaviota Coast is threatened by urbanization, rural McMansions and industrial development. Currently, five large ranches on the eastern Gaviota Coast are proposing residential developments with massive homes adjacent to sensitive habitat, sacred sites and on top of well used coastal access trails. The County is proposing to build Costco-sized buildings on top of a landfill they operate in a small coastal canyon, substantially increasing truck traffic through the Gaviota Coast. Four offshore platforms are linked to two oil processing plants by an array of oil and gas pipelines, and despite the devastating Refugio Oil Spill on May 19, Venoco is proposing to substantially expand drilling and production at platform Holly, just a mile from UCSB. 

To meet these challenges and preserve our coastal heritage, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to long-term strategies to permanently protect the Gaviota Coast.  Click here to see updates on the Refugio Oil Spill. Sign in and subscribe to notifications to hear about upcoming hearings, events, and opportunities. Contribute a few dollars to help us save the Gaviota Coast.  



  • Featured event

    Stand in the Sand

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     Stand in the Sand is back. Formed in response to the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010, Stand in the Sand gathered 1000 residents on West Beach to show our solidarity with our Gulf neighbors in response to that disaster. Now we're responding to the Refugio Spill as it has landed in our own back yard. A coalition of groups including GCC are hosting a parade on State St. on Sunday, May 31st. The Parade is dubbed The Stand in the Sand #SunshineParade, a community gathering and activation to "Stem the black tide and ride the green wave."

     Key Info:

    • The Rally at De La Guerra Plaza will start at 1pm, followed by a march/walk to West Beach, where we will reconvene to form a "human boom" to symbolically stem the rising black tide, linking arms at water’s edge. 
    • The Rally at West Beach will feature a number of speakers, including our president, Phil McKenna, to discuss oil response activities and our clean energy future.
    • Stand message points are positive in nature, seeking to heal, unite and build community
    • All participants are encouraged to arrive car free. A bike valet will be set up at DLG plaza. 

    Please tweet about the event to invite everyone using the hashtag #StandInTheSand
    and follow the new Gaviota Coast Conservancy feed: @GaviotaCoastC
     

    Thanks for all your work in response to this spill. You are all heroes.

     

    WHEN
    May 31, 2015 at 1pm
    WHERE
    De La Guerra Plaza
    13 E De La Guerra St
    Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    United States
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    Take Action

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    Join the Gaviota Coast Conservancy

    and help us continue to preserve our beautiful coastline and watersheds

     Sign in (on the sidebar) with your email, Facebook or Twitter to receive our emails. We send emails about once a month and share the list ONLY with Naples Coalition. 

    Volunteer to build community support around the issues affecting the Gaviota Coast. Or call Janet Koed, (805) 683-6631.

    Donate to the Gaviota Coast Conservancy. We are a volunteer organization that relies upon public support to continue our work. We cannot defend our coastal heritage without broad based community involvement. Please be generous.

    Visit the Gaviota Coast! Be docents (to find out how, ask Janet). Use the access that we're fighting to maintain!

    Take pictures of your visits, and share them with us here.

    Help us document Gaviota usage by filling out this quick online survey. To let us know which specific areas you visit, please click here. For more dedicated users, please fill out, sign, and mail us this print survey (please mail to: Gaviota Survey, PO Box 92233, Santa Barbara, California 93190)

    Attend Events by checking the Gaviota Coast Conservancy Event Calendar for dates and details of upcoming activities.

    Thank you for all you do!

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  • From the blog

    Refugio Spill: 5-29-15 Report

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    Update, May 29th: Upcoming events: On Saturday, May 30th, the Unified Command will be hosting an open house; this is an excellent opportunity to ask questions of the officials behind the cleanup effort.

    Also, we would like to remind an invite you to join us the Stand In The Sand Community rally on Sunday, May 31st. The rally will begin at 1p at De La Guera Plaza.

    In other news, we have received an important open letter regarding potential health impacts from working to clean up our beaches in the aftermath of this terrible spill from our friends at the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN). LEAN was deeply involved in the cleanup of the Gulf Oil Spill, and also in ensuring that the oil industry was held full accountable after that unmitigated disaster: they have experience with spills, and their letter should should be required reading for anyone who is interested in volunteering to clean up the Gaviota Coast. It reads, in part:

    "Anyone who tells you that these materials are safe and can be handled with minimal care is misrepresenting the facts. Even brief exposure to crude oil can irritate and damage skin, cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, difficulty breathing and other problems. Inhaling crude oil mist can cause chemical pneumonitis, a serious lung disease."

    Please take a moment to read the entire letter, and please pass this on to anyone who may have been exposed to these chemicals, or who plans to contribute to the clean up effort. 

    On a related note, well-regarded local filmmaker Mark Manning has produced a very powerful short film which is highly recommended viewing for anyone who is concerned about the health of our beaches and coastline.

    The Refugio Incident Unified Command has released a document indicating that if you or someone you know has been impacted by the spill, you may file a claim via telephone.

    In a very encouraging development, and in another piece of fine reporting by the SB Independent, US Senators Boxer and Feinstein (both D-CA) and Senator Markey (D-MA) have begun an inquiry as to why the initial response to the spill was so slow.

    Finally, the Unified Incident Command has updated their Refugio Oil Spill Map. For the record, and though the Unified map indicates that no oil is present in these areas, this reporter has personally seen unusually high amounts of oil and tar on the beaches to both the north and the south of Gaviota State Beach.

    As always, we are truly grateful for your support, and we hope to see you on Sunday at Stand in the Sand!