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March 2012

Week In Review: Videos and Kickstarter

March 30 2012

Week In Review: Videos and Kickstarter

Rise Above Plastics

This past week saw some great plastic pollution awareness videos making the rounds along with a couple of Kickstarter plastic pollution projects worth mentioning. Not familiar with Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a funding platform made especially for creative projects with a clear goal that will eventually be completed, and something will…

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Senators request funding for water quality monitoring

March 26 2012

Senators request funding for water quality monitoring

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Thanks to your calls, tweets and emails and the hard work of our partners at Heal the Bay, Clean Ocean Action, NRDC, Surfers Environmental Alliance and the Waterkeeper Alliance, we were able to get 18 Senators to join Senator Lautenberg to request that the federal funding for water quality monitoring…

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Great Student Urban Runoff Videos

March 26 2012

Great Student Urban Runoff Videos

Blue Water Task Force Youth Water Quality

We love receiving videos from students who understand the connection between what we do on land and how it affects the ocean. Here is a "First Flush" video from "Team Marine" at Santa Monica High School and an Urban Runoff video from the "Green Team" at Hughes Middle School in…

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What Is the Monetary Value of a Healthy Ocean?

March 26 2012

What Is the Monetary Value of a Healthy Ocean?

Ocean Ecosystems

ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2012) — Professor Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is a co-editor of "Valuing the Ocean" a major new study by an international team of scientists and economists that attempts to measure the ocean's monetary value and to tally the costs and savings associated…

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Superior Court Upholds Los Angeles County Bag Ban

March 23 2012

Superior Court Upholds Los Angeles County Bag Ban

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

In a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing today, Judge James C. Chalfant upheld the County of Los Angeles ordinance to impose a single-use plastic bag ban with a 10-cent fee on paper bags.

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Blue Water Task Force 2011 Annual Report

March 22 2012

Blue Water Task Force 2011 Annual Report

Blue Water Task Force

This World Water Day, the Surfrider Foundation and partner Emergen-C Blue issued the Blue Water Task Force Annual Report to share water quality testing results from the Foundation’s volunteer-run testing labs. Download the report to read the full results.

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Happy World Water Day!  What’s It To You?

March 22 2012

Happy World Water Day!  What’s It To You?

Rise Above Plastics

Today is World Water Day! Founded in 1993 by the United Nations, this global observance highlights the need for the care and management of the world’s water resources. This year’s theme, “Water and Food Security” seeks to highlight the relationship between water and global food supplies. When I think of…

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Teach Kids About Plastic with a Hands-On Sand Dig & Scavenger Hunt!

March 20 2012

Teach Kids About Plastic with a Hands-On Sand Dig & Scavenger Hunt!

Rise Above Plastics

A few years ago the Portland Chapter was asked to attend the Portland Children’s Clean Water Festival, where over 1,400 kids come and learn all about water in one day! With hundreds of other booths and games to play, I was going to have to make something fun, engaging and…

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Protecting some of Oregon’s Special Places

March 19 2012

Protecting some of Oregon’s Special Places

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

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3 Steps to Fund Water Quality Monitoring

March 19 2012

3 Steps to Fund Water Quality Monitoring

Water Quality Illness

We have an opportunity this week (March 19th) to urge our Senators to support New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg in asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to restore funding for water quality monitoring. Here are the 3 easy steps to encourage your Senator to join him.

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Let’s Restore the Gulf!

March 17 2012

Let’s Restore the Gulf!

Ocean Ecosystems

The Senate has passed a bill to help restore the Gulf of Mexico using revenue from fines collected from the BP oil spill. The measure will next be considered by the House of Representatives. Thanks to all of you who have taken action so far!

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Rise Above Plastics this St. Patricks Day!

March 15 2012

Rise Above Plastics this St. Patricks Day!

Rise Above Plastics

St. Patrick's Day is a festive time for many people and a perfect day to truly be green. Leave the dye out of the river, but bring out the green clothes for sure. On the plastics front, leave the disposable items at home when you go to the local parade.…

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Help Celebrate the Clean Water Act’s 40th Anniversary

March 14 2012

Help Celebrate the Clean Water Act’s 40th Anniversary

Water Quality

The Clean Water Act was signed into law 40 years ago. Here are 5 things you can do to help celebrate the CWA's 40th anniversary.

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Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary

March 14 2012

Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary

Water Quality

The Clean Water Act was signed into law 40 years ago in response to massive water pollution problems in this country. We rely on the Clean Water Act to make sure that our waters remain clean for drinking, swimming, fishing and of course, surfing.

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Tsunami Debris – Coming to a beach near you?

March 12 2012

Tsunami Debris – Coming to a beach near you?

Rise Above Plastics Tsunami Debris

This past Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan with devastating force and sadly took thousands of lives. As Japan continues to rebuild the most impacted areas, much of the international chatter over the past few months has been about a field of…

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The Clean Water Program

March 06 2012

The Clean Water Program

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

The Clean Water Program has grown into a suite of complementary programs, campaigns and tools that Chapters and activists can use to help solve water pollution problems and to educate communities about the many benefits of responsible land and water management.

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Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

March 03 2012

Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

Legal Rise Above Plastics Water Quality Oil Spill

This past week Surfrider Foundation staff visited Washington DC to promote our federal priorities on Capitol Hill. As a grassroots organization, our federal priorities stem from the work of the over 80 local Chapters in the United States. The common issues that have risen to the top of our local…

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The Plastic Bag Dominos Continue To Fall

March 02 2012

The Plastic Bag Dominos Continue To Fall

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

It's been a good week for the environment as more cities embrace meaningful plastic bag reductions. (For a list of ineffective plastic bag reductions, see yesterday's blog post) In Southern California, Laguna Beach finalized their plastic carryout bag ban while Carpinteria and Ojai passed first readings of their own bag…

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No Surprise - San Diego’s Recycled Water is Better Than Imported Water

March 01 2012

No Surprise - San Diego’s Recycled Water is Better Than Imported Water

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

The City of San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project has been on-line since last summer, and based on a report issued February 1, the purified water met all drinking water standards, which included testing for more than 300 compounds. In fact, it did even better than that. The City also…

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Voluntary Plastic Bag Reductions Don’t Work

March 01 2012

Voluntary Plastic Bag Reductions Don’t Work

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

As carryout plastic bag usage in the United States soars over 100 billion (115 billion now by one estimate), more cities and states are looking at ways to reduce litter and the impacts of plastic bags. Bag recycling programs have been set up across the country but as bag recycling…

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