Stand Up For Clean Water supports Los Angeles Waterkeeper (LAW)’s work to safeguard the most ecologically important areas of the ocean: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
MPAs are areas where consumptive human activities, such as fishing, are limited or restricted in order to protect or conserve marine life or habitats. Our MPA program has worked for years to help ensure that the LA County network of MPAs are as large and as meaningful as possible—engaging the public, stakeholders, decision makers, marine scientists, community groups and ultimately the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Our MPA Watch program conducts regular, on-the-water outreach and education trips with volunteers to monitor human uses of the Santa
Monica Bay, in and around the restricted fishing areas. We also conduct outreach to local fisherman, businesses, schools, residents and the public about the current boundaries, allowed uses and expected benefits of the MPAs.
We partner with organizations like New Earth to provide opportunities for underserved youth to build a sense of community and environmental stewardship while learning citizen science skills. New Earth youth have been crewing LAW MPA boat trips since 2013, and a few youth have just begun SCUBA classes sponsored partially by Waterkeeper!
Our corps of active volunteers includes students and teachers from: the William C. Velasquez Institute; New Earth’s Explore, YouthBuild and Mentor/Mentee programs; Aspire Charter School; Sherman Indian High School, with Sacred Places Institute; LA Academy of Arts Enterprise; Santa Monica High School; Santa Monica College; Mt. Saint Mary’s University; UCLA and more!
Please visit our website to learn more about this critical work, and the many other campaigns we work on as part of a cohesive effort to ensure all Angelenos have access to clean, safe and healthy waterways!