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2014 in Review: Victories

December 19 2014

2014 in Review: Victories

As 2014 nears an end, we here at the Surfrider Foundation reflect on our mission, what we’ve accomplished and what lies ahead for our oceans, waves and beaches in 2015.

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Activist Spotlight: A Leader’s Legacy

December 18 2014

Activist Spotlight: A Leader’s Legacy

Activist Spotlight

Hi my name is Birdlegs, and I am Surfrider because… I love this small blue planet.

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Activist Spotlight: Taking it to the Capitol

December 18 2014

Activist Spotlight: Taking it to the Capitol

Activist Spotlight

Hi my name is Eleanor, and I am Surfrider because… I want to make a difference by protecting the ocean.

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Beach Water Testing Programs Saved Again

December 16 2014

Beach Water Testing Programs Saved Again

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Funding for the EPA BEACH Grants program was saved by Congress for the third year in a row, with the passage of the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill this week. State and local beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs remain in business for at least another year. Surfrider…

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BWTF Pollution Solutions Expanding in Oregon in 2015

December 15 2014

BWTF Pollution Solutions Expanding in Oregon in 2015

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Youth Water Quality

Thanks to the generosity of Eva Chiles Meyer Fund #1 and the Oneatta Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the reach of the BWTF in Oregon will continue to grow in 2015. Projects to be supported include the launch of a new lab and program at Bandon High School, collaboration…

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The Oceans are Full of Plastic - What Now?

December 11 2014

The Oceans are Full of Plastic - What Now?

Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Surfrider is very concerned about the problem of plastics in the ocean. Plastics kill or injure large numbers of seabirds, fish and marine mammals through entanglement and ingestion. That's why we developed our Rise Above Plastics program to reduce the use of single-use plastics that end up in the ocean.…

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Judge Orders Khosla to Open Gate at Martin’s Beach and Coastal Commission Sends Violation Letter

December 08 2014

Judge Orders Khosla to Open Gate at Martin’s Beach and Coastal Commission Sends Violation Letter

Beach Access Legal

On Friday, December 5, 2014, Judge Barbara J. Mallach ordered Vinod Khosla to open the gates at Martin's Beach immediately. With the issuance of the Judgment in Surfrider's Martin's Beach case, Judge Mallach clarified her previous Statement of Decision. On December 8, 2014, Peter Allen of the California Coastal Commission…

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Surfing After a Rain - What are the Risks?

December 08 2014

Surfing After a Rain - What are the Risks?

Water Quality Illness

Recently I was interviewed by Jake Howard of Surfline regarding the health risks of surfing after a rain. I repeated the standard Health Department warning to stay out of the water for 72 hours due to the mass of pollutants (including human and animal fecal matter) that wash off the…

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Surfrider Releases Ocean Friendly Gardens 2013 Annual Report

December 05 2014

Surfrider Releases Ocean Friendly Gardens 2013 Annual Report

Ocean Friendly Gardens

The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program undertook an awesome effort in 2013, detailed in a newly released annual report.

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Garden Helps Ensure Cleaner Surf In Hermosa Beach, CA

December 05 2014

Garden Helps Ensure Cleaner Surf In Hermosa Beach, CA

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

A beautiful Ocean Friendly Garden now sits in what used to be an unused grassy area in front of a highly utilized city community center. It's a model for directing rainwater into the landscape for irrigation, preventing runoff, and creating wildlife habitat.

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Beach Preservation Through Managed Retreat at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

December 01 2014

Beach Preservation Through Managed Retreat at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

Coastal Preservation

Beach lovers in San Francisco have much to be thankful for as the City of San Francisco continues its groundbreaking progress to Restore Sloat and preserve Ocean Beach.

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Surfrider Launches Northeast Recreation Survey

November 21 2014

Surfrider Launches Northeast Recreation Survey

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

The Surfrider Foundation, in partnership with Point 97 and SeaPlan and under the direction of the Northeast Regional Planning Body, has launched a recreational use survey for the New England coast.

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Your Input Helps Protect Clean Water

November 20 2014

Your Input Helps Protect Clean Water

Water Quality

Clean water is essential to our health, our economy, and our way of life. The EPA has just closed public comment on a proposed rule to safeguard the clean water we all depend on.

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San Diego Pure Water Program Approved!

November 20 2014

San Diego Pure Water Program Approved!

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

The work of numerous activists with Surfrider's San Diego County Chapter over a period of many years paid off on November 18, 2014 when the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve Pure Water San Diego, a program which will significantly reduce wastewater discharges to the ocean and produce…

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Starfish Wasting Disease

November 18 2014

Starfish Wasting Disease

Ocean Ecosystems

Scientists have just identified the virus to blame for a recent outbreak of starfish wasting disease that has decimated starfish populations up and down the Pacific coast of North America.

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California Drought Ideas In Line With Surfrider’s Approach

November 17 2014

California Drought Ideas In Line With Surfrider’s Approach

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens

Today's release of a report, which Surfrider contributed to, lists actions that state and federal agencies can take now and prepare for the future. It's right in line with Surfrider's Clean Water Initiative approach.

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Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

November 07 2014

Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Friendly Gardens Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Surfrider members and staff visited our nation’s capital to lobby for a set of federal priorities related to the protection of oceans, waves, and beaches.

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The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

November 04 2014

The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Worldwide, nearly two million single-use plastic bags are used each minute. Plastic bags have consistently been reported in the top five most common forms of ocean litter. While these numbers are staggering, there seems to be more than a glimmer of hope as the number of single-use plastic bag bans…

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California’s Bag Ban Victory in Jeopardy

November 03 2014

California’s Bag Ban Victory in Jeopardy

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Even though the ink has barely dried on SB 270, the state bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California and require a fee on paper bags, the bag industry has pledged to drag the law onto the state ballot in 2016.

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San Diego Ash Cans Help Revitalize Beaches & Inspire Change

November 03 2014

San Diego Ash Cans Help Revitalize Beaches & Inspire Change

Blue Water Task Force Solutions Coastal Preservation Water Quality

The Surfrider San Diego County Chapter’s Hold On To Your Butt (HOTYB) committee has been very busy this year. In the beginning of 2014 the Chapter's HOTYB committee established a goal to install the 200th cigarette butt ash can in San Diego County. The strategic ash can program has been…

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