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November 2011

BWTF Students Paddle Out for a Bag Free LA

November 30 2011

BWTF Students Paddle Out for a Bag Free LA

Blue Water Task Force Youth Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The Heal the Bay Surfrider Club at Santa Monica High School organized a paddle out to bring attention to the bacteria and plastic pollution that heavy rains in October brought to their beaches. Read their press release.

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I am Surfrider because….

November 30 2011

I am Surfrider because….

Surf Protection

Surfrider activists from around the world explain why we are all Surfrider.

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‘Bag It’ Online Screening This Sunday!

November 27 2011

‘Bag It’ Online Screening This Sunday!

Rise Above Plastics

Have you seen the critically acclaimed documentary 'Bag It' yet? If not, this Sunday is your chance to catch it from the luxury of your own home. This Sunday December 4th at 8pm EST/ 5pm PST, the Surfrider Foundation is hosting an online screening for the low, low price of…

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Don’t cave in to corporate pressure!

November 14 2011

Don’t cave in to corporate pressure!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Over the past few weeks it appears that big corporations are flexing their wallets to help stamp out some plastic reduction initiatives. It started when a lightly viewed 'Refuse Plastic' PSA featuring last season's American Idol finalists was targeted. Next, a major plastics manufacturer poured money into small town plastic…

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The Toxicity of Surfing - Infographic

November 14 2011

The Toxicity of Surfing - Infographic

Surf Protection Sustainable Surf Gear

Ever wonder just how polluting our favorite sport is? Check out this great infographic for the lowdown.

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BWTF training in Port Orford, Oregon

November 11 2011

BWTF training in Port Orford, Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Youth

Check out this great photo montage documenting the BWTF training for the Driftwood Middle School and Pacific High School students in Port Orford, Oregon.

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You Tube Friday

November 11 2011

You Tube Friday

Rise Above Plastics

Everyone loves YouTube, right? So many videos on just about every imaginable topic in one convenient place. It's the second most popular search engine in the world and it's easy to see why when you type in something like 'plastic pollution' and get thousands of video results. Here are a…

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EPA Plays Politics with Florida’s Waterways

November 10 2011

EPA Plays Politics with Florida’s Waterways

Water Quality

Last week the EPA caved into political pressure and informed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection of its preliminary approval of their ineffective draft state regulations for sewage, manure and fertilizer pollution. It seems the EPA is missing a real opportunity to protect Florida's waters from algae blooms that have…

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Chapters Get Federal Funding To Create School Ocean Friendly Gardens

November 10 2011

Chapters Get Federal Funding To Create School Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

The U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife's Schoolyard Habitat Program provides up to $8,000 for projects by schools or organizations serving kindergarten through 12th grade students. Funds can be used for: habitat restoration; outreach and education; planning and training in cooperation with community-based groups. The Program serves the Pacific Southwest…

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Barrels Of Fun For Jersey Shore Chapter Hosting Rain Barrel Building Workshop

November 09 2011

Barrels Of Fun For Jersey Shore Chapter Hosting Rain Barrel Building Workshop

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

The Jersey Shore Chapter hosted a build-a-rain-barrel workshop on a rainy October night in the coastal town of Brielle, NJ. Over 25 enthusiastic people turned out from the community to build and take home their very own rain barrel and learn about what they can do to protect the water…

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Renewable Ocean Energy Heats Up

November 01 2011

Renewable Ocean Energy Heats Up

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The pace of proposed projects for offshore renewable ocean energy (wind, wave and tidal) is heating up. A large area off Virginia's coast is being considered for wind power development and a joint venture between two renewable-energy firms plans to build one of the first testing facilities for offshore wind…

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