Organizational records of the Environmental Defense Center (EDC)--a Santa Barbara, California, public interest law firm and
citizen environmental advocacy group--documenting its activties from 1969 to 2013.
The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) was incorporated in 1977 after the passage of both state and federal environmental
laws such as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and California Coastal Act in
the wake of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Representing many non profit organizations, the EDC has worked toward the preservation
of open space, as well the ending of offshore oil leases in the Santa Barbara channel and the stopping of liquefied natural
gas importation to the Santa Barbara and Ventura areas--the region of the South Central Coast of California. As of 2018, the
EDC has divided its work into four areas--The Santa Barbara Channel, Clean Water, Open Space and Wildlife, and Climate and
Energy--in its efforts to protect the environment of California's South Central Coast through legal action, advocacy, and
5 linear feet
(12 document boxes, 5 audiocassettes, 31 videocassettes, 4 CDs, 1 DVD)
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