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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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The 2012 BWTF Annual Report

May 20 2013

The 2012 BWTF Annual Report

Blue Water Task Force

The Surfrider chapters, volunteers, teachers & students that make up the Blue Water Task Force supported by Emergen-C Blue®, undertook a massive water monitoring effort at their local beaches during 2012.

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The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

May 20 2013

The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

Read about the long and complicated path the Northwest Straits Chapter has followed to discover, investigate and help solve water pollution problems at Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, Washington. Written in the Chapter Chair, Eleanor Hines, own words.

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Progressive Stormwater Permit Approved In San Diego

May 17 2013

Progressive Stormwater Permit Approved In San Diego

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

On May 8th, 2013 the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) unanimously approved a new regional MS4 permit implementing a watershed-based approach to stormwater management with an increased reliance on Low Impact Development (LID).

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Gradients of Surf Protection

May 16 2013

Gradients of Surf Protection

Surf Protection

A look at how strategic approach, local community action and legal protection predicts the likely outcome of surf protection.

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Bag Ban Legislative Season Heats Up!

May 13 2013

Bag Ban Legislative Season Heats Up!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

As the legislative season heats up in areas around the country, there is an increase in plastics related legislation. "The largest single subject of all these bills at the state level is plastic bags. Thirty-five plus bills would either ban plastic bags or put taxes on them or require their…

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Surfrider Club At Florida Elementary School Plants First Ocean Friendly Garden

May 13 2013

Surfrider Club At Florida Elementary School Plants First Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Students with the Surfrider QUAD Club decided that their first project would be a hands-on experience with installing an Ocean Friendly Garden. Now it's a permanent solution to pollution and a great learning tool for them and for the community. It may spark changes off campus, too!

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Global Wave Conference: #gwc2013

May 01 2013

Global Wave Conference: #gwc2013

Surf Protection

The third Global Wave Conference (GWC2013) will take place in Rosarito, Baja California Mexico from May 5th - 8th. The conference is being organized by Wildcoast and Surfrider and is a gathering of the world's surf protection NGOs, researchers and academic institutions to focus on collaboration to protect the globe's…

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Say No to Atlantic Seismic: Sign the White House Petition!

April 29 2013

Say No to Atlantic Seismic: Sign the White House Petition!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Actor and ocean advocate Ted Danson has launched a White House Petition asking President Obama to cancel planned seismic airgun testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean. The goal: to collect 100,000 signatures by May 15 to compel the President to provide an official response on the issue.

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Watershed Adventures Of A Water Bottle

April 29 2013

Watershed Adventures Of A Water Bottle

Rise Above Plastics

Check out this great children's book that was recently published to help raise awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution and how kids can help prevent it. Jennifer Chambers does a nice job of telling a story that is compelling and interesting while the artwork from Jesse Auth illustrates the…

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What Does a Plastic Packaging Bill Look Like?

April 29 2013

What Does a Plastic Packaging Bill Look Like?

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The enormity of the plastic pollution problem in our oceans is staggering. Surfrider Foundation has been hard at work advocating for local bag bans, polystyrene foam foodware bans and regulations of cigarette butts, amongst other efforts. But what else can we do to make sure we are targeting other forms…

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Congress Gets Poor Marks on Offshore Drilling Safety

April 28 2013

Congress Gets Poor Marks on Offshore Drilling Safety

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

A new report by Oil Spill Commission Action gives Congress a "D+" for its failure to improve the safety and environmental oversight of offshore drilling.

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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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