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One Foot At A Time

October 10 2013

One Foot At A Time

Rise Above Plastics

Have you heard of the One Foot At A Time cleanup contest where you could win great prizes like Teva sandals and a Firewire surfboard?! It's pretty simple, collect plastic litter from the beach or your favorite place to play outside and create an art piece with the templates we…

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Plastic Bags—> Bikinis

October 07 2013

Plastic Bags—> Bikinis

Rise Above Plastics

Plastic bag recycling rates are typically in the single digits. When they do get recycled, plastic bags are often 'downcycled' into less desirable items such as benches that can't be recycled or part of a new plastic bag - not the whole thing. Sarah Bellums in San Luis Obispo, CA…

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A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

October 03 2013

A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A team of school staff, parents and kids working with community groups, professionals and Surfrider-Ventura County Chapter made this garden happen. Now the school district grounds and maintenance staff are up for doing them at more schools!

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Santa Barbara and South Lake Tahoe vote to ban the bag!

October 02 2013

Santa Barbara and South Lake Tahoe vote to ban the bag!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Yesterday was a good day for reducing plastic bag litter as the Santa Barbara City Council and South Lake Tahoe City Council in California both voted to ban plastic checkout bags. The ordinances cover grocery stores and other food retailers while including a ten-cent fee on paper bags as the…

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Built to Spill

October 01 2013

Built to Spill

Water Quality Oil Spill

As the debate over the size of the BP Gulf Oil spills enters the courts, we recount our front row view of the spill estimates (really underestimates) and the great work SkyTruth did you reveal the true scale of the spill.

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Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint!

September 30 2013

Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint!

Rise Above Plastics

The Surfrider Foundation is excited to announce that “Rise Above Plastics Month” is underway! The goal for October is to educate people on the threats single-use plastics pose to our marine environments, and challenge them to reduce their plastic footprint by making simple changes in their daily lives. Two main…

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The golden age of coastal use mapping?

September 27 2013

The golden age of coastal use mapping?

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Driven by emerging uses of the ocean such as wave and wind energy, the Surfrider Foundation is conducting several new and upcoming ocean recreation studies across the country to inform ocean planning. Ocean planners are seeking this information on to develop plans that will protect existing uses of the ocean…

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Plastic Nest and Net Patrol on Kauai

September 26 2013

Plastic Nest and Net Patrol on Kauai

Rise Above Plastics

Recently a Surfrider Kauai Chapter activist sent along this photo of a plastic nest. Not a nest with a few pieces of plastic, but a nest with "very uniform tough plastic fiber…with a few natural fibers." Hawaii is in the middle of the ocean, but basically on the edge of…

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Just a few reasons why desal is not the answer…

September 20 2013

Just a few reasons why desal is not the answer…

Know Your H20 Desalination

Desalination is often touted as the solution to our water woes. However, Surfrider begs to differ and suggests that desalination done in an environmentally responsible fashion should only be considered after water conservation and recycling have been exhausted. Check out this short clip from David Zetland of Wageningen University, as…

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Partnership Creates Garden That Beautifies Community Arts/Literary Center

September 20 2013

Partnership Creates Garden That Beautifies Community Arts/Literary Center

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Creating an Ocean Friendly Garden at a high profile community center means lots of people will see it. Get the approval, support and funding can be a little more challenging than a private-owned site. Maintenance is also a factor.

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El Cerrito bans plastic bags AND polystyrene foam foodware!

September 18 2013

El Cerrito bans plastic bags AND polystyrene foam foodware!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Last night El Cerrito took a big step towards sustainability and plastic litter reduction by finalizing two ordinances - one to ban plastic checkout bags and another that bans polystyrene food containers at restaurants. California is on the leading edge of plastic litter reduction with over 80 municipalities covered by…

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Mark Your Calendars for Rise Above Plastics Month in October!

September 17 2013

Mark Your Calendars for Rise Above Plastics Month in October!

Rise Above Plastics

Surfrider recently announced that October will be Rise Above Plastics Month - A Challenge to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint! The goal of the month is to educate people on the threats single-use plastics pose to our marine environments, and challenge them to reduce their plastic footprint by making simple changes…

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Florida is Running Out of Sand!

September 12 2013

Florida is Running Out of Sand!

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

Beach replenishment is the main tool along much of our coast to protect coastal development, but in Southern FL they are simply running out of sand and counties are fighting counties in what amounts to Sand Wars.

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Primer on the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”)

September 11 2013

Primer on the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”)

Legal

The California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") is California's premier environmental law. The law ensures that there is protection of the environment and informed self-government. Projects must be reviewed for their environmental impacts, which must be avoided or mitigated whenever feasible. The law functions by including the public's point of view,…

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Plastic Paradise - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

September 11 2013

Plastic Paradise - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Rise Above Plastics

"Plastic Paradise" is an independent documentary film that chronicles Angela Sun's personal journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, celebrities, legislators and activists who…

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OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

September 06 2013

OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Wastewater Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Five Surfrider chapters from four Hawaiian islands gathered for their annual conference, and learned about Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. A pre-conference meeting with a sister non-profit, and a tour by them after the conference, showed partnership potential on one island. Now, several island chapters are kicking off an OFG…

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Welcome Aboard Montauk, NY!

August 29 2013

Welcome Aboard Montauk, NY!

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

The BWTF is continuing to grow on the east coast. The Eastern Long Island Chapter and their local partner, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, have just gotten the newest BWTF water testing lab up and running this summer.

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It’s great to recycle - when convenient.

August 29 2013

It’s great to recycle - when convenient.

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The plastics industry and major corporations want you to believe that recycling is the holy grail of conservation. If they keep pumping out products and we recycle it all, everyone wins! Right? The truth seems to be a bit more complicated than that. It starts with the realization that the…

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Los Angeles is the epicenter of Coastal Act abuse

August 26 2013

Los Angeles is the epicenter of Coastal Act abuse

Beach Access

Los Angeles County is the epicenter for this growing epidemic of coastal abuse, especially Malibu. With your help we can change this and support Coastal Act enforcement to keep beach access open for all.

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Florida revising their water quality standards

August 26 2013

Florida revising their water quality standards

Water Quality

Florida has just started the process to becoming the first coastal state to revise their water quality standards since the EPA released their revised recommendations for recreational waters late last year.

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