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Surfrider Foundation joins lawsuit to stop seawalls in Florida

August 21 2015

Surfrider Foundation joins lawsuit to stop seawalls in Florida

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring Legal

Surfrider Foundation has joined three other conservation groups to save Florida's beaches and the sea turtles from the impacts of sea walls.

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Surfrider Protecting Our Ocean From Desal

August 13 2015

Surfrider Protecting Our Ocean From Desal

Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Desalination Legal

Surfrider Foundation is engaging to protect our ocean from desalination facilities-- including from a flurry of proposed desal projects in the Monterey Bay area.

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Surfrider Seeks to Protect Beaches from Seawalls in California Supreme Court Case

August 07 2015

Surfrider Seeks to Protect Beaches from Seawalls in California Supreme Court Case

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring Legal

Today, the Surfrider Foundation submitted an application to file an amicus curiae brief with the California Supreme Court in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, in support of the Commission's authority to regulate seawalls, and protect against coastal armoring's harmful effects to our shorelines.

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Surfrider Moves to Intervene in a Lawsuit Protecting Beach Access in Maine

July 17 2015

Surfrider Moves to Intervene in a Lawsuit Protecting Beach Access in Maine

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation has attempted to join a lawsuit to protect generations of public beach access on Crowley Island, Maine.

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Huntington Beach Sued Over Bag Ban Repeal

June 03 2015

Huntington Beach Sued Over Bag Ban Repeal

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Surfrider Foundation, Orange County Coastkeeper and Californians Against Waste sued the City of Huntington Beach for their bag ban repeal ordinance, which lacked proper environmental review and public engagement, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

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Microbeads Legislation on the Federal Stage and Around the Nation

May 27 2015

Microbeads Legislation on the Federal Stage and Around the Nation

Legal Rise Above Plastics

Surfrider Foundation supports laws that address prevention and response to plastic pollution in our marine environment. Currently, there are several pieces of legislation, at both the state and national level, that address pollution by microbeads, tiny plastic particles that are used in face washes, cosmetics, toothpaste and other products, which…

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Seawalls and Sea Level Rise: Not a Winning Course of Action at Sharp Park

April 21 2015

Seawalls and Sea Level Rise: Not a Winning Course of Action at Sharp Park

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill Shoreline Armoring Legal

This article reviews the California Coastal Commission's recent grant of a Coastal Development Permit to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department for developments at Sharp Park golf course, and the Surfrider Foundation San Francisco chapter's ongoing campaign to restore and protect Sharp Park, particularly, from coastal armoring.

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State Legislation Survey - What’s Trending: Microbead Bans

March 27 2015

State Legislation Survey - What’s Trending: Microbead Bans

Legal Rise Above Plastics

Microbeads are a big topic this legislative session, and microbeads pollution is an important issue Surfrider Foundation is working to stop. Here is a sampling of various state microbeads bans in the works around the country.

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Act Locally - While You Still Can!

March 25 2015

Act Locally - While You Still Can!

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

There are many proposed laws going through state legislatures as we speak that would preempt local action for environmental protection, on issues such as reusable bag ordinances.

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Settlement to Save Sea Island Spit in Georgia

March 18 2015

Settlement to Save Sea Island Spit in Georgia

Coastal Preservation Legal

Environmental groups in Georgia fought for land conservation on a fragile spit of coastal property and won a land use easement for 80 acres of protected coastal land. Through a settlement agreement with Sea Island Company, brokered by environmental attorneys at GreenLaw, representing Altamaha Riverkeeper, Center for a Sustainable Coast…

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Environmental Law Conference Panel focuses on Beach Access

March 12 2015

Environmental Law Conference Panel focuses on Beach Access

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider explores access laws around the US at the University of Oregon Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

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Big Plastic Challenges California Bag Ban Legislation

February 23 2015

Big Plastic Challenges California Bag Ban Legislation

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

In California, the new battleground for a statewide bag bill will take place on the November 2016 ballot. Even though the California State Legislature and the Governor approved a bill into law in the 2014 session, the plastics industry has launched a $3 million effort to strike down the state…

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Khosla Appeals Martin’s Beach Ruling: Surfrider’s Fight Continues

February 23 2015

Khosla Appeals Martin’s Beach Ruling: Surfrider’s Fight Continues

Beach Access Legal

It looks like Surfrider Foundation will be going back to court to fight for access in the Martin's Beach case. Billionaire venture capitalist property owner, Vinod Khosla, filed a Notice of Appeal this week to try to overturn the very strong lower court ruling. Judge Barbara Mallach from the San…

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4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

January 26 2015

4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Legal Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

A federal court found that the County of Maui was unlawfully damaging the water quality of Maui's coast on Friday, January 23rd, with a ruling that injection well discharges from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility are violating the Clean Water Act. Judge Susan Oki Mollway found that the County is…

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Judge Orders Khosla to Open Gate at Martin’s Beach and Coastal Commission Sends Violation Letter

December 08 2014

Judge Orders Khosla to Open Gate at Martin’s Beach and Coastal Commission Sends Violation Letter

Beach Access Legal

On Friday, December 5, 2014, Judge Barbara J. Mallach ordered Vinod Khosla to open the gates at Martin's Beach immediately. With the issuance of the Judgment in Surfrider's Martin's Beach case, Judge Mallach clarified her previous Statement of Decision. On December 8, 2014, Peter Allen of the California Coastal Commission…

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The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

November 04 2014

The Proliferation of the Plastic Bag…BAN

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Worldwide, nearly two million single-use plastic bags are used each minute. Plastic bags have consistently been reported in the top five most common forms of ocean litter. While these numbers are staggering, there seems to be more than a glimmer of hope as the number of single-use plastic bag bans…

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California’s Bag Ban Victory in Jeopardy

November 03 2014

California’s Bag Ban Victory in Jeopardy

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Even though the ink has barely dried on SB 270, the state bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California and require a fee on paper bags, the bag industry has pledged to drag the law onto the state ballot in 2016.

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Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

October 03 2014

Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

Legal Water Quality

Even though Surfrider Foundation was not successful in our Intervention in support of Kaua'i County and their GMO/Pesticides Right to Know ordinance at the lower court, we have appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Surfrider Foundation and our allies hope to prove that this type of…

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Court Rules in Favor of Access to Martin’s Beach!

September 24 2014

Court Rules in Favor of Access to Martin’s Beach!

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation was triumphant in a very important legal battle today with the ruling of San Mateo Superior Court Judge Barbara J. Mallach in favor of Surfrider Foundation’s arguments to restore beach access at Martin’s Beach. Specifically, Surfrider Foundation filed this case on March 12, 2013 in order to enforce…

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California Legislature Passes Statewide Bag Ban

August 29 2014

California Legislature Passes Statewide Bag Ban

Legal Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

California’s oceans, waves and beaches are about to become a little cleaner thanks to the efforts of the state legislature this week! SB 270, a bill to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and put a fee on paper bags, has been approved by the California Assembly and Senate.

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