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Investing in Natural Infrastructure

October 25 2013

Investing in Natural Infrastructure

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

Using nature to help manage water, a new report by the Water Resources Institute details the multiple benefits.

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Just a few reasons why desal is not the answer…

September 20 2013

Just a few reasons why desal is not the answer…

Know Your H20 Desalination

Desalination is often touted as the solution to our water woes. However, Surfrider begs to differ and suggests that desalination done in an environmentally responsible fashion should only be considered after water conservation and recycling have been exhausted. Check out this short clip from David Zetland of Wageningen University, as…

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OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

September 06 2013

OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Wastewater Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Five Surfrider chapters from four Hawaiian islands gathered for their annual conference, and learned about Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. A pre-conference meeting with a sister non-profit, and a tour by them after the conference, showed partnership potential on one island. Now, several island chapters are kicking off an OFG…

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Know Your H20 concepts gaining traction in Los Angeles

August 02 2013

Know Your H20 concepts gaining traction in Los Angeles

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling

Know Your H2O concepts are gaining traction in Los Angeles as people realize that all water, whether in the form of stormwater or wastewater, is WATER and must be managed efficiently. Check out this 5-minute film from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn.

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Moving beyond the dam era

July 05 2013

Moving beyond the dam era

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From the earliest development of the western United States, the federal government, was in the business of diverting natural river flows and building dams. The arguably well-intentioned program of building dams has had significant adverse impacts on our coast and ocean. But there has been a mind-shift recently towards dam…

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It’s all connected…

June 21 2013

It’s all connected…

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We all learned the rule of "cause and affect" in school; as we look around today there are lots of examples of environmental catastrophes due to the mismanagement of our natural resources. A traditional Florida fishery on the verge of collapse is yet another example of why we need to…

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Progressive Stormwater Permit Approved In San Diego

May 17 2013

Progressive Stormwater Permit Approved In San Diego

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

On May 8th, 2013 the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) unanimously approved a new regional MS4 permit implementing a watershed-based approach to stormwater management with an increased reliance on Low Impact Development (LID).

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The Potential of Stormwater

April 26 2013

The Potential of Stormwater

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling

It’s a basic idea: When it rains, we need to be able to capture that water, store it and then use it later. Today, about half the water from rain that could be used to replenish groundwater basins and increase local water supplies ends up turning into polluted stormwater runoff.

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Major green infrastructure project is completed in New York

April 12 2013

Major green infrastructure project is completed in New York

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

In an area where combined sewer system overflows are a leading contributor to water quality problems, the City of New York has turned to green infrastructure as a cost-effective solution to multiple problems.

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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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Sewage Treatment: Moving Off the Coast?

March 29 2013

Sewage Treatment: Moving Off the Coast?

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

A combination of required replacement of outdated sewage treatment facilities, climate change adaptation (sea level rise), and integrated water management strategies may be evolving towards movement of sewage treatment facilities away from the coast, as well as water re-use and improved water quality discharge.

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EPA articulates the multiple benefits of green infrastructure

March 19 2013

EPA articulates the multiple benefits of green infrastructure

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

Green infrastructure is a cost-effective and resilient approach to our water infrastructure needs that provides many community benefits. As of 2008, the total reported water infrastructure needs for the United States included $63.6 billion for combined sewer overflow control and $42.3 billion for stormwater management. Since only 22% of regulated…

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Desalination a drop in the bucket?

March 12 2013

Desalination a drop in the bucket?

Know Your H20 Desalination

Surfrider advocates for holistic water supply management through the exhaustion of multi-benefit water supply solutions before implementation of more energy intensive options such as desalination. Many cities in California are beginning to realize desalination is not the answer!

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Desalination verses Conservation: Who wins?

March 08 2013

Desalination verses Conservation: Who wins?

Know Your H20 Desalination

In a recent Southern California article, Surfrider's Joe Geever highlights the multiple benefits of increased water conservation verses the multiple negative impacts of ocean desalination.

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Direct Potable Reuse is Happening In Texas

November 21 2012

Direct Potable Reuse is Happening In Texas

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

In what could be the first wave (first set?) of such projects in the United States, the cities of Brownwood and Big Spring in west Texas are constructing Direct Potable Reuse systems to turn wastewater into high quality drinking water,

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Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

August 17 2012

Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

Know Your H20 Wastewater Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

Congressman Waxman is one of the most influential members of congress and has rightly earned his reputation as being a mover and shaker. He likes to investigate and uncover issues (just Google his name). So when Surfrider was invited to participate in a press conference with the Congressman to release…

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New Report Validates Know Your H2O

August 10 2012

New Report Validates Know Your H2O

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling

An international team of researchers from University of California Irvine, University of Melbourne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other institutions just published a report which will appear in a special Aug. 10 issue of the journal Science. The report, Taking the “Waste” Out of “Wastewater” for Human Water Security and…

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Spending cuts  problems with old and failing sewers and storm systems

July 20 2012

Spending cuts problems with old and failing sewers and storm systems

Know Your H20 Water Quality

A funding bill has just been released from a House Committee that proposes drastic cuts to the State Clean Water Revolving Funds. What this means is less money going out to the states to fix broken sewers, maintaining stormwater systems and installing new, green ways of managing runoff.

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Restoring Clean Water and Natural Ecosystems in Ventura, CA

April 10 2012

Restoring Clean Water and Natural Ecosystems in Ventura, CA

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

For the past two decades the Ventura Chapter has been working on integrated solutions to the problems that face our ocean, waves, and beaches. Learn more about the many programs and campaigns they are leading to protect and restore water quality, water supply and watershed function in the Ventura River…

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The Clean Water Program

March 06 2012

The Clean Water Program

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

The Clean Water Program has grown into a suite of complementary programs, campaigns and tools that Chapters and activists can use to help solve water pollution problems and to educate communities about the many benefits of responsible land and water management.

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