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Surfing After a Rain - What are the Risks?

December 08 2014

Surfing After a Rain - What are the Risks?

Water Quality Illness

Recently I was interviewed by Jake Howard of Surfline regarding the health risks of surfing after a rain. I repeated the standard Health Department warning to stay out of the water for 72 hours due to the mass of pollutants (including human and animal fecal matter) that wash off the…

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Brown Water Advisories on Kaua’i:  Too little, too late?

December 11 2013

Brown Water Advisories on Kaua’i:  Too little, too late?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

After capturing media attention with high bacteria levels measured during a Brown Water Advisory in November, the Kaua'i Chapter keeps the momentum going and questions the effectiveness of these public health advisories. They would like the advisories issued sooner, to cover more beaches, and require signs at the beach.

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Heavy Rain, Brown Water & Bacteria, Oh my!

November 13 2013

Heavy Rain, Brown Water & Bacteria, Oh my!

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

While the Hawaii State Department of Health issued a Brown Water Advisory on Kaua'i last week, Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force measured extremely high bacteria levels at stormwater impacted streams and beaches.

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Safe-guarding US beaches

July 08 2013

Safe-guarding US beaches

Water Quality Illness

With the summer beach season fully upon us, now is a good time for the federal government to take their responsibility to protect US beach-goers seriously.

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EPA updates recreational water quality criteria

December 02 2012

EPA updates recreational water quality criteria

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

The EPA has released its 2012 water quality criteria recommendations for protecting human health in all coastal and non-coastal recreational waters.

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Sewage still a problem post-Sandy

December 01 2012

Sewage still a problem post-Sandy

Water Quality Illness

The New York Times reported this week that since Superstorm Sandy hit a month ago, hundreds of millions of gallons of raw and partly raw sewage from crippled treatment plants have flowed into waterways in New York and New Jersey, exposing flaws in the region’s wastewater infrastructure that will take…

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Doheny - The Plot Thickens

August 31 2012

Doheny - The Plot Thickens

Water Quality Illness

As practically any surfer in southern California knows, there has been a long-running problem with poor water quality at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. Doheny has made NRDC's "Beach Bummer" list for several years straight and routinely gets Ds or Fs on Heal the Bay's Beach Report Card. Despite…

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Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

August 07 2012

Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Now there’s a place to share your story and see where others are getting sick.

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3 Steps to Fund Water Quality Monitoring

March 19 2012

3 Steps to Fund Water Quality Monitoring

Water Quality Illness

We have an opportunity this week (March 19th) to urge our Senators to support New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg in asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to restore funding for water quality monitoring. Here are the 3 easy steps to encourage your Senator to join him.

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Obama to end beach water quality monitoring?

February 15 2012

Obama to end beach water quality monitoring?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

By defunding the Beach Grant Program, the Obama Administration is about to put you and your kids at risk next time you swim in the ocean.

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Safer to Play in the Sand? Maybe Not

February 06 2012

Safer to Play in the Sand? Maybe Not

Water Quality Illness

Some parents concerned about exposing their children to polluted water at the beach may advise their kids to stay on the beach and play in the sand. According to a new EPA study, that may not always protect them from getting sick. Testing at beaches in Alabama and Rhode Island,…

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New Beach Water Quality Standards?

January 18 2012

New Beach Water Quality Standards?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

As surfers, swimmers and beach goers we rely on water quality monitoring to know if it is safe to go into the ocean. That monitoring relies on water quality standards to determine your risk of getting sick. EPA has reassessed those standards, and Surfrider is weighing in on them.

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Harmful Algal Bloom Bill Introduced in the Senate

October 14 2011

Harmful Algal Bloom Bill Introduced in the Senate

Legal Water Quality Illness

The Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2011 (S.1701) was introduced by Senators Olympia Snowe (D-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) yesterday to address the problem of Harmful Algal Blooms (commonly known as "HABs") that are making our coasts and oceans increasingly harmful to public health.…

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First Flush: Just How Dirty is That Water?

October 06 2011

First Flush: Just How Dirty is That Water?

Water Quality Illness

The West Coast had its first big rain storm of the year this week, dumping several inches in places and breaking rainfall records in L.A. This "first flush" makes our beach waters very dirty and can make you sick.

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October 27 2010

Beach Monitoring in CA Survives Budget Cuts for 1 More Year

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

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October 05 2010

Beach monitoring in CA suffers from budget cuts: Part 2

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

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September 03 2010

Beach monitoring in CA suffers from budget cuts

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

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August 03 2010

NRDC Testing the Waters 2010 featuring Hawaii

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

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July 02 2010

New Rapid Methods in OC

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

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June 22 2010

Source Tracking Guide Just Released!

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

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