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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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Message in a Plastic Bottle

June 09 2014

Message in a Plastic Bottle

Rise Above Plastics

This spring, Ken Campbell, hailing from the South Sound Surfrider Chapter, undertook a 150-mile journey around the Puget Sound to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean. His entire journey was made aboard a kayak he crafted by hand from discarded single-use plastic bottles.

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BWTF 2013 Annual Report

June 03 2014

BWTF 2013 Annual Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Surfrider is pleased to release the 2013 Blue Water Task Force Annual Report. The Blue Water Task Force is our volunteer-run water testing program that Chapters are implementing to protect their local waves, beaches and coastal ecosystems.

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Port Orford BWTF: Engaging the community around the Red Rocks Marine Reserve

June 03 2014

Port Orford BWTF: Engaging the community around the Red Rocks Marine Reserve

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth Water Quality

The Port Orford BWTF in Oregon is a collaborative effort between the Curry County Surfrider Chapter, the Redfish Rocks Community Team the local School District, providing citizen-science opportunities in and around the Red Rocks Marine Reserve.

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Blue Water Task Force on Eastern Long Island, New York

June 03 2014

Blue Water Task Force on Eastern Long Island, New York

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

During the summer of 2013, the Eastern Long Island Chapter began water quality testing at some of the most popular swimming and surfing beaches on Long Island, extending the BWTF's presence on the East Coast. The Chapter is using this new water testing program to raise public awareness of local…

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San Luis Obispo BWTF: Building capacity to investigate local pollution problems

June 03 2014

San Luis Obispo BWTF: Building capacity to investigate local pollution problems

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

The San Luis Obispo SLO BWTF began 2013 as a small water testing program with two volunteers who conducted weekly sampling at two sites. Throughout the year, the Chapter’s BWTF Coordinator built a team of dedicated water samplers and testers that are out monitoring eleven sites on a weekly basis.

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Hydromodification - What is It?

June 02 2014

Hydromodification - What is It?

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Quality

Hydromodification is the alteration of the natural flow of water through a landscape, and often takes the form of channel modification or channelization. It is one of the leading sources of impairment in streams, lakes, estuaries, aquifers, and other water bodies in the United States.

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Texas Lawmaker Leads Attack on our National Ocean Policy

June 01 2014

Texas Lawmaker Leads Attack on our National Ocean Policy

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Led by Rep. Bill Flores, the U.S. House has passed an amendment to defund the National Ocean Policy. The measure will now be considered by the Senate. Please contact your federal reps to tell them you support our National Ocean Policy

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Middle Schoolers Stoked on Ocean Friendly Gardens

May 27 2014

Middle Schoolers Stoked on Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

Paul Hayden, Chair of the Ocean Friendly Gardens Program for the Surfrider-First Coast Chapter, gave a well-received talk to classes at Fletcher Middle School in Jacksonville, FL. Learn from Paul how it came about, what was said, and how it’s leading to an OFG landscape retrofit project.

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Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

May 22 2014

Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

Water Quality

With the summer beach season fast approaching, support within Congress is building to restore funding to the federal budget to pay for beach water testing programs that protect swimmers and surfers from getting sick from polluted water.

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Surfrider Launches Recreational Survey for Washington State

May 20 2014

Surfrider Launches Recreational Survey for Washington State

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider has launched a recreational survey for Washington's coast to inform the state's marine spatial planning process.

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Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

May 18 2014

Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Over 20 Surfrider Chapters participated in Hands Across the Sand, joining activists around the world in saying NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy!

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BWTF launches in Virginia Beach

May 02 2014

BWTF launches in Virginia Beach

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

On Sunday, April 6, 2014 the Virginia Beach chapter initiated their BWTF water quality monitoring program! They sampled 3 ocean beaches, and happily all three sites tested clean. The Chapter plans to track the water quality at these sites as the weather gets warmer and the summer crowds arrive.

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Lawsuit to Open Martin’s Beach Goes to Trial

April 30 2014

Lawsuit to Open Martin’s Beach Goes to Trial

Beach Access Legal

One year after filing suit to open access to Martin’s Beach, a well-loved beach and surf spot south of Half Moon Bay, California, the Surfrider Foundation’s lawsuit is set for trial on Monday, May 5 at 9 a.m. PDT.

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Promising Wave Energy Project Canceled off the Oregon Coast

April 25 2014

Promising Wave Energy Project Canceled off the Oregon Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Ocean Power Technologies has canceled plans to develop a wave energy project off Reedsport, Oregon. The Surfrider Foundation had participated in project planning and supported through signing a settlement agreement

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Getting Bigger Bang For Landscape Buck

April 18 2014

Getting Bigger Bang For Landscape Buck

Ocean Friendly Gardens

After reading a Los Angeles Times article on turf grass vs. no turf grass, the discussion seems much more about getting more bang for the buck for landscapes and hardscapes: economically, ecologically, and in many other ways.

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Surfrider Un-Paving San Francisco & Scaling-Up Ocean Friendly Gardens

April 18 2014

Surfrider Un-Paving San Francisco & Scaling-Up Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Surfrider activists work with a team of a 5 residents on a street, plus the support of government and a fellow non-profit to clean up urban runoff by greening up cemented-over parkways in San Francisco. It's a way to scale-up OFG.

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Marine Sanctuaries in Northern California Slated for Expansion

April 14 2014

Marine Sanctuaries in Northern California Slated for Expansion

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The federal government is planning to expand two National Marine Sanctuaries in northern California. Please provide your public comments in support by the June 30 deadline

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