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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