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No Butts About It: Surfrider Hawaii Chapters Win Award for Tobacco-Free Beaches

October 24 2014

No Butts About It: Surfrider Hawaii Chapters Win Award for Tobacco-Free Beaches

At their annual conference in mid-October, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii (CTFH) gave the Surfrider Foundation’s Hawaii Chapters the Alaka’i Award for the 2014 Outstanding Organization of the Year. The Coalition gave us the award in recognition of our Hold On To Your Butt campaign and our partnership with…

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Students Build Garden Friendly To Ocean & Butterflies

October 24 2014

Students Build Garden Friendly To Ocean & Butterflies

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

This project got started when Surfrider-First Coast Chapter Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) Coordinator, Paul Hayden, got a request from Fletcher Middle School Art Teacher, Chris Hicks (in Jacksonville Beach, Florida), to help turn three garden spots at the School into Ocean Friendly Butterfly Gardens.

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Montauk, NY: Don’t Bag our Beach!

October 24 2014

Montauk, NY: Don’t Bag our Beach!

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring

The Eastern Long Island Chapter has successfully grabbed the attention of their local newspaper by protesting a plan by the Army Corps to build up the beach of downtown Montauk with GeoTubes. A recent, unsolicited editorial noted the Chapter's position and put forth that the Corps' money would be better…

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How to Rise Above Plastics: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

October 21 2014

How to Rise Above Plastics: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam Tsunami Debris

The reality of plastic pollution is that it is happening in every home, office, school and community. It’s plaguing our country. Plastic creates toxic pollution at just about every stage of its existence, from manufacture, to use, to disposal. Considering the facts, it’s no surprise that it’s the most prevalent…

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Clean Up Cowell’s

October 15 2014

Clean Up Cowell’s

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

Santa Cruz Chapter leader and Education Coordinator Amber Jones recently down with local Jack O’Neill to talk about the serious water quality issue at Cowell's Beach. The Chapter has been leading a campaign to get this popular beach off of California's dirtiest beach bummer list.

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Sustainable Alternatives to Unfettered Offshore Drilling

October 13 2014

Sustainable Alternatives to Unfettered Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

Let’s face it: we are all creatures of habit. Some of our largest corporations supply us with energy through fossil fuels, which are drilled from the earth. We’ve had this arrangement for many years, but it isn’t working so well any more...

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Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

October 03 2014

Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

Legal Water Quality

Even though Surfrider Foundation was not successful in our Intervention in support of Kaua'i County and their GMO/Pesticides Right to Know ordinance at the lower court, we have appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Surfrider Foundation and our allies hope to prove that this type of…

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Steps To Create An Ocean Friendly Garden

October 03 2014

Steps To Create An Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

From checking out local gardens and evaluating your site, to hosting a workday, there are steps to success for both the garden owner and the Surfrider chapter.

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California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

October 03 2014

California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

Last year’s legislative season in California was a bust for the coast and ocean. In 2013, Surfrider worked on ten coastal and ocean protection bills, and only two bills were signed into law. Surprisingly, this year’s season was the opposite and very successful. Surfrider actively worked on more than a…

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Vancouver Island Blue Water Youth Task Force

October 03 2014

Vancouver Island Blue Water Youth Task Force

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The Vancouver Island Blue Water Youth Task Force began testing water quality at 15 local beaches and waterways in June, 2014. The Chapter is using this program to raise awareness community awareness of water quality issues and to engage local youth groups and First Nations.

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Meet Surfrider’s New CEO: Chad Nelsen

October 01 2014

Meet Surfrider’s New CEO: Chad Nelsen

After an exhaustive national search, the Surfrider Foundation named its new CEO – and it's none other than Dr. Chad Nelsen, the Environmental Director of the organization for the last 16 years.

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It’s Official! CA Gov. Brown Signs Bag Ban Bill

September 30 2014

It’s Official! CA Gov. Brown Signs Bag Ban Bill

On the eve of Rise Above Plastics Month, California’s statewide ban on single-use plastic bags has become official. Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270, the bill to ban single-use plastic bags and put a fee on paper bags.

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Charlie Plybon, Oregon Policy Manager, Represents

September 29 2014

Charlie Plybon, Oregon Policy Manager, Represents

Oregon Policy Manager Charlie Plybon was recently confirmed by the Oregon State Senate, and appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to serve a 4 year term on the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council as a representative for non-fishing recreation.

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Court Rules in Favor of Access to Martin’s Beach!

September 24 2014

Court Rules in Favor of Access to Martin’s Beach!

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation was triumphant in a very important legal battle today with the ruling of San Mateo Superior Court Judge Barbara J. Mallach in favor of Surfrider Foundation’s arguments to restore beach access at Martin’s Beach. Specifically, Surfrider Foundation filed this case on March 12, 2013 in order to enforce…

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Do a Good Turn: An Interview with Shaun Tomson

September 24 2014

Do a Good Turn: An Interview with Shaun Tomson

Stuart Coleman, Surfrider Foundation's Hawaii Regional Manager, sits down with professional surfer and former world champion, environmentalist, businessman and longtime Surfrider Ambassador, Shaun Tomson.

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CA Law Lets Homeowners Replace Grass Without Being Fined Or Sued

September 19 2014

CA Law Lets Homeowners Replace Grass Without Being Fined Or Sued

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Homeowner association (HOA) residents can now replace their turf grass with low water use plants without fear of being fined or sued by their HOA. Less turf means cleaner surf, since urban runoff is the #1 source of ocean pollution.

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Government Declares Drought In Western States - Again & Again!  Our Approach For Dry & Wet Years

September 17 2014

Government Declares Drought In Western States - Again & Again!  Our Approach For Dry & Wet Years

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling Ocean Friendly Gardens

Surfrider's Clean Water Initiative is a solution for wet and dry years - and for drier and wetter climates. It connects together our work to reduce water use, utilize rainwater as a resource, and recycle "wastewater."

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Restoring Clean Water Act Protections Upstream

September 09 2014

Restoring Clean Water Act Protections Upstream

Water Quality

The EPA is now accepting comments on a proposed rule that will restore Clean Water Act protections for nearly 20 million acres of wetlands, two million miles of streams, and the drinking water for 117 million Americans.

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A Turn For the Better For A Maui Beach Park

September 09 2014

A Turn For the Better For A Maui Beach Park

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Maui beach parks have been a source of polluted runoff. The Surfrider-Maui Chapter installaed two Ocean Friendly Gardens at the S-Turns Beach Park to demonstrate a new model.

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NOAA Study Finds Southern Californians Will (and Do!) Pay More to Visit Clean, Unpolluted Beaches

September 05 2014

NOAA Study Finds Southern Californians Will (and Do!) Pay More to Visit Clean, Unpolluted Beaches

Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Every year the Surfrider Foundation coordinates with the Ocean Conservancy and the California Coastal Commission on International Coastal Cleanup Day to sweep clean beaches all over the world. Chapters all along our nation’s coast organize monthly regional cleanups where volunteers pick up trash on local beaches. Members of Surfrider’s Blue…

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