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November 2012

Buffalo Exchange Goes Bagless!

November 30 2012

Buffalo Exchange Goes Bagless!

Rise Above Plastics

Buffalo Exchange has officially gone “bag-less”. The company plans to discontinue all orders of disposable plastic bags for its 47 stores nation-wide. This keeps a good deal of plastic out of landfills and prompts customers to remember an earth-friendly alternative for the trip home. The company’s change in policy is…

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Plastic Pollution Makes National News

November 29 2012

Plastic Pollution Makes National News

Rise Above Plastics Tsunami Debris

Last night NBC News featured a story triggered by tsunami debris that put the spotlight on plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean. While it's great to see more attention to the issue of plastic pollution, the story fell short of offering some solutions. Tsunami debris is a relative drop in…

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Plastic Beach Project - Understanding Plastic Pollution at 15 Beaches in the SF Bay Area

November 26 2012

Plastic Beach Project - Understanding Plastic Pollution at 15 Beaches in the SF Bay Area

Rise Above Plastics

Surfrider Foundation San Francisco Chapter activists developed a method to document trash collected during Surfrider’s local beach cleanups and conduct scientific research to systematically compare plastic pollution on 15 local beaches. The purpose of the project was to document the quantity and type of beach litter on local beaches to…

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Direct Potable Reuse is Happening In Texas

November 21 2012

Direct Potable Reuse is Happening In Texas

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

In what could be the first wave (first set?) of such projects in the United States, the cities of Brownwood and Big Spring in west Texas are constructing Direct Potable Reuse systems to turn wastewater into high quality drinking water,

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Rise Above Plastics Holiday Tips

November 19 2012

Rise Above Plastics Holiday Tips

Rise Above Plastics

Black Friday specials are in full swing and the joy of the holidays is knocking on the door. Are you going to be naughty or nice when it comes to your shopping and gift giving? The world's population is currently using 50 percent more resources each year than the earth…

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Green Girls Have Fun With Siuslaw, OR Chapter Rain Garden Workshop

November 15 2012

Green Girls Have Fun With Siuslaw, OR Chapter Rain Garden Workshop

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

On a rainy afternoon in late October, 32 participants attended the Florence Rain Garden Workshop to learn about ways to reduce non-point source pollutants flowing off their property as part of the Siuslaw Chapter’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. Green Girl Land Development Solutions showed how it can be fun and…

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Canned Water?!

November 14 2012

Canned Water?!

Rise Above Plastics

I often thought an 'ace up the sleeve' for the bottled water industry was that their usually unneeded product can come in quite handy after an emergency and/or natural disaster such as Sandy. But instead of plastic bottles, why can't water be put into cans? Aluminum cans have a higher…

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Multi-City Departments Collaborate With Chapter at Santa Barbara OFG Workday

November 13 2012

Multi-City Departments Collaborate With Chapter at Santa Barbara OFG Workday

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

It takes a village to raise a child - and to create an Ocean Friendly Garden. Several city government departments worked with the Surfrider chapter: from redirecting a downspout and installing the dry stream bed to providing tools and food. Once again, workday "coaching" was provided by G3/The Green Gardens…

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National Ocean Policy in the Ocean & Coastal Law Journal

November 08 2012

National Ocean Policy in the Ocean & Coastal Law Journal

Legal Ocean Ecosystems

The National Ocean Policy strives to be the one unifying law to govern the resources of our oceans and Great Lakes in the United States. Enacted by an Executive Order of President Barack Obama in 2010, the implementation plan for the NOP is expected to be out any day now.…

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Flyspecking Preservation Efforts: a case on off-road recreational access v. preservation

November 07 2012

Flyspecking Preservation Efforts: a case on off-road recreational access v. preservation

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation has long worked to secure low-impact beach access for all people. Our work in realizing this goal has not gone without recognizing the omnipresent balance between beach access and the ecological integrity of our beaches. This balance is often implicated in beach driving. The Southern Four Wheel Drive…

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No Smoking On This Beach Near Tobacco Road

November 07 2012

No Smoking On This Beach Near Tobacco Road

Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

The focus Tuesday was mainly on the Presidential race but there were other important races and plenty of ballot initiatives across the country. In Wrightsville Beach voters soundly approved the first smoke-free beach in North Carolina. The Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter worked hard on this campaign for two years…

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Surfrider Foundation Issues Statement On Hurricane Sandy

November 01 2012

Surfrider Foundation Issues Statement On Hurricane Sandy

Coastal Preservation

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Surfrider Foundation has issued the following statement.

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