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Report Card Gives Mixed Reviews on U.S. Ocean Policy

June 07 2012

Report Card Gives Mixed Reviews on U.S. Ocean Policy

Ocean Ecosystems

This week the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released its 2012 U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card. The report card praises the efforts of states and regions to implement the National Ocean Policy, but gives mixed reviews to the federal government.

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It’s Overflowing, the Sea is Full

June 04 2012

It’s Overflowing, the Sea is Full

Rise Above Plastics

A large amount of our rubbish ends up in the oceans and seas thus disturbing the planet's coastal ecosystems. Discover the dramatic consequences of marine litter on the environment and its species in this great ten minute video from Surfrider Europe.

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The BWTF in Rincón, Puerto Rico

June 04 2012

The BWTF in Rincón, Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force Source Identification Youth

The Rincón Chapter tests 14 marine and freshwater sites in northwestern Puerto Rico on a weekly basis, collecting over 500 water samples in 2011 alone. Learn more about their busy program that is providing vital information on the safety and health of local waters in areas where where there is…

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Texas Open Beaches Act Takes a Hit

May 31 2012

Texas Open Beaches Act Takes a Hit

Beach Access Legal

On March 30, 2012, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of private property rights over the public beach access rights of the people of Texas. Surfrider Foundation Texas Chapters have pledged to resurge support to strengthen the state's beach access law.

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Illinois Call To Action - Prevent A Bad Bag Bill

May 30 2012

Illinois Call To Action - Prevent A Bad Bag Bill

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

June 4th Update: IL SB 3442 bill thinly passed the House and State Senate so it now sits on the Governor's desk for final approval or veto. Ask Governor Quinn to veto this horrible bill by signing our action alert TODAY!

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LA and SB Move Forward with Plastic Bag Bans!

May 23 2012

LA and SB Move Forward with Plastic Bag Bans!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The Los Angeles and Santa Barbara City Councils each voted this week to move forward with plans to ban plastic checkout bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and similar retailers within each of their respective city limits. Both cities have held a series of public hearings on the issue and…

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Does Recycling Increase Consumption?

May 22 2012

Does Recycling Increase Consumption?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The world marvels at how much Americans consume, whether if it's a disproportionate share of world energy, lots of fresh water in our daily lives or throwing away over four pounds of trash per person per day. A recent study shows how providing recycling bins can lead to an increase…

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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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West is Best: Relocation of the Malibu Lagoon Inlet

May 18 2012

West is Best: Relocation of the Malibu Lagoon Inlet

Surf Protection

Given that this system is already highly managed, we are advocating for additional management of the location of the inlet breach. Our goal is to establish a management plan for inlet relocation so that inlet breach is mechanically moved to the West.

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How Big is the Floating Island of Plastic in the Pacific?

May 17 2012

How Big is the Floating Island of Plastic in the Pacific?

Rise Above Plastics

That's a trick question because there is no floating 'island' of plastic pollution but researchers recently released a study showing that plastic in the ocean has increased 100-fold in the past 40 years. Yes, that's correct. Plastic pollution did not double or triple during that time, it increased by a…

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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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Hawaii Becomes the First State in the U.S. to Ban Plastic Bags!

May 14 2012

Hawaii Becomes the First State in the U.S. to Ban Plastic Bags!

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

When the Mayor of Honolulu signed into law the plastic bag ban on May 11, Hawaii became the first state in the nation where every county is covered by a plastic bag ban. This was not done by the state legislature, but instead by all four County Councils - a…

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Will your reusable bag make you sick?

May 14 2012

Will your reusable bag make you sick?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

Nope – but any inanimate object could potentially carry a virus, germs, bacteria or mold. A recent report from Oregon documented norovirus virus was transferred on a bag of groceries that was being kept in a hotel bathroom. The report stressed that the carrier could be any inanimate object or…

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Atlantic Coast: Seismic Surveys Proposed for Energy Exploration

May 10 2012

Atlantic Coast: Seismic Surveys Proposed for Energy Exploration

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

The federal government has proposed seismic surveys off the South and Mid-Atlantic coasts to assess potential oil & gas resources. Check out our Not the Answer page for information on how to take action by the May 30 comment deadline!

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Ma’alaea Saved

May 07 2012

Ma’alaea Saved

Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection

Environmental campaigns are most often marathons, not sprints. You have to be prepared to be in it for the long haul. An extreme example of this is our Save Ma'alaea campaign, which has extended for over 20 years. Ma'alaea, on the island of Maui, is home to a small boat…

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Why I Support the National Ocean Policy (And You Should Too)

May 07 2012

Why I Support the National Ocean Policy (And You Should Too)

Ocean Ecosystems

Despite a lack of support from congress, the National Ocean Policy is taking hold in states and regions across the country. It's now time for the federal government to match the efforts being made on the ground.

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Another Beachfill Botched!

May 02 2012

Another Beachfill Botched!

Coastal Preservation Beach Dredge & Fill

In trying to remedy one problem of beachfill, steep and dangerous beaches, the Army Corps has created another problem; a beach full of rocks in Cape May, NJ.

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Surfrider Taking Action on Toxic Dispersants

April 18 2012

Surfrider Taking Action on Toxic Dispersants

Legal

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, EPA still hasn't studied the effects of toxic chemical dispersants on water quality and wildlife. Surfrider Foundation, Center for Bioligical Diversity and Pacific Environment filed suit today to challenge the authorization of such chemicals in oil spill response plans.

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Surfrider Foundation Sues Maui County Over Illegal Sewage Discharges

April 16 2012

Surfrider Foundation Sues Maui County Over Illegal Sewage Discharges

Legal Water Quality

Surfrider Foundation, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club-Maui Group, and West Maui Preservation Association, represented by Earthjustice, sued the County of Maui today for federal Clean Water Act violations leading to contamination of nearshore waters from the Lahaina wastewater facility injection wells.

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Danger: Stay out of the Water!

April 13 2012

Danger: Stay out of the Water!

Blue Water Task Force Youth Water Quality

Read this press release by Santa Monica High School students after they measured alarmingly high bacteria levels at their ocean beach BWTF testing sites following heavy rains last week. These students continue to do a great job bringing public attention to local beach pollution problems.

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