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October 2011

Attorney General Files Complaint for Deceptive Water Bottle Labeling

October 28 2011

Attorney General Files Complaint for Deceptive Water Bottle Labeling

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The California Attorney General decided to take action against misleading water bottle labels falsely claiming recyclability and biodegradability. Attorney General Kamala Harris signed off on a Complaint for Injunction, Civil Penalties and Other Relief on behalf of the People of the State of California. The Complaint points out that the…

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Building Your Core With OFG Professional Training

October 27 2011

Building Your Core With OFG Professional Training

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

Through a state grant, the Santa Barbara,CA Chapter sponsored a "Core Concepts Workshop," Ocean Friendly Gardens training geared toward professionals. It attracted reps from government agencies, landscape pros, non-profits and academia interested in grasping the fundamental calculations and communication techniques for sustainable landscaping.The Workshop was developed and is lead by…

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National Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 26 2011

National Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, October 29, 2011

Water Quality

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting its third National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at many local law enforcement offices and other locations across the country. Proper and safe disposal of medicine can keep these chemicals out of our rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.

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California SB 568: Stayin’ Alive

October 19 2011

California SB 568: Stayin’ Alive

Rise Above Plastics

Remember the polystyrene ban for restaurants in California that we were talking about this summer? It was shelved at the end of the legislative session in September but will be brought back to the State Assembly in early 2012. SB 568 would provide a state-wide ban on polystyrene take out…

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Portland Bag Ban Takes Effect - Bring Your Bag!

October 18 2011

Portland Bag Ban Takes Effect - Bring Your Bag!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

This past weekend the much publicized plastic carryout bag ban took effect in Portland, Oregon. After the state legislature failed to act on a statewide bag bill, San Adams and the Portland City Council acted quickly to establish a local ordinance they have been working on for years. The Surfrider…

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THE CLEAN WATER ACT: 39 YEARS LATER

October 17 2011

THE CLEAN WATER ACT: 39 YEARS LATER

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

On the 39th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Alacer Corp., maker of Emergen-C Blue vitamin drink mix, announces that, in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, they are working to raise awareness about the need for clean water and alert communities about water quality issues through the Blue Water Task…

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Are You a Member?

October 17 2011

Are You a Member?

Rise Above Plastics

Are you a Surfrider Foundation member? Do you know all of the benefits to being a Surfrider member? The Surfrider Foundation is a premiere grassroots environmental organization that has local chapters along every coastline in the United States. Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches…

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Harmful Algal Bloom Bill Introduced in the Senate

October 14 2011

Harmful Algal Bloom Bill Introduced in the Senate

Legal Water Quality Illness

The Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2011 (S.1701) was introduced by Senators Olympia Snowe (D-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) yesterday to address the problem of Harmful Algal Blooms (commonly known as "HABs") that are making our coasts and oceans increasingly harmful to public health.…

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Santa Monica HS Students Report First Flush of Bacteria and Plastics

October 13 2011

Santa Monica HS Students Report First Flush of Bacteria and Plastics

Blue Water Task Force Youth Rise Above Plastics

The students at Santa Monica High School who run the West LA/Malibu Chapter's Blue Water Task Force program sent out this press release to alert their community about the bacteria and plastic garbage load that flowed out to their beaches after the first heavy rains this fall. Pretty gruesome photos......

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TransparentSea Shines Spotlight on Surfrider’s Save Gaviota Campaign

October 10 2011

TransparentSea Shines Spotlight on Surfrider’s Save Gaviota Campaign

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems

TransparentSea is an ongoing awareness campaign aimed at highlighting coastal environmental issues with particular attention given to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and the waters they inhabit. They're following the southern migration of the California Grey Whale whale throughout the month of October, joining them near Santa Barbara on October 1st,…

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First Flush: Just How Dirty is That Water?

October 06 2011

First Flush: Just How Dirty is That Water?

Water Quality Illness

The West Coast had its first big rain storm of the year this week, dumping several inches in places and breaking rainfall records in L.A. This "first flush" makes our beach waters very dirty and can make you sick.

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Have you watched One Beach yet?

October 05 2011

Have you watched One Beach yet?

Rise Above Plastics

Barefoot Wine recently released One Beach, a film that tells the personal stories of people who are using creativity and innovation to help keep the world’s beaches “barefoot friendly” and focuses on plastic pollution issues. Directed by renowned surf filmmaker Jason Baffa and produced by Farm League, the film profiles…

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Los Angeles Adopts Low Impact Development Ordinance

October 04 2011

Los Angeles Adopts Low Impact Development Ordinance

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

After several years of advocacy by the environmental community, Los Angeles, California finally passed a LID ordinance to restore some natural watershed functions to developed urban areas.

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Raptoberfest is here!!

October 03 2011

Raptoberfest is here!!

Rise Above Plastics

For the entire month of October the Surfrider Foundation and our friends at Rusty will be celebrating RAPTOBERFEST. We’ll be sharing plastic related facts, as well as tips on how to reduce your individual plastic footprint. Share your own tip on how to reduce your plastic footprint on Surfrider’s Facebook…

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West Coast EBM Network Meeting in Eureka, CA

October 01 2011

West Coast EBM Network Meeting in Eureka, CA

Ocean Ecosystems

Surfrider members recently joined over 50 managers, scientists, and advocates in Eureka, CA to grapple with a key question: How can we better protect our coastal ecosystems through community-based efforts?

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