Coastal Blog — Illness
October 05 2015
Congress has until December 11th to pass a federal budget for 2016. EPA has proposed to eliminate the BEACH Act Grants program that funds water quality testing and public health protection at beaches across the US. Ask Congress to pass a spending bill for next year that includes level funding…
August 27 2015
The Department of Health re-opened Waikiki beaches on Wednesday after bacteria levels dropped in the ocean from the sewage spill that affected the area in the early am hours on Monday. Signs will remain posted at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and Kewalo Basin telling the public to keep…
August 25 2015
Heavy rains from Tropical Depression Kilo caused a 500,000 gallon sewage spill on Oahu Monday forcing beach closures along several miles of Waikiki Beach. Several smaller sewage spills and wastewater discharges have also contaminated other beaches on Oahu.
April 20 2015
Today, April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite the catastrophic effects this spill had – and continues to have – on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and coastal communities, the federal government is still attempting to introduce new drilling along much of the…
April 09 2015
Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Have you developed a rash, skin infection, flu-like symptoms or an upset stomach after going for a surf or swim? Use this online tool to report incidents of ocean illness.
March 17 2015
The Surfrider Foundation is once again looking to Congress to restore federal funding for the EPA BEACH grants program that funds water quality monitoring and public notification programs at beaches across the country.
December 08 2014
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…
December 11 2013
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.
November 13 2013
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.
December 01 2012
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…
August 31 2012
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…
August 07 2012
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.
March 19 2012
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.
February 06 2012
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,…
January 18 2012
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.
October 14 2011
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.…
October 06 2011
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.