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BWTF Kaua’i Ocean Safety Report

February 25 2015

BWTF Kaua’i Ocean Safety Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Public Notification

The Kaua’i BWTF released their annual program report in their local newspaper earlier this month. Their chapter tests 24 surf breaks and streams around the island on a monthly basis, and every year presents their findings along with water quality data collected by the State Department of Health (DOH) to…

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Big Plastic Challenges California Bag Ban Legislation

February 23 2015

Big Plastic Challenges California Bag Ban Legislation

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

In California, the new battleground for a statewide bag bill will take place on the November 2016 ballot. Even though the California State Legislature and the Governor approved a bill into law in the 2014 session, the plastics industry has launched a $3 million effort to strike down the state…

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Khosla Appeals Martin’s Beach Ruling: Surfrider’s Fight Continues

February 23 2015

Khosla Appeals Martin’s Beach Ruling: Surfrider’s Fight Continues

Beach Access Legal

It looks like Surfrider Foundation will be going back to court to fight for access in the Martin's Beach case. Billionaire venture capitalist property owner, Vinod Khosla, filed a Notice of Appeal this week to try to overturn the very strong lower court ruling. Judge Barbara Mallach from the San…

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Clean Water: Reduce, Re-use & Recycle

February 20 2015

Clean Water: Reduce, Re-use & Recycle

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

As a modern society, we are overusing water. We are wasting valuable freshwater by using it once, mixing it with our waste, and then discharging it into the ocean. This is threatening the long-term security of our water supply and polluting coastal waters. There is a better way though. Learn…

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Preguntaquas: Rincón BWTF expands in NW Puerto Rico

February 17 2015

Preguntaquas: Rincón BWTF expands in NW Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

The Rincón Chapter BWTF has entered into a new collaboration with the Department of Applied Ocean Science & Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) and the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS). The purpose of the Prequntaguas project is to increase public health monitoring of fecal bacterial…

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2015 Priority Campaigns

February 16 2015

2015 Priority Campaigns

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

In this video, our CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen talks through our 2015 priority campaigns, which support our beach access, clean water, coastal preservation and ocean protection initiatives.

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School Garden Overcomes Challenges & Goes With The Flow

February 16 2015

School Garden Overcomes Challenges & Goes With The Flow

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

The Peninsula Elementary School Rain Garden shows the importance of patience, utilizing Surfrider chapter resources, and developing partnerships. The project team had to solve problems: flooding problems in a school courtyard, clogged storm drain piping, and a small budget.

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Vancouver Island BWYTF joins Waterkeeper Swim Guide

February 15 2015

Vancouver Island BWYTF joins Waterkeeper Swim Guide

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth Water Quality Public Notification

The Vancouver Island Chapter's Blue Water Youth Task Force water testing results can now be viewed on the Waterkeeper Swim Guide. Available online or through a free phone app, the Swim Guide reaches 150,000 beach users throughout North America.

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Congress takes aim at the Clean Water Act

February 10 2015

Congress takes aim at the Clean Water Act

Water Quality

In a joint hearing held February 4, 2015 between the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Committee for the Environment and Public Works, majority leaders voiced their opposition to a rule proposed by the EPA to clarify protections for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

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President’s FY2016 Budget proposes zero funding for beach programs…Again!

February 10 2015

President’s FY2016 Budget proposes zero funding for beach programs…Again!

Water Quality Public Notification

On Monday, February 2, 2015, President Obama released his budget for FY 2016, which once again proposes to eliminate the EPA BEACH Grants Program that funds water quality monitoring and public notification programs at beaches across the country.

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Activist Spotlight: One Wave at a Time

January 30 2015

Activist Spotlight: One Wave at a Time

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because… I want to change the world one wave at a time!

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Activist Spotlight: Fighting for Florida’s Beaches

January 30 2015

Activist Spotlight: Fighting for Florida’s Beaches

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because… I love Florida's natural beaches and I want to see them preserved.

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Chapter Appeals Ocean Outfall Decision in Delaware

January 29 2015

Chapter Appeals Ocean Outfall Decision in Delaware

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation filed an appeal with the Environmental Appeals Board Monday, January 26th, opposing the recent decision by DNREC to allow the proposed ocean outfall for the Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility to move forward.

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Surfrider Represents at Mid-Atlantic RPB Meeting in New York City

January 28 2015

Surfrider Represents at Mid-Atlantic RPB Meeting in New York City

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider staff made public comments at a two-day meeting of a new Mid-Atlantic ocean and coastal management body in New York City. Surfrider views this body as an opportunity to be proactive in protecting our oceans and beaches through creation of a comprehensive plan for protection and management of all…

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Montgomery County Maryland Bans Disposable Foam Food Containers

January 28 2015

Montgomery County Maryland Bans Disposable Foam Food Containers

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam Water Quality

One in four pieces of trash in the rivers near our nation's capital are foamed plastic. The DC Chapter just helped to ban foamed plastic in Montgomery County, MD.

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New Drilling Proposed in the Atlantic: Time to Speak Out!

January 27 2015

New Drilling Proposed in the Atlantic: Time to Speak Out!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The Obama Administration has announced plans for new offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Please submit comments online and attend an upcoming public hearing!

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4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

January 26 2015

4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Legal Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

A federal court found that the County of Maui was unlawfully damaging the water quality of Maui's coast on Friday, January 23rd, with a ruling that injection well discharges from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility are violating the Clean Water Act. Judge Susan Oki Mollway found that the County is…

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Tackling Contamination at Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz

January 26 2015

Tackling Contamination at Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

The Santa Cruz Chapter's Blue Water Task Force water testing program is supporting the efforts of a new Working Group tasked by the City to find and test out all potential solutions to the chronic contamination that has plagued Cowell's Beach over recent years.

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Congress Proposes New Oil Drilling off our Coasts

January 22 2015

Congress Proposes New Oil Drilling off our Coasts

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

This week, members of Congress introduced legislation to expand offshore drilling off the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts.

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Florida Chapters Rally Against Seismic Testing

January 22 2015

Florida Chapters Rally Against Seismic Testing

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

The Florida Chapters are working with local governments to say NO to expanded seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic Coast!

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