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May 2013

Students teaching students in Santa Monica

May 31 2013

Students teaching students in Santa Monica

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The Heal the Bay Surfrider Club at Santa Monica High School just conducted a mentorship program introducing over 40 middle school students and their teachers to water testing methodology and local water pollution issues.

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Dirty Water in Rincón, Puerto Rico

May 31 2013

Dirty Water in Rincón, Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force

The latest batch of water samples tested by the Rincón Chapter showed high levels of bacteria present at local beaches. Here's their BWTF Coordinator's explanation of water quality problems in their corner of Puerto Rico, as sent out with their weekly water quality report.

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Settlement Protects Coastal Waters from Harms of Oil Spill Dispersants

May 30 2013

Settlement Protects Coastal Waters from Harms of Oil Spill Dispersants

Legal Water Quality Oil Spill

Surfrider Foundation filed a settlement today that requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure that toxic oil-dispersing chemicals will not adversely impact sea life and our coastal resources. Surfrider Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment originally filed a lawsuit against the EPA and…

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Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

May 24 2013

Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

Water Quality

With the summer beach season upon us, support within the US Senate is building to restore funding to the federal budget to pay for beach water testing programs that protect swimmers and surfers from getting sick from polluted water.

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Worldwide Beach Litter Stats - Plastics Lead The List

May 22 2013

Worldwide Beach Litter Stats - Plastics Lead The List

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

The Ocean Conservancy recently released the totals from last years' worldwide Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) and each of the top seven items picked up are typically made from plastic. CCD provides a one day snapshot of beach litter with over half a million volunteers picking up over ten million pounds…

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Lawsuit Resurrected to Kill Zombie Toll Road

May 22 2013

Lawsuit Resurrected to Kill Zombie Toll Road

Legal

Back from the dead, a proposal to build the first segment of the 241 toll road was certified by the Transportation Corridor Agencies ("TCA") on April 18, 2013. Today, May 22, 2013, the vigilant group of environmentalists, including Surfrider Foundation, resurrected our California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") lawsuit that challenged…

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6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

May 21 2013

6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

Temperatures are warming and people are thinking about garden plans. Interest among property owners and water agencies is growing for an approach like OFG that combines water quality, water supply and other issues. 6 OFG events, sponsored by Surfrider chapters or private- and public-sector partners, took place in just one…

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Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

May 20 2013

Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

This weekend, over 25 Surfrider Chapters participated in Hands Across the Sand events across the country, joining thousands of activists around the world in saying NO to offshore drilling and YES to clean energy!

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The 2012 BWTF Annual Report

May 20 2013

The 2012 BWTF Annual Report

Blue Water Task Force

The Surfrider chapters, volunteers, teachers & students that make up the Blue Water Task Force supported by Emergen-C Blue®, undertook a massive water monitoring effort at their local beaches during 2012.

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The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

May 20 2013

The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

Read about the long and complicated path the Northwest Straits Chapter has followed to discover, investigate and help solve water pollution problems at Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, Washington. Written in the Chapter Chair, Eleanor Hines, own words.

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Progressive Stormwater Permit Approved In San Diego

May 17 2013

Progressive Stormwater Permit Approved In San Diego

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

On May 8th, 2013 the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) unanimously approved a new regional MS4 permit implementing a watershed-based approach to stormwater management with an increased reliance on Low Impact Development (LID).

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Gradients of Surf Protection

May 16 2013

Gradients of Surf Protection

Surf Protection

A look at how strategic approach, local community action and legal protection predicts the likely outcome of surf protection.

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Bag Ban Legislative Season Heats Up!

May 13 2013

Bag Ban Legislative Season Heats Up!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

As the legislative season heats up in areas around the country, there is an increase in plastics related legislation. "The largest single subject of all these bills at the state level is plastic bags. Thirty-five plus bills would either ban plastic bags or put taxes on them or require their…

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Surfrider Club At Florida Elementary School Plants First Ocean Friendly Garden

May 13 2013

Surfrider Club At Florida Elementary School Plants First Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Students with the Surfrider QUAD Club decided that their first project would be a hands-on experience with installing an Ocean Friendly Garden. Now it's a permanent solution to pollution and a great learning tool for them and for the community. It may spark changes off campus, too!

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Global Wave Conference: #gwc2013

May 01 2013

Global Wave Conference: #gwc2013

Surf Protection

The third Global Wave Conference (GWC2013) will take place in Rosarito, Baja California Mexico from May 5th - 8th. The conference is being organized by Wildcoast and Surfrider and is a gathering of the world's surf protection NGOs, researchers and academic institutions to focus on collaboration to protect the globe's…

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