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Working with our Communities to Conserve Resources

Rainwater Harvesting

Water has become a scarce resource within southern California. Although it falls freely from the sky, it is wasted as a resource when it is streamlined to the Santa Monica Bay via gutters, streets, and storm drains. As rainwater flows over urban hardscapes, it collects trash, oil, grease, and other pollutants along the way, ultimately flowing into the Santa Monica Bay. TBF is dedicated to improving water quality and increasing local water resources by capturing, storing, and/or infiltrating rainwater directly on one’s property before it it reaches stormdrains.

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Clean Boating

In 1996 the Boater Education and Outreach Program (BEP) was initiated. Our specific mission is to reduce ocean pollution generated by boating activities.  We accomplish our goals through direct outreach, collaboration, and technical assistance. We target reductions for a slew of pollutants, sewage, used oil, household hazardous waste, marine debris, aquatic invasive species, and emerging contaminants from Santa Barbara to San Diego County.

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Clean Bay Certified Restaurants

When not handled properly, waste generated at restaurants, like food scraps, fats, oils, grease, and other waste can end up in our stormdrain system. In 2008, we launched the Clean Bay Restaurant Certification Program (aka Clean Bay Certified) to recognize restaurants that integrate sustainability and ocean-mindedness into their business practices.  Our specific mission is to improve water quality by reducing stormwater runoff pollution generated by restaurant activities.

Polystyrene is one of the most abundant trash items found on our beaches, which breaks down in sunlight to styrene, a suspected human carcinogen. To be Clean Bay Certified, a restaurant must have a zero-use polystyrene take-out container policy.