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Blue Vision Summit: May 13-15

April 27 2013

Blue Vision Summit: May 13-15

Ocean Ecosystems

Registration is open for the Blue Vision Summit in Washington DC on May 13-15. Join ocean activists from around the country as we make our voice heard in the nation's capitol!

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Thousands See News Clip & Millions Will Walk By Strand OFG

April 26 2013

Thousands See News Clip & Millions Will Walk By Strand OFG

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Though Ocean Friendly Garden principles apply along the coast as well as inland, it's great when an OFG is installed along a high-profile beach boardwalk. To top it off, the ribbon cutting was covered by a major tv station, including a water district director giving the Surfrider OFG pitch!

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The Potential of Stormwater

April 26 2013

The Potential of Stormwater

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling

It’s a basic idea: When it rains, we need to be able to capture that water, store it and then use it later. Today, about half the water from rain that could be used to replenish groundwater basins and increase local water supplies ends up turning into polluted stormwater runoff.

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Congress Looks to Bypass Environmental Protections for Beach and Water Projects

April 26 2013

Congress Looks to Bypass Environmental Protections for Beach and Water Projects

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote in the coming weeks on a Water Resources Development Act, or "WRDA" for short. Several bad provisions make this bill unacceptable and it needs to be reworked.

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With Us - NYC Expands Recycling!

April 25 2013

With Us - NYC Expands Recycling!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

On Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg hosted a press conference to announce that New York City is expanding its household recycling program to include all rigid plastics, not just #1 or #2 bottles and jugs. This will be a great opportunity to divert materials from the landfill and provide more recycled source…

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Surf Protection in the UK

April 20 2013

Surf Protection in the UK

Surf Protection

Surfrider Foundation and Surfers Against Sewage co-present on surf protection at the International Coastal Symposium 2013

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Surfrider OFG Teams Up With Habitat For Humanity

April 18 2013

Surfrider OFG Teams Up With Habitat For Humanity

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A Ventura, CA Surfrider activist with the Ocean Friendly Gardens Program learned about Habitat rehabbing a house and asked them about partnering on re-doing the landscape. The local Habitat rep liked the idea and loved the result. The next door neighbor may be next and including a curb cut, and…

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White House Releases Final Ocean Plan

April 16 2013

White House Releases Final Ocean Plan

Ocean Ecosystems

The Obama Administration has released its final National Ocean Policy action plan, outlining more than 50 actions the U.S. will take to protect our nation’s oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

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Down Cycled to Marine Debris

April 15 2013

Down Cycled to Marine Debris

Rise Above Plastics

Plastics manufacturers tend to promote recycling as the holy grail for waste management. As more cities aim to divert more materials from landfills for good reason, more recycled material gets processed and needs to find a second life. Some materials can be made directly into the same products they came…

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Major green infrastructure project is completed in New York

April 12 2013

Major green infrastructure project is completed in New York

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

In an area where combined sewer system overflows are a leading contributor to water quality problems, the City of New York has turned to green infrastructure as a cost-effective solution to multiple problems.

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No $ for Beach Programs in 2014 Federal Budget

April 12 2013

No $ for Beach Programs in 2014 Federal Budget

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The President's budget for FY2014 once again fails to include any funding to support beach water testing programs. It is disappointing that the Administration continues to be penny-wise and pound-foolish, ignoring the huge public health costs and potential risk to coastal tourism economies that these cuts will bring.

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Rethink Butts

April 10 2013

Rethink Butts

Rise Above Plastics

The Surfrider Foundation has been fighting cigarette but litter since the 1990's when the San Diego County Chapter mobilized activists with their 'Hold On To Your Butt' campaign to end cigarette butt litter. Since then there has been great progress in some areas but cigarette butts continue to be a…

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Kaua’i BWTF hits education record

April 09 2013

Kaua’i BWTF hits education record

Blue Water Task Force Youth

Involving local high school and college students in relevant, water pollution, scientific studies is a big part of the Kaua'i Chapter's BWTF program. This past year they mentored a record number of students. Keep reading to see the impressive areas of study they tackled.

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California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

April 08 2013

California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

Beach Access Blue Water Task Force Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is one of California’s most important laws—not only because it helps protect our environment and “quality of life”, but CEQA also promotes democratic participation in the decision-making process—giving citizens a say in what happens in their local communities. Unfortunately over the past few years,…

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South Bay Teach and Test

April 08 2013

South Bay Teach and Test

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The South Bay Chapter and their Teach and Test program sponsor, the West Basin Municipal Water District, recieved some nice press for their partnership recently.

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Hands Across the Sand: May 18th!

April 07 2013

Hands Across the Sand: May 18th!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Do you want to see our coasts protected from offshore drilling? Then sign up to participate in Hands Across the Sand on May 18, 2013!

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Million Reusable Bag Giveaway

April 04 2013

Million Reusable Bag Giveaway

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Los Angeles is getting ready to finalize their plastic checkout bag ban and groups are ready to provide reusable bags 'Made in LA' for the masses. California Greenworks, in partnership with Green Vets LA and Homeboy Industries, proposes the “Million Reusable Bag Giveaway” pilot program, to create and distribute 25,000…

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Ocean Plastic - A Marin Art Show

April 01 2013

Ocean Plastic - A Marin Art Show

Rise Above Plastics

This Saturday April 6th, Ocean Plastic, an art show sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation Marin County Chapter, opens in Sausalito! As part of the opening day festivities there will be an artists reception and an impressive list of guest speakers including Beth Terry, Daniella Russo, Chris Princetich and David Helvarg.…

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Responding to Sandy

March 29 2013

Responding to Sandy

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring

Almost five months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeast the region is still in recovery mode. It is a real challenge to balance the competing interests of the urgency and importance of rebuilding with thoughtful planning to make the necessary changes to avoid a similar disaster in the future.…

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Sewage Treatment: Moving Off the Coast?

March 29 2013

Sewage Treatment: Moving Off the Coast?

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

A combination of required replacement of outdated sewage treatment facilities, climate change adaptation (sea level rise), and integrated water management strategies may be evolving towards movement of sewage treatment facilities away from the coast, as well as water re-use and improved water quality discharge.

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