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Beach Programs Fall Victim to Federal Budget Cuts Again

March 06 2014

Beach Programs Fall Victim to Federal Budget Cuts Again

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The President's FY2015 budget released by the White House this week once again proposes to eliminate all federal funding for the EPA Beach Grant program that supports water testing at beaches around the country.

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Surfrider Foundation Intervenes in Suit Over Right to Know GMO Legislation in Kaua’i

March 04 2014

Surfrider Foundation Intervenes in Suit Over Right to Know GMO Legislation in Kaua’i

Legal Water Quality

Surfrider Foundation has intervened in a new federal lawsuit in support of Kauai County's ordinance relating to disclosure of pesticide use and cultivation of genetically modified crops. Industry brought the suit in order to block implementation of the "right to know" legislation. Along with the Center for Food Safety, the…

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Using Diverted Waste to Prevent New Waste in Grand Haven, MI

March 04 2014

Using Diverted Waste to Prevent New Waste in Grand Haven, MI

Rise Above Plastics

The Lake Michigan Chapter has taken an opportunistic approach to reducing single-use plastic bag use in the city of Grand Haven, MI. Read the success story!

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Kauai Ocean Safety Report

March 03 2014

Kauai Ocean Safety Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Kaua'i Chapter publishes a summary of their water testing findings in their local paper every year. This is a great way to reach their local community with information on which beaches are clean and where local pollution problems exist.

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Atlantic ocean to become blast zone? Seismic testing for oil & gas nears approval

March 02 2014

Atlantic ocean to become blast zone? Seismic testing for oil & gas nears approval

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning Ocean Energy

The federal government is on the brink of approving dangerous seismic testing for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. Please make your voice heard by submitting comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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Commission Seeks  to “Lift the Fog on Fracking”

February 28 2014

Commission Seeks to “Lift the Fog on Fracking”

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

In August 2013, the Associated Press reported that oil companies have used hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other types of “well stimulation treatments” to access oil beneath state and federal waters for decades without notifying state agencies that the practice has been occurring. This discovery was a big wakeup call that…

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This Land is Our Land: California State Legislature proposes Bill to Open Martin’s Beach

February 08 2014

This Land is Our Land: California State Legislature proposes Bill to Open Martin’s Beach

Beach Access Legal

California Senator Jerry Hill has authored legislation to allow public access to Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay. The bill will be introduced on February 10, 2014 in the California State Legislature. The bill will require the State Lands Commission to consult and negotiate with property owner Vinod Khosla about…

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OFG Is February Model For Stormwater Calendar

February 07 2014

OFG Is February Model For Stormwater Calendar

Ocean Friendly Gardens

A stormwater agency was having trouble finding a good picture of a rain garden for a calendar with water pollution prevention tips. They heard about Surfrider's OFG Program, liked the picture we gave them, and OFG became the February cover shot for "Detain The Rain."

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Congress Looks to Reduce Environmental Review of Beach and Water Projects

February 06 2014

Congress Looks to Reduce Environmental Review of Beach and Water Projects

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems

A committee of Senate and House members is negotiating the final version of the Water Resources Development Act which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Find out how you can influence the final version of the bill!

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Snowstorm Can’t Slow Ocean Planning in New England

February 05 2014

Snowstorm Can’t Slow Ocean Planning in New England

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider members attended the Northeast Ocean Planning meeting in Boston, MA on January 22-23 to advocate for protection of recreational and ecological areas off New England's coastline

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Fukushima Radiation Frequently Asked Questions

February 03 2014

Fukushima Radiation Frequently Asked Questions

Coastal Preservation Water Quality

Surfrider addresses some frequently asked questions regarding the risks to the West Coast from the Fukushima disaster.

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Cape Fear Chapter Leads Protest Against Seismic Testing

February 01 2014

Cape Fear Chapter Leads Protest Against Seismic Testing

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Surfrider's Cape Fear Chapter led a protest against planned seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Atlantic ocean. Hundreds of people showed up at Kure Beach Town Hall to oppose the mayor's decision to support the federal government's proposal.

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California Senators Promote Bag Ban Bill for 2014

January 31 2014

California Senators Promote Bag Ban Bill for 2014

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

California State Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara recently announced support for legislation to ban single-use plastic bags and place a fee on single-use paper bags in California. These three Senators have partnered with the environmental community, the California Grocers Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers…

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OFG Responds to Droughts - And Water Pollution, Flooding, and…

January 29 2014

OFG Responds to Droughts - And Water Pollution, Flooding, and…

Ocean Friendly Gardens

A drought emergency has been declared by the governor of California, and other southwestern and southern states are likely to follow suit. OFG help reduce landscape water demand, prevent pollution of waterways, and more.

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US Beach Water Testing Programs Saved

January 17 2014

US Beach Water Testing Programs Saved

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The US Congress passed a 2014 funding bill that restores funding for the EPA Beach Grants program that supports beach water testing programs in coastal states across the country. The President signed the compromise bill promptly, averting another government shutdown.

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Community Supports Youth Driven Cinema

January 14 2014

Community Supports Youth Driven Cinema

QUAD

Here is a great media driven idea that other communities can try to engage youth in protecting our natural resources.

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Raise a Glass to 1st Ocean Friendly Beer Garden

January 02 2014

Raise a Glass to 1st Ocean Friendly Beer Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Leaders with the Coos Bay Surfrider Chapter decided to apply OFG principles to their own business: a brewery. They help create the first Ocean Friend Beer Garden!

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Shored Up, Beach Replenishment Documentary, Variety Review

December 20 2013

Shored Up, Beach Replenishment Documentary, Variety Review

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

The documentary on beach replenishment called Shored Up has been making its way around the Surfrider Network with many chapters involved in local screenings and film festival debuts. The film was just written up in Variety magazine and it is the best review yet.

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Protect the Atlantic Ocean from Seismic Testing!

December 16 2013

Protect the Atlantic Ocean from Seismic Testing!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg wants you to take action to keep noise pollution out of the Atlantic Ocean. Please watch the video and sign the petition to oppose plans for seismic exploration in the Atlantic!

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Marine Plastic Pollution Legal & Policy Solution Briefings for U.S. Senate Ocean Caucus

December 12 2013

Marine Plastic Pollution Legal & Policy Solution Briefings for U.S. Senate Ocean Caucus

Legal Rise Above Plastics

This week, Surfrider Foundation, with the help of UCLA Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, had the outstanding opportunity to present legal and policy solutions available for addressing marine plastic pollution at the federal level. This presentation took place in our nation's capitol, Washington DC, with the help of the…

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