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Coastal Blog

June 2011

Bad News and Good News, Heartbreaking and Uplifting

June 30 2011

Bad News and Good News, Heartbreaking and Uplifting

Rise Above Plastics

Shocking news out of Australia recently as stories started circulating about the sea turtle in Australia that was ashore dead with 317 pieces of plastic ingested in it's stomach and intestines. Uplifting news out of California as the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter hosted it's second annual Rise Above Plastics…

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Bacteria Pollution at Larrabee Park, Washington

June 30 2011

Bacteria Pollution at Larrabee Park, Washington

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

The Northwest Straits Chapter fears continued high bacteria levels at popular beach may lead to a permanent beach closure.

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Illegal Wastewater Discharges in Maui

June 30 2011

Illegal Wastewater Discharges in Maui

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Quality

The Surfrider Foundation joins other community groups in filing a notice of intent to sue the County of Maui to force them to comply with the Clean Water Act and get the needed discharge permits to continue injecting their wastewater into the island's groundwater.

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New Rulemaking for Coastal Power Plants

June 29 2011

New Rulemaking for Coastal Power Plants

Legal Ocean Ecosystems

Our Environmental Protection Agency is currently allowing coastal power plants to continue using a cooling system that sucks in and grinds fish, flattens them on screens - or, if they make it through that process, the fish still face boiling hot water through the entrainment process. Virtually no marine life…

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Can artificial surf reefs reduce crowds?

June 28 2011

Can artificial surf reefs reduce crowds?

Surf Protection Surf Economics

Paul Holmes recently published a provocative article about artificial surfing reefs in The Surfer’s Journal, “Artificial Surf Reefs: Boon or Bust?” (Vol 20 Num 3). In that article, he quoted me regarding whether or not artificial surfing reefs (ASRs) could reduce crowds. I replied with some back of the envelope…

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Sewage Spill along Gulf Coast of Florida

June 28 2011

Sewage Spill along Gulf Coast of Florida

Water Quality

Approximately 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage poured into Manatee River last week through pipes operated by a wastewater treatment plant in Bradenton, Florida.

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Update on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California and New MPA Science

June 24 2011

Update on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California and New MPA Science

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

Last December, the California Fish and Game Commission approved a final plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in southern California. Next week (June 29), the Commission will meet to discuss the timeline for implementation of protected areas and review MPAs proposed for the far north coast. This week several reports…

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Sewage Spill Right-to-Know Bill in Nassau County, NY

June 23 2011

Sewage Spill Right-to-Know Bill in Nassau County, NY

Water Quality

A new bill has been introduced in Nassau County, NY which would require public notification of sewage spills and wastewater discharges that severely exceed permit limits.

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Spraying Herbicides and Pesticides Near Water - What’s Wrong With This Picture?

June 22 2011

Spraying Herbicides and Pesticides Near Water - What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Water Quality

A recent article in the Oregonian pointed out that the effects of the use of weed killers (herbicides) on humans and plants is raising concerns nationwide. Partially in response to this, Oregon recently passed what may be the strictest standards for toxic water pollution in the United States. Meanwhile, a…

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Albertson’s Goes Bagless!

June 21 2011

Albertson’s Goes Bagless!

Rise Above Plastics

Albertson's grocery chain announced earlier this year that two of their stores in California were going bagless - no more plastic or paper disposable bags, only reusable bags would be offered! It kicked off for Earth Day and featured reusable bag giveaways to get the community more free bags in…

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California’s Coastal Parks in Peril

June 21 2011

California’s Coastal Parks in Peril

Beach Access

For about three years, the state of California has delicately danced around the idea of closing state parks in order to "close the budget gap." While California is the 8th largest economy in the world, its budget demands often require brutal cutbacks. Unfortunately the ax fell on May 13 when…

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California Coastal Commission 2010 Voting Record and 2011 Outlook

June 17 2011

California Coastal Commission 2010 Voting Record and 2011 Outlook

Legal

This week, Surfrider Foundation and partners released the 2010 California Coastal Commission Voting Chart. The Conservation Voting Chart tracks the voting record of the members of the California Coastal Commission and provides critical insight into Commissioner performance relating to its impact on natural coastal resources and their potential to set…

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‘Plastic: A Toxic Love Story’ Book Discussion

June 16 2011

‘Plastic: A Toxic Love Story’ Book Discussion

Rise Above Plastics

This week the Surfrider Foundation Portland Chapter hosted a book discussion with Susan Frienkel about her new book, ‘Plastics: A Toxic Love Story.” It was held at a local coffee shop and Portland Mayor Sam Adams kicked off the evening with a call to action to ‘Ban The Bag’ in…

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LA to Follow OC’s Lead on Wastewater Recycling

June 15 2011

LA to Follow OC’s Lead on Wastewater Recycling

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is following the lead of Orange County in implementing both and Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) system and an expansion of their "purple pipe" reclaimed water system.

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Santa Barbara Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Kicks Off With Basics Class

June 14 2011

Santa Barbara Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Kicks Off With Basics Class

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

The Santa Barbara and Isla Vista Chapters launched their OFG Program with a OFG Basics Class. It's the first part of an OFG Series, to be followed up with a Hands-On Workshop on Site Evaluation, Garden Assistance Program Workday, Lawn Patrol and one-day training for professionals. The Series is funded…

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June 13 2011

Virginia’s Five-Cent Fee Fails To Gather Support

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The 2011 legislative session in Virginia featured three proposals to limit plastic bag use: an outright ban, a 20 cent fee on plastic bags modeled on Ireland’s ordinance, and a five-cent fee on plastic and paper bags as used in neighboring Washington, DC. The Surfrider Foundation’s DC Chapter, as part…

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June 13 2011

Maryland’s Proposes Five-Cent Fee On Disposable Plastic And Paper Bags

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The Surfrider Foundation and their coalition work together to collect more than 5,000 signatures from Maryland residents to support a five-cent feel on disposable plastic and paper bags.

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June 13 2011

A Bill Whose Time Has Come…And Will Come Again

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Nothing symbolizes the Plastic Age and our disposable, throwaway culture more than the single-use plastic bag. How many of us have drawers or closets full of these colorful bags that we don’t know what to do with? And how often do we see these toxic tumbleweeds blowing in the wind,…

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June 13 2011

Oregon’s Statewide Bag Ban Fails To Make It Out Of Committee

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Building upon the great efforts led by the Portland Chapter over the past three years to ban single-use plastic checkout bags within the City of Portland, Senators Mark Hass and Jason Atkinson, and Representatives Ben Cannon and Vick Gilliam introduced SB 536, giving Oregon the opportunity to be the first…

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June 13 2011

California Legislators Address Marine Debris With SB 568

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Even though AB 1998 failed to pass out of the Senate last year, legislators are currently working to address another prevalent form of plastic pollution - Polystyrene Food Containers, with the introduction of SB 568.

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