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Celebrating 30 Years of Coastal Protection

August 22 2014

Celebrating 30 Years of Coastal Protection

From a group of surfers in Malibu, California, to today’s network of more than 250,000, the Surfrider Foundation celebrates three decades of coastal protection.

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Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

August 04 2014

Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A collaborative effort of the Surfrider-Cape Fear, NC Chapter & UNCW club, university students and professors, and city watershed staff takes a project from concept to reality.

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New Beach Signs Warn the Public of Polluted Conditions

July 22 2014

New Beach Signs Warn the Public of Polluted Conditions

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

One of Surfrider’s newest BWTF labs in Montauk, NY, has already contributed to better community awareness of bacterial contamination at a local beach. Armed with their first year of data, they were able to convince the Town of East Hampton to post a warning sign of a chronic bacteria pollution…

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Seismic Exploration for Oil & Gas Approved off the Atlantic Coast

July 20 2014

Seismic Exploration for Oil & Gas Approved off the Atlantic Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

The federal government has approved seismic exploration for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. The decision, which was strongly opposed by the Surfrider Foundation, could pave the way for offshore drilling in the Atlantic.

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Surfrider ‘Finishes Strong’ in Martin’s Beach Access Case

July 16 2014

Surfrider ‘Finishes Strong’ in Martin’s Beach Access Case

Beach Access Legal

urfrider Foundation delivered powerful closing remarks in the Surfrider Foundation v. Martins Beach I and II LLC case in San Mateo Superior Court today. The crux of the case is to require the property owner, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, to obtain a Coastal Development permit under the Coastal Act,…

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DC Passes EPS Foam Ban

July 15 2014

DC Passes EPS Foam Ban

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

The DC City Council just passed the Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013, including a ban on EPS foam. The DC Chapter & others supported the bill but they had to fight last minute industry efforts to weaken it. They used a unique website and Twitter. http://banthefoam.org/

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Summer crowds get a primer on the proposed ocean outfall for Rehoboth Beach, DE

July 09 2014

Summer crowds get a primer on the proposed ocean outfall for Rehoboth Beach, DE

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter was able to reach peak summer crowds this past holiday weekend. The News Journal ran a front page story on the proposed Rehoboth Beach ocean outfall. The Chapter is opposing the outfall and instead advocating for water recycling options over dumping the treated freshwater out to sea.

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Face Petitions, Bag Legislation and Twitter

July 08 2014

Face Petitions, Bag Legislation and Twitter

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The NYC Chapter has been using Face Petitions to advance a bill for a 10 cent fee on disposable bags. Pictures of faces, a message on a sign about the campaign, and a few key hashtags and handles is all it takes.

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Marin County: sharing BWTF data to inform public policy decisions

July 07 2014

Marin County: sharing BWTF data to inform public policy decisions

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Marin County Chapter has been sharing their volunteer water quality data with local officials and the media as plans are made to increase recreational access to a chronically polluted bay & wetland area and the County struggles to remediate aging and failing sewer infrastructure.

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Coastal Commission Now Enabled to Fine Coastal Landowners

July 01 2014

Coastal Commission Now Enabled to Fine Coastal Landowners

Beach Access Legal

The ocean victories of June, World Oceans Month, are pushing into July. A law goes into effect today and enables the California Coastal Commission to assess fines against landowners wrongfully blocking public beach access. California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins successfully pushed this legislation through as part of the state budget…

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The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

June 30 2014

The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Worldwide, nearly two million single-use plastic bags are used each minute. Plastic bags have been reported as the second-most common type of ocean litter, after cigarette butts. While these numbers are staggering, there seems to be more than a glimmer of hope as the number of single-use plastic bag bans…

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HABs Bill Finally Passes Congress!

June 25 2014

HABs Bill Finally Passes Congress!

Legal Water Quality

As part of an enduring bipartisan effort and after years of advocacy by the environmental community, Congress passed the Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) and Hypoxia Research Control Amendment Act of 2014. This bill directs NOAA to research and devise a response plan to the potentially toxic blooms.

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Lower Gas Prices AND Global Freedom??

June 25 2014

Lower Gas Prices AND Global Freedom??

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Water Quality Oil Spill

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Surfrider’s Paul Herzog in Slow The Flow’s Film #2: Lawn Be Gone

June 24 2014

Surfrider’s Paul Herzog in Slow The Flow’s Film #2: Lawn Be Gone

Ocean Friendly Gardens

The 1st film gave an intro to why polluted runoff is bad. Now get started with removing your turf grass through sheet mulching - featuring Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Coordinator!

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John Kerry leads bold actions to protect our ocean

June 18 2014

John Kerry leads bold actions to protect our ocean

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

This week Secretary of State John Kerry convened the State Department’s first “Our Ocean” conference to focus on domestic and international ocean protection issues that took bold action right from the start.

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Federal Government Moves to Develop 5 Year Leasing Plan for Offshore Drilling

June 17 2014

Federal Government Moves to Develop 5 Year Leasing Plan for Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

The Obama Administration is beginning development of an offshore oil and gas leasing plan for 2017 - 2022. A public comment period is now open until August 15th.

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Wave Protection: More than meets the eye

June 13 2014

Wave Protection: More than meets the eye

Surf Protection

When thinking about protecting a surf spot, it is easy to focus right on the wave itself but protecting a surf spot is a lot more than that.

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Congress Passes Bill on Beach and Water Projects

June 12 2014

Congress Passes Bill on Beach and Water Projects

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection

Congress has passed an updated Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Surfrider chapters worked hard to improve the final version of the bill.

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Right To Use Climate Appropriate Plants Closer To Becoming Law

June 11 2014

Right To Use Climate Appropriate Plants Closer To Becoming Law

Ocean Friendly Gardens

A bill to protect the right of a homeowner to plant climate-appropriate landscaping just got a step closer to the governor's desk. Surfrider initiated a sign-on letter, signed by 10 enviro non-profits, in support of the bill.

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1st of 7 Films Released to Slow & Prevent Runoff

June 10 2014

1st of 7 Films Released to Slow & Prevent Runoff

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class Water Quality

A California state agency is launching 7 short films on how to prevent runoff from landscapes and hard surfaces. The objective is essentially Ocean Friendly Gardens!

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