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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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Net Patrol Follow Up

October 17 2013

Net Patrol Follow Up

Rise Above Plastics Tsunami Debris

The Surfrider Foundation Kauai Chapter has taken the unofficial lead in Rise Above Plastics Month efforts with their Net Send Off Party. The event was a culmination of hard work done primarily by volunteers that stockpiled 17,600 pounds of nets hauled from Kauai beaches!

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California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

October 16 2013

California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection Water Quality

If you’ve been lucky enough to go for a dive, surf, or kayak at the Channel Islands, it’s hard not to be captivated by the cathedral kelp forests, large fish cruising the reef, and clean waves breaking under your surfboard. These Islands, along with special places throughout the entire California…

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Santa Barbara Bans Plastic Bags!

October 15 2013

Santa Barbara Bans Plastic Bags!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Today was a good day for plastic bag reductions in Santa Barbara! This afternoon the Santa Barbara City Council gave final approval to a citywide plastic checkout bag ban at all food retailers in the city that is scheduled to take effect in six months at larger stores then twelve…

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Final Marine Debris Strategy Released!

October 11 2013

Final Marine Debris Strategy Released!

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The West Coast Governors Agreement on Ocean Health released their Final Marine Debris Strategy this week, with the help of Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay, state and federal government, industry and academia. The goal of the strategy is to lay out a plan to effectively address ocean pollution with an…

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One Foot At A Time

October 10 2013

One Foot At A Time

Rise Above Plastics

Have you heard of the One Foot At A Time cleanup contest where you could win great prizes like Teva sandals and a Firewire surfboard?! It's pretty simple, collect plastic litter from the beach or your favorite place to play outside and create an art piece with the templates we…

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Plastic Bags—> Bikinis

October 07 2013

Plastic Bags—> Bikinis

Rise Above Plastics

Plastic bag recycling rates are typically in the single digits. When they do get recycled, plastic bags are often 'downcycled' into less desirable items such as benches that can't be recycled or part of a new plastic bag - not the whole thing. Sarah Bellums in San Luis Obispo, CA…

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A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

October 03 2013

A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A team of school staff, parents and kids working with community groups, professionals and Surfrider-Ventura County Chapter made this garden happen. Now the school district grounds and maintenance staff are up for doing them at more schools!

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Santa Barbara and South Lake Tahoe vote to ban the bag!

October 02 2013

Santa Barbara and South Lake Tahoe vote to ban the bag!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Yesterday was a good day for reducing plastic bag litter as the Santa Barbara City Council and South Lake Tahoe City Council in California both voted to ban plastic checkout bags. The ordinances cover grocery stores and other food retailers while including a ten-cent fee on paper bags as the…

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Built to Spill

October 01 2013

Built to Spill

Water Quality Oil Spill

As the debate over the size of the BP Gulf Oil spills enters the courts, we recount our front row view of the spill estimates (really underestimates) and the great work SkyTruth did you reveal the true scale of the spill.

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Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint!

September 30 2013

Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint!

Rise Above Plastics

The Surfrider Foundation is excited to announce that “Rise Above Plastics Month” is underway! The goal for October is to educate people on the threats single-use plastics pose to our marine environments, and challenge them to reduce their plastic footprint by making simple changes in their daily lives. Two main…

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The golden age of coastal use mapping?

September 27 2013

The golden age of coastal use mapping?

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Driven by emerging uses of the ocean such as wave and wind energy, the Surfrider Foundation is conducting several new and upcoming ocean recreation studies across the country to inform ocean planning. Ocean planners are seeking this information on to develop plans that will protect existing uses of the ocean…

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