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Summer Target: Foam Coolers

July 03 2013

Summer Target: Foam Coolers

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

One great way to help reduce plastic pollution on Independence Day and all summer long is to avoid buying one of those cheap polystyrene coolers. They are not durable, typically don't carry much and are a nightmare to cleanup once they break into small pieces. If you are reading this,…

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Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2013 Report

July 03 2013

Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2013 Report

Water Quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council has just released their annual Testing the Waters report. The number of beach closing and advisory days reported in 2012 was once again over 20,000, confirming that our nation's beaches continue to experience significant water pollution that puts swimmers and local economies at risk.

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Congress Opens Our Coasts to New Drilling

June 30 2013

Congress Opens Our Coasts to New Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to dramatically expand offshore drilling in the U.S. Fortunately, the proposal must also pass the Senate to become law, so please contact your Senator to ask him/ her to oppose new drilling off our coasts!

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It’s Official, LA Mayor Signs Plastic Bag Bag Into Law!

June 26 2013

It’s Official, LA Mayor Signs Plastic Bag Bag Into Law!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa cemented his stellar environmental record by signing the plastic checkout bag ban into law. City Council has been working on the issue for ten years and finally passed an ordinance this year that will make LA the largest city in the U.S. to take meaningful…

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Ocean Leaders Call on President Obama and Congress to Improve Ocean Governance

June 25 2013

Ocean Leaders Call on President Obama and Congress to Improve Ocean Governance

Ocean Ecosystems

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative has released a report with recommendations for the U.S. to improve its ocean and coastal management. The Surfrider Foundation was one of many stakeholders that provided input and we endorse many of the recommendations.

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Pledge to Take Back The Tap and Rise Above Plastics!

June 24 2013

Pledge to Take Back The Tap and Rise Above Plastics!

Rise Above Plastics

Summer's here and it's time to hit the beach! How you pack is going to determine how much waste you create so it's best when you choose to reuse. 'Pack In Pack Out' is a mantra seemingly lost in today's age and beach cleanups often collect lots of single-use/disposable and/or…

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New BWTF Gear

June 24 2013

New BWTF Gear

Blue Water Task Force

Thank you Obentec for your donation of over 150 cooler bags to our Blue Water Task Force program.

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It’s all connected…

June 21 2013

It’s all connected…

Know Your H20

We all learned the rule of "cause and affect" in school; as we look around today there are lots of examples of environmental catastrophes due to the mismanagement of our natural resources. A traditional Florida fishery on the verge of collapse is yet another example of why we need to…

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Long Fought Beach Access Battle at Strands Advances with Appellate Court Ruling

June 20 2013

Long Fought Beach Access Battle at Strands Advances with Appellate Court Ruling

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation received a positive ruling from the California Appellate Court this week when it ruled in favor of California Coastal Commission control over beach access right at Strands Beach in Dana Point. Surfrider won our case against the City of Dana Point in 2011 at the trial court when…

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Job Killer or Job Creator?

June 20 2013

Job Killer or Job Creator?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

People don't make plastic bags, machines do. I know that it takes people to run and maintain the machines then package the bags to be shipped but it is a highly automated process. On the other hand, people do make reusable bags. Quality reusable bags are stitched one at a…

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Surfrider Activists Stand Up To Fight Plastic Pollution in LA and Chicago

June 19 2013

Surfrider Activists Stand Up To Fight Plastic Pollution in LA and Chicago

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Tuesday was a big day for plastic bag reductions in two of the largest U.S. cities, Los Angeles and Chicago. The City of LA is very close to finalizing a plastic checkout bag ban they have been discussing for ten years while there are positive signs out of Chicago as…

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OFG Registering Well With Newspaper Reporters

June 14 2013

OFG Registering Well With Newspaper Reporters

Ocean Friendly Gardens

News reporters are always looking for a good story, with a "hook" (angle) that catches the interest of a reader. This Newport Beach, CA story connects runoff prevention, ocean water quality, and government turf removal rebates.

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Mana Kai Film Series

June 14 2013

Mana Kai Film Series

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

MANA KAI (means 'Spirit of the Ocean' in Hawaiian Language) is a short film created by Surfrider activist Pasha Reshikov exploring the relationship of humans and the ocean, touching on the spirit of the oceans and their response to human pollution. Mana Kai is told through the story of a…

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Chicago Plastic Bag Recycling Falls Short

June 13 2013

Chicago Plastic Bag Recycling Falls Short

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

In 2009 a citywide ordinance for Chicago was implemented to help increase plastic bag recycling but a recent report shows that the program has not been successful. The ordinance called for recycling messaging on plastic checkout bags, recycling bins in every store, to recycle or reuse the bags, and to…

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Bag Ban Closing Arguments

June 11 2013

Bag Ban Closing Arguments

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

In late May a plastic bag ban bill failed to advance out of the California State Senate by three votes. As in years past, there was a heated debate on the floor. The legislators opposing the bill used the same old arguments while SB 405 author Senator Alex Padilla made…

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Doc Hastings Introduces Bill to Expand Offshore Drilling

June 09 2013

Doc Hastings Introduces Bill to Expand Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Congressman Doc Hastings has introduced a bill to vastly expand offshore drilling in the United States. The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (HR 2231) would open parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to offshore drilling including areas off South Carolina, Virginia, and Southern California.

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OFG Principles Part of Classes To Reach 19 Million People in Southern California

June 06 2013

OFG Principles Part of Classes To Reach 19 Million People in Southern California

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

Thanks to the Surfrider chapter partners at G3/The Green Gardens Group, OFG concepts of CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention - are being incorporated into a landscape class G3 will teach for water agencies representing 19 million people throughout Southern California! It is scaling-up OFG well beyond the capacity of…

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How Many Plastic Bags Does It Take To Kill A Dolphin?  4.

June 06 2013

How Many Plastic Bags Does It Take To Kill A Dolphin?  4.

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

A disturbing story was recently reported in New York where a "dolphin had swallowed four plastic bags and it starved to death because the bags disrupted its digestive process." Plastic bag reduction opponents often claim that impacts to wildlife are overblown. The reality is that it's tough to get solid…

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China Leads the Way. Or Does It?

June 06 2013

China Leads the Way. Or Does It?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Reducing plastic pollution is a global priority as the ocean is turning into a plastic soup. Many people see reducing plastic checkout bags as a great first step. While there are over a hundred local checkout bag ordinances in the U.S., no state government has acted yet to reduce plastic…

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Students teaching students in Santa Monica

May 31 2013

Students teaching students in Santa Monica

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The Heal the Bay Surfrider Club at Santa Monica High School just conducted a mentorship program introducing over 40 middle school students and their teachers to water testing methodology and local water pollution issues.

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