We are the ocean
sewage alliance

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 through cross-sector collaboration, the synthesis and sharing of knowledge, developing solutions, and raising awareness.

Our goals

Our goals

01
Build an evidence-based case to drive action and support decision-making to reduce wastewater pollution
02
Catalyze and support cross-sector collaboration
03
Be a united voice that encourages and supports action
04
Serve as a knowledge and learning hub to support the successful implementation of solutions
05
Expand our donor network and funding to both support the Ocean Sewage Alliance and drive funds towards action

Who are we?

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 steering
committee

Our steering
committee

Stephanie
Wear
The Nature Conservancy
Portrait Stephanie Wear image
Katie
Velasco
Rare
Portrait katie Velasco image
Helen
Fox
Coral Reef Alliance
Portrait Helen Fox image
Amelia
Wenger
Wildlife Conservation Society
Portrait Amelia Wenger image
Kelly
Trott
Imagine H2O
Portrait Kelly Trott image

Our
partners

Our partners

Coral Reef Alliance logo image
Rare logo image
Healthy Reefs logo image
ELAW logo image
Imagine H2O logo image
Reef Resilience Network logo image
Flush Wash logo image
Aquarium of The Pacific logo image
Duke Restore logo image
Sea Grant University of Hawaii logo image
Earthjustice logo image
Surfrider Foundation logo image
Ridge to Reefs logo image
The Nature Conservancy logo image
Duke University Wetland Center logo image
Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations logo image
Wildlife Conservation Society logo image
World Resources Institute logo image
Resilient Cities Network logo image
Reef Power logo image
Rich Earth Institute logo image
Precovery Labs Institute logo image

Academic partners

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

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member

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with us

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with us

We're always looking for new individuals and organizations interested in joining the Ocean Sewage Alliance and helping us grow the effort.