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Surfrider’s 10 Environmental Priorities for 2015

March 30 2015

Surfrider’s 10 Environmental Priorities for 2015

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

So what’s on our agenda for 2015? Here are Surfrider’s top 10 environmental priorities for the coming year:

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Spring Maintenance Activity - It’s Time For Mulch Madness!

March 16 2015

Spring Maintenance Activity - It’s Time For Mulch Madness!

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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!

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Healthy Soil Supports Clean Surf

March 02 2015

Healthy Soil Supports Clean Surf

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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.

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School Garden Overcomes Challenges & Goes With The Flow

February 16 2015

School Garden Overcomes Challenges & Goes With The Flow

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

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.

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Project Curbs Pollution and Directs Rainwater Into Landscaping

February 16 2015

Project Curbs Pollution and Directs Rainwater Into Landscaping

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

A private water retailer approached the Surfrider-San Diego Chapter about helping turn a water guzzling area of a park and its runoff producing parking lot into an example of an Ocean Friendly Garden. The Chapter jumped at the chance to do a project at such a high profile, public space.

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4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

January 26 2015

4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Legal Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

A federal court found that the County of Maui was unlawfully damaging the water quality of Maui's coast on Friday, January 23rd, with a ruling that injection well discharges from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility are violating the Clean Water Act. Judge Susan Oki Mollway found that the County is…

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Deepening Our Roots With The Native Plant Society

January 16 2015

Deepening Our Roots With The Native Plant Society

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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Surfrider Releases Ocean Friendly Gardens 2013 Annual Report

December 05 2014

Surfrider Releases Ocean Friendly Gardens 2013 Annual Report

Ocean Friendly Gardens

The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program undertook an awesome effort in 2013, detailed in a newly released annual report.

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Garden Helps Ensure Cleaner Surf In Hermosa Beach, CA

December 05 2014

Garden Helps Ensure Cleaner Surf In Hermosa Beach, CA

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

A beautiful Ocean Friendly Garden now sits in what used to be an unused grassy area in front of a highly utilized city community center. It's a model for directing rainwater into the landscape for irrigation, preventing runoff, and creating wildlife habitat.

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California Drought Ideas In Line With Surfrider’s Approach

November 17 2014

California Drought Ideas In Line With Surfrider’s Approach

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens

Today's release of a report, which Surfrider contributed to, lists actions that state and federal agencies can take now and prepare for the future. It's right in line with Surfrider's Clean Water Initiative approach.

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Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

November 07 2014

Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Friendly Gardens Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Surfrider members and staff visited our nation’s capital to lobby for a set of federal priorities related to the protection of oceans, waves, and beaches.

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Students Build Garden Friendly To Ocean & Butterflies

October 24 2014

Students Build Garden Friendly To Ocean & Butterflies

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

This project got started when Surfrider-First Coast Chapter Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) Coordinator, Paul Hayden, got a request from Fletcher Middle School Art Teacher, Chris Hicks (in Jacksonville Beach, Florida), to help turn three garden spots at the School into Ocean Friendly Butterfly Gardens.

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Steps To Create An Ocean Friendly Garden

October 03 2014

Steps To Create An Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

From checking out local gardens and evaluating your site, to hosting a workday, there are steps to success for both the garden owner and the Surfrider chapter.

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California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

October 03 2014

California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

Last year’s legislative season in California was a bust for the coast and ocean. In 2013, Surfrider worked on ten coastal and ocean protection bills, and only two bills were signed into law. Surprisingly, this year’s season was the opposite and very successful. Surfrider actively worked on more than a…

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CA Law Lets Homeowners Replace Grass Without Being Fined Or Sued

September 19 2014

CA Law Lets Homeowners Replace Grass Without Being Fined Or Sued

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Homeowner association (HOA) residents can now replace their turf grass with low water use plants without fear of being fined or sued by their HOA. Less turf means cleaner surf, since urban runoff is the #1 source of ocean pollution.

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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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A Turn For the Better For A Maui Beach Park

September 09 2014

A Turn For the Better For A Maui Beach Park

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Maui beach parks have been a source of polluted runoff. The Surfrider-Maui Chapter installaed two Ocean Friendly Gardens at the S-Turns Beach Park to demonstrate a new model.

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Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

August 04 2014

Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

A collaborative effort of the Surfrider-Cape Fear, NC Chapter & UNCW club, university students and professors, and city watershed staff takes a project from concept to reality.

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Surfrider’s Paul Herzog in Slow The Flow’s Film #2: Lawn Be Gone

June 24 2014

Surfrider’s Paul Herzog in Slow The Flow’s Film #2: Lawn Be Gone

Ocean Friendly Gardens

The 1st film gave an intro to why polluted runoff is bad. Now get started with removing your turf grass through sheet mulching - featuring Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Coordinator!

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Right To Use Climate Appropriate Plants Closer To Becoming Law

June 11 2014

Right To Use Climate Appropriate Plants Closer To Becoming Law

Ocean Friendly Gardens

A bill to protect the right of a homeowner to plant climate-appropriate landscaping just got a step closer to the governor's desk. Surfrider initiated a sign-on letter, signed by 10 enviro non-profits, in support of the bill.

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