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Coastal Blog

February 2012

Hold On To Your Butt!

February 27 2012

Hold On To Your Butt!

Rise Above Plastics

Hold On To Your Butt is a Surfrider Foundation campaign aimed at eliminating cigarette butt litter and pollution because of the impact on beaches and the ocean. Cigarette butt litter is a big issue because butts are the most littered item in the world and most butts are made of…

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Plastic Videos

February 22 2012

Plastic Videos

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

One of the coolest parts of the Rise Above Plastics program is sharing some of the video projects that activists work on. Check out these great efforts from Marty Benson in San Diego County and Joanna Priestley/Create Plenty in Portland, OR.

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OFG Launch in Florida and North Carolina

February 16 2012

OFG Launch in Florida and North Carolina

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Florida's First Coast Chapter and North Carolina's Cape Fear Chapter launch their Ocean Friendly Gardens Programs. They have quickly found common ground with local design professionals, government agencies, non-profits and universities.

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Obama to end beach water quality monitoring?

February 15 2012

Obama to end beach water quality monitoring?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

By defunding the Beach Grant Program, the Obama Administration is about to put you and your kids at risk next time you swim in the ocean.

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Surf ‘n ORGANIC Turf

February 10 2012

Surf ‘n ORGANIC Turf

The author of the book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, gives a thumbs-up for Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens Program and sign criteria.

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California Coast Protected by Largest No-Discharge Zone in the Nation!

February 10 2012

California Coast Protected by Largest No-Discharge Zone in the Nation!

Legal Water Quality

The federal Environmental Protection Agency approved a California Sewage Ban and Created the Largest Coastal No-Discharge Zone in the Nation on February 9, 2012.

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Do you need a bulldozer to cleanup your beach?

February 08 2012

Do you need a bulldozer to cleanup your beach?

Rise Above Plastics

I sure hope not. I have seen photos of large equipment scooping litter out of Ballona Creek in LA, insane plastic pollution in the Tijuana River Valley near the Mexican border at the Pacific Ocean and large beach raking machines are common in many tourist areas but these photos from…

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Safer to Play in the Sand? Maybe Not

February 06 2012

Safer to Play in the Sand? Maybe Not

Water Quality Illness

Some parents concerned about exposing their children to polluted water at the beach may advise their kids to stay on the beach and play in the sand. According to a new EPA study, that may not always protect them from getting sick. Testing at beaches in Alabama and Rhode Island,…

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Beachapedia Named ‘Wiki of the Month’

February 02 2012

Beachapedia Named ‘Wiki of the Month’

Beachapedia

We are pleased to announce that our Beachapedia website has been named 'Wiki of the Month' by the folks at Semantic MediaWiki. From their announcement: "Beachapedia is a wiki that captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational…

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