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Government Declares Drought In Western States - Again & Again!  Our Approach For Dry & Wet Years

September 17 2014

Government Declares Drought In Western States - Again & Again!  Our Approach For Dry & Wet Years

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling Ocean Friendly Gardens

Surfrider's Clean Water Initiative is a solution for wet and dry years - and for drier and wetter climates. It connects together our work to reduce water use, utilize rainwater as a resource, and recycle "wastewater."

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1st of 7 Films Released to Slow & Prevent Runoff

June 10 2014

1st of 7 Films Released to Slow & Prevent Runoff

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class Water Quality

A California state agency is launching 7 short films on how to prevent runoff from landscapes and hard surfaces. The objective is essentially Ocean Friendly Gardens!

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Hydromodification - What is It?

June 02 2014

Hydromodification - What is It?

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Quality

Hydromodification is the alteration of the natural flow of water through a landscape, and often takes the form of channel modification or channelization. It is one of the leading sources of impairment in streams, lakes, estuaries, aquifers, and other water bodies in the United States.

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Building a model urban watershed & water management system in Ventura, California

March 21 2014

Building a model urban watershed & water management system in Ventura, California

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

For the past two decades, the Ventura Chapter has been identifying problems and promoting solutions for clean water throughout the Ventura River watershed. Their proactive urban watershed program is helping to protect water supply and quality, coastal habitats and recreational opportunities by restoring ecosystem function throughout the watershed.

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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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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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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

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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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EPA articulates the multiple benefits of green infrastructure

March 19 2013

EPA articulates the multiple benefits of green infrastructure

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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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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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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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Santa Monica, CA:  Ocean Park Boulevard Green Street Project

December 19 2011

Santa Monica, CA:  Ocean Park Boulevard Green Street Project

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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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Los Angeles Adopts Low Impact Development Ordinance

October 04 2011

Los Angeles Adopts Low Impact Development Ordinance

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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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Pollution Prevention System at UC San Diego Wins Awards

June 09 2011

Pollution Prevention System at UC San Diego Wins Awards

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An innovative pollution prevention system at UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography has won awards from engineering societies and garnered kudos from a regulatory agency.

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LID in Action in San Francisco

May 18 2011

LID in Action in San Francisco

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The City of San Francisco and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke ground last week on the Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Model Block Improvement Project, a first of its kind project to transform a street block into one of the most sustainable streets in San Francisco. The pilot streetscape improvement project will…

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We Can Capture More Stormwater

April 05 2011

We Can Capture More Stormwater

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A recent Op-Ed by Richard Atwater, executive director of the Southern California Water Committee, makes the point that we can capture up to 1 million acre-feet of stormwater per year (double the current amount), significantly enhancing local supplies, reducing reliance on imported sources, and reducing pollution that flows to the…

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March 12 2010

Cycle of Insanity: Coming Soon to Theaters Near You?

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Desalination Low Impact Development Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

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October 02 2009

Philadelphia Makes Plans to Become Water Friendly

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