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High School Students Connect Water Quality Testing & Ocean Friendly Gardens

February 25 2013

High School Students Connect Water Quality Testing & Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Students at this high school had already been actively participating in local water quality testing through Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force (BWTF). After helping to create an Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) at their high school, the students will be monitoring how well garden's soil acts like a sponge to absorb…

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Green Girls Have Fun With Siuslaw, OR Chapter Rain Garden Workshop

November 15 2012

Green Girls Have Fun With Siuslaw, OR Chapter Rain Garden Workshop

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

On a rainy afternoon in late October, 32 participants attended the Florence Rain Garden Workshop to learn about ways to reduce non-point source pollutants flowing off their property as part of the Siuslaw Chapter’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. Green Girl Land Development Solutions showed how it can be fun and…

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Multi-City Departments Collaborate With Chapter at Santa Barbara OFG Workday

November 13 2012

Multi-City Departments Collaborate With Chapter at Santa Barbara OFG Workday

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

It takes a village to raise a child - and to create an Ocean Friendly Garden. Several city government departments worked with the Surfrider chapter: from redirecting a downspout and installing the dry stream bed to providing tools and food. Once again, workday "coaching" was provided by G3/The Green Gardens…

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OFG Branching Out Through Teacher Training

October 12 2012

OFG Branching Out Through Teacher Training

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

The San Diego Surfrider Chapter utilized their current OFG Series (Class, Workshop, Workday) to train new teachers. More trained teachers mean being able to scale up the Program to educate and transform more gardens. Good timing: the Chapter is a partner on a large grant-funded program with the City, County…

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Taking OFG To The Streets: Parkway Curb Cut & Bio-Swale

October 11 2012

Taking OFG To The Streets: Parkway Curb Cut & Bio-Swale

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

After creating an Ocean Friendly Garden on this property, the owner went after street runoff. In water quality circles, it's referred to as LID, or Low Impact Development. But for the most part, it's removing asphalt and concrete barriers to landscape-based solutions.

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Portland, OR Chapter Installs Their First Ocean Friendly Garden

September 28 2012

Portland, OR Chapter Installs Their First Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

After holding a class then conducting a planning workshop in the landscape to be retrofitted, volunteers came ready to build the garden - and celebrate afterwards with a BBQ!

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Lawn Gone Without Chemicals

September 24 2012

Lawn Gone Without Chemicals

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

When the City Parks Department expressed uncertainty about killing turf grass without chemicals, the Santa Barbara and Isla Vista Surfrider Chapters brought out their (pitch)forks and got cooking in the garden with the lasagna method.

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Portland Chapter Follows Rain Garden Class With Site Evaluation and Garden Building

July 20 2012

Portland Chapter Follows Rain Garden Class With Site Evaluation and Garden Building

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

Like the Newport, OR Chapter, the Portland, OR Chapter teamed up with a Soil and Water Conservation District to host a sustainable landscaping class. Surfrider staff, Pete Stauffer, volunteered his landscape to be the site to apply this new knowledge. Step 1: Site Evaluation.

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OFG Members Have Great 1st Meeting With County Stormwater & Smart Gardening Staff

July 19 2012

OFG Members Have Great 1st Meeting With County Stormwater & Smart Gardening Staff

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

After testifying at a hearing about a proposed Los Angeles County stormwater fee for all property owners, West LA/Malibu OFG Sub-Committee members wanted to know more about what resources the County was already offering to reduce polluted runoff, what gaps existed, and how to collaborate. So they set up a…

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School Green Team Takes Over Maintaining Their OFG

June 20 2012

School Green Team Takes Over Maintaining Their OFG

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Parents of kids at this elementary school have agreed to take over maintenance of the OFG in front of the school. They worked with the West LA/Malibu OFG Sub-Committee on a plan, and engaged a parent who is a landscape professional as well as City and School District staff.

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San Diego Chapter OFG “Uses The Force” At County Fair: Wins 3 Awards

June 08 2012

San Diego Chapter OFG “Uses The Force” At County Fair: Wins 3 Awards

Ocean Friendly Gardens

This year's San Diego County Fair theme is, "Out of This World," and the local Chapter OFG Committee "used the force" to show they tackle real world landscape issues. The three honors were for the best display representing the diversity of San Diego landscape, for benefit to the environment, and…

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Give A Hoot: Replace NPK With OWL

May 18 2012

Give A Hoot: Replace NPK With OWL

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

What's in a typical bag of fertilizer at the neighborhood nursery? More than you thought - and not what you hoped for. What is the Ocean Friendly Garden approach to building soil health, the foundation of an OFG?

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Ventura Chapter Teams With City For Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Series

May 14 2012

Ventura Chapter Teams With City For Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Series

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Slightly overcast weather - perfect for working - greeted 30+ volunteers at an OFG Workday. The Workday was the next step in the OFG Series,

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Restoring Clean Water and Natural Ecosystems in Ventura, CA

April 10 2012

Restoring Clean Water and Natural Ecosystems in Ventura, CA

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

For the past two decades the Ventura Chapter has been working on integrated solutions to the problems that face our ocean, waves, and beaches. Learn more about the many programs and campaigns they are leading to protect and restore water quality, water supply and watershed function in the Ventura River…

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Fire Station’s Ocean Friendly Garden: Indoor & Outdoor Classroom

April 03 2012

Fire Station’s Ocean Friendly Garden: Indoor & Outdoor Classroom

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

Surfrider partners with an LA-based water district to fund ten public demonstration Ocean Friendly Gardens. In Los Angeles, Fire Station 171 holds a class and then goes out to the garden for show-and-tell at the new Ocean Friendly Garden built at their station.

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The Clean Water Program

March 06 2012

The Clean Water Program

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

The Clean Water Program has grown into a suite of complementary programs, campaigns and tools that Chapters and activists can use to help solve water pollution problems and to educate communities about the many benefits of responsible land and water management.

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OFG Launch in Florida and North Carolina

February 16 2012

OFG Launch in Florida and North Carolina

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Florida's First Coast Chapter and North Carolina's Cape Fear Chapter launch their Ocean Friendly Gardens Programs. They have quickly found common ground with local design professionals, government agencies, non-profits and universities.

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OFG Taking Root in Pacific Northwest With Soil & Water Conservation Districts

January 26 2012

OFG Taking Root in Pacific Northwest With Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

Surfrider chapters in Oregon and Washington are working with watershed restoration agencies, expanding on the traditional "rain garden" design model and putting on hands-on trainings.

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Making LA City Hall Lawn Ocean Friendly:  Occupations for Occupiers

December 16 2011

Making LA City Hall Lawn Ocean Friendly:  Occupations for Occupiers

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

LA Times writer, Emily Green, has written a blog post today about re-doing the landscape at LA City Hall supports both the Ocean Friendly Gardens principles of CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention - and hands-on trainning components through building demonstration gardens.

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Chapters Get Federal Funding To Create School Ocean Friendly Gardens

November 10 2011

Chapters Get Federal Funding To Create School Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

The U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife's Schoolyard Habitat Program provides up to $8,000 for projects by schools or organizations serving kindergarten through 12th grade students. Funds can be used for: habitat restoration; outreach and education; planning and training in cooperation with community-based groups. The Program serves the Pacific Southwest…

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