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Congress takes aim at the Clean Water Act

February 10 2015

Congress takes aim at the Clean Water Act

Water Quality

In a joint hearing held February 4, 2015 between the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Committee for the Environment and Public Works, majority leaders voiced their opposition to a rule proposed by the EPA to clarify protections for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

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President’s FY2016 Budget proposes zero funding for beach programs…Again!

February 10 2015

President’s FY2016 Budget proposes zero funding for beach programs…Again!

Water Quality Public Notification

On Monday, February 2, 2015, President Obama released his budget for FY 2016, which once again proposes to eliminate the EPA BEACH Grants Program that funds water quality monitoring and public notification programs at beaches across the country.

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Activist Spotlight: One Wave at a Time

January 30 2015

Activist Spotlight: One Wave at a Time

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because… I want to change the world one wave at a time!

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Activist Spotlight: Fighting for Florida’s Beaches

January 30 2015

Activist Spotlight: Fighting for Florida’s Beaches

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because… I love Florida's natural beaches and I want to see them preserved.

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Chapter Appeals Ocean Outfall Decision in Delaware

January 29 2015

Chapter Appeals Ocean Outfall Decision in Delaware

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation filed an appeal with the Environmental Appeals Board Monday, January 26th, opposing the recent decision by DNREC to allow the proposed ocean outfall for the Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility to move forward.

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Surfrider Represents at Mid-Atlantic RPB Meeting in New York City

January 28 2015

Surfrider Represents at Mid-Atlantic RPB Meeting in New York City

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider staff made public comments at a two-day meeting of a new Mid-Atlantic ocean and coastal management body in New York City. Surfrider views this body as an opportunity to be proactive in protecting our oceans and beaches through creation of a comprehensive plan for protection and management of all…

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Montgomery County Maryland Bans Disposable Foam Food Containers

January 28 2015

Montgomery County Maryland Bans Disposable Foam Food Containers

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam Water Quality

One in four pieces of trash in the rivers near our nation's capital are foamed plastic. The DC Chapter just helped to ban foamed plastic in Montgomery County, MD.

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New Drilling Proposed in the Atlantic: Time to Speak Out!

January 27 2015

New Drilling Proposed in the Atlantic: Time to Speak Out!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The Obama Administration has announced plans for new offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Please submit comments online and attend an upcoming public hearing!

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4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

January 26 2015

4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Legal Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

A federal court found that the County of Maui was unlawfully damaging the water quality of Maui's coast on Friday, January 23rd, with a ruling that injection well discharges from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility are violating the Clean Water Act. Judge Susan Oki Mollway found that the County is…

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Tackling Contamination at Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz

January 26 2015

Tackling Contamination at Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

The Santa Cruz Chapter's Blue Water Task Force water testing program is supporting the efforts of a new Working Group tasked by the City to find and test out all potential solutions to the chronic contamination that has plagued Cowell's Beach over recent years.

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Congress Proposes New Oil Drilling off our Coasts

January 22 2015

Congress Proposes New Oil Drilling off our Coasts

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

This week, members of Congress introduced legislation to expand offshore drilling off the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts.

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Florida Chapters Rally Against Seismic Testing

January 22 2015

Florida Chapters Rally Against Seismic Testing

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

The Florida Chapters are working with local governments to say NO to expanded seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic Coast!

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Victory!  Short Sands Water Quality Protection

January 22 2015

Victory!  Short Sands Water Quality Protection

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

Oregon Parks Department is nearing completion on a new septic system at Short Sands beach to help address the water quality issues first identified in August of 2013, through the work of the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program, Department of Environmental Quality, Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force Program and concerned local…

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Deepening Our Roots With The Native Plant Society

January 16 2015

Deepening Our Roots With The Native Plant Society

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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Blue Vision Summit: May 11-14 in Washington DC

January 14 2015

Blue Vision Summit: May 11-14 in Washington DC

Ocean Ecosystems

Registration is now open for the Blue Vision Summit in Washington DC on May 11-14. The Summit brings together ocean advocates from around the country to discuss ways to advance ocean and coastal conservation.

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State Approves Ocean Outfall for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

January 07 2015

State Approves Ocean Outfall for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

After taking two years to come to a decision, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has just given approval to the City of Rehoboth Beach to apply for $25 million to build a new ocean outfall for sewage discharge. The Delaware Surfrider Chapter has been opposing…

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New QUAD Club and BWTF Lab Launches in Bandon, Oregon!

January 07 2015

New QUAD Club and BWTF Lab Launches in Bandon, Oregon!

Blue Water Task Force Youth QUAD

The Coos Bay Chapter has teamed up with a science class at Bandon High School to increase youth engagement in local water quality issues.

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Surfrider Appointed to Federal Marine Protected Areas Committee

January 05 2015

Surfrider Appointed to Federal Marine Protected Areas Committee

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The Surfrider Foundation has been selected to represent recreational users on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee.

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2014 in Review: Victories

December 19 2014

2014 in Review: Victories

As 2014 nears an end, we here at the Surfrider Foundation reflect on our mission, what we’ve accomplished and what lies ahead for our oceans, waves and beaches in 2015.

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Activist Spotlight: A Leader’s Legacy

December 18 2014

Activist Spotlight: A Leader’s Legacy

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because… I love this small blue planet.

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