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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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Plastic Nest and Net Patrol on Kauai

September 26 2013

Plastic Nest and Net Patrol on Kauai

Rise Above Plastics

Recently a Surfrider Kauai Chapter activist sent along this photo of a plastic nest. Not a nest with a few pieces of plastic, but a nest with "very uniform tough plastic fiber…with a few natural fibers." Hawaii is in the middle of the ocean, but basically on the edge of…

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Just a few reasons why desal is not the answer…

September 20 2013

Just a few reasons why desal is not the answer…

Know Your H20 Desalination

Desalination is often touted as the solution to our water woes. However, Surfrider begs to differ and suggests that desalination done in an environmentally responsible fashion should only be considered after water conservation and recycling have been exhausted. Check out this short clip from David Zetland of Wageningen University, as…

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Partnership Creates Garden That Beautifies Community Arts/Literary Center

September 20 2013

Partnership Creates Garden That Beautifies Community Arts/Literary Center

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Creating an Ocean Friendly Garden at a high profile community center means lots of people will see it. Get the approval, support and funding can be a little more challenging than a private-owned site. Maintenance is also a factor.

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El Cerrito bans plastic bags AND polystyrene foam foodware!

September 18 2013

El Cerrito bans plastic bags AND polystyrene foam foodware!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Last night El Cerrito took a big step towards sustainability and plastic litter reduction by finalizing two ordinances - one to ban plastic checkout bags and another that bans polystyrene food containers at restaurants. California is on the leading edge of plastic litter reduction with over 80 municipalities covered by…

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Mark Your Calendars for Rise Above Plastics Month in October!

September 17 2013

Mark Your Calendars for Rise Above Plastics Month in October!

Rise Above Plastics

Surfrider recently announced that October will be Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint! The goal of the month 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…

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Florida is Running Out of Sand!

September 12 2013

Florida is Running Out of Sand!

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

Beach replenishment is the main tool along much of our coast to protect coastal development, but in Southern FL they are simply running out of sand and counties are fighting counties in what amounts to Sand Wars.

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Primer on the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”)

September 11 2013

Primer on the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”)

Legal

The California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") is California's premier environmental law. The law ensures that there is protection of the environment and informed self-government. Projects must be reviewed for their environmental impacts, which must be avoided or mitigated whenever feasible. The law functions by including the public's point of view,…

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Plastic Paradise - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

September 11 2013

Plastic Paradise - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Rise Above Plastics

"Plastic Paradise" is an independent documentary film that chronicles Angela Sun's personal journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, celebrities, legislators and activists who…

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OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

September 06 2013

OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Wastewater Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Five Surfrider chapters from four Hawaiian islands gathered for their annual conference, and learned about Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. A pre-conference meeting with a sister non-profit, and a tour by them after the conference, showed partnership potential on one island. Now, several island chapters are kicking off an OFG…

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Welcome Aboard Montauk, NY!

August 29 2013

Welcome Aboard Montauk, NY!

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

The BWTF is continuing to grow on the east coast. The Eastern Long Island Chapter and their local partner, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, have just gotten the newest BWTF water testing lab up and running this summer.

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It’s great to recycle - when convenient.

August 29 2013

It’s great to recycle - when convenient.

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The plastics industry and major corporations want you to believe that recycling is the holy grail of conservation. If they keep pumping out products and we recycle it all, everyone wins! Right? The truth seems to be a bit more complicated than that. It starts with the realization that the…

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Los Angeles is the epicenter of Coastal Act abuse

August 26 2013

Los Angeles is the epicenter of Coastal Act abuse

Beach Access

Los Angeles County is the epicenter for this growing epidemic of coastal abuse, especially Malibu. With your help we can change this and support Coastal Act enforcement to keep beach access open for all.

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Florida revising their water quality standards

August 26 2013

Florida revising their water quality standards

Water Quality

Florida has just started the process to becoming the first coastal state to revise their water quality standards since the EPA released their revised recommendations for recreational waters late last year.

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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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