Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Courtesy Visit SLOCal, Shumash Sanctuary, and Michael Pollan

On this week's episode of Issues and Ideas, we talk with author and journalist Michael Pollan about his latest book on psychedelic drugs, and the resurgence of research into how these substances can be used to treat addiction, depression and help us understand consciousness. We'll also hear part two of a recent documentary exploring the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, with interviews of various stakeholders in the waters off the Central Coast. We'll have more on a California State Parks plan to make significant changes to the Oso Flaco Natural Area and Oceano Dunes SVRA in San Luis Obispo County. And we get a history lesson on San Luis Obispo County's missions and libraries. 

Courtney Gerard

Sacred Waters from Courtney Gerard on Vimeo.

On the April 8, 2019 episode of Issues & Ideas, we heard the audio to a recent documentary entitled “Sacred Waters.” Created by filmmaker Courtney Gerard, “Sacred Waters” features the stakeholders in a proposal to designate a new marine sanctuary off the Central Coast. The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary proposal is spearheaded by the Northern Chumash Tribal Council and supported by many, opposed by many others. In the film, Gerard explores the sanctuary's nomination. 


A large area along California's Central Coast is now being considered as a national marine sanctuary.

The proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary marks the first time that the public has nominated a stretch of California coast for this designation.

The formal documents were submitted this week to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for consideration on Monday.