Why do you volunteer with Coastkeeper?  Because life requires water. Coastkeeper tirelessly works to protect and restore water quality around San Diego County ensuring healthy rivers, streams, and marine ecosystems.

What do you wish everyone knew about Coastkeeper? Coastkeeper understands waterways and oceans don’t exist in a vacuum. What people do on land matters. Coastkeeper’s dedicated staff and volunteers lead the charge to forge a better relationship between our communities and freshwater and coastal habitats.

I want to see a world where communities thrive together with healthy freshwater and marine ecosystems and where all people have access to clean rivers, beaches and coasts.


Tyler Hee is an Associate Attorney at the law firm DeLano & DeLano, where he focuses on public-interest environmental law matters including advocacy related to land use, California Environmental Quality Act, and the California Coastal Act. He earned his J.D. from the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law in 2014. Prior to relocating to San Diego, Tyler worked as a Marine Conservation Policy Research Specialist with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources and as a  Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. In 2018, he earned his Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Tyler also volunteers on Surfrider Foundation San Diego’s Beach Preservation Committee.