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Coastal Blog

June 2011

Pollution Prevention System at UC San Diego Wins Awards

June 09 2011

Pollution Prevention System at UC San Diego Wins Awards

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

An innovative pollution prevention system at UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography has won awards from engineering societies and garnered kudos from a regulatory agency.

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Tearing Down Walls: Beach Access Litigation Victory at Dana Point Strands Beach

June 08 2011

Tearing Down Walls: Beach Access Litigation Victory at Dana Point Strands Beach

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation vindicated public beach access rights in San Diego Superior Court, receiving a favorable ruling from Judge Joan Lewis this week. The ruling held that the "urgency ordinance" of the City of Dana Point declaring a public nuisance state to restrict beach access hours and lock gates to a…

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California Foam Bill Clears First Hurdle

June 07 2011

California Foam Bill Clears First Hurdle

Rise Above Plastics

Last Thursday the California State Senate voted 21-15 to approve SB (Senate Bill) 568 which could ban expanded polystyrene from being used by restaurants or food vendors unless communities can adhere to strong recycling requirements. The bill authored by Senator Alan Lowenthal from Long Beach needed 21 votes to pass…

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O.C. and Long Beach Launch Lawn Patrol

June 02 2011

O.C. and Long Beach Launch Lawn Patrol

Ocean Friendly Gardens Lawn Patrol

This first neighborhood walk in Orange County helped develop people's eye for what is and is not an Ocean Friendly Garden. It was also a chance to see if there are others gardens that qualify for an OFG yard sign - or are close and would want some help from…

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Look Out - Thoughts from the Beach

June 02 2011

Look Out - Thoughts from the Beach

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring

Steve Pezman puts a few thoughts down on the state of the coast and our lasting impacts on it.

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China Gets Stricter and EU Considers a Bag Ban

June 01 2011

China Gets Stricter and EU Considers a Bag Ban

Rise Above Plastics

Promising news for international plastic pollution prevention has been coming out of China and Europe lately. China has banned the thin and flimsy plastic bags at supermarkets and convenience stores since June 2008 and recently announced the ban will extend to pharmacies and book stores. The European Union is talking…

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Listening Sessions: National Ocean Policy

June 01 2011

Listening Sessions: National Ocean Policy

Ocean Ecosystems

The National Ocean Council (NOC) has announced a series of listening sessions to be held around the country on the new National Ocean Policy. These meetings are a great opportunity to provide input on action plans and to highlight Surfrider priorities that could benefit from federal support. See below for…

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