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Surfrider Vancouver Island Engaging Local Youth

May 05 2015

Surfrider Vancouver Island Engaging Local Youth

Blue Water Task Force Youth QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

The Vancouver Island Chapter is using their Blue Water Youth Task Force water testing program to promote environmental stewardship in youth and ensure safe and healthy access to local coastal habitats. This video documents how engaged the participating kids are in both the water quality testing and protecting the beach,…

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Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You on May 16!

May 04 2015

Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You on May 16!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Do you want to see our coasts protected from offshore drilling? Then sign up to participate in Hands Across the Sand on May 16, 2015!

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Activist Spotlight: We are Grassroots, Bottom-up

April 30 2015

Activist Spotlight: We are Grassroots, Bottom-up

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because… Our oceans, waves, and beaches are at risk, and Surfrider provides the support and tools to maximize the impact I can have in protecting these resources in San Luis Obispo County, and elsewhere.

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Activist Spotlight: Protecting Five Star Waters

April 30 2015

Activist Spotlight: Protecting Five Star Waters

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because…I’m not just one, I’m one of many.

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Tar Ball Training Session Hosted by Emerald Coast Chapter

April 29 2015

Tar Ball Training Session Hosted by Emerald Coast Chapter

Water Quality Oil Spill

Five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Coast Guard and State environmental agencies are scaling way back on their recovery efforts, but the Emerald Coast Chapter continues its grassroots efforts to monitor Northwest Florida beaches for lingering BP oil.

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Your Input is Shaping the Clean Water Rule

April 24 2015

Your Input is Shaping the Clean Water Rule

Water Quality

The EPA has just finished incorporating over 1 million public comments into an Administrative rule to clearly define 'Waters of the US' and restore Clean Water Act protections to small streams and wetlands. Meanwhile some members of Congress are trying to prevent the EPA from finalizing or implementing this rule.…

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Part 4: 4 Steps to Creating an Ocean Friendly Garden

April 22 2015

Part 4: 4 Steps to Creating an Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Having read about two cool gardens and their benefits, you may be getting prepared to create your own. Here's how!

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Seawalls and Sea Level Rise: Not a Winning Course of Action at Sharp Park

April 21 2015

Seawalls and Sea Level Rise: Not a Winning Course of Action at Sharp Park

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring Legal

This article reviews the California Coastal Commission's recent grant of a Coastal Development Permit to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department for developments at Sharp Park golf course, and the Surfrider Foundation San Francisco chapter's ongoing campaign to restore and protect Sharp Park, particularly, from coastal armoring.

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The Next Great Battle

April 20 2015

The Next Great Battle

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Illness Oil Spill

Today, April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite the catastrophic effects this spill had – and continues to have – on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and coastal communities, the federal government is still attempting to introduce new drilling along much of the…

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Surfrider Becomes Regular Part of Science Class

April 16 2015

Surfrider Becomes Regular Part of Science Class

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) is a great way for teachers to put a familiar face on science. The Surfrider chapter OFG Chair comes back for a 2nd year of presentations, pointing to the OFG installed there.

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Part 3: Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

April 14 2015

Part 3: Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

For Part 3, we head to the East Coast - Wilmington, North Carolina - for an Ocean Friendly Garden sponging up rainwater to help clean up surf and shellfish habitat, plus slow down and sink water to preventing flooding.

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Advancing Ocean Planning

April 13 2015

Advancing Ocean Planning

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

I had the good fortune to score an invitation from the Healthy Oceans Coalition to attend a series of meetings to promote the National Ocean Policy in Washington, D.C., this March.

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Why Seismic Matters - The Atlantic Braces for Shock Waves

April 10 2015

Why Seismic Matters - The Atlantic Braces for Shock Waves

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The federal government has released a map showing where companies have applied to conduct seismic testing in the Atlantic. Seismic testing is the first step towards offshore drilling and will cause major impacts to marine wildlife.

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Volunteers for Our Ocean

April 10 2015

Volunteers for Our Ocean

Whether it's cleaning up a beach, testing water or speaking at a city council meeting Surfrider Foundation volunteers represent the true meaning of “National Volunteer Week.” For more than 30 years, they have been working to protect our oceans, waves and beaches so we can enjoy them today, tomorrow and…

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Part 2: OFG Creates Cleaner Surf & Saves Water

April 09 2015

Part 2: OFG Creates Cleaner Surf & Saves Water

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW Lawn Patrol

Did you know your yard can provide the lifeblood of a healthy watershed and ocean? With the proper design, installation and maintenance, you will not only ensure a healthy landscape, but reduce water use and have piece of mind and more free time to spend enjoying the ocean.

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Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

April 09 2015

Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

Water Quality Illness Public Notification

Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Have you developed a rash, skin infection, flu-like symptoms or an upset stomach after going for a surf or swim? Use this online tool to report incidents of ocean illness.

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Activist Spotlight: Keeping It Clean Upstream

April 01 2015

Activist Spotlight: Keeping It Clean Upstream

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because… I’m a Pisces and therefore a fish so I crave water in any form whether it’s liquid, solid, or somewhere in-between.

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Activist Spotlight: Wet Feet and Dirty Hands

April 01 2015

Activist Spotlight: Wet Feet and Dirty Hands

Activist Spotlight

I am Surfrider because…I surf, sail, paddle, photograph, band osprey, explore, go fishing, and live for the water.

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The BEACH Act at 15 years

March 31 2015

The BEACH Act at 15 years

Water Quality Public Notification

Fifteen years ago, the BEACH Act enjoyed popular, bi-partisan support as it passed through the halls of Congress, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 10, 2000. Since then, this critical piece of legislation has fallen victim to the budget wars between Congress and the President,…

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Surfrider Visits White House for Ocean Progress Report

March 30 2015

Surfrider Visits White House for Ocean Progress Report

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider staff Matt Gove, along with representatives from other leading ocean environmental groups, met with White House officials to discuss the continued implementation of the National Ocean Policy (NOP). "Surfrider applauds the great work done by the National Ocean Council to strengthen and preserve our coastal and ocean ecosystems, communities,…

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