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The Next Great Battle

April 20 2015

The Next Great Battle

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Illness Oil Spill

Today, April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite the catastrophic effects this spill had – and continues to have – on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and coastal communities, the federal government is still attempting to introduce new drilling along much of the…

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Surfrider Becomes Regular Part of Science Class

April 16 2015

Surfrider Becomes Regular Part of Science Class

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) is a great way for teachers to put a familiar face on science. The Surfrider chapter OFG Chair comes back for a 2nd year of presentations, pointing to the OFG installed there.

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Part 3: Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

April 14 2015

Part 3: Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

For Part 3, we head to the East Coast - Wilmington, North Carolina - for an Ocean Friendly Garden sponging up rainwater to help clean up surf and shellfish habitat, plus slow down and sink water to preventing flooding.

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Advancing Ocean Planning

April 13 2015

Advancing Ocean Planning

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

I had the good fortune to score an invitation from the Healthy Oceans Coalition to attend a series of meetings to promote the National Ocean Policy in Washington, D.C., this March.

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Why Seismic Matters - The Atlantic Braces for Shock Waves

April 10 2015

Why Seismic Matters - The Atlantic Braces for Shock Waves

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The federal government has released a map showing where companies have applied to conduct seismic testing in the Atlantic. Seismic testing is the first step towards offshore drilling and will cause major impacts to marine wildlife.

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Volunteers for Our Ocean

April 10 2015

Volunteers for Our Ocean

Whether it's cleaning up a beach, testing water or speaking at a city council meeting Surfrider Foundation volunteers represent the true meaning of “National Volunteer Week.” For more than 30 years, they have been working to protect our oceans, waves and beaches so we can enjoy them today, tomorrow and…

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Part 2: OFG Creates Cleaner Surf & Saves Water

April 09 2015

Part 2: OFG Creates Cleaner Surf & Saves Water

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW Lawn Patrol

Did you know your yard can provide the lifeblood of a healthy watershed and ocean? With the proper design, installation and maintenance, you will not only ensure a healthy landscape, but reduce water use and have piece of mind and more free time to spend enjoying the ocean.

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Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

April 09 2015

Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

Water Quality Illness Public Notification

Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Have you developed a rash, skin infection, flu-like symptoms or an upset stomach after going for a surf or swim? Use this online tool to report incidents of ocean illness.

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Activist Spotlight: Keeping It Clean Upstream

April 01 2015

Activist Spotlight: Keeping It Clean Upstream

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because… I’m a Pisces and therefore a fish so I crave water in any form whether it’s liquid, solid, or somewhere in-between.

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Activist Spotlight: Wet Feet and Dirty Hands

April 01 2015

Activist Spotlight: Wet Feet and Dirty Hands

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because…I surf, sail, paddle, photograph, band osprey, explore, go fishing, and live for the water.

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The BEACH Act at 15 years

March 31 2015

The BEACH Act at 15 years

Water Quality Public Notification

Fifteen years ago, the BEACH Act enjoyed popular, bi-partisan support as it passed through the halls of Congress, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 10, 2000. Since then, this critical piece of legislation has fallen victim to the budget wars between Congress and the President,…

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Surfrider Visits White House for Ocean Progress Report

March 30 2015

Surfrider Visits White House for Ocean Progress Report

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider staff Matt Gove, along with representatives from other leading ocean environmental groups, met with White House officials to discuss the continued implementation of the National Ocean Policy (NOP). "Surfrider applauds the great work done by the National Ocean Council to strengthen and preserve our coastal and ocean ecosystems, communities,…

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Surfrider’s Top 10 Environmental Priorities

March 30 2015

Surfrider’s Top 10 Environmental Priorities

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Friendly Gardens QUAD Rise Above Plastics Surf Protection

What’s on our agenda for 2015? Here are Surfrider’s top 10 environmental priorities for the coming year.

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Part 1: OFG Curbs Pollution & Directs Water Into Landscaping

March 30 2015

Part 1: OFG Curbs Pollution & Directs Water Into Landscaping

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

The Surfrider Foundation's San Diego Chapter works with a private water retailer to help turn a water guzzling area of a park, and its runoff producing parking lot, into an example of an Ocean Friendly Garden.

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State Legislation Survey - What’s Trending: Microbead Bans

March 27 2015

State Legislation Survey - What’s Trending: Microbead Bans

Legal Rise Above Plastics

Microbeads are a big topic this legislative session, and microbeads pollution is an important issue Surfrider Foundation is working to stop. Here is a sampling of various state microbeads bans in the works around the country.

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Act Locally - While You Still Can!

March 25 2015

Act Locally - While You Still Can!

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

There are many proposed laws going through state legislatures as we speak that would preempt local action for environmental protection, on issues such as reusable bag ordinances.

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Surfrider Hosts Florida Coasts and Oceans Day in Tallahassee

March 25 2015

Surfrider Hosts Florida Coasts and Oceans Day in Tallahassee

Coastal Preservation Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Water Quality

We promote reduction of single-use plastics

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Protect Our Ocean & Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling on the East Coast

March 24 2015

Protect Our Ocean & Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling on the East Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Water Quality Oil Spill

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced public hearings for offshore seismic blasting in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. According to the government’s own estimates, the proposed seismic blasting will injure or kill tens of thousands of fish and marine mammals. It will also set…

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Settlement to Save Sea Island Spit in Georgia

March 18 2015

Settlement to Save Sea Island Spit in Georgia

Coastal Preservation Legal

Environmental groups in Georgia fought for land conservation on a fragile spit of coastal property and won a land use easement for 80 acres of protected coastal land. Through a settlement agreement with Sea Island Company, brokered by environmental attorneys at GreenLaw, representing Altamaha Riverkeeper, Center for a Sustainable Coast…

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Water testing protects public health at US beaches

March 17 2015

Water testing protects public health at US beaches

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness Public Notification

The Surfrider Foundation is once again looking to Congress to restore federal funding for the EPA BEACH grants program that funds water quality monitoring and public notification programs at beaches across the country.

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