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Coastal Blog

December 2012

Expansion Proposed for Marine Sanctuaries off Northern California

December 23 2012

Expansion Proposed for Marine Sanctuaries off Northern California

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The Obama Administration is planning to expand the Gulf of Farollones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries to protect the northern California coast from offshore drilling. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted by NOAA until March 1, 2013

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Federal Marine Debris Legislation Signed by the President

December 21 2012

Federal Marine Debris Legislation Signed by the President

Legal Rise Above Plastics Tsunami Debris

President Barack Obama signed the Marine Debris Act Amendments (Farr - H.R. 1171) into law on December 20, 2012 as part of the Coast Guard Maritime Transportation Act (H.R. 2838). The Marine Debris Act Amendments reauthroizes and amends the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act to create a marine…

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California’s Marine Protected Areas in Full Swing

December 20 2012

California’s Marine Protected Areas in Full Swing

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

Have you ever heard the saying, “so goes California so goes the Nation”? Well, ocean advocates across the nation are hoping these words ring true when it comes to protecting important ocean resources. The State of California now officially owns a complete network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). These MPAs…

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More Plastic Bag Reduction Efforts

December 18 2012

More Plastic Bag Reduction Efforts

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Last week we covered the groundswell of plastic bag ordinances sweeping through California and this week we are happy to report another international bag ban while legislators on the East Coast are looking to place statewide fees on carryout bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament voted to forbid the…

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Surfrider Foundation Supports Los Angeles County Bag Ban in Court

December 17 2012

Surfrider Foundation Supports Los Angeles County Bag Ban in Court

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Surfrider Foundation, by and through our Los Angeles County Chapters and along with a coalition of environmental groups, filed an amicus or “friend of the court” brief in support of Los Angeles County in Schmeer v. Los Angeles County. In this case, the County of Los Angeles is being used…

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Hijacking our Beaches for Sandy Relief

December 17 2012

Hijacking our Beaches for Sandy Relief

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

President Obama and Congress are rightfully moving to provide federal assistance for those impacted by Hurricane (Superstorm) Sandy. Unfortunately in their zeal for action the Senate is proposing to go far and beyond what is needed for disaster recovery, threatening the future health and vitality of our coastal beaches and…

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Plastic Bag Reduction Week in California!

December 14 2012

Plastic Bag Reduction Week in California!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

This week saw three cities in California move forward with different stages of a plastic checkout bag ban for grocers and retail food stores. After state legislators failed to pass AB 298 this year, the statewide bag ban, it is imperative for cities, towns and counties to continue the groundswell…

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Beachfills, Dunes, and Seawalls Oh My!

December 12 2012

Beachfills, Dunes, and Seawalls Oh My!

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring

We don't really like seawalls at Surfrider Foundation, I know. But to put a large structure on the ocean side of a seawall, now that's just a lose, lose proposition. Exhibit A from Sea Bright, NJ.

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The Toilet Bowl Effect: Gurgles and Flushes from Pico-Kenter Storm Drain

December 11 2012

The Toilet Bowl Effect: Gurgles and Flushes from Pico-Kenter Storm Drain

Blue Water Task Force Youth Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Students at Santa Monica High School measured high bacteria levels and picked up more than 75 lbs of trash flushed through the Pico-Kenter storm drain by rain events in November. Read the press release they sent out documenting this pollution.

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BWTF data detects sewer overflows at beaches in Newport, Oregon

December 10 2012

BWTF data detects sewer overflows at beaches in Newport, Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

Very high bacteria levels detected by the Newport Chapter's BWTF water testing program indicated an ongoing problem with sewer overflows in the area during wet weather. The beaches were posted in the short-term, but the Chapter has been working with the city for nearly 10 years now to address multiple…

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New Controls on Nutrient Pollution in Florida

December 10 2012

New Controls on Nutrient Pollution in Florida

Water Quality

After years of court battles and lively debate between multiple stakeholders, the USEPA has finally decided to impose numeric water quality standards in the State of Florida to better control nutrient pollution. Algal blooms fueled by excess nutrients have been wreaking havoc on inland and coastal ecosystems alike and have…

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Tell the Feds to Cancel Seismic Surveys in the Atlantic!

December 06 2012

Tell the Feds to Cancel Seismic Surveys in the Atlantic!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The Department of Interior is deciding whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic to map oil and gas resources. These surveys would cause devastating impacts to marine life and set the stage for new offshore drilling. Please sign the petition to ask the Department to cancel…

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Membership Special and Beach Trash Ornament Contest

December 06 2012

Membership Special and Beach Trash Ornament Contest

Rise Above Plastics

Surfrider Foundation is currently running a great Holiday Gift Membership package and there’s just one week left to order to make sure it’s delivered before Christmas. It’s a great package for you or a loved one to show your support for clean water and beaches all year long. Also, Surfrider…

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EPA updates recreational water quality criteria

December 02 2012

EPA updates recreational water quality criteria

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

The EPA has released its 2012 water quality criteria recommendations for protecting human health in all coastal and non-coastal recreational waters.

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Sewage still a problem post-Sandy

December 01 2012

Sewage still a problem post-Sandy

Water Quality Illness

The New York Times reported this week that since Superstorm Sandy hit a month ago, hundreds of millions of gallons of raw and partly raw sewage from crippled treatment plants have flowed into waterways in New York and New Jersey, exposing flaws in the region’s wastewater infrastructure that will take…

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