We are the Ocean
Sewage Alliance

The Ocean Sewage Alliance is a diverse collective of organizations and academic scientists committed to reducing the threat of sewage and other wastewater pollution in our oceans, while increasing the health and well-being of both humans and nature.

We aim to achieve our mission by collaborating across sectors, synthesizing and sharing knowledge, developing solutions, and raising awareness. 

Our Goals

Our OSA partners are engaged across five working groups focused on the following goals:

1

Building the case for action

Build an evidence-based case to drive action and support decision-making to reduce wastewater pollution
2

Breaking Silos Via Cross-Sector Collaboration

Catalyze and support cross-sector collaboration
3

Uniting Our Voice For Diverse, Global Representation

Be a united voice that encourages and supports action
4

Creating a Knowledge Hub For Learning & Sharing

Serve as a knowledge and learning hub to support the successful implementation of solutions
5

Funding Action For Real, Enduring Change

Expand our donor network and funding to both support the Ocean Sewage Alliance and drive funds towards action

Who Are We?

How We Began

Marine conservationists have spent decades working hard to protect our oceans. But recent studies have revealed a problem that could be making all these efforts futile: ocean wastewater pollution. No one has been talking about this well-hidden phenomenon, mostly because society has long believed that the ocean could naturally manage human waste. In reality, the ocean has been suffering unseen consequences.

Since late 2019, a growing group of organizations have been gathering to create a collaborative space to tackle the threat of ocean wastewater pollution once and for all. Together, we call ourselves the Ocean Sewage Alliance, which officially launched on World Oceans Day in 2021.

Our LEADERSHIP

Christopher
Clapp
Executive Director
Ocean Sewage Alliance
Helen
Fox
OSA Steering Committee
Coral Reef Alliance
Katie
Heffner
OSA Steering Committee
Rare
Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy
Stewart
Sarkozy-Banoczy
OSA Steering Committee
Precovery Labs
Kelly
Trott
OSA Steering Committee
Imagine H2O
Stephanie
Wear
OSA Steering Committee
The Nature Conservancy
Amelia
Wenger
OSA Steering Committee
Wildlife Conservation Society

Our Partners

Academic Partners

Deron Burkepile
Professor, Burkepile Community Ecology Lab
UC Santa Barbara
Katie Cramer
Associate Research Professor
Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Arizona State University
Ben Halpern
Executive Director, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis
UC Santa Barbara
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Professor, Marine Sciences
School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland
Eric Hoek
Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, UCLA
Joleah Lamb
Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences, UC Irvine
Shaily Mahendra
Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering
Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, UCLA
Mike Mezzacapo
Water Resources Outreach Specialist
Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawai'i Manoa
Kirsten Oleson
Associate Professor, Natural Resources & Environmental Management
College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, University of Hawai'i Manoa
Kevin Orner
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
West Virginia University
Erin M. Symonds
Postdoctoral Researcher & MERA Investigation Project Manager
University of South Florida
Jacqueline Thomas
Environmental Engineer & Director of the Immersive Learning Laboratory
School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney
Rebecca Vega Thurber
Professor, Microbiology
College of Agricultural Sciences & College of Science, Oregon State University

OUR AFFILIATIONS