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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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2011 Enviro Intern Clara Cartwright works on Beach Ecology

September 02 2011

2011 Enviro Intern Clara Cartwright works on Beach Ecology

Coastal Preservation

Clara Cartwright is the 2011 Dillon Henry Memorial Intern in the Environmental Department of the Surfrider Foundation. Clara has been working on improving the Beach Ecology indicator for our State of the Beach report and is finalizing some case studies on best practices for considering beach ecology while managing beaches.…

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Beachfill Implicated in Injuries

August 10 2011

Beachfill Implicated in Injuries

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

A beach replenishment project completed last year in Harvey Cedars, NJ is implicated in this news article about a number of injuries in the shorebreak. The surf was chest high at best, yet they restricted swimming due to injuries.

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Shifting Tides: Sea level rise in US

August 04 2011

Shifting Tides: Sea level rise in US

Coastal Preservation

Coastlines throughout the world are very sensitive to changes in sea level. Sea level changes where waves break, how coasts erode or accrete, the tidal flow in estuaries, and the location and extent of wetlands and coral reefs. And small changes, on the order of inches, can have profound impacts…

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Look Out - Thoughts from the Beach

June 02 2011

Look Out - Thoughts from the Beach

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring

Steve Pezman puts a few thoughts down on the state of the coast and our lasting impacts on it.

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North Carolina Legislature Removes Coastal Protections

May 25 2011

North Carolina Legislature Removes Coastal Protections

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring

North Carolina has long had one of the strictest coastal management laws limiting the use of hardened structures on the beach for erosion protection. Unfortunately their legislature recently moved to allow the construction of terminal groins to try to control sand movements near tidal inlets.

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Another Failed South Florida Dredging Project

April 27 2011

Another Failed South Florida Dredging Project

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

The federal government had to issue a cease-and-desist order in April for a beach-nourishment dredging project off Hillsboro Beach and Deerfield Beach. Residents had noticed high levels of turbidity, or muddy water, moving along the shoreline. The order cites a leaky pipe that dumped sand on an area of "hardbottom,"…

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Another Crappy Beach

March 24 2011

Another Crappy Beach

Coastal Preservation

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March 17 2011

Balls of Clay in Texas

Coastal Preservation

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March 07 2011

Surfrider Foundation Files Suit to Restore Sharp Park

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring Legal

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February 28 2011

Beach Mansion Bailouts in NC

Coastal Preservation

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