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Refugio Oil Spill Roller Coaster

June 25 2015

Refugio Oil Spill Roller Coaster

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Oil Spill Public Notification

Tracking the Plains Refugio oil spill has been like riding a rickety, roller coaster. Since “Day 1” Surfrider has been following the twists and turns of the spill—desperately trying to ‘make sense of the events’ by researching exactly what happened and analyzing how to avoid a similar travesty in the…

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The Next Wave: Short Film on Atlantic Ocean Planning

June 05 2015

The Next Wave: Short Film on Atlantic Ocean Planning

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

A new short film explores efforts to protect the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast from future development. Featuring beautiful scenery from Virginia to Maine, the film makes a compelling case for beachgoers, surfers, and others to engage in ocean planning.

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Oregon: Inspiring Ocean Protections Through Deeper Connections

June 05 2015

Oregon: Inspiring Ocean Protections Through Deeper Connections

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

Oregon’s wild and untamed coastline has inspired great passion and intrigue for many recreational users and visitors to this special place. Oregonians draw deep connections to protecting what they love and no other place exemplifies this more for ocean users than Oswald West State Park and the Cape Falcon Marine…

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Globs of Oil Cover Miles of Southern California Beaches

June 02 2015

Globs of Oil Cover Miles of Southern California Beaches

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Oil Spill

Since May 29th, 2015 oil globs have been found along southern California (concentrated near Ventura, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, Zuma Beach and Venice Beach). Surfrider Staff and volunteers have been corresponding with cleanup responders. Anxious locals and advocates patiently await the results of oil ‘finger-printing’…

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Updates on Santa Barbara Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach

May 22 2015

Updates on Santa Barbara Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Oil Spill

On May 19, 2015, the popular and pristine beaches of Refugio State Beach were covered by sticky, smelly, black oil. Shockwaves spread through Santa Barbara—a tiny town all too familiar with oil spills. As Santa Barbara once again contends with a catastrophic spill, the memories of the devastating 1969 spill…

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Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 4

May 22 2015

Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 4

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

UNCW Surfrider College Club member and Youth Leadership Program summer intern Alexandra Brooks shares her experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4 part series.

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Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 3

May 22 2015

Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 3

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Cal State Channel Island College Club Chair Kevin Piper shares his experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4-part series.

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Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 2

May 22 2015

Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 2

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Cal Poly College Club Chair Alex Ly shares his experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4 part series.

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Surfrider College Clubs, Chapters & Staff take to Capitol Hill

May 20 2015

Surfrider College Clubs, Chapters & Staff take to Capitol Hill

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD

On May 11-14th Surfrider staff and four college students from a variety of Surfrider Clubs across the US attend the Blue Vision Summit in DC. Hosted by the Blue Frontier Campaign, the Blue Vision Summit brought together ocean advocates, scientists, and members of industry to discuss ways to advance marine…

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Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

May 17 2015

Surfrider Chapters Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Over 30 Surfrider Chapters participated in Hands Across the Sand events on May 16th, joining thousands of activists around the world in saying NO to offshore drilling and dirty fuels and YES to clean energy!

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Surfrider Releases Recreational Use Study for the Washington Coast

May 13 2015

Surfrider Releases Recreational Use Study for the Washington Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

The Surfrider Foundation, in partnership with Point 97 and the state of Washington, recently completed the Washington Coastal and Ocean Recreation Study and today released the final report.

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Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You on May 16!

May 04 2015

Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You on May 16!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Do you want to see our coasts protected from offshore drilling? Then sign up to participate in Hands Across the Sand on May 16, 2015!

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The Next Great Battle

April 20 2015

The Next Great Battle

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Illness Oil Spill

Today, April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite the catastrophic effects this spill had – and continues to have – on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and coastal communities, the federal government is still attempting to introduce new drilling along much of the…

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Advancing Ocean Planning

April 13 2015

Advancing Ocean Planning

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

I had the good fortune to score an invitation from the Healthy Oceans Coalition to attend a series of meetings to promote the National Ocean Policy in Washington, D.C., this March.

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Why Seismic Matters - The Atlantic Braces for Shock Waves

April 10 2015

Why Seismic Matters - The Atlantic Braces for Shock Waves

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The federal government has released a map showing where companies have applied to conduct seismic testing in the Atlantic. Seismic testing is the first step towards offshore drilling and will cause major impacts to marine wildlife.

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Surfrider Visits White House for Ocean Progress Report

March 30 2015

Surfrider Visits White House for Ocean Progress Report

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Spatial Planning

Surfrider staff Matt Gove, along with representatives from other leading ocean environmental groups, met with White House officials to discuss the continued implementation of the National Ocean Policy (NOP). "Surfrider applauds the great work done by the National Ocean Council to strengthen and preserve our coastal and ocean ecosystems, communities,…

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Surfrider’s Top 10 Environmental Priorities

March 30 2015

Surfrider’s Top 10 Environmental Priorities

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Friendly Gardens QUAD Rise Above Plastics Surf Protection

What’s on our agenda for 2015? Here are Surfrider’s top 10 environmental priorities for the coming year.

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Protect Our Ocean & Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling on the East Coast

March 24 2015

Protect Our Ocean & Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling on the East Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Water Quality Oil Spill

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced public hearings for offshore seismic blasting in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. According to the government’s own estimates, the proposed seismic blasting will injure or kill tens of thousands of fish and marine mammals. It will also set…

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Marine Sanctuaries Expand in Northern California

March 12 2015

Marine Sanctuaries Expand in Northern California

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The federal government has finalized new boundaries for California's marine sanctuaries that will protect the north coast from offshore drilling.

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California Advocates Score Coastal Commission Voting Record

February 26 2015

California Advocates Score Coastal Commission Voting Record

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Desalination Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

The California Coastal Commission is the most powerful land use agency in the State and oversees the protection of the coastline. Each year they review over 1,000 applications for some type of coastal development. Advocates have been 'scoring' the Commission for decades to ensure their votes protect our precious coastline.…

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