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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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Beach Driving: Part 1

August 03 2012

Beach Driving: Part 1

Beach Access Coastal Preservation

This is part 1 of a 3-part blog series that explores issues related to beach driving through several case studies as well as by highlighting impacts that can occur even in places that do not allow public beach driving.

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What is a healthy beach?

June 19 2012

What is a healthy beach?

Coastal Preservation

We all love beaches and Surfrider Foundation has several programs and activities to protect beaches. But beyond being a great place to visit, do you know what beaches can do for you and the coastal environment?

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Ma’alaea Saved

May 07 2012

Ma’alaea Saved

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection

Environmental campaigns are most often marathons, not sprints. You have to be prepared to be in it for the long haul. An extreme example of this is our Save Ma'alaea campaign, which has extended for over 20 years. Ma'alaea, on the island of Maui, is home to a small boat…

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Another Beachfill Botched!

May 02 2012

Another Beachfill Botched!

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

In trying to remedy one problem of beachfill, steep and dangerous beaches, the Army Corps has created another problem; a beach full of rocks in Cape May, NJ.

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Peter Douglas 1942 -2012

April 02 2012

Peter Douglas 1942 -2012

Coastal Preservation

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a legendary advocate of coastal protection in California and beyond.

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Leatherback Sea Turtles Get Protection Along West Coast

January 27 2012

Leatherback Sea Turtles Get Protection Along West Coast

Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Desalination Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics

Regulators designated nearly 42,000 square miles of ocean on the West Coast as critical habitat for endangered leatherback sea turtles, protecting them from ocean-related development projects and pollution.

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Florida’s Coastal and Ocean Future: An Updated Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership

January 06 2012

Florida’s Coastal and Ocean Future: An Updated Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership

Beachapedia Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

This updated report is the latest from the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition, which Surfrider Foundation is a member, and addresses Florida's most challenging coastal and marine topics and recommends actions for protecting and preserving the future of Florida's coasts and oceans.

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From King Tides to Sea Level Rise

December 16 2011

From King Tides to Sea Level Rise

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring

“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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TransparentSea Shines Spotlight on Surfrider’s Save Gaviota Campaign

October 10 2011

TransparentSea Shines Spotlight on Surfrider’s Save Gaviota Campaign

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems

TransparentSea is an ongoing awareness campaign aimed at highlighting coastal environmental issues with particular attention given to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and the waters they inhabit. They're following the southern migration of the California Grey Whale whale throughout the month of October, joining them near Santa Barbara on October 1st,…

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Making Beaches Smaller for Safety

September 04 2011

Making Beaches Smaller for Safety

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

Cape May, NJ is planning to have the Army Corps remove sand from one of their many replenished beaches. The volume of sand is causing a steep beach which in turn leads to increased number of shorebreak injuries; many of them c-spine injuries.

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