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Ditch Plains, NY and the Fate of the East Deck Motel

August 22 2014

Ditch Plains, NY and the Fate of the East Deck Motel

Beach Access Blue Water Task Force Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring Surf Protection Water Quality

The very modest 28-room East Deck Motel sits right next to Ditch Plains, a premier surf spot in Long Island. It has been sold and the new owners plan a huge members-only resort and entertainment complex, 2 stories, over 30,000 square feet including deck and pool with 100 parking spaces,…

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Congress Passes Bill on Beach and Water Projects

June 12 2014

Congress Passes Bill on Beach and Water Projects

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection

Congress has passed an updated Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Surfrider chapters worked hard to improve the final version of the bill.

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Surprise? A super El Niño will lead to super erosion

March 26 2014

Surprise? A super El Niño will lead to super erosion

Coastal Preservation

Some early predictions for a strong El Niño are building and that could mean strong storms and severe coastal erosion. The response is often shoreline armoring under emergency conditions

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Congress Looks to Reduce Environmental Review of Beach and Water Projects

February 06 2014

Congress Looks to Reduce Environmental Review of Beach and Water Projects

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems

A committee of Senate and House members is negotiating the final version of the Water Resources Development Act which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Find out how you can influence the final version of the bill!

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Fukushima Radiation Frequently Asked Questions

February 03 2014

Fukushima Radiation Frequently Asked Questions

Coastal Preservation Water Quality

Surfrider addresses some frequently asked questions regarding the risks to the West Coast from the Fukushima disaster.

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Shored Up, Beach Replenishment Documentary, Variety Review

December 20 2013

Shored Up, Beach Replenishment Documentary, Variety Review

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

The documentary on beach replenishment called Shored Up has been making its way around the Surfrider Network with many chapters involved in local screenings and film festival debuts. The film was just written up in Variety magazine and it is the best review yet.

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2013 Victories Recap

November 26 2013

2013 Victories Recap

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Surf Protection Water Quality

As we close in on the end of another great year of coastal protection it seems appropriate to look back at the hard work that’s been done by Surfrider Foundation volunteers and staff. Our activists have been busy this year, racking up 33 campaign victories so far

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Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

November 21 2013

Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

Surfrider members are “ocean users” through and through. It’s amazing to think that as I write this blog, there are Surfrider supporters around the world surfing, diving, fishing, SUPing, swimming, sunbathing, wildlife watching AND fighting to protect our coast. In California, Surfrider is upping our ante to preserve our coast…

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Sand Berm Constructed at Malibu

November 15 2013

Sand Berm Constructed at Malibu

Coastal Preservation Surf Protection

Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors (LACDBH) to construct a seasonal sand berm to prevent an easterly breach of the Malibu Lagoon inlet. A first steps towards surf improvement in Malibu. Read about the other benefits and the longer term goals.

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Rebuilding After Sandy, C’mon Man!

November 04 2013

Rebuilding After Sandy, C’mon Man!

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

Now that the Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy has passed, here is an example of exactly what we should not be doing. It is OK to rebuild, but not this way. At the center of this aerial picture is the old beachfront gazebo in Beach Haven, NJ. Note how it sits…

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Florida is Running Out of Sand!

September 12 2013

Florida is Running Out of Sand!

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

Beach replenishment is the main tool along much of our coast to protect coastal development, but in Southern FL they are simply running out of sand and counties are fighting counties in what amounts to Sand Wars.

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Congress Looks to Bypass Environmental Protections for Beach and Water Projects

April 26 2013

Congress Looks to Bypass Environmental Protections for Beach and Water Projects

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote in the coming weeks on a Water Resources Development Act, or "WRDA" for short. Several bad provisions make this bill unacceptable and it needs to be reworked.

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California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

April 08 2013

California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

Beach Access Blue Water Task Force Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is one of California’s most important laws—not only because it helps protect our environment and “quality of life”, but CEQA also promotes democratic participation in the decision-making process—giving citizens a say in what happens in their local communities. Unfortunately over the past few years,…

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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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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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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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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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From King Tides to Sea Level Rise

October 31 2012

From King Tides to Sea Level Rise

Coastal Preservation

“King tides” are extreme high tide events that tend to be more dramatic in the winter when storms cause increased wind and wave activity along the coast. These high water events allow us to visualize now how flooding from rising sea levels will impact our beaches, coastal areas and shoreline…

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Beach Fill Comes to San Diego

October 19 2012

Beach Fill Comes to San Diego

Beachapedia Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Surf Protection

San Diego County is currently pumping sand onto 8 beaches in the area. Surfrider's chapter is monitoring for impacts to surf spots.

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Beach Driving: Part 2

August 13 2012

Beach Driving: Part 2

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Legal

Beach driving not only involves ecological considerations; it also involves beach access and freedom to enjoy coastal resources. This blog explores how beach driving has shaped the law and, in turn, how the law has responded to beach driving.

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