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February 2013

Community Presentation of BWTF Data in Kaua’i

February 26 2013

Community Presentation of BWTF Data in Kaua’i

Blue Water Task Force

The Kaua'i Chapter continues its good efforts to educate the public about their water testing program and local water quality problems at the Hale Halawai Community Center.

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High School Students Connect Water Quality Testing & Ocean Friendly Gardens

February 25 2013

High School Students Connect Water Quality Testing & Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Students at this high school had already been actively participating in local water quality testing through Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force (BWTF). After helping to create an Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) at their high school, the students will be monitoring how well garden's soil acts like a sponge to absorb…

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Appeals Court Rules for LA County Bag Ban and Against Plastics Industry

February 22 2013

Appeals Court Rules for LA County Bag Ban and Against Plastics Industry

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

On February 21, 2013, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed the lower court judgment in favor of Los Angeles County in defending their municipal bag ban ordinance from an attack brought by the plastics industry, including Hilex Poly Co., in Schmeer et al v. County…

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Turn a T-shirt Into a Reusable Bag!

February 21 2013

Turn a T-shirt Into a Reusable Bag!

Rise Above Plastics

Surfrider Chapters across the country have been reducing waste and creating reusable bags at the same time!! Sure, you can dump old or unwanted clothes at your local thrift store, but there are few ways to truly recycle t-shirts. There are lots of examples online, here are a few of…

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Stop The Plastic Invasion

February 15 2013

Stop The Plastic Invasion

Rise Above Plastics

Surfrider Foundation Europe has developed another great ad campaign with Young & Rubicam Paris, France. This great graphic art is the theme for the international Ocean Initiatives cleanup efforts - Let's Reduce Our Plastic Footprint, The Sea Is Full.

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Home Soda - All It’s Fizzed Up To Be?

February 14 2013

Home Soda - All It’s Fizzed Up To Be?

Rise Above Plastics

There was quite a bit of buzz last week around a rejected football game ad for a home soda maker. After being out of the office I finally took time to search it out and was a bit disappointed. While I had secretly hoped it might be too risqué by…

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Surfing & MPAs: Putting the Stoke in Conservation

February 12 2013

Surfing & MPAs: Putting the Stoke in Conservation

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection Surfing Reserves

Millions of Americans go surfing in marine protected areas (MPAs) every year. MPAs help protect some of the best surfing spots in the country and often enjoy a reciprocal relationship with the surfing community.

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One Step Closer to Historic Designation for Trestles and San Onofre

February 11 2013

One Step Closer to Historic Designation for Trestles and San Onofre

Surf Protection

The "Trestles Historic District," encompassing Trestles and San Onofre beaches, was supported by the CA State Historical Resources Commission for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Reusable Bags Are Dangerous?  Don’t Believe The HYPE!

February 11 2013

Reusable Bags Are Dangerous?  Don’t Believe The HYPE!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Over the past couple of weeks numerous stories and LTE's have focused on recent 'research' claiming a link between unwashed reusable bags and deaths in San Francisco. This flawed research builds on the misleading research started in 2010 between University of Arizona and Loma Linda University that was funded by…

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