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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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No Surprise - San Diego’s Recycled Water is Better Than Imported Water

March 01 2012

No Surprise - San Diego’s Recycled Water is Better Than Imported Water

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

The City of San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project has been on-line since last summer, and based on a report issued February 1, the purified water met all drinking water standards, which included testing for more than 300 compounds. In fact, it did even better than that. The City also…

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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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Sewer Mining - Weird Term but an Idea That Makes Sense

January 24 2012

Sewer Mining - Weird Term but an Idea That Makes Sense

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

In the area around Sydney, Australia, several private organizations have found a new dependable source of water for irrigation and other non-potable uses - the sewer. The idea is to tap into sewer lines, treat the water to make it suitable for irrigation, and thereby save drinking water for -…

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Don’t Waste Water: Recycle Wastewater

January 12 2012

Don’t Waste Water: Recycle Wastewater

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

The National Research Council has just released a report that clarifies what we already knew, using marginally more energy in the treatment process can purify our wastewater so that it’s safe to drink, and do it at a fraction of the cost of ocean desalination or importing freshwater long distances.

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Surfrider Foundation Briefs the Appellate Court for Marine Life Protection

December 23 2011

Surfrider Foundation Briefs the Appellate Court for Marine Life Protection

Know Your H20 Desalination Legal

On December 28, 2011, Surfrider Foundation filed an appellate brief articulating our opposition to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s approval of the Carlsbad Desalination Plant without proper analyses of the appropriate site, design, and technology that would minimize harm to coastal resources. Additionally, the project approval allowed…

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Santa Monica, CA:  Ocean Park Boulevard Green Street Project

December 19 2011

Santa Monica, CA:  Ocean Park Boulevard Green Street Project

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

The Ocean Park community and City of Santa Monica celebrate the groundbreaking of the Ocean Park Boulevard Green Street Project. A community member expresses perfectly the long term vision that the KYH2O program is trying to grow in coastal communities.

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Know Your H2O Principles in Statement to Congress

December 09 2011

Know Your H2O Principles in Statement to Congress

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

Water expert Dr. Peter Gleick testified before Congress recently and presented nine targeted recommendations for fundamental change in federal water policy. Several of these recommendations, in particular numbers 1, 2 and 6, are consistent with the themes of our Know Your H2O program as expressed in our Cycle of Insanity…

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Los Angeles Adopts Low Impact Development Ordinance

October 04 2011

Los Angeles Adopts Low Impact Development Ordinance

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

After several years of advocacy by the environmental community, Los Angeles, California finally passed a LID ordinance to restore some natural watershed functions to developed urban areas.

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San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project Wins Award

September 19 2011

San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project Wins Award

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

The WateReuse Association has recognized San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project for the “2011 WateReuse Public Education Program of the Year Award." Along with examining the use of advanced water purification technology to potentially provide safe and reliable water for San Diego’s future (at less cost and with less environmental…

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LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST CARLSBAD DESALINATION CONTINUES AS POSEIDON IS STILL SEARCHING FOR FUNDING

August 19 2011

LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST CARLSBAD DESALINATION CONTINUES AS POSEIDON IS STILL SEARCHING FOR FUNDING

Know Your H20 Desalination Legal

On August 18, 2011, Surfrider filed an appeal from a June decision by Judge Judith F. Hayes of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego. In pursuing legal actions such as this one, Surfrider is striving to promote and achieve the goals of our Know Your H2O program…

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Wastewater Recycling Expands in Texas

July 25 2011

Wastewater Recycling Expands in Texas

Know Your H20 Water Recycling

Both reclaimed water systems (treated wastewater used for irrigation) and potable reuse systems are expanding in the Fort Worth area and throughout the state of Texas. Although this is partially in response to the current drought, it makes sense even in non-drought times. In Big Spring, a local water authority…

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