Scope and Content
Related Archival Material
Title: Environmental Defense Center (EDC) records
Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 94
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material:
5 linear feet
(12 document boxes, 5 audiocassettes, 31 videocassettes, 4 CDs, 1 DVD)
Environmental Defense Center
Date (inclusive): 1969-2013
Date (bulk): 1977-2009
Abstract: 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.
Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
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[Identification of Item], Environmental Defense Center (EDC) records, SBHC Mss 94. Department of Special Research Collections,
UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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
Scope and Content
Organizational records, including administrative and issue files, newsletters, clippings, ephemera, and audiovisual materials,
created by the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) of Santa Barbara, California, during the course of its activities as a public
interest law firm and citizen environmental advocacy group from 1977 to 2013.
Issues covered include the Santa Barbara County split proposals of the 1970s (Los Padres County), and the 2000s (Mission County),
the Oil Initiative (Measure A) (1985), the Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP) Tranquillon Ridge Pipeline Project
(2002-2009), as well as various water conservation and watershed protection projects and plans, including the State Water
Project, the Lake Cachuma Authority, and the Santa Ynez River Watershed Enhancement Plan (1990s).
County split materials contain records generated in partnership between the EDC and clients such as the Coalition Against
the County Split (CACS) (2000s). Oil Initiative Measure materials include records generated by the EDC in partnership with
clients Get Oil Out! (GOO!) and Concerned About Oil (1985).
Tranquillon Ridge Project materials include records generated by the EDC in partnership with clients GOO!, the Citizens Planning
Association of Santa Barbara (CPA), and the Community Environmental Council (CEC) (2002-2009).
Administrative files cover activities between 1969-1984, including the activities of Santa Barbara Citizens for Environmental
Defense (SBCED) 1969-1984, and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) 1977-1984.
These records contain a run of Environmental Defense Center Newsletters (Environmental Defense Center
Newsletter and the
Environmental Defender) from 1978-2013, as well as audiovisual materials, dating from 2003-2006, covering the Santa Barbara County Split proposal
These records have been divided into the following series: 1. General administrative files, 2. Newsletters, 3. Oil Initiative/
Measure A, 4. Santa Barbara County split (1970s), 5. Santa Barbara County split (2001-2006), 6. Water, 7. Tranquillon Ridge
Pipeline, and 8. Audiovisual.
This arrangement follows original file order.
Related Archival Material
Marc McGinnes papers, UArch FacP 59, Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library.
Get Oil Out! (GOO!) collection, SBHC Mss 10, Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Environmentalism -- California -- Santa Barbara County -- History
Environmental policy -- California -- Citizen participation
Environmental protection -- California
Clippings (information artifacts)
Environmental Defense Center -- Archives