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Ocean Friendly Garden Nets Great Press Coverage

July 02 2015

Ocean Friendly Garden Nets Great Press Coverage

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A Surfrider chapter helping to turn a dirt and weed patch into an Ocean Friendly Garden is great. The host's commitment to be an ambassador in their neighborhood is a great way to pay-it-forward. Turning both into a news article is neat way to tell the story and inspire others.

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Looking for Warning Signs in Hawaii

July 01 2015

Looking for Warning Signs in Hawaii

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Public Notification

There is good news coming out of Hawaii as Surfrider's efforts there have seen the successful passage of two new laws that will curb the pollution from stormwater runoff and finally bring the the State into the 21rst century of wastewater management by outlawing the installation of new cess pools.…

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Voters choose to keep wasting water in Rehoboth Beach, DE

June 30 2015

Voters choose to keep wasting water in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter received two major setbacks in its campaign to oppose a new ocean outfall for the sewage treatment plant that services the city of Rehoboth Beach. First their appeal of the State agency decision to approve the outfall lost on jurisdictional matters, and then the voters of Rehoboth…

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World Oceans Month May Be Over…

June 29 2015

World Oceans Month May Be Over…

Throughout World Oceans Month, Surfrider celebrated our ocean, waves and beaches. For the past 11 years, Surfrider has been hosting our annual International Surfing Day on June 20. This year, we had more International Surfing Day events (184 official registered events), more participants (37,000) and more countries (32) than years…

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Activist Spotlight: It all starts onshore

June 29 2015

Activist Spotlight: It all starts onshore

Activist Spotlight

Meet Tony Dobson, chair of our Charlotte Chapter, who has been a volunteer with Surfrider since 2005.

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Activist Spotlight: Seeing Positive Results

June 25 2015

Activist Spotlight: Seeing Positive Results

Activist Spotlight

Ken Campbell is one of our activist spotlights this month, hailing from our South Sound Chapter in Washington.

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Refugio Oil Spill Roller Coaster

June 25 2015

Refugio Oil Spill Roller Coaster

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Oil Spill Public Notification

Tracking the Plains Refugio oil spill has been like riding a rickety, roller coaster. Since “Day 1” Surfrider has been following the twists and turns of the spill—desperately trying to ‘make sense of the events’ by researching exactly what happened and analyzing how to avoid a similar travesty in the…

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Oil Samples Confirm Our Suspicion

June 23 2015

Oil Samples Confirm Our Suspicion

Official testing results from three Manhattan Beach oil samples confirm our suspicion – that oil from the Plains All American Refugio Oil Spill in May traveled to foul South Bay beaches. Now that the oil fingerprinting analyses have been authenticated, we are calling on regulators to assign responsibility and secure…

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Congrats to School Club Graduating Seniors

June 21 2015

Congrats to School Club Graduating Seniors

QUAD

With 38 school clubs across the US and growing we wanted to take a moment and celebrate some of our graduating high school and college seniors.

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Cowell’s Beach #1 Beach Bummer, but Progressing

June 19 2015

Cowell’s Beach #1 Beach Bummer, but Progressing

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

Cowell's Beach in Santa Cruz, California remains at the top of the Beach Bummer list highlighted in the 2015 Beach Report Card released by Heal the Bay, but local groups have activated to look for solutions for this popular beach's pollution problems.

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California Government Moves Towards Requiring OFG!

June 11 2015

California Government Moves Towards Requiring OFG!

Ocean Friendly Gardens

The Governor's recent order for public agencies to revise existing regulations to use rainwater as a resource, reduce turf grass and reduce water use is being expedited. A state panel advising the state's lead water supply agency is recommending requirements that support Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens program!

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Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project 2015

June 08 2015

Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project 2015

The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project is back for another year of coastal preservation! We're heading out to 12 locations across the country to help make America's beaches "barefoot-friendly."

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The Next Wave: Short Film on Atlantic Ocean Planning

June 05 2015

The Next Wave: Short Film on Atlantic Ocean Planning

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

A new short film explores efforts to protect the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast from future development. Featuring beautiful scenery from Virginia to Maine, the film makes a compelling case for beachgoers, surfers, and others to engage in ocean planning.

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Oregon: Inspiring Ocean Protections Through Deeper Connections

June 05 2015

Oregon: Inspiring Ocean Protections Through Deeper Connections

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

Oregon’s wild and untamed coastline has inspired great passion and intrigue for many recreational users and visitors to this special place. Oregonians draw deep connections to protecting what they love and no other place exemplifies this more for ocean users than Oswald West State Park and the Cape Falcon Marine…

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Huntington Beach Sued Over Bag Ban Repeal

June 03 2015

Huntington Beach Sued Over Bag Ban Repeal

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Surfrider Foundation, Orange County Coastkeeper and Californians Against Waste sued the City of Huntington Beach for their bag ban repeal ordinance, which lacked proper environmental review and public engagement, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

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Globs of Oil Cover Miles of Southern California Beaches

June 02 2015

Globs of Oil Cover Miles of Southern California Beaches

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Oil Spill

Since May 29th, 2015 oil globs have been found along southern California (concentrated near Ventura, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, Zuma Beach and Venice Beach). Surfrider Staff and volunteers have been corresponding with cleanup responders. Anxious locals and advocates patiently await the results of oil ‘finger-printing’…

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Surfrider Teams With Education Outside To Put The “Glen” Back In Glen Park School

June 01 2015

Surfrider Teams With Education Outside To Put The “Glen” Back In Glen Park School

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A glen is "a valley, typically one that is long, deep,...with a watercourse running through it." Surfrider worked with an eco-education non-profit to build a mini-glen that prevents polluted runoff and educates students and the surrounding community.

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World Oceans Month is Here

June 01 2015

World Oceans Month is Here

Do you love the ocean? The beach? Whales? Surfing? Paddle boarding? Boating?

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Activist Spotlight: Commit to Stand Up for What You Believe In

May 29 2015

Activist Spotlight: Commit to Stand Up for What You Believe In

Activist Spotlight

Hi my name is Sam Blakesley, and I am Surfrider because…the Ocean is a truly magical place, and I want to keep it that way. There is nothing else in the world that brings me bliss like being in the water does, so I feel responsible for ensuring that does…

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Microbeads Legislation on the Federal Stage and Around the Nation

May 27 2015

Microbeads Legislation on the Federal Stage and Around the Nation

Legal Rise Above Plastics

Surfrider Foundation supports laws that address prevention and response to plastic pollution in our marine environment. Currently, there are several pieces of legislation, at both the state and national level, that address pollution by microbeads, tiny plastic particles that are used in face washes, cosmetics, toothpaste and other products, which…

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