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Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

March 03 2012

Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

Legal Rise Above Plastics Water Quality Oil Spill

This past week Surfrider Foundation staff visited Washington DC to promote our federal priorities on Capitol Hill. As a grassroots organization, our federal priorities stem from the work of the over 80 local Chapters in the United States. The common issues that have risen to the top of our local…

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California Coast Protected by Largest No-Discharge Zone in the Nation!

February 10 2012

California Coast Protected by Largest No-Discharge Zone in the Nation!

Legal Water Quality

The federal Environmental Protection Agency approved a California Sewage Ban and Created the Largest Coastal No-Discharge Zone in the Nation on February 9, 2012.

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Being an Effective Voice for the Environment

January 28 2012

Being an Effective Voice for the Environment

Legal

On January 26, 2012, the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California presented a public workshop entitled “Your Voice: The Public’s Role in Environmental Decision-Making.” This blog outlines some of the take-home messages from that workshop.

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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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Legislation to Help Restore Sharp Park Passes San Francisco Board of Supervisors

December 08 2011

Legislation to Help Restore Sharp Park Passes San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Legal

Surfrider Foundation's San Francisco Chapter is taking strides to protect coastal Sharp Park from the current mismanagement that includes reinforcement of a destructive sea wall and continued harm to endangered species. The Chapter received a positive vote from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week to transfer the park…

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Attorney General Files Complaint for Deceptive Water Bottle Labeling

October 28 2011

Attorney General Files Complaint for Deceptive Water Bottle Labeling

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The California Attorney General decided to take action against misleading water bottle labels falsely claiming recyclability and biodegradability. Attorney General Kamala Harris signed off on a Complaint for Injunction, Civil Penalties and Other Relief on behalf of the People of the State of California. The Complaint points out that the…

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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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Surfrider Foundation Jointly Sues EPA for Lack of Study on Oil Dispersants

September 22 2011

Surfrider Foundation Jointly Sues EPA for Lack of Study on Oil Dispersants

Legal Water Quality Oil Spill

Today, Surfrider Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment jointly filed an official Notice of Intent to Sue against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allowing the use of toxic oil dispersants without ensuring that these chemicals would not harm our coastal environment and coastal users. The 60-day notice…

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Marin County Wins Over the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition in Court

September 19 2011

Marin County Wins Over the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition in Court

Legal Rise Above Plastics

On September 15, 2011, Marin County Superior Court issued its ruling upholding the Marin County plastic bag ban in the case entitled Save The Plastic Bag Coalition v. County of Marin. The Court ruled that Marin County acted properly in relying upon a “categorical exemption” from the California Environmental Quality…

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Chico Bag Fends Off Lawsuit from Single-Use Bag Industry

September 15 2011

Chico Bag Fends Off Lawsuit from Single-Use Bag Industry

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The ChicoBag Company, makers of reusable bags, has announced that the lawsuit filed against it by Hilex Poly Company, LLC, Superbag Operating, LTD., and Advance Polybag, Inc. – three of the largest domestic manufacturers of disposable single-use plastic bags – has ended. Chico was sued in January under the Lanham…

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Maine High Court Ruling –  Scuba Diving: 6, Exclusive Intertidal Zone: 0

August 25 2011

Maine High Court Ruling –  Scuba Diving: 6, Exclusive Intertidal Zone: 0

Beach Access Legal

Six Maine Justices Rule for an Expansive Interpretation of Public Trust Activities Today, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of beach access rights with the McGarvey v. Whittredge decision regarding the public access of recreationalists like scuba divers through the intertidal zone in Maine.

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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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Coastal Hero Retires: Peter Douglas Steps Down from California Coastal Commission Directorship

August 11 2011

Coastal Hero Retires: Peter Douglas Steps Down from California Coastal Commission Directorship

Legal

On Wednesday at the monthly California Coastal Commission meeting, Peter Douglas announced his retirement after 26 years as Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission. Peter Douglas helped to write the guiding document for management of our California coasts with the Coastal Act of 1976, and has devoted his life…

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July 25 2011

When Restoration is Not Restoration

Legal

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 aims to make the public and environment whole for injuries to natural resources and natural-resource services resulting from an oil spill. Under the OPA, BP is liable for all damages to natural resources resulting from last year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of…

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July 14 2011

California Supreme Court Rules for Bag Bans

Legal Rise Above Plastics

Today, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of the City of Manhattan Beach’s single-use plastic bag ban, holding that state law does not require the City to complete a full Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) in order to impose the ban. This decision undoubtedly will make it easier for cities…

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Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter Sues Over Injection Wells

July 06 2011

Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter Sues Over Injection Wells

Legal

Surfrider Foundation sent a Notice of Intent to Sue for Clean Water Act violations to Maui County on June 28, 2011. The suit stems from the nearshore water quality impairment caused by the ongoing violations of the Lahaina Wastewater Treatment Plant. The County’s facility injects millions of gallons of wastewater…

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New Rulemaking for Coastal Power Plants

June 29 2011

New Rulemaking for Coastal Power Plants

Legal Ocean Ecosystems

Our Environmental Protection Agency is currently allowing coastal power plants to continue using a cooling system that sucks in and grinds fish, flattens them on screens - or, if they make it through that process, the fish still face boiling hot water through the entrainment process. Virtually no marine life…

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California Coastal Commission 2010 Voting Record and 2011 Outlook

June 17 2011

California Coastal Commission 2010 Voting Record and 2011 Outlook

Legal

This week, Surfrider Foundation and partners released the 2010 California Coastal Commission Voting Chart. The Conservation Voting Chart tracks the voting record of the members of the California Coastal Commission and provides critical insight into Commissioner performance relating to its impact on natural coastal resources and their potential to set…

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Tearing Down Walls: Beach Access Litigation Victory at Dana Point Strands Beach

June 08 2011

Tearing Down Walls: Beach Access Litigation Victory at Dana Point Strands Beach

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation vindicated public beach access rights in San Diego Superior Court, receiving a favorable ruling from Judge Joan Lewis this week. The ruling held that the "urgency ordinance" of the City of Dana Point declaring a public nuisance state to restrict beach access hours and lock gates to a…

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Trash Free Seas Act Introduced

May 31 2011

Trash Free Seas Act Introduced

Legal Rise Above Plastics

The Trash Free Seas Act (S.1119) was introduced on May 26, 2011 by Senator Daniel K. Inouye to address the pervasive issue of marine debris (also known as largely "plastic pollution"), which diminishes the quality of our oceans, waves and beaches. The bill is actually a reauthorization and strengthening of…

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