Coastal Blog — Ocean Ecosystems
March 06 2014
The President's FY2015 budget released by the White House this week once again proposes to eliminate all federal funding for the EPA Beach Grant program that supports water testing at beaches around the country.
March 04 2014
Surfrider Foundation has intervened in a new federal lawsuit in support of Kauai County's ordinance relating to disclosure of pesticide use and cultivation of genetically modified crops. Industry brought the suit in order to block implementation of the "right to know" legislation. Along with the Center for Food Safety, the…
March 04 2014
The Lake Michigan Chapter has taken an opportunistic approach to reducing single-use plastic bag use in the city of Grand Haven, MI. Read the success story!
March 03 2014
The Kaua'i Chapter publishes a summary of their water testing findings in their local paper every year. This is a great way to reach their local community with information on which beaches are clean and where local pollution problems exist.
March 02 2014
The federal government is on the brink of approving dangerous seismic testing for oil and gas off the Atlantic coast. Please make your voice heard by submitting comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
February 28 2014
In August 2013, the Associated Press reported that oil companies have used hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other types of “well stimulation treatments” to access oil beneath state and federal waters for decades without notifying state agencies that the practice has been occurring. This discovery was a big wakeup call that…
February 08 2014
California Senator Jerry Hill has authored legislation to allow public access to Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay. The bill will be introduced on February 10, 2014 in the California State Legislature. The bill will require the State Lands Commission to consult and negotiate with property owner Vinod Khosla about…
February 07 2014
A stormwater agency was having trouble finding a good picture of a rain garden for a calendar with water pollution prevention tips. They heard about Surfrider's OFG Program, liked the picture we gave them, and OFG became the February cover shot for "Detain The Rain."
February 06 2014
A committee of Senate and House members is negotiating the final version of the Water Resources Development Act which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Find out how you can influence the final version of the bill!
February 05 2014
Surfrider members attended the Northeast Ocean Planning meeting in Boston, MA on January 22-23 to advocate for protection of recreational and ecological areas off New England's coastline
February 01 2014
Surfrider's Cape Fear Chapter led a protest against planned seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Atlantic ocean. Hundreds of people showed up at Kure Beach Town Hall to oppose the mayor's decision to support the federal government's proposal.
January 31 2014
California State Senators Alex Padilla, Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara recently announced support for legislation to ban single-use plastic bags and place a fee on single-use paper bags in California. These three Senators have partnered with the environmental community, the California Grocers Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers…
January 29 2014
A drought emergency has been declared by the governor of California, and other southwestern and southern states are likely to follow suit. OFG help reduce landscape water demand, prevent pollution of waterways, and more.
January 17 2014
The US Congress passed a 2014 funding bill that restores funding for the EPA Beach Grants program that supports beach water testing programs in coastal states across the country. The President signed the compromise bill promptly, averting another government shutdown.
December 20 2013
The documentary on beach replenishment called Shored Up has been making its way around the Surfrider Network with many chapters involved in local screenings and film festival debuts. The film was just written up in Variety magazine and it is the best review yet.
December 16 2013
Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg wants you to take action to keep noise pollution out of the Atlantic Ocean. Please watch the video and sign the petition to oppose plans for seismic exploration in the Atlantic!
December 12 2013
This week, Surfrider Foundation, with the help of UCLA Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, had the outstanding opportunity to present legal and policy solutions available for addressing marine plastic pollution at the federal level. This presentation took place in our nation's capitol, Washington DC, with the help of the…