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Getting Bigger Bang For Landscape Buck

April 18 2014

Getting Bigger Bang For Landscape Buck

Ocean Friendly Gardens

After reading a Los Angeles Times article on turf grass vs. no turf grass, the discussion seems much more about getting more bang for the buck for landscapes and hardscapes: economically, ecologically, and in many other ways.

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Surfrider Un-Paving San Francisco & Scaling-Up Ocean Friendly Gardens

April 18 2014

Surfrider Un-Paving San Francisco & Scaling-Up Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Surfrider activists work with a team of a 5 residents on a street, plus the support of government and a fellow non-profit to clean up urban runoff by greening up cemented-over parkways in San Francisco. It's a way to scale-up OFG.

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Aveda Cleans Up People & Beaches, Raising Money For Surfrider

April 08 2014

Aveda Cleans Up People & Beaches, Raising Money For Surfrider

Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Rise Above Plastics

Aveda salons and Experience Centers throughout So Cal are, again, raising money for Surfrider's Clean Water Program. They've raised $750,000 over the past 7 years!

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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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Water Agencies Like Beautiful, Functional & Ecological Ocean Friendly Garden

March 20 2014

Water Agencies Like Beautiful, Functional & Ecological Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Water supply is a big topic of conversation in California, and this new OFG meets the test. City officials and water agencies like as well for being beautiful, preventing polluted runoff and providing wildlife habitat.

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Oahu Chapter Pumps Out First OFG (Rain Garden)

March 13 2014

Oahu Chapter Pumps Out First OFG (Rain Garden)

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Surfrider-Oahu partners with a local non-profit watershed management group on a class, then a workday. The non-profit brought funding for materials. 10 volunteers built the garden and had fun doing it!

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OFG Teams Up With Nursery Owner For Turf Replacement Talk - Hosted by Water District

March 12 2014

OFG Teams Up With Nursery Owner For Turf Replacement Talk - Hosted by Water District

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

OFG activist/landscape pro teams up with a plant nursery owner and a local water district to teach people how to convert their turf grass to an OFG.

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Harvest Storm (D)rainwater with “Soil Sponges”

March 07 2014

Harvest Storm (D)rainwater with “Soil Sponges”

Ocean Friendly Gardens Lawn Patrol

Our watersheds need the rain. Let's un-cover our cities to use it - and reduce flooding, pollution and imported water.

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OFG Is February Model For Stormwater Calendar

February 07 2014

OFG Is February Model For Stormwater Calendar

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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."

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OFG Responds to Droughts - And Water Pollution, Flooding, and…

January 29 2014

OFG Responds to Droughts - And Water Pollution, Flooding, and…

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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.

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Raise a Glass to 1st Ocean Friendly Beer Garden

January 02 2014

Raise a Glass to 1st Ocean Friendly Beer Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Leaders with the Coos Bay Surfrider Chapter decided to apply OFG principles to their own business: a brewery. They help create the first Ocean Friend Beer Garden!

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OFG Launching in New England, Rooting in Mid-Atlantic & Southeast

December 02 2013

OFG Launching in New England, Rooting in Mid-Atlantic & Southeast

Ocean Friendly Gardens

The 2013 Surfrider-East Coast Chapters Conference showed that OFG is spreading and strengthening in the Mid-Atlantic region, on down to Georgia. A follow-up visit to the New England-area chapters showed they are ready to launch!

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A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

October 03 2013

A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A team of school staff, parents and kids working with community groups, professionals and Surfrider-Ventura County Chapter made this garden happen. Now the school district grounds and maintenance staff are up for doing them at more schools!

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Partnership Creates Garden That Beautifies Community Arts/Literary Center

September 20 2013

Partnership Creates Garden That Beautifies Community Arts/Literary Center

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Creating an Ocean Friendly Garden at a high profile community center means lots of people will see it. Get the approval, support and funding can be a little more challenging than a private-owned site. Maintenance is also a factor.

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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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The 2012 OFG Annual Report

July 26 2013

The 2012 OFG Annual Report

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW Lawn Patrol

The Surfrider chapters, volunteers, students and advisors that make up the Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program undertook an awesome effort to both educate the public about OFG and conduct hands-on trainings to build OFGs in their communities during 2012. We are thankful to our funders: Aveda, California Coastal Commission, West…

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Sunset Magazine Says Go Ocean Friendly

July 10 2013

Sunset Magazine Says Go Ocean Friendly

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens principles are reaching more audiences. Sunset Magazine has over 1 million subscribers.

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OFG Registering Well With Newspaper Reporters

June 14 2013

OFG Registering Well With Newspaper Reporters

Ocean Friendly Gardens

News reporters are always looking for a good story, with a "hook" (angle) that catches the interest of a reader. This Newport Beach, CA story connects runoff prevention, ocean water quality, and government turf removal rebates.

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OFG Principles Part of Classes To Reach 19 Million People in Southern California

June 06 2013

OFG Principles Part of Classes To Reach 19 Million People in Southern California

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

Thanks to the Surfrider chapter partners at G3/The Green Gardens Group, OFG concepts of CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention - are being incorporated into a landscape class G3 will teach for water agencies representing 19 million people throughout Southern California! It is scaling-up OFG well beyond the capacity of…

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6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

May 21 2013

6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

Temperatures are warming and people are thinking about garden plans. Interest among property owners and water agencies is growing for an approach like OFG that combines water quality, water supply and other issues. 6 OFG events, sponsored by Surfrider chapters or private- and public-sector partners, took place in just one…

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