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Coastal Blog

May 2011

Trash Free Seas Act Introduced

May 31 2011

Trash Free Seas Act Introduced

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The Trash Free Seas Act (S.1119) was introduced on May 26, 2011 by Senator Daniel K. Inouye to address the pervasive issue of marine debris (also known as largely "plastic pollution"), which diminishes the quality of our oceans, waves and beaches. The bill is actually a reauthorization and strengthening of…

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North Carolina Legislature Removes Coastal Protections

May 25 2011

North Carolina Legislature Removes Coastal Protections

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring

North Carolina has long had one of the strictest coastal management laws limiting the use of hardened structures on the beach for erosion protection. Unfortunately their legislature recently moved to allow the construction of terminal groins to try to control sand movements near tidal inlets.

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Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project & Surfing

May 25 2011

Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project & Surfing

Surf Protection

Surfrider Foundation commissions external review on the effects of the proposed Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project on surfing and seeks solutions to influence inlet breaching for multiple benefits.

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Big plastic sues reusable bag company, story at 11.

May 24 2011

Big plastic sues reusable bag company, story at 11.

Rise Above Plastics

In the latest of a series of desperate measures, plastic industry giants have sued a California reusable bag company. The ChicoBag Company, a reusable bag company, has announced it is the sole defendant in a lawsuit filed by Hilex Poly Company, LLC, Superbag Operating, LTD., and Advance Polybag, Inc.; three…

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Keep It Up California!

May 18 2011

Keep It Up California!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Good news on the plastic pollution front: the City of Long Beach passed a carryout bag ordinance last night that will ban carryout plastic bags at supermarkets, large pharmacies and farmers markets within city limits. Meanwhile, SB 568 to ban styrofoam at restaurants sits in the state senate and ready…

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LID in Action in San Francisco

May 18 2011

LID in Action in San Francisco

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

The City of San Francisco and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke ground last week on the Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Model Block Improvement Project, a first of its kind project to transform a street block into one of the most sustainable streets in San Francisco. The pilot streetscape improvement project will…

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South Bay Chapter Hosts Teach and Test Program Year-end Party and Presentations

May 17 2011

South Bay Chapter Hosts Teach and Test Program Year-end Party and Presentations

Blue Water Task Force Youth

On May 15th at SEA Lab in Redondo Beach, 29 students from 5 South Bay high schools participating in the Surfrider Foundation’s Teach and Test Program presented their results that reflect seven months of water quality testing at 15 South Bay beaches as well as the Ballona Creek Wetlands.

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Wastewater Recycling Advances in San Diego County

May 16 2011

Wastewater Recycling Advances in San Diego County

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

An article published in the San Diego Union Tribune today discusses plans for wastewater recycling projects throughout San Diego County and the growing public acceptance of this practice. From the article: "More than half of the region’s major water districts are planning or exploring expansions of recycled water use. Projects…

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Shut Your Tap!

May 13 2011

Shut Your Tap!

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

We were pleased to see a great blog post from Chad Reese, who is an MBA candidate in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Chad points out the wasted energy and misspent resources (not to mention the pollution impacts to the ocean) from leaving your tap running…

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Congress Opens Our Coasts for Drilling

May 12 2011

Congress Opens Our Coasts for Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The House of Representatives today passed HR 1231 "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act", the third in a trio of bills that would accelerate and expand offshore drilling in the United States. More than ever, now is a critical time to call your senator to ask him/ her to support…

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It’s a whale of a problem.

May 12 2011

It’s a whale of a problem.

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

As debates go on about reducing plastic bag usage in many places marine life continues to suffer. An alarming story recently came out of Puerto Rico regarding a Gervais beaked whale death while across the pond some high profile people are raising awareness.

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Poop to Power in Orlando

May 09 2011

Poop to Power in Orlando

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

While we've blogged a lot on closing the wastewater loop via indirect potable reuse and reclaimed water use, there has been less attention paid to the solid side of things. Traditionally, "biosolids" have been utilized as soil amendments and have occasionally been used as a supplemental fuel in such industrial…

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Blue Vision Summit: May 20-23

May 08 2011

Blue Vision Summit: May 20-23

Ocean Ecosystems

Registration is open for the Blue Vision Summit in Washington DC on May 20-23!

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Youth Power Activate!

May 06 2011

Youth Power Activate!

Rise Above Plastics

Education and outreach are big parts of Rise Above Plastics! High school efforts have been a driving force lately and here are a few examples.

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Flexing Our New Website to Engage - Newport, Oregon

May 05 2011

Flexing Our New Website to Engage - Newport, Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth

The Newport, Oregon Chapter is working on an Ocean’s Today Kiosk, that will live at the Oregon Coast Aquarium with nearly 1 million visitors per year. The kiosk will rotate screens about the local BWTF program, it has QR codes embedded for visitors to link directly to our website, learn…

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Can California Rise Above The Foam?  Only With Your Help…

May 04 2011

Can California Rise Above The Foam?  Only With Your Help…

Rise Above Plastics

Do you live in California or know someone who does? Better yet, do you know a business that might sign-on in support?

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USACE Erects Cable to Restrict Vehicle Access on the South Jetty in Newport, OR

May 02 2011

USACE Erects Cable to Restrict Vehicle Access on the South Jetty in Newport, OR

Beach Access

USACE installs cable gate at popular beach access point in Newport Oregon.

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