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LA Unified and Jamba Juice Ditch Expanded Polystyrene Foam!!

August 23 2012

LA Unified and Jamba Juice Ditch Expanded Polystyrene Foam!!

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Two major announcements lately show the public demand to ditch expanded polystyrene foam is stronger than ever! A determined ten-year old has convinced Jamba Juice to replace their foam cups with more sustainable ones and determined students at an LA area middle school convinced the entire district to ditch the…

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Bring The Bag Campaign Hits The Beach!

August 23 2012

Bring The Bag Campaign Hits The Beach!

Rise Above Plastics

Promoting the use of reusable bags in Texas and beyond, the Surfrider Foundation Galveston Chapter recently gave away approximately 600 reusable bags! During the day they created a Bag Monster from single use plastic bags they obtained from the public along the seawall and beach.

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Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

August 22 2012

Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

There are just nine days left in the California legislative session, which means just nine days left for bills to be passed before going to the Governor for final approval. Two groundbreaking plastic pollution reduction bills are weaving through the Capitol in Sacramento and need your support to pass! It's…

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Plastic Problems Under The Surface

August 20 2012

Plastic Problems Under The Surface

Rise Above Plastics

If a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound? Yes. If litter sinks to the seafloor is it still marine debris? Of course it is. Many people simply look at the shoreline or glance at the water's surface to determine how clean a beach or other marine…

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Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

August 17 2012

Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

Know Your H20 Wastewater Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

Congressman Waxman is one of the most influential members of congress and has rightly earned his reputation as being a mover and shaker. He likes to investigate and uncover issues (just Google his name). So when Surfrider was invited to participate in a press conference with the Congressman to release…

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The Ocean Health Index

August 17 2012

The Ocean Health Index

Ocean Ecosystems

Can the health of our global ocean be summed up in one number? How can we begin to prioritize both the threats our oceans face and the necessary remedial measures? Founded by Conservation International, the National Geographic Society, and The New England Aquarium, the Ocean Health Index is an innovative…

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Beach Driving: Part 2

August 13 2012

Beach Driving: Part 2

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Legal

Beach driving not only involves ecological considerations; it also involves beach access and freedom to enjoy coastal resources. This blog explores how beach driving has shaped the law and, in turn, how the law has responded to beach driving.

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New Report Validates Know Your H2O

August 10 2012

New Report Validates Know Your H2O

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling

An international team of researchers from University of California Irvine, University of Melbourne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other institutions just published a report which will appear in a special Aug. 10 issue of the journal Science. The report, Taking the “Waste” Out of “Wastewater” for Human Water Security and…

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Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

August 07 2012

Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Now there’s a place to share your story and see where others are getting sick.

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The Many Ways to Save the Gaviota Coast

August 07 2012

The Many Ways to Save the Gaviota Coast

Legal

Recently, a court denied the Santa Barbara Chapter’s efforts to stop a development agreement, but this by no means will stop the Chapter’s efforts and full-fledged campaign to preserve the coast.

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Oregon Marine Debris Team Partnership Launched

August 07 2012

Oregon Marine Debris Team Partnership Launched

Rise Above Plastics Tsunami Debris

Spurred by a need to educate, activate and engage citizens in Japanese tsunami marine debris work in Oregon, Surfrider Foundation chapters in the region have officially partnered with other NGOs and academic groups to form the Oregon Marine Debris Team partnership and initiative.

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Surfrider Activists Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

August 06 2012

Surfrider Activists Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Thousands of participants, including hundreds of Surfrider Foundation activists, turned out on August 4th for over 200 Hands Across the Sand events held across the country and around the world.

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Beach Driving: Part 1

August 03 2012

Beach Driving: Part 1

Beach Access Coastal Preservation

This is part 1 of a 3-part blog series that explores issues related to beach driving through several case studies as well as by highlighting impacts that can occur even in places that do not allow public beach driving.

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How the Legal System Saves the Surf

July 31 2012

How the Legal System Saves the Surf

Legal Surf Protection

The value of surfing to society is undeniable. This blog speaks about how the legal system protects these valuable resources.

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Three Essential Truths about New Offshore Oil Drilling

July 31 2012

Three Essential Truths about New Offshore Oil Drilling

Water Quality Oil Spill

We challenge all elected officials to acknowledge these three essential truths when considering any new offshore drilling proposals.

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Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project and Joshua Radin

July 30 2012

Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project and Joshua Radin

Rise Above Plastics

2012 marks the sixth year the Barefoot Wine and Bubbly has teamed up with the Surfrider Foundation for the Beach Rescue Project to help keep beaches, rivers and lakes barefoot friendly. This year Joshua Radin has been involved at various locations across the country as his schedule permits - a…

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Fed Up With Foam Litter? Pass SB 568!

July 30 2012

Fed Up With Foam Litter? Pass SB 568!

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

California Senate Bill 568 is groundbreaking legislation that would phase out expanded polystyrene (EPS) food and drink containers at restaurants statewide by 2016. Sign our action alert and call your State Assemblymember to support this bill to clean up our beaches and support sustainable foodware products by phasing out the…

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Two Plastic Reduction Victories in Santa Cruz

July 25 2012

Two Plastic Reduction Victories in Santa Cruz

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Last night the Santa Cruz City Council gave their final approval on a plastic bag ban and expanded their existing foam foodware ban to include most disposable retail items made from EPS foam. The Surfrider Foundation Santa Cruz Chapters was one of the first to focus on plastic pollution issues…

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Illinois, Massachusetts and California Plastic Bills

July 24 2012

Illinois, Massachusetts and California Plastic Bills

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Three states have four big bills regarding plastic pollution in play and your help is needed! It's easy, all you have to do is pick up the phone and make a call, then sign and share an online action alert.

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More Evidence Plastic Bag Legislation Works

July 23 2012

More Evidence Plastic Bag Legislation Works

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Plastic bag legislation is relatively new but the results are coming in shows them to be effective in reducing plastic bags with little resistance from consumers. Recent reports from Long Beach, CA, Sunnyvale, CA and Quebec Province in Canada all show positive results. Whether it's a plastic checkout bag ban…

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