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Victory for Clean Water!

May 27 2015

Victory for Clean Water!

Water Quality

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today, May 27, 2015, restoring Clean Water Act protections to nearly 20 million acres of wetlands, two million miles of streams, and the drinking water for 117 million Americans.

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Activist Spotlight: Our NorCal Ocean Defenders

May 26 2015

Activist Spotlight: Our NorCal Ocean Defenders

Activist Spotlight

This month features three activists sharing the spotlight -- Jane Hatfield, Melea Emunah & Megan Turmon -- all hailing from the Branson School Water Testing Team, Marin County, California.

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Updates on Santa Barbara Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach

May 22 2015

Updates on Santa Barbara Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Oil Spill

On May 19, 2015, the popular and pristine beaches of Refugio State Beach were covered by sticky, smelly, black oil. Shockwaves spread through Santa Barbara—a tiny town all too familiar with oil spills. As Santa Barbara once again contends with a catastrophic spill, the memories of the devastating 1969 spill…

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NYC Surfrider Weaves Fun & Teamwork Into Bio-Swale Project

May 22 2015

NYC Surfrider Weaves Fun & Teamwork Into Bio-Swale Project

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Surfers, the City and a business team up for a second year of turning a landscape "brick" into a "sponge" to absorb water, filter pollution and create beautiful wildlife habitat.

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Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 4

May 22 2015

Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 4

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

UNCW Surfrider College Club member and Youth Leadership Program summer intern Alexandra Brooks shares her experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4 part series.

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Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 3

May 22 2015

Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 3

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Cal State Channel Island College Club Chair Kevin Piper shares his experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4-part series.

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Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 2

May 22 2015

Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 2

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Cal Poly College Club Chair Alex Ly shares his experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4 part series.

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2014 BWTF Annual Report

May 21 2015

2014 BWTF Annual Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Surfrider Foundation is pleased to release its 2014 Annual Report for the Blue Water Task Force program. The time and interest that chapters and volunteers continue to dedicate towards monitoring the water quality at their local beaches is truly inspiring, especially as our federal government continues to threaten to…

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May 20 2015

Surfrider’s Response to the Oil Spill in Santa Barbara County

Surfrider Foundation is deeply dismayed to report that on Tuesday, May 19th nearly 105,000 gallons of oil spilled when a pipeline broke onshore near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, resulting in a 4-mile-wide oil slick. This accident is a stark reminder of how dangerous and dirty oil drilling…

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Surfrider College Clubs, Chapters & Staff take to Capitol Hill

May 20 2015

Surfrider College Clubs, Chapters & Staff take to Capitol Hill

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD

On May 11-14th Surfrider staff and four college students from a variety of Surfrider Clubs across the US attend the Blue Vision Summit in DC. Hosted by the Blue Frontier Campaign, the Blue Vision Summit brought together ocean advocates, scientists, and members of industry to discuss ways to advance marine…

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House Votes to Block EPA’s Clean Water Rule

May 19 2015

House Votes to Block EPA’s Clean Water Rule

Water Quality

On May 12, 2015 the U. S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1732, The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015. This bill requires the EPA to withdraw their proposed clean water rule and go back to the drawing board. Fortunately, this bill did not receive enough votes to overturn a…

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Santa Cruz BWTF, 20+ Years of Service!

May 19 2015

Santa Cruz BWTF, 20+ Years of Service!

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

The Santa Cruz Chapter was one of the first Surfrider chapters to establish a BWTF water testing program back in 1993. Over the past 20+ years, the chapter has been building a historical record of water quality information for local beaches and driving campaigns to solve beach pollution problems.

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Marin County BWTF Fostering Student Scientists & Advocates

May 19 2015

Marin County BWTF Fostering Student Scientists & Advocates

Blue Water Task Force Youth Water Quality

The Marin County Chapter uses its BWTF water testing program to educate local high school students on the science and methodology of water quality monitoring, local water pollution issues, and Surfrider’s mission to protect and enjoy our ocean, waves and beaches.

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South Sound BWTF in Tacoma, WA

May 19 2015

South Sound BWTF in Tacoma, WA

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

The South Sound Chapter is providing a great collaborative opportunity through their BWTF water testing program for an educational institution, Surfrider volunteers, and local health agencies to work together to provide better protection for beachgoers and water recreational enthusiasts in Tacoma, Washington.

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Virginia Beach BWTF, 1st Year Anniversary

May 19 2015

Virginia Beach BWTF, 1st Year Anniversary

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

This spring marks the passage of a successful first year of providing year-round water quality information to surfers and other ocean recreationists by the Virginia Beach BWTF

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Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

May 17 2015

Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Over 30 Surfrider Chapters participated in Hands Across the Sand events on May 16th, joining thousands of activists around the world in saying NO to offshore drilling and dirty fuels and YES to clean energy!

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Surfrider Releases Recreational Use Study for the Washington Coast

May 13 2015

Surfrider Releases Recreational Use Study for the Washington Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

The Surfrider Foundation, in partnership with Point 97 and the state of Washington, recently completed the Washington Coastal and Ocean Recreation Study and today released the final report.

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Citizen Science Collaborating with Agency Programs in Oregon

May 13 2015

Citizen Science Collaborating with Agency Programs in Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Water Quality

Surfrider and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality co-hosted a beach bacteria workshop in Newport, Oregon to inform the public of their joint efforts to asses beach water quality impairments and support the DEQ's Midcoast Water Quality Management Process.

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Surfers & Turtles Like Florida’s Natural Beaches

May 12 2015

Surfers & Turtles Like Florida’s Natural Beaches

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Florida's Sebastian Inlet Surfrider Chapter had helped re-plant beaches in a wildlife refuge for several years. So when they heard that an oceanfront home was going to be demolished, they were there to restore the property to native coastal strand.

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Surfrider Releases Ocean Friendly Gardens 2014 Report

May 11 2015

Surfrider Releases Ocean Friendly Gardens 2014 Report

Ocean Friendly Gardens

33 Chapters conduct 277 activities, showing the value of the soil to sponge up water, filter pollution, prevent flooding and lock up carbon dioxide.

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