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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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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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Spending cuts  problems with old and failing sewers and storm systems

July 20 2012

Spending cuts problems with old and failing sewers and storm systems

Know Your H20 Water Quality

A funding bill has just been released from a House Committee that proposes drastic cuts to the State Clean Water Revolving Funds. What this means is less money going out to the states to fix broken sewers, maintaining stormwater systems and installing new, green ways of managing runoff.

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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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Beach Water Testing Program in Hawaii Struggling

July 17 2012

Beach Water Testing Program in Hawaii Struggling

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Hawaii's beach water testing program is already struggling to meet beach water testing requirements set by the BEACH Act. Impending federal budget cuts could devastate this program in a state whose economy is largely fueled by beach tourism.

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Resources for Hands Across the Sand

July 17 2012

Resources for Hands Across the Sand

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Thanks to the dozens of Surfrider chapters organizing Hands Across the Sand events on August 4! We have posted a toolkit of resources on Chapternet to help ensure the success of your events!

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Kaua’i Blue Water Task Force

July 16 2012

Kaua’i Blue Water Task Force

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Youth

The Kaua'i Chapter's Blue Water Task Force water testing program is providing valuable water quality information for surf sites around the island. They are investigating the local sources of water pollution and are trying to instill an ethic of coastal stewardship into the students they are reaching.

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RESTORE Act Passes! Gulf of Mexico to Benefit

July 09 2012

RESTORE Act Passes! Gulf of Mexico to Benefit

Ocean Ecosystems

Congress has passed the RESTORE Act to help support economic and ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. Special thanks to our Florida Chapters and thousands of Surfrider activists who wrote to congress in support of the bill!

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Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2012 Report

July 06 2012

Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2012 Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council has just released their annual Testing the Waters Report for 2012. The number of beach closing and advisory days reported in 2011 was 23,481 days, confirming that our nation's beaches continue to experience significant water pollution that puts swimmers and local economies at risk.

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Have a Plastic-Free Holiday!

July 02 2012

Have a Plastic-Free Holiday!

Rise Above Plastics

Independence Day is this Wednesday July 4th in the U.S. and one of the best days of the year to get out and celebrate with family and friends. July 5th is often the busiest day for cleanup crews at beaches and parks across the country. One big reason is that…

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5th Circuit Denies Amicus Brief in Beach Access Case

June 29 2012

5th Circuit Denies Amicus Brief in Beach Access Case

Beach Access Legal

In a curt and unreasoned statement, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the application of Harris County, Texas, to file an amicus brief in support of rehearing of the Severance v. Patterson case. This recent case denied the State of Texas interpretation of the Texas Open Beaches Act to…

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Fly or Die - with Chris Jordan

June 26 2012

Fly or Die - with Chris Jordan

Rise Above Plastics

I had the pleasure of chatting with Chris Jordan the other day and he is an inspiration. His work has moved people in many ways and to get his insights allows you to appreciate his work on another level. Chris is leaving today to fly to the middle of the…

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Congress Pushes to Expand Offshore Drilling (Again)

June 24 2012

Congress Pushes to Expand Offshore Drilling (Again)

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The House has approved a broad energy package that could dramatically expand offshore drilling in the U.S. Please express your opposition to offshore drilling by contacting your federal representatives and participating in Hands Across the Sand on August 4!

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Senate Briefing on Beach Act Funding

June 21 2012

Senate Briefing on Beach Act Funding

Water Quality

David Chokachi of former Baywatch fame spoke before a room full of policymakers in Washington, DC this week on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation. With the summer beach season fully upon us, David appealed to Congress to protect the health of the American beach-going public and restore funding for beach…

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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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What is a healthy beach?

June 19 2012

What is a healthy beach?

Coastal Preservation

We all love beaches and Surfrider Foundation has several programs and activities to protect beaches. But beyond being a great place to visit, do you know what beaches can do for you and the coastal environment?

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Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You!

June 19 2012

Hands Across the Sand: Coming to a Beach Near You!

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Do you want to see our coasts protected from offshore drilling? Then sign up to participate in Hands Across the Sand on August 4, 2012!

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First Ever Paddle Across The Gulf Stream!

June 15 2012

First Ever Paddle Across The Gulf Stream!

Rise Above Plastics

Last week two surfers and activists from the Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter completed the first ever paddle across the Gulf Stream as they completed a 60 mile journey from Bimini in the Bahamas to Miami, Florida! Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote made history Saturday, June 9th, becoming the first to…

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Plastic Paradise

June 14 2012

Plastic Paradise

Rise Above Plastics

Plastic pollution awareness is reaching new heights as plastic bag bans in Hawaii and LA have made headlines internationally. Plastic bags are the tip of the plastic pollution iceberg and just one of many components of the plastic soup swirling around the ocean, migrating toward the gyres and/or 'spit out'…

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Help build support for beach water testing programs!

June 11 2012

Help build support for beach water testing programs!

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Activist Toolkit now available for our Restore Beach Act Funding Campaign. Use this toolkit at your Chapter events and meetings this summer to build community awareness and to appeal to your Senators in DC to support funding for the BEACH Act program.

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