Cabrillo Arts Pavilion for Santa Barbara Channelkeeper’s annual Blue Water Ball. The event’s keynote speaker was Waterkeeper Alliance Executive Director Steve Fleischli, who oversees the 153 affiliated Channelkeeper groups worldwide. Noting the recent successes of our local Channelkeeper – including progress against Halaco at Ormond Beach, a soon-to-be-settled case with the S.B. Polo Club regarding dirty runoff, and a project with UCSB’s Bren School on porous sidewalks – Fleischli said those victories inspire others around the world; he pointed to a new project in New Delhi that targets rivers teeming with raw sewage and methane gas. “Will [our children] say, ‘What fools: They put money over the environment’?” Fleischli asked. “I really hope they don’t have to say that.” The ball drew a crowd of more than 200 and netted Channelkeeper about $35,000.

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