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January 2012

Plastic In The Food Chain

January 31 2012

Plastic In The Food Chain

Rise Above Plastics

Remember the plastic bag sushi ad we posted last week? While it's a bit extreme, it does show the underlying truth that the ocean is turning into a plastic soup and plastic is entering the food chain through the fish we eat. While most people are concerned with larger types…

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Being an Effective Voice for the Environment

January 28 2012

Being an Effective Voice for the Environment

Legal

On January 26, 2012, the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California presented a public workshop entitled “Your Voice: The Public’s Role in Environmental Decision-Making.” This blog outlines some of the take-home messages from that workshop.

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Leatherback Sea Turtles Get Protection Along West Coast

January 27 2012

Leatherback Sea Turtles Get Protection Along West Coast

Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Desalination Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics

Regulators designated nearly 42,000 square miles of ocean on the West Coast as critical habitat for endangered leatherback sea turtles, protecting them from ocean-related development projects and pollution.

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Surfing Access in Chicago

January 27 2012

Surfing Access in Chicago

Beach Access

By now much of the surfing world has heard the story about Rex Flodstrom getting arresting for surfing in Lake Michigan at Oak Beach in Chicago. The story of his arrest and the outrage that surfing is illegal that ensued, including the likes of Kelly Slater, was heavily covered in…

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OFG Taking Root in Pacific Northwest With Soil & Water Conservation Districts

January 26 2012

OFG Taking Root in Pacific Northwest With Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

Surfrider chapters in Oregon and Washington are working with watershed restoration agencies, expanding on the traditional "rain garden" design model and putting on hands-on trainings.

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New Rise Above Plastics Print PSA’s from Pollinate

January 24 2012

New Rise Above Plastics Print PSA’s from Pollinate

Rise Above Plastics

Check out these great new print PSA's that Pollinate Agency in Portland, OR created for Surfrider's Rise Above Plastics program!

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Sewer Mining - Weird Term but an Idea That Makes Sense

January 24 2012

Sewer Mining - Weird Term but an Idea That Makes Sense

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

In the area around Sydney, Australia, several private organizations have found a new dependable source of water for irrigation and other non-potable uses - the sewer. The idea is to tap into sewer lines, treat the water to make it suitable for irrigation, and thereby save drinking water for -…

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Stiv on Bag Ban Campaign Planning

January 23 2012

Stiv on Bag Ban Campaign Planning

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

I recently caught up with 5 Gyres Communications and Policy Director / Surfrider activist Stiv Wilson to get some of his insight on planning for a successful plastic reduction campaign. Stiv has a wealth of knowledge from sailing in three of the five gyres to being one of the many…

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White House Releases Draft Ocean Plan - Time to Speak Out!

January 20 2012

White House Releases Draft Ocean Plan - Time to Speak Out!

Ocean Ecosystems

The Obama Administration has released its draft National Ocean Policy action plan, outlining more than 50 actions the U.S. will take to protect our nation’s oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

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New Beach Water Quality Standards?

January 18 2012

New Beach Water Quality Standards?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

As surfers, swimmers and beach goers we rely on water quality monitoring to know if it is safe to go into the ocean. That monitoring relies on water quality standards to determine your risk of getting sick. EPA has reassessed those standards, and Surfrider is weighing in on them.

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Surfrider Comments on 5 Year Offshore Drilling Plan

January 12 2012

Surfrider Comments on 5 Year Offshore Drilling Plan

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Surfrider recently submitted comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on the Draft 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Programmatic EIS

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Don’t Waste Water: Recycle Wastewater

January 12 2012

Don’t Waste Water: Recycle Wastewater

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

The National Research Council has just released a report that clarifies what we already knew, using marginally more energy in the treatment process can purify our wastewater so that it’s safe to drink, and do it at a fraction of the cost of ocean desalination or importing freshwater long distances.

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Another One Bites The Dust - SLO Bag Ban Passes!

January 11 2012

Another One Bites The Dust - SLO Bag Ban Passes!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

San Luis Obispo County County Integrated Waste Management Authority had a 'super vote' for the first time in their history and a super majority of board members passed one of the first countywide plastic bag bans in the U.S. This one covers both the unincorporated areas and all incorporated cities…

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Ban The Bag on Portlandia

January 09 2012

Ban The Bag on Portlandia

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Cheers to the Surfrider Foundation Portland Chapter for making such an impact with their successful Ban The Bag campaign that it landed on the Independent Film Channel's hit series Portlandia! It's a funny show and this is a great parody on petitioning. New episodes Fridays at 10, check your cable…

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Florida’s Coastal and Ocean Future: An Updated Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership

January 06 2012

Florida’s Coastal and Ocean Future: An Updated Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership

Beachapedia Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

This updated report is the latest from the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition, which Surfrider Foundation is a member, and addresses Florida's most challenging coastal and marine topics and recommends actions for protecting and preserving the future of Florida's coasts and oceans.

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Public Meetings on San Onofre Ocean Energy Project: Jan 24 in Dana Point

January 05 2012

Public Meetings on San Onofre Ocean Energy Project: Jan 24 in Dana Point

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Public meetings on the San Onofre Ocean Energy Project are scheduled for January 24 in Dana Point. The proposed project would utilize Ocean Wave Electricity Generation (OWEG) units to convert the energy from ocean waves into electrical power.

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South Coast Region Marine Protected Areas

January 04 2012

South Coast Region Marine Protected Areas

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

After a multi-year process with dozens of hearings and meetings to establish the boundaries and rules for a new network of marine protected areas (MPAs), the South Coast Region MLPA went into effect on January 1, 2012. The law created MPAs along about 10% of the Southern California coast. Read…

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What was the first plastic item that you touched this year?

January 01 2012

What was the first plastic item that you touched this year?

Rise Above Plastics

Maybe it was a cheap champagne glass at midnight or the tv remote control after watching some of the celebrations. Maybe you slept through the turn of the calendar and it was your alarm clock or toilet seat first thing in the morning. For me, it was the case on…

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