Coastal Blog — Ocean Friendly Gardens
September 28 2015
A county-wide sustainable landscapes program done in partnership with multiple agencies launched with a 2-day training for professionals. The program will involve classes, hands-on workshops, incentives and free materials to retrofit 6.25 acres of turf grass!
September 23 2015
Surfrider was invited to speak about OFG at a "brown bag lunch" that is hosted monthly by a state agency. Invites went out to all 4,000 staff working in multiple, state agencies working on the environment!
August 10 2015
Cities like Seattle, WA and Portland, OR charge a stormwater runoff fee in proportion to how much runs off. The Governor of Hawaii signed a bill that clears the first hurdle in that state instituting fees to help protect clean surf and healthy oceans.
July 29 2015
Conserving water can have positive impacts on water quality by reducing urban runoff and supporting properly functioning wastewater treatment systems. During August's Water Quality Month, Native Foods is challenging us all to take the 'Vedge Pledge' to reduce our global water footprint.
July 24 2015
The Humboldt, CA OFG Committee gets off to a good start by drawing in a cross-section of those in the landscape sector. Then, they attended a popular community event to educate about OFG, learn what is need in the community, and ask people to join or partner with the Committee.
July 02 2015
A Surfrider chapter helping to turn a dirt and weed patch into an Ocean Friendly Garden is great. The host's commitment to be an ambassador in their neighborhood is a great way to pay-it-forward. Turning both into a news article is neat way to tell the story and inspire others.
June 11 2015
The Governor's recent order for public agencies to revise existing regulations to use rainwater as a resource, reduce turf grass and reduce water use is being expedited. A state panel advising the state's lead water supply agency is recommending requirements that support Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens program!
June 01 2015
A glen is "a valley, typically one that is long, deep,...with a watercourse running through it." Surfrider worked with an eco-education non-profit to build a mini-glen that prevents polluted runoff and educates students and the surrounding community.
May 22 2015
Surfers, the City and a business team up for a second year of turning a landscape "brick" into a "sponge" to absorb water, filter pollution and create beautiful wildlife habitat.
May 12 2015
Florida's Sebastian Inlet Surfrider Chapter had helped re-plant beaches in a wildlife refuge for several years. So when they heard that an oceanfront home was going to be demolished, they were there to restore the property to native coastal strand.
May 11 2015
33 Chapters conduct 277 activities, showing the value of the soil to sponge up water, filter pollution, prevent flooding and lock up carbon dioxide.
April 22 2015
Having read about two cool gardens and their benefits, you may be getting prepared to create your own. Here's how!
April 16 2015
Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) is a great way for teachers to put a familiar face on science. The Surfrider chapter OFG Chair comes back for a 2nd year of presentations, pointing to the OFG installed there.
April 14 2015
For Part 3, we head to the East Coast - Wilmington, North Carolina - for an Ocean Friendly Garden sponging up rainwater to help clean up surf and shellfish habitat, plus slow down and sink water to preventing flooding.
April 09 2015
Did you know your yard can provide the lifeblood of a healthy watershed and ocean? With the proper design, installation and maintenance, you will not only ensure a healthy landscape, but reduce water use and have piece of mind and more free time to spend enjoying the ocean.
March 30 2015
The Surfrider Foundation's San Diego Chapter works with a private water retailer to help turn a water guzzling area of a park, and its runoff producing parking lot, into an example of an Ocean Friendly Garden.
March 16 2015
Surfrider chapters look for events that are turn-key and make a difference. Like college basketball's March Madness, one Surfrider chapter is teaming up with a city to inaugurate an annual event they call Mulch Madness!
March 02 2015
G3/Green Gardens Group's "Soil In The City" Conference was mind-blowing! The world's leaders in soil broke down how soil is the foundation for cleaning water runoff, reversing desertification, and sequestering carbon.
February 16 2015
The Peninsula Elementary School Rain Garden shows the importance of patience, utilizing Surfrider chapter resources, and developing partnerships. The project team had to solve problems: flooding problems in a school courtyard, clogged storm drain piping, and a small budget.