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September 2011

A New Beach Bill in the Senate

September 29 2011

A New Beach Bill in the Senate

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2011 has just been introduced into the U. S. Senate by Senators Frank Lautenberg, a democrat from NJ, and Mark Kirk, a republican from Illinois.

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Simon Cowell is a Plastic Litterbug

September 27 2011

Simon Cowell is a Plastic Litterbug

Rise Above Plastics

I am going to confess to a guilty pleasure here and admit that I like to watch some of the talent competition television shows. Last week I tuned into the season premiere of The X Factor and was impressed by the talent but bummed to learn that Simon is a…

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Surfrider Foundation Jointly Sues EPA for Lack of Study on Oil Dispersants

September 22 2011

Surfrider Foundation Jointly Sues EPA for Lack of Study on Oil Dispersants

Legal Water Quality Oil Spill

Today, Surfrider Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment jointly filed an official Notice of Intent to Sue against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allowing the use of toxic oil dispersants without ensuring that these chemicals would not harm our coastal environment and coastal users. The 60-day notice…

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Paddle for Clean Water

September 21 2011

Paddle for Clean Water

Water Quality

Both the San Diego and DC Chapters held their annual Paddles for Clean Water this past weekend, September 17th & 18th.

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Big Turnout in Santa Barbara, CA for Hands-On Workshop on Site Evaluation

September 20 2011

Big Turnout in Santa Barbara, CA for Hands-On Workshop on Site Evaluation

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Evaluating a landscape is the first step in creating an Ocean Friendly Garden. We check the existing irrigation, vegetation, soil health and degree of runoff, then calculate rainwater harvesting potential and and a landscape "water budget." This information gives us the data and ideas to build into the redesign of…

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Marin County Wins Over the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition in Court

September 19 2011

Marin County Wins Over the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition in Court

Legal Rise Above Plastics

On September 15, 2011, Marin County Superior Court issued its ruling upholding the Marin County plastic bag ban in the case entitled Save The Plastic Bag Coalition v. County of Marin. The Court ruled that Marin County acted properly in relying upon a “categorical exemption” from the California Environmental Quality…

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San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project Wins Award

September 19 2011

San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project Wins Award

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

The WateReuse Association has recognized San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project for the “2011 WateReuse Public Education Program of the Year Award." Along with examining the use of advanced water purification technology to potentially provide safe and reliable water for San Diego’s future (at less cost and with less environmental…

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Program Expansion in Puerto Rico

September 19 2011

Program Expansion in Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth

The Rincon Chapter's BWTF expands further into Isabella with the help of the their local partner Rescate Playas Isabela, the Ramey School in Aguadilla, and the Newport Beach Surfrider Chapter.

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Top Ten Ways to Rise Above Plastics!

September 15 2011

Top Ten Ways to Rise Above Plastics!

Rise Above Plastics

Has the world gone plastic? It may seem that way sometimes but it's easy to reduce your impact. I'm typing on plastic keys right now and my fifteen year stereo has some plastic parts so I'm not going to say all plastics are evil. But some are. As the oceans…

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Sewage Disks Removed from New England Beaches

September 15 2011

Sewage Disks Removed from New England Beaches

Water Quality

The New Hampshire Chapter was credited along with other NGOs for being instrumental in helping remove sewage disks from beaches after they were released from a NH wastewater treatment plant earlier this year.

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Chico Bag Fends Off Lawsuit from Single-Use Bag Industry

September 15 2011

Chico Bag Fends Off Lawsuit from Single-Use Bag Industry

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The ChicoBag Company, makers of reusable bags, has announced that the lawsuit filed against it by Hilex Poly Company, LLC, Superbag Operating, LTD., and Advance Polybag, Inc. – three of the largest domestic manufacturers of disposable single-use plastic bags – has ended. Chico was sued in January under the Lanham…

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Welcome Vancouver!

September 13 2011

Welcome Vancouver!

Blue Water Task Force

The Vancouver Surfrider Chapter is one of the most recent additions to the Blue Water Task Force.

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How much does it cost to clean up plastic bags?

September 12 2011

How much does it cost to clean up plastic bags?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Listed by Guinness World Records in 2010 as the 'Most Ubiquitous Consumer Item', many people view plastic carryout bags as free but there are hidden costs that can affect us all. First, it cost the stores money to purchase any type of bag they are giving you. Some stores view…

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California Foam Phase Out On Hold

September 09 2011

California Foam Phase Out On Hold

Rise Above Plastics

California Senate Bill 568 has placed on the 'inactive file' and has been moved to a two-year bill as Senator Alan Lowenthal decided to hold off bringing SB 568 to a full Assembly vote. Now, it's a two-year bill and will be brought back during next year's legislative session. This…

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Going Green But Getting it Wrong

September 08 2011

Going Green But Getting it Wrong

A response to EDF economist Gernot Wagner's NY Time Op-Ed, " Going Green but Getting Nowhere"

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Ocean Energy Interview with Kurt Grossman of Genergy

September 06 2011

Ocean Energy Interview with Kurt Grossman of Genergy

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The Surfrider Foundation is striving to support clean, renewable, low-impact sources of energy. As part of that effort, we are sharing stories about members who are actively working to develop low impact renewable ocean energy projects. We kick of the series with an interview with Kurt Grossman, the CTO &…

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Making Beaches Smaller for Safety

September 04 2011

Making Beaches Smaller for Safety

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

Cape May, NJ is planning to have the Army Corps remove sand from one of their many replenished beaches. The volume of sand is causing a steep beach which in turn leads to increased number of shorebreak injuries; many of them c-spine injuries.

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2011 Enviro Intern Clara Cartwright works on Beach Ecology

September 02 2011

2011 Enviro Intern Clara Cartwright works on Beach Ecology

Coastal Preservation

Clara Cartwright is the 2011 Dillon Henry Memorial Intern in the Environmental Department of the Surfrider Foundation. Clara has been working on improving the Beach Ecology indicator for our State of the Beach report and is finalizing some case studies on best practices for considering beach ecology while managing beaches.…

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