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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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No Butts About It: Surfrider Hawaii Chapters Win Award for Tobacco-Free Beaches

October 24 2014

No Butts About It: Surfrider Hawaii Chapters Win Award for Tobacco-Free Beaches

At their annual conference in mid-October, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii (CTFH) gave the Surfrider Foundation’s Hawaii Chapters the Alaka’i Award for the 2014 Outstanding Organization of the Year. The Coalition gave us the award in recognition of our Hold On To Your Butt campaign and our partnership with…

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Students Build Garden Friendly To Ocean & Butterflies

October 24 2014

Students Build Garden Friendly To Ocean & Butterflies

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

This project got started when Surfrider-First Coast Chapter Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) Coordinator, Paul Hayden, got a request from Fletcher Middle School Art Teacher, Chris Hicks (in Jacksonville Beach, Florida), to help turn three garden spots at the School into Ocean Friendly Butterfly Gardens.

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Montauk, NY: Don’t Bag our Beach!

October 24 2014

Montauk, NY: Don’t Bag our Beach!

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring

The Eastern Long Island Chapter has successfully grabbed the attention of their local newspaper by protesting a plan by the Army Corps to build up the beach of downtown Montauk with GeoTubes. A recent, unsolicited editorial noted the Chapter's position and put forth that the Corps' money would be better…

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How to Rise Above Plastics: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

October 21 2014

How to Rise Above Plastics: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam Tsunami Debris

The reality of plastic pollution is that it is happening in every home, office, school and community. It’s plaguing our country. Plastic creates toxic pollution at just about every stage of its existence, from manufacture, to use, to disposal. Considering the facts, it’s no surprise that it’s the most prevalent…

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Clean Up Cowell’s

October 15 2014

Clean Up Cowell’s

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

Santa Cruz Chapter leader and Education Coordinator Amber Jones recently down with local Jack O’Neill to talk about the serious water quality issue at Cowell's Beach. The Chapter has been leading a campaign to get this popular beach off of California's dirtiest beach bummer list.

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Sustainable Alternatives to Unfettered Offshore Drilling

October 13 2014

Sustainable Alternatives to Unfettered Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

Let’s face it: we are all creatures of habit. Some of our largest corporations supply us with energy through fossil fuels, which are drilled from the earth. We’ve had this arrangement for many years, but it isn’t working so well any more...

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Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

October 03 2014

Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

Legal Water Quality

Even though Surfrider Foundation was not successful in our Intervention in support of Kaua'i County and their GMO/Pesticides Right to Know ordinance at the lower court, we have appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Surfrider Foundation and our allies hope to prove that this type of…

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Steps To Create An Ocean Friendly Garden

October 03 2014

Steps To Create An Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

From checking out local gardens and evaluating your site, to hosting a workday, there are steps to success for both the garden owner and the Surfrider chapter.

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California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

October 03 2014

California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

Last year’s legislative season in California was a bust for the coast and ocean. In 2013, Surfrider worked on ten coastal and ocean protection bills, and only two bills were signed into law. Surprisingly, this year’s season was the opposite and very successful. Surfrider actively worked on more than a…

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Vancouver Island Blue Water Youth Task Force

October 03 2014

Vancouver Island Blue Water Youth Task Force

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The Vancouver Island Blue Water Youth Task Force began testing water quality at 15 local beaches and waterways in June, 2014. The Chapter is using this program to raise awareness community awareness of water quality issues and to engage local youth groups and First Nations.

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Meet Surfrider’s New CEO: Chad Nelsen

October 01 2014

Meet Surfrider’s New CEO: Chad Nelsen

After an exhaustive national search, the Surfrider Foundation named its new CEO – and it's none other than Dr. Chad Nelsen, the Environmental Director of the organization for the last 16 years.

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