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Coastal Blog

July 2012

How the Legal System Saves the Surf

July 31 2012

How the Legal System Saves the Surf

Legal Surf Protection

The value of surfing to society is undeniable. This blog speaks about how the legal system protects these valuable resources.

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Three Essential Truths about New Offshore Oil Drilling

July 31 2012

Three Essential Truths about New Offshore Oil Drilling

Water Quality Oil Spill

We challenge all elected officials to acknowledge these three essential truths when considering any new offshore drilling proposals.

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Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project and Joshua Radin

July 30 2012

Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project and Joshua Radin

Rise Above Plastics

2012 marks the sixth year the Barefoot Wine and Bubbly has teamed up with the Surfrider Foundation for the Beach Rescue Project to help keep beaches, rivers and lakes barefoot friendly. This year Joshua Radin has been involved at various locations across the country as his schedule permits - a…

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Fed Up With Foam Litter? Pass SB 568!

July 30 2012

Fed Up With Foam Litter? Pass SB 568!

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

California Senate Bill 568 is groundbreaking legislation that would phase out expanded polystyrene (EPS) food and drink containers at restaurants statewide by 2016. Sign our action alert and call your State Assemblymember to support this bill to clean up our beaches and support sustainable foodware products by phasing out the…

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Two Plastic Reduction Victories in Santa Cruz

July 25 2012

Two Plastic Reduction Victories in Santa Cruz

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Last night the Santa Cruz City Council gave their final approval on a plastic bag ban and expanded their existing foam foodware ban to include most disposable retail items made from EPS foam. The Surfrider Foundation Santa Cruz Chapters was one of the first to focus on plastic pollution issues…

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Illinois, Massachusetts and California Plastic Bills

July 24 2012

Illinois, Massachusetts and California Plastic Bills

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Three states have four big bills regarding plastic pollution in play and your help is needed! It's easy, all you have to do is pick up the phone and make a call, then sign and share an online action alert.

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More Evidence Plastic Bag Legislation Works

July 23 2012

More Evidence Plastic Bag Legislation Works

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Plastic bag legislation is relatively new but the results are coming in shows them to be effective in reducing plastic bags with little resistance from consumers. Recent reports from Long Beach, CA, Sunnyvale, CA and Quebec Province in Canada all show positive results. Whether it's a plastic checkout bag ban…

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Portland Chapter Follows Rain Garden Class With Site Evaluation and Garden Building

July 20 2012

Portland Chapter Follows Rain Garden Class With Site Evaluation and Garden Building

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

Like the Newport, OR Chapter, the Portland, OR Chapter teamed up with a Soil and Water Conservation District to host a sustainable landscaping class. Surfrider staff, Pete Stauffer, volunteered his landscape to be the site to apply this new knowledge. Step 1: Site Evaluation.

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Spending cuts  problems with old and failing sewers and storm systems

July 20 2012

Spending cuts problems with old and failing sewers and storm systems

Know Your H20 Water Quality

A funding bill has just been released from a House Committee that proposes drastic cuts to the State Clean Water Revolving Funds. What this means is less money going out to the states to fix broken sewers, maintaining stormwater systems and installing new, green ways of managing runoff.

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OFG Members Have Great 1st Meeting With County Stormwater & Smart Gardening Staff

July 19 2012

OFG Members Have Great 1st Meeting With County Stormwater & Smart Gardening Staff

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

After testifying at a hearing about a proposed Los Angeles County stormwater fee for all property owners, West LA/Malibu OFG Sub-Committee members wanted to know more about what resources the County was already offering to reduce polluted runoff, what gaps existed, and how to collaborate. So they set up a…

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Beach Water Testing Program in Hawaii Struggling

July 17 2012

Beach Water Testing Program in Hawaii Struggling

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Hawaii's beach water testing program is already struggling to meet beach water testing requirements set by the BEACH Act. Impending federal budget cuts could devastate this program in a state whose economy is largely fueled by beach tourism.

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Resources for Hands Across the Sand

July 17 2012

Resources for Hands Across the Sand

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Thanks to the dozens of Surfrider chapters organizing Hands Across the Sand events on August 4! We have posted a toolkit of resources on Chapternet to help ensure the success of your events!

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Kaua’i Blue Water Task Force

July 16 2012

Kaua’i Blue Water Task Force

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Youth

The Kaua'i Chapter's Blue Water Task Force water testing program is providing valuable water quality information for surf sites around the island. They are investigating the local sources of water pollution and are trying to instill an ethic of coastal stewardship into the students they are reaching.

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RESTORE Act Passes! Gulf of Mexico to Benefit

July 09 2012

RESTORE Act Passes! Gulf of Mexico to Benefit

Ocean Ecosystems

Congress has passed the RESTORE Act to help support economic and ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. Special thanks to our Florida Chapters and thousands of Surfrider activists who wrote to congress in support of the bill!

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Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2012 Report

July 06 2012

Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2012 Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council has just released their annual Testing the Waters Report for 2012. The number of beach closing and advisory days reported in 2011 was 23,481 days, confirming that our nation's beaches continue to experience significant water pollution that puts swimmers and local economies at risk.

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Have a Plastic-Free Holiday!

July 02 2012

Have a Plastic-Free Holiday!

Rise Above Plastics

Independence Day is this Wednesday July 4th in the U.S. and one of the best days of the year to get out and celebrate with family and friends. July 5th is often the busiest day for cleanup crews at beaches and parks across the country. One big reason is that…

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