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It’s all connected…

June 21 2013

It’s all connected…

Know Your H20

We all learned the rule of "cause and affect" in school; as we look around today there are lots of examples of environmental catastrophes due to the mismanagement of our natural resources. A traditional Florida fishery on the verge of collapse is yet another example of why we need to…

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Long Fought Beach Access Battle at Strands Advances with Appellate Court Ruling

June 20 2013

Long Fought Beach Access Battle at Strands Advances with Appellate Court Ruling

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation received a positive ruling from the California Appellate Court this week when it ruled in favor of California Coastal Commission control over beach access right at Strands Beach in Dana Point. Surfrider won our case against the City of Dana Point in 2011 at the trial court when…

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Job Killer or Job Creator?

June 20 2013

Job Killer or Job Creator?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

People don't make plastic bags, machines do. I know that it takes people to run and maintain the machines then package the bags to be shipped but it is a highly automated process. On the other hand, people do make reusable bags. Quality reusable bags are stitched one at a…

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Surfrider Activists Stand Up To Fight Plastic Pollution in LA and Chicago

June 19 2013

Surfrider Activists Stand Up To Fight Plastic Pollution in LA and Chicago

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Tuesday was a big day for plastic bag reductions in two of the largest U.S. cities, Los Angeles and Chicago. The City of LA is very close to finalizing a plastic checkout bag ban they have been discussing for ten years while there are positive signs out of Chicago as…

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OFG Registering Well With Newspaper Reporters

June 14 2013

OFG Registering Well With Newspaper Reporters

Ocean Friendly Gardens

News reporters are always looking for a good story, with a "hook" (angle) that catches the interest of a reader. This Newport Beach, CA story connects runoff prevention, ocean water quality, and government turf removal rebates.

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Mana Kai Film Series

June 14 2013

Mana Kai Film Series

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

MANA KAI (means 'Spirit of the Ocean' in Hawaiian Language) is a short film created by Surfrider activist Pasha Reshikov exploring the relationship of humans and the ocean, touching on the spirit of the oceans and their response to human pollution. Mana Kai is told through the story of a…

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Chicago Plastic Bag Recycling Falls Short

June 13 2013

Chicago Plastic Bag Recycling Falls Short

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

In 2009 a citywide ordinance for Chicago was implemented to help increase plastic bag recycling but a recent report shows that the program has not been successful. The ordinance called for recycling messaging on plastic checkout bags, recycling bins in every store, to recycle or reuse the bags, and to…

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Bag Ban Closing Arguments

June 11 2013

Bag Ban Closing Arguments

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

In late May a plastic bag ban bill failed to advance out of the California State Senate by three votes. As in years past, there was a heated debate on the floor. The legislators opposing the bill used the same old arguments while SB 405 author Senator Alex Padilla made…

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Doc Hastings Introduces Bill to Expand Offshore Drilling

June 09 2013

Doc Hastings Introduces Bill to Expand Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Congressman Doc Hastings has introduced a bill to vastly expand offshore drilling in the United States. The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (HR 2231) would open parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to offshore drilling including areas off South Carolina, Virginia, and Southern California.

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OFG Principles Part of Classes To Reach 19 Million People in Southern California

June 06 2013

OFG Principles Part of Classes To Reach 19 Million People in Southern California

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

Thanks to the Surfrider chapter partners at G3/The Green Gardens Group, OFG concepts of CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention - are being incorporated into a landscape class G3 will teach for water agencies representing 19 million people throughout Southern California! It is scaling-up OFG well beyond the capacity of…

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How Many Plastic Bags Does It Take To Kill A Dolphin?  4.

June 06 2013

How Many Plastic Bags Does It Take To Kill A Dolphin?  4.

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

A disturbing story was recently reported in New York where a "dolphin had swallowed four plastic bags and it starved to death because the bags disrupted its digestive process." Plastic bag reduction opponents often claim that impacts to wildlife are overblown. The reality is that it's tough to get solid…

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China Leads the Way. Or Does It?

June 06 2013

China Leads the Way. Or Does It?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Reducing plastic pollution is a global priority as the ocean is turning into a plastic soup. Many people see reducing plastic checkout bags as a great first step. While there are over a hundred local checkout bag ordinances in the U.S., no state government has acted yet to reduce plastic…

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Students teaching students in Santa Monica

May 31 2013

Students teaching students in Santa Monica

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The Heal the Bay Surfrider Club at Santa Monica High School just conducted a mentorship program introducing over 40 middle school students and their teachers to water testing methodology and local water pollution issues.

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Dirty Water in Rincón, Puerto Rico

May 31 2013

Dirty Water in Rincón, Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force

The latest batch of water samples tested by the Rincón Chapter showed high levels of bacteria present at local beaches. Here's their BWTF Coordinator's explanation of water quality problems in their corner of Puerto Rico, as sent out with their weekly water quality report.

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Settlement Protects Coastal Waters from Harms of Oil Spill Dispersants

May 30 2013

Settlement Protects Coastal Waters from Harms of Oil Spill Dispersants

Legal Water Quality Oil Spill

Surfrider Foundation filed a settlement today that requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure that toxic oil-dispersing chemicals will not adversely impact sea life and our coastal resources. Surfrider Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment originally filed a lawsuit against the EPA and…

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Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

May 24 2013

Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

Water Quality

With the summer beach season upon us, support within the US Senate is building to restore funding to the federal budget to pay for beach water testing programs that protect swimmers and surfers from getting sick from polluted water.

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Worldwide Beach Litter Stats - Plastics Lead The List

May 22 2013

Worldwide Beach Litter Stats - Plastics Lead The List

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

The Ocean Conservancy recently released the totals from last years' worldwide Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) and each of the top seven items picked up are typically made from plastic. CCD provides a one day snapshot of beach litter with over half a million volunteers picking up over ten million pounds…

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Lawsuit Resurrected to Kill Zombie Toll Road

May 22 2013

Lawsuit Resurrected to Kill Zombie Toll Road

Legal

Back from the dead, a proposal to build the first segment of the 241 toll road was certified by the Transportation Corridor Agencies ("TCA") on April 18, 2013. Today, May 22, 2013, the vigilant group of environmentalists, including Surfrider Foundation, resurrected our California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") lawsuit that challenged…

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6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

May 21 2013

6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

Temperatures are warming and people are thinking about garden plans. Interest among property owners and water agencies is growing for an approach like OFG that combines water quality, water supply and other issues. 6 OFG events, sponsored by Surfrider chapters or private- and public-sector partners, took place in just one…

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Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

May 20 2013

Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

This weekend, over 25 Surfrider Chapters participated in Hands Across the Sand events across the country, joining thousands of activists around the world in saying NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy!

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