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June 2012

5th Circuit Denies Amicus Brief in Beach Access Case

June 29 2012

5th Circuit Denies Amicus Brief in Beach Access Case

Beach Access Legal

In a curt and unreasoned statement, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the application of Harris County, Texas, to file an amicus brief in support of rehearing of the Severance v. Patterson case. This recent case denied the State of Texas interpretation of the Texas Open Beaches Act to…

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Fly or Die - with Chris Jordan

June 26 2012

Fly or Die - with Chris Jordan

Rise Above Plastics

I had the pleasure of chatting with Chris Jordan the other day and he is an inspiration. His work has moved people in many ways and to get his insights allows you to appreciate his work on another level. Chris is leaving today to fly to the middle of the…

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Congress Pushes to Expand Offshore Drilling (Again)

June 24 2012

Congress Pushes to Expand Offshore Drilling (Again)

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The House has approved a broad energy package that could dramatically expand offshore drilling in the U.S. Please express your opposition to offshore drilling by contacting your federal representatives and participating in Hands Across the Sand on August 4!

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Senate Briefing on Beach Act Funding

June 21 2012

Senate Briefing on Beach Act Funding

Water Quality

David Chokachi of former Baywatch fame spoke before a room full of policymakers in Washington, DC this week on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation. With the summer beach season fully upon us, David appealed to Congress to protect the health of the American beach-going public and restore funding for beach…

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School Green Team Takes Over Maintaining Their OFG

June 20 2012

School Green Team Takes Over Maintaining Their OFG

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Parents of kids at this elementary school have agreed to take over maintenance of the OFG in front of the school. They worked with the West LA/Malibu OFG Sub-Committee on a plan, and engaged a parent who is a landscape professional as well as City and School District staff.

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What is a healthy beach?

June 19 2012

What is a healthy beach?

Coastal Preservation

We all love beaches and Surfrider Foundation has several programs and activities to protect beaches. But beyond being a great place to visit, do you know what beaches can do for you and the coastal environment?

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Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You!

June 19 2012

Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Do you want to see our coasts protected from offshore drilling? Then sign up to participate in Hands Across the Sand on August 4, 2012!

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First Ever Paddle Across The Gulf Stream!

June 15 2012

First Ever Paddle Across The Gulf Stream!

Rise Above Plastics

Last week two surfers and activists from the Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter completed the first ever paddle across the Gulf Stream as they completed a 60 mile journey from Bimini in the Bahamas to Miami, Florida! Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote made history Saturday, June 9th, becoming the first to…

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Plastic Paradise

June 14 2012

Plastic Paradise

Rise Above Plastics

Plastic pollution awareness is reaching new heights as plastic bag bans in Hawaii and LA have made headlines internationally. Plastic bags are the tip of the plastic pollution iceberg and just one of many components of the plastic soup swirling around the ocean, migrating toward the gyres and/or 'spit out'…

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Help build support for beach water testing programs!

June 11 2012

Help build support for beach water testing programs!

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Activist Toolkit now available for our Restore Beach Act Funding Campaign. Use this toolkit at your Chapter events and meetings this summer to build community awareness and to appeal to your Senators in DC to support funding for the BEACH Act program.

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San Diego Chapter OFG “Uses The Force” At County Fair: Wins 3 Awards

June 08 2012

San Diego Chapter OFG “Uses The Force” At County Fair: Wins 3 Awards

Ocean Friendly Gardens

This year's San Diego County Fair theme is, "Out of This World," and the local Chapter OFG Committee "used the force" to show they tackle real world landscape issues. The three honors were for the best display representing the diversity of San Diego landscape, for benefit to the environment, and…

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Report Card Gives Mixed Reviews on U.S. Ocean Policy

June 07 2012

Report Card Gives Mixed Reviews on U.S. Ocean Policy

Ocean Ecosystems

This week the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released its 2012 U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card. The report card praises the efforts of states and regions to implement the National Ocean Policy, but gives mixed reviews to the federal government.

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It’s Overflowing, the Sea is Full

June 04 2012

It’s Overflowing, the Sea is Full

Rise Above Plastics

A large amount of our rubbish ends up in the oceans and seas thus disturbing the planet's coastal ecosystems. Discover the dramatic consequences of marine litter on the environment and its species in this great ten minute video from Surfrider Europe.

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The BWTF in Rincón, Puerto Rico

June 04 2012

The BWTF in Rincón, Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force Source Identification Youth

The Rincón Chapter tests 14 marine and freshwater sites in northwestern Puerto Rico on a weekly basis, collecting over 500 water samples in 2011 alone. Learn more about their busy program that is providing vital information on the safety and health of local waters in areas where where there is…

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