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Do you like sea turtles?

August 20 2013

Do you like sea turtles?

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Of course you like sea turtles, I think it's really hard not to like them. I was in Hawaii over the weekend for the Hawaii Chapter Conference and took an extra day to escape Waikiki and head up to the North Shore of Oahu. It's a surfing mecca in the…

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Atlantic Seismic Decision Delayed Until Spring of 2014

August 19 2013

Atlantic Seismic Decision Delayed Until Spring of 2014

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The Obama Administration has announced it will delay a final decision on whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean until March 2014. Seismic airgun testing would result in major impacts to marine wildlife and bring the Atlantic coast closer to the risky practice of offshore oil drilling. Please…

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California Flips Over Fracking

August 16 2013

California Flips Over Fracking

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

The citizens of California recently learned fracking has been occurring in California waters (both state and federal). The revelation was shocking because government officials had previously asserted fracking was not being used off California’s coast. Surfrider is working with the two organizations that made the discovery to help raise awareness…

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Water Testing Video

August 14 2013

Water Testing Video

Blue Water Task Force

Check out this quick video of the OR Field Manager, Charlie Plybon, demonstrating how water quality samples are processed in the lab.

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Looking for pollution solutions on the North Coast of Oregon

August 14 2013

Looking for pollution solutions on the North Coast of Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

The North Coast BWTF met with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to better understand the sources of pollution at Oswald West State Park responsible for the health advisories issued at Short Sands Beach.

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Saving Beach Water Testing Programs

August 13 2013

Saving Beach Water Testing Programs

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

We are very happy to see a draft funding bill from the US Senate proposing to restore funding for the EPA Beaches Grant program, but there is still work to do to ensure that beach water testing programs across the country survive the latest round of federal budget cuts.

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Port Orford BWTF Annual Report

August 12 2013

Port Orford BWTF Annual Report

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth

The BWTF water testing program in Port Orford, Oregon has released their first annual report summarizing their activity and findings from the 2012/2013 school year.

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NOAA Seeks Input on Sanctuary Nomination Process

August 08 2013

NOAA Seeks Input on Sanctuary Nomination Process

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The National Marine Sanctuaries Program has announced it plans to accept nominations for new sanctuaries. As the first step, NOAA is calling for public input on the criteria and process the agency would use to evaluate such proposals.

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The CCC: California’s State Agency for Coastal Decision-making

August 06 2013

The CCC: California’s State Agency for Coastal Decision-making

Legal

Most controversies involving California’s coast eventually wind up before the California Coastal Commission. The California Coastal Act created the Coastal Commission to “Protect, conserve, restore, and enhance environmental and human-based resources of the California coast and ocean for environmentally sustainable and prudent use by current and future generations.” It does…

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Plastic Bags Kill….

August 05 2013

Plastic Bags Kill….

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

While plastic bags are typically required to have a suffocation warning, unfortunately deaths from suffocating on plastic bags do happen, most often to kids. Just last week a story came out of Hastings, Michigan where a three-year-old boy died after playing with a plastic bag. These are horrible accidents that…

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Know Your H20 concepts gaining traction in Los Angeles

August 02 2013

Know Your H20 concepts gaining traction in Los Angeles

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling

Know Your H2O concepts are gaining traction in Los Angeles as people realize that all water, whether in the form of stormwater or wastewater, is WATER and must be managed efficiently. Check out this 5-minute film from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn.

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Don’t Mess with Texas - Kermit Bans Plastic Bags

July 30 2013

Don’t Mess with Texas - Kermit Bans Plastic Bags

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Surfrider Chapters typically focus their plastic reduction efforts in coastal cities and towns because that's where our members are who see the impacts of plastic pollution firsthand and want to take action. You have to start somewhere and as a grassroots organization, that somewhere is our backyard. It's also great…

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Raccoons reeking havoc at popular WA campground beach

July 29 2013

Raccoons reeking havoc at popular WA campground beach

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

When we talk about 'Scoop the Poop' campaigns, we are usually talking about dogs. That is not the case at Larrabee State Park in Washington State where Northwest Straits Chapter volunteers are cleaning up after raccoons. Find out why.....

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The 2012 OFG Annual Report

July 26 2013

The 2012 OFG Annual Report

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW Lawn Patrol

The Surfrider chapters, volunteers, students and advisors that make up the Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program undertook an awesome effort to both educate the public about OFG and conduct hands-on trainings to build OFGs in their communities during 2012. We are thankful to our funders: Aveda, California Coastal Commission, West…

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New Texas Open Beaches Act Amendment Explained

July 25 2013

New Texas Open Beaches Act Amendment Explained

Beach Access Legal

The Texas Legislature recently passed H.B. 3459, which the governor signed into law June 14, 2013. The new law amends the Texas Open Beaches Act, which means it will have an effect on public beach access. However, because the law grants a significant amount of decision-making authority to the General…

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More Evidence of Plastic in the Food Web

July 24 2013

More Evidence of Plastic in the Food Web

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

In the past few years there have been numerous studies and necropsies documenting ingested plastic in fish species that people eat. The latest study from the University of Hawaii focused on large predatory fish from offshore waters around Hawaii over a six-year period. Ten species were investigated and seven of…

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Keep The Sea Plastic-Free

July 23 2013

Keep The Sea Plastic-Free

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

It's summertime and the beaches are packed with people - and their stuff. On the way to the water today with surfboard in hand I came across a ziplock bag filled with cookies along the tide line. I'm not sure which family it belonged to so I just tossed it…

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Oregon Governor speaks up for beach water testing funds

July 23 2013

Oregon Governor speaks up for beach water testing funds

Water Quality

The office of OR Governor Kitzhaber just sent a letter into Congressional appropriators requesting that they restore funding for the EPA Beach Grants program, which was proposed to be eliminated by the President's FY2014 budget released earlier this year.

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Sunset Magazine Says Go Ocean Friendly

July 10 2013

Sunset Magazine Says Go Ocean Friendly

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens principles are reaching more audiences. Sunset Magazine has over 1 million subscribers.

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Safe-guarding US beaches

July 08 2013

Safe-guarding US beaches

Water Quality Illness

With the summer beach season fully upon us, now is a good time for the federal government to take their responsibility to protect US beach-goers seriously.

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