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Brown Water Advisories on Kaua’i:  Too little, too late?

December 11 2013

Brown Water Advisories on Kaua’i:  Too little, too late?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

After capturing media attention with high bacteria levels measured during a Brown Water Advisory in November, the Kaua'i Chapter keeps the momentum going and questions the effectiveness of these public health advisories. They would like the advisories issued sooner, to cover more beaches, and require signs at the beach.

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San Onofre Energy Project Proposed (Again)

December 09 2013

San Onofre Energy Project Proposed (Again)

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

JD Products has again applied to develop an ocean energy project off San Onofre State Beach, just two years after its previous application was terminated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The proposed San Onofre Electricity Farm Project would involve the installation of up to 1,314 generation units in…

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OFG Launching in New England, Rooting in Mid-Atlantic & Southeast

December 02 2013

OFG Launching in New England, Rooting in Mid-Atlantic & Southeast

Ocean Friendly Gardens

The 2013 Surfrider-East Coast Chapters Conference showed that OFG is spreading and strengthening in the Mid-Atlantic region, on down to Georgia. A follow-up visit to the New England-area chapters showed they are ready to launch!

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Blue Water Task Force Water Testing with VW’s New XL1

November 26 2013

Blue Water Task Force Water Testing with VW’s New XL1

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth Water Quality

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2013 Victories Recap

November 26 2013

2013 Victories Recap

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Surf Protection Water Quality

As we close in on the end of another great year of coastal protection it seems appropriate to look back at the hard work that’s been done by Surfrider Foundation volunteers and staff. Our activists have been busy this year, racking up 33 campaign victories so far

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Surfrider Foundation Legal Department Highlights for 2013

November 25 2013

Surfrider Foundation Legal Department Highlights for 2013

Beach Access Legal Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

The legal work at Surfrider Foundation moves at a fast pace; however, we took a few minutes to look back on the year 2013 and acknowledge some of Surfrider Foundation’s accomplishments and strategic movement in legal campaigns. Since the organization-wide programmatic priorities for the past year were (1) Rise Above…

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Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

November 21 2013

Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

Surfrider members are “ocean users” through and through. It’s amazing to think that as I write this blog, there are Surfrider supporters around the world surfing, diving, fishing, SUPing, swimming, sunbathing, wildlife watching AND fighting to protect our coast. In California, Surfrider is upping our ante to preserve our coast…

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Dolphin vs. Plastic Bag

November 19 2013

Dolphin vs. Plastic Bag

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

While the debate rages on about simple steps to reduce plastic pollution such as a reusable bag ordinance or plastic bag ban, wildlife feels the impacts. On a macro level, plastic litter is photodegrading into microplastics that are turning the ocean into a plastic soup. On a more micro level,…

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Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Put on Hold

November 15 2013

Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Put on Hold

Know Your H20 Desalination

After nearly ten years of the Surfrider Foundation and local residents raising concerns about plans to build a seawater desalination facility in Huntington Beach, the Coastal Commission finally reviewed the project and sent it back for improvements.

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Sand Berm Constructed at Malibu

November 15 2013

Sand Berm Constructed at Malibu

Coastal Preservation Surf Protection

Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors (LACDBH) to construct a seasonal sand berm to prevent an easterly breach of the Malibu Lagoon inlet. A first steps towards surf improvement in Malibu. Read about the other benefits and the longer term goals.

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Plastic - It’s What’s For Dinner

November 13 2013

Plastic - It’s What’s For Dinner

Rise Above Plastics

If you are a lanternfish in of the five subtropical gyres, chances are you are chomping down on bits of plastic as part of your diet. While lanternfish are small and there are very few commercial fisheries, they are a major food source for many marine animals. While plastic ingestion…

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Heavy Rain, Brown Water & Bacteria, Oh my!

November 13 2013

Heavy Rain, Brown Water & Bacteria, Oh my!

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

While the Hawaii State Department of Health issued a Brown Water Advisory on Kaua'i last week, Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force measured extremely high bacteria levels at stormwater impacted streams and beaches.

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Beach Pollution in Rincon, Puerto Rico

November 12 2013

Beach Pollution in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force

The Rincon Blue Water Task Force is warning surfers & beach go-ers of high bacteria levels detected at beaches in Northwest Puerto Rico at the end of last week.

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Martin’s Beach Litigation Update

November 11 2013

Martin’s Beach Litigation Update

Beach Access Legal

The beautiful crescent-shaped stretch of beach in Half Moon Bay is the site of Surfrider Foundation's featured beach access campaign since owner, Vinod Khosla, has gated the only road leading down to the beach. While Surfrider Foundation helped to successfully defend the Martin's 5 from trespass claims last year, there…

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Rebuilding After Sandy, C’mon Man!

November 04 2013

Rebuilding After Sandy, C’mon Man!

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

Now that the Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy has passed, here is an example of exactly what we should not be doing. It is OK to rebuild, but not this way. At the center of this aerial picture is the old beachfront gazebo in Beach Haven, NJ. Note how it sits…

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Rise Above Plastics Month 2013

October 31 2013

Rise Above Plastics Month 2013

Rise Above Plastics

October of 2013 marked the third year of the Surfrider Foundation’s annual Rise Above Plastics Month, presented by Teva, during which Surfrider aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution and focus on finding solutions. Throughout the month, we shared plastic-related facts as well as tips on how…

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California Plastic Bag Recycling Law Fails To Be Effective

October 30 2013

California Plastic Bag Recycling Law Fails To Be Effective

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

A recent exclusive report from the Associated Press highlighted the deficiencies with the California state law passed in 2006 that requires larger food retailers to recycle plastic bags. It's been clear to us that plastic bag recycling does not work and this is more proof. While the plastics industry and…

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Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project 2013

October 28 2013

Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project 2013

The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, an ongoing partnership between the Surfrider Foundation and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, celebrated a “splashingly” successful seventh year of keeping our beaches “barefoot friendly” across America.

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Investing in Natural Infrastructure

October 25 2013

Investing in Natural Infrastructure

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

Using nature to help manage water, a new report by the Water Resources Institute details the multiple benefits.

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New Film Explores Ocean Planning on Washington’s Pacific Coast

October 23 2013

New Film Explores Ocean Planning on Washington’s Pacific Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

A new short film explores the opportunity to protect Washington's Pacific coast through marine spatial planning. Featuring beautiful scenery of the Olympic Peninsula, the film makes a compelling case for surfers, beachgoers and other recreational users to get involved with the public process.

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