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Stormwater Runoff Fees Get Property Owners’ Attention

August 10 2015

Stormwater Runoff Fees Get Property Owners’ Attention

Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

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.

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Water Conservation: Reducing Your Water Footprint Contributes to Clean Water at Our Coasts

July 29 2015

Water Conservation: Reducing Your Water Footprint Contributes to Clean Water at Our Coasts

Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

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.

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Fish Festival Reels In Ideas, New OFG Activists & Partners

July 24 2015

Fish Festival Reels In Ideas, New OFG Activists & Partners

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class Water Quality

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.

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Ocean Friendly Garden Nets Great Press Coverage

July 02 2015

Ocean Friendly Garden Nets Great Press Coverage

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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.

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California Government Moves Towards Requiring OFG!

June 11 2015

California Government Moves Towards Requiring OFG!

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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!

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Surfrider Teams With Education Outside To Put The “Glen” Back In Glen Park School

June 01 2015

Surfrider Teams With Education Outside To Put The “Glen” Back In Glen Park School

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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.

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NYC Surfrider Weaves Fun & Teamwork Into Bio-Swale Project

May 22 2015

NYC Surfrider Weaves Fun & Teamwork Into Bio-Swale Project

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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.

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Surfers & Turtles Like Florida’s Natural Beaches

May 12 2015

Surfers & Turtles Like Florida’s Natural Beaches

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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.

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Surfrider Releases Ocean Friendly Gardens 2014 Report

May 11 2015

Surfrider Releases Ocean Friendly Gardens 2014 Report

Ocean Friendly Gardens

33 Chapters conduct 277 activities, showing the value of the soil to sponge up water, filter pollution, prevent flooding and lock up carbon dioxide.

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Part 4: 4 Steps to Creating an Ocean Friendly Garden

April 22 2015

Part 4: 4 Steps to Creating an Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Having read about two cool gardens and their benefits, you may be getting prepared to create your own. Here's how!

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Surfrider Becomes Regular Part of Science Class

April 16 2015

Surfrider Becomes Regular Part of Science Class

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

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.

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Part 3: Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

April 14 2015

Part 3: Got A Hurricane? Get A Garden!

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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.

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Part 2: OFG Creates Cleaner Surf & Saves Water

April 09 2015

Part 2: OFG Creates Cleaner Surf & Saves Water

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW Lawn Patrol

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.

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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 Rise Above Plastics Surf Protection Youth

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

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Part 1: OFG Curbs Pollution & Directs Water Into Landscaping

March 30 2015

Part 1: OFG Curbs Pollution & Directs Water Into Landscaping

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

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.

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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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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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