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July 2011

Congressional Attack on Clean Water and the Environment

July 27 2011

Congressional Attack on Clean Water and the Environment

Water Quality

The House of Representatives is forging an attack on America's long standing environmental laws. The House has been busy passing 'dirty water bills' and tacking on riders to the 2012 federal budget that restrict the EPA's authority to enforce the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts.

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Last Chance To Enter Your Ocean Friendly Garden In The 2011 National Greenscape Challenge

July 25 2011

Last Chance To Enter Your Ocean Friendly Garden In The 2011 National Greenscape Challenge

Ocean Friendly Gardens

There’s only one week left in the Cali Bamboo, Surfrider Foundation 2011 National Greenscape Challenge Contest. Inspired by the Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens program, contestants are encouraged to submit photos and descriptions of their landscapes and gardens that were designed with Surfrider Foundation’s OFG method of CPR: conservation, permeability and…

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Wastewater Recycling Expands in Texas

July 25 2011

Wastewater Recycling Expands in Texas

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

Both reclaimed water systems (treated wastewater used for irrigation) and potable reuse systems are expanding in the Fort Worth area and throughout the state of Texas. Although this is partially in response to the current drought, it makes sense even in non-drought times. In Big Spring, a local water authority…

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July 25 2011

When Restoration is Not Restoration

Legal

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 aims to make the public and environment whole for injuries to natural resources and natural-resource services resulting from an oil spill. Under the OPA, BP is liable for all damages to natural resources resulting from last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of…

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Portland is next as the plastic dominos start to fall

July 21 2011

Portland is next as the plastic dominos start to fall

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Earlier this month news came out of Washington that the City of Bellingham banned plastic bags and put a fee on paper bags. Last week a similar story is coming out of Portland, Oregon. After state legislators failed to act on SB 536 this year, which would have enacted a…

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Surfrider Makes a Splash at the National Ocean Policy Sessions

July 14 2011

Surfrider Makes a Splash at the National Ocean Policy Sessions

Ocean Ecosystems

Surfrider members recently attended a number of listening sessions held around the country on the new National Ocean Policy. At sessions in New Jersey, California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and elsewhere, Surfrider members expressed strong support for the National Ocean Policy, while also pushing federal officials to strengthen actions identified in…

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July 14 2011

California Supreme Court Rules for Bag Bans

Legal Rise Above Plastics

Today, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of the City of Manhattan Beach’s single-use plastic bag ban, holding that state law does not require the City to complete a full Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) in order to impose the ban. This decision undoubtedly will make it easier for cities…

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Bellingham Washington ‘Rises Above Plastics’ and Reduces Carryout Plastic Bags!

July 13 2011

Bellingham Washington ‘Rises Above Plastics’ and Reduces Carryout Plastic Bags!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Four months after initially presenting an ordinance to Bellingham City Council members to reduce single-use bags, on July 11th, the Bellingham City Council voted 7-0 in favor of the ordinance to ban carry out plastic bags and implement a 5 cent fee on brown paper bags starting July 2012. This…

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Hands-On Workshop to Follow OFG Basics Class in Santa Barbara

July 12 2011

Hands-On Workshop to Follow OFG Basics Class in Santa Barbara

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

With a great OFG Basics Class in the books, Class attendees will use the (new) knowledge to evaluate a site for how well it "applies CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention" - the principles behind Ocean Friendly Gardening. Everyone is welcome to attend the Hands-On Workshop, not just Class attendees.

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Wastewater Recycling - College Students Get It

July 12 2011

Wastewater Recycling - College Students Get It

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

A recent opinion piece in San Diego State University's Daily Aztec by senior Randy Wilde points out the multiple advantages of operating the Water Purification Demonstration Project and potentially building a larger-scale version of this facility to establish a reliable, local drinking water supply at a lower cost than ocean…

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We’re going on tour with Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance!

July 11 2011

We’re going on tour with Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance!

Rise Above Plastics

We're going on tour! Surfrider Foundation has been invited to go on the 2011 Honda Civic Tour this fall with Blink-182 & My Chemical Romance! Surfrider will be partnering with Reverb, a company dedicated to creating "green" tours with a goal to engage fans and raise awareness regarding environmental issues…

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Source Tracking in Puerto Rico

July 11 2011

Source Tracking in Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification

The Rincon Chapter's BWTF has been participating in a University of Puerto Rico, source study of bacterial pollution in the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve.

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Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter Sues Over Injection Wells

July 06 2011

Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter Sues Over Injection Wells

Legal

Surfrider Foundation sent a Notice of Intent to Sue for Clean Water Act violations to Maui County on June 28, 2011. The suit stems from the nearshore water quality impairment caused by the ongoing violations of the Lahaina Wastewater Treatment Plant. The County’s facility injects millions of gallons of wastewater…

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Surfrider Joins Global Protest Against Offshore Drilling

July 01 2011

Surfrider Joins Global Protest Against Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems

On June 25, Surfrider Foundation activists joined tens of thousands of people around the world in participating in Hands Across the Sand, a grassroots event in support of protecting our coasts from offshore drilling.

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Testing the Waters 2011

July 01 2011

Testing the Waters 2011

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

NRDC released their annual Testing the Waters report this week. There were over 24,000 beach closures and advisories issued in 2010, the second highest level of the past two decades.

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It’s Official.  South Coast MPAs Go Into Effect Oct 1, 2011

July 01 2011

It’s Official.  South Coast MPAs Go Into Effect Oct 1, 2011

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The Fish and Game Commission officially voted this week that October 1, 2011 will be the implementation date for the southern California Marine Protected Areas. For over two years the State, local stakeholders and other organizations have been working to create a network of MPAs that protect sea life and…

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