Coastal Blog — Ocean Friendly Gardens
October 03 2014
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…
September 26 2014
There's a saying that the world is ruled by those who show up. A Surfrider-South Jersey Chapter volunteer told his city council he was upset with a proposed City ordinance to require grass and sprinklers in the parkway, and they got it!
September 19 2014
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.
September 17 2014
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."
June 24 2014
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!
June 11 2014
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.
June 10 2014
A California state agency is launching 7 short films on how to prevent runoff from landscapes and hard surfaces. The objective is essentially Ocean Friendly Gardens!
May 27 2014
Paul Hayden, Chair of the Ocean Friendly Gardens Program for the Surfrider-First Coast Chapter, gave a well-received talk to classes at Fletcher Middle School in Jacksonville, FL. Learn from Paul how it came about, what was said, and how it’s leading to an OFG landscape retrofit project.
April 18 2014
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.
April 18 2014
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.
April 08 2014
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!
March 21 2014
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.
March 20 2014
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.
March 13 2014
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!
March 12 2014
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.
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."
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.