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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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Surfrider Launches Survey for Recreational Users in the Mid-Atlantic

July 06 2013

Surfrider Launches Survey for Recreational Users in the Mid-Atlantic

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider has launched on online survey to capture where people recreate along the coasts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Please take a few minutes to participate!

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Moving beyond the dam era

July 05 2013

Moving beyond the dam era

Know Your H20

From the earliest development of the western United States, the federal government, was in the business of diverting natural river flows and building dams. The arguably well-intentioned program of building dams has had significant adverse impacts on our coast and ocean. But there has been a mind-shift recently towards dam…

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Summer Target: Foam Coolers

July 03 2013

Summer Target: Foam Coolers

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

One great way to help reduce plastic pollution on Independence Day and all summer long is to avoid buying one of those cheap polystyrene coolers. They are not durable, typically don't carry much and are a nightmare to cleanup once they break into small pieces. If you are reading this,…

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Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2013 Report

July 03 2013

Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2013 Report

Water Quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council has just released their annual Testing the Waters report. The number of beach closing and advisory days reported in 2012 was once again over 20,000, confirming that our nation's beaches continue to experience significant water pollution that puts swimmers and local economies at risk.

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Congress Opens Our Coasts to New Drilling

June 30 2013

Congress Opens Our Coasts to New Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to dramatically expand offshore drilling in the U.S. Fortunately, the proposal must also pass the Senate to become law, so please contact your Senator to ask him/ her to oppose new drilling off our coasts!

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It’s Official, LA Mayor Signs Plastic Bag Bag Into Law!

June 26 2013

It’s Official, LA Mayor Signs Plastic Bag Bag Into Law!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa cemented his stellar environmental record by signing the plastic checkout bag ban into law. City Council has been working on the issue for ten years and finally passed an ordinance this year that will make LA the largest city in the U.S. to take meaningful…

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Ocean Leaders Call on President Obama and Congress to Improve Ocean Governance

June 25 2013

Ocean Leaders Call on President Obama and Congress to Improve Ocean Governance

Ocean Ecosystems

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative has released a report with recommendations for the U.S. to improve its ocean and coastal management. The Surfrider Foundation was one of many stakeholders that provided input and we endorse many of the recommendations.

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