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March 2013

Responding to Sandy

March 29 2013

Responding to Sandy

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring

Almost five months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeast the region is still in recovery mode. It is a real challenge to balance the competing interests of the urgency and importance of rebuilding with thoughtful planning to make the necessary changes to avoid a similar disaster in the future.…

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Sewage Treatment: Moving Off the Coast?

March 29 2013

Sewage Treatment: Moving Off the Coast?

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

A combination of required replacement of outdated sewage treatment facilities, climate change adaptation (sea level rise), and integrated water management strategies may be evolving towards movement of sewage treatment facilities away from the coast, as well as water re-use and improved water quality discharge.

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Top Plastic Pollution Bills in California

March 28 2013

Top Plastic Pollution Bills in California

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The California legislative session started off in full sprint this year, with Senators and Assembly members tripping over themselves to come up with bills that address coastal plastic pollution. At the end of the first quarter, we have several priority pieces of legislation that Surfrider Foundation supports in our efforts…

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New Malibu OFG Helps to Protect Surfrider Beach

March 22 2013

New Malibu OFG Helps to Protect Surfrider Beach

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

This new, high-profile Ocean Friendly Garden at Bluffs Park is just up the hillside from Surfrider Beach, where Surfrider Foundation got its start. Backed by the City and many others, it's a good model for people to draw from: at home, at work, and elsewhere.

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Farewell Friend – In Memoriam of My Travel Mug

March 20 2013

Farewell Friend – In Memoriam of My Travel Mug

Rise Above Plastics

My friend of three and half years passed away this morning. He’d been on life support for quite a while, but I made him hold on. There was no one like him so it was hard to let go. We’d been everywhere together on a daily basis. We’d worked to…

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Protecting ocean recreation and surfing

March 20 2013

Protecting ocean recreation and surfing

Surf Protection

The Surfrider Foundation takes a multi-pronged approach to protecting ocean recreation and surfing. Here we provide an overview of those approaches and we will dive into each one in more detail in subsequent posts.

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EPA articulates the multiple benefits of green infrastructure

March 19 2013

EPA articulates the multiple benefits of green infrastructure

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

Green infrastructure is a cost-effective and resilient approach to our water infrastructure needs that provides many community benefits. As of 2008, the total reported water infrastructure needs for the United States included $63.6 billion for combined sewer overflow control and $42.3 billion for stormwater management. Since only 22% of regulated…

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Surfrider Foundation Sues to Open Martin’s Beach to the Public

March 13 2013

Surfrider Foundation Sues to Open Martin’s Beach to the Public

Beach Access Legal

Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay, California, is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach that has been enjoyed by locals and visitors for generations. However, locked gates and signs were erected at the entrance to the beach road several years ago. After over two years of outreach and advocacy, the…

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Desalination a drop in the bucket?

March 12 2013

Desalination a drop in the bucket?

Know Your H20 Desalination

Surfrider advocates for holistic water supply management through the exhaustion of multi-benefit water supply solutions before implementation of more energy intensive options such as desalination. Many cities in California are beginning to realize desalination is not the answer!

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Can a First Coast City be the First City in Florida to Refuse Plastic Bags?

March 11 2013

Can a First Coast City be the First City in Florida to Refuse Plastic Bags?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Florida is a state that limits 'home rule' when it comes to plastic bags - municipalities are not allowed to enact a plastic bag ban or fee-based ordinance per state law. That did not slow down a group of Flagler College students who are working to eliminate plastic bag litter…

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Senator Vitter Wants To Drill Off Your Coast

March 10 2013

Senator Vitter Wants To Drill Off Your Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Senator David Vitter has introduced legislation to expand oil and gas drilling off every U.S. coastline.

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Desalination verses Conservation: Who wins?

March 08 2013

Desalination verses Conservation: Who wins?

Know Your H20 Desalination

In a recent Southern California article, Surfrider's Joe Geever highlights the multiple benefits of increased water conservation verses the multiple negative impacts of ocean desalination.

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Talks and Walks - An Easy On-ramp to OFG

March 07 2013

Talks and Walks - An Easy On-ramp to OFG

Ocean Friendly Gardens Lawn Patrol

Whether your chapter is just getting going with OFG or has been at it for awhile, giving talks and leading walks are easy on-ramps for volunteers. A talk can be given to any group, and walks can be lead from any garden.

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Plastic Bag Freedom.  HUH?

March 07 2013

Plastic Bag Freedom.  HUH?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

America's Founding Fathers obviously did not have plastic bags in mind when seeking freedom, but in desperate efforts, some plastic bag proponents are trying to associate plastic bags with freedom. "On Tuesday, Rep. Drew Springer (Muenster) filed HB 2416 "The Shopping Bag Freedom Act" to give retailers and consumers the…

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Want to Find Sewer Spills and Leaks?  Ask a Dog

March 04 2013

Want to Find Sewer Spills and Leaks?  Ask a Dog

Blue Water Task Force Source Identification Water Quality

A frequent problem in coastal watersheds is detection of high bacteria counts at beaches. Tracking the sources of the bacteria back up rivers, creeks and storm drains is difficult, time consuming and costly. But there may be a better way - using a trained, sewage-sniffing dog. We wrote about the…

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Chasing away the birds

March 04 2013

Chasing away the birds

Water Quality

Introducing the Goosinator: a new device that has been developed in the Great Lakes to chase away flocks of geese and gulls from public beaches.

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Surfrider Foundation 2013 Federal Legislative Priorities

March 01 2013

Surfrider Foundation 2013 Federal Legislative Priorities

Legal

Surfrider Foundation has a focused, few legislative priorities at the federal level that bubble up from our 84 grassroots Chapters on the ground. For 2013, our priorities at the national level are Clean Water, Ocean Ecosystems, and our Not the Answer campaign. We are also monitoring for Rise Above Plastics…

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Pollution Source Tracking Guide

March 01 2013

Pollution Source Tracking Guide

Blue Water Task Force Source Identification Water Quality

The City of Santa Barbara and UCSB have developed 2 new resources to help track the sources of water pollution in coastal watersheds.

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Friday Inspiration

March 01 2013

Friday Inspiration

Rise Above Plastics

It's a beautiful day in Southern California and I'm itching to head to the beach. But, some work needs to be done before I sneak out a little early this afternoon. Going through some emails and files quickly provided some inspiration to keep me fired up: some great outreach from…

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