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Coastal Blog — Water Quality

Looking for Warning Signs in Hawaii

July 01 2015

Looking for Warning Signs in Hawaii

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Public Notification

There is good news coming out of Hawaii as Surfrider's efforts there have seen the successful passage of two new laws that will curb the pollution from stormwater runoff and finally bring the the State into the 21rst century of wastewater management by outlawing the installation of new cess pools.…

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Voters choose to keep wasting water in Rehoboth Beach, DE

June 30 2015

Voters choose to keep wasting water in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter received two major setbacks in its campaign to oppose a new ocean outfall for the sewage treatment plant that services the city of Rehoboth Beach. First their appeal of the State agency decision to approve the outfall lost on jurisdictional matters, and then the voters of Rehoboth…

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Refugio Oil Spill Roller Coaster

June 25 2015

Refugio Oil Spill Roller Coaster

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Oil Spill Public Notification

Tracking the Plains Refugio oil spill has been like riding a rickety, roller coaster. Since “Day 1” Surfrider has been following the twists and turns of the spill—desperately trying to ‘make sense of the events’ by researching exactly what happened and analyzing how to avoid a similar travesty in the…

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Cowell’s Beach #1 Beach Bummer, but Progressing

June 19 2015

Cowell’s Beach #1 Beach Bummer, but Progressing

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

Cowell's Beach in Santa Cruz, California remains at the top of the Beach Bummer list highlighted in the 2015 Beach Report Card released by Heal the Bay, but local groups have activated to look for solutions for this popular beach's pollution problems.

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Globs of Oil Cover Miles of Southern California Beaches

June 02 2015

Globs of Oil Cover Miles of Southern California Beaches

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Oil Spill

Since May 29th, 2015 oil globs have been found along southern California (concentrated near Ventura, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, Zuma Beach and Venice Beach). Surfrider Staff and volunteers have been corresponding with cleanup responders. Anxious locals and advocates patiently await the results of oil ‘finger-printing’…

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Victory for Clean Water!

May 27 2015

Victory for Clean Water!

Water Quality

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today, May 27, 2015, restoring Clean Water Act protections to nearly 20 million acres of wetlands, two million miles of streams, and the drinking water for 117 million Americans.

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Updates on Santa Barbara Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach

May 22 2015

Updates on Santa Barbara Oil Spill at Refugio State Beach

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Oil Spill

On May 19, 2015, the popular and pristine beaches of Refugio State Beach were covered by sticky, smelly, black oil. Shockwaves spread through Santa Barbara—a tiny town all too familiar with oil spills. As Santa Barbara once again contends with a catastrophic spill, the memories of the devastating 1969 spill…

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Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 4

May 22 2015

Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 4

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

UNCW Surfrider College Club member and Youth Leadership Program summer intern Alexandra Brooks shares her experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4 part series.

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Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 3

May 22 2015

Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 3

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Cal State Channel Island College Club Chair Kevin Piper shares his experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4-part series.

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Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 2

May 22 2015

Surfrider College Clubs take to Capitol Hill, Part 2

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Cal Poly College Club Chair Alex Ly shares his experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4 part series.

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2014 BWTF Annual Report

May 21 2015

2014 BWTF Annual Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Surfrider Foundation is pleased to release its 2014 Annual Report for the Blue Water Task Force program. The time and interest that chapters and volunteers continue to dedicate towards monitoring the water quality at their local beaches is truly inspiring, especially as our federal government continues to threaten to…

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House Votes to Block EPA’s Clean Water Rule

May 19 2015

House Votes to Block EPA’s Clean Water Rule

Water Quality

On May 12, 2015 the U. S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1732, The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015. This bill requires the EPA to withdraw their proposed clean water rule and go back to the drawing board. Fortunately, this bill did not receive enough votes to overturn a…

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Santa Cruz BWTF, 20+ Years of Service!

May 19 2015

Santa Cruz BWTF, 20+ Years of Service!

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

The Santa Cruz Chapter was one of the first Surfrider chapters to establish a BWTF water testing program back in 1993. Over the past 20+ years, the chapter has been building a historical record of water quality information for local beaches and driving campaigns to solve beach pollution problems.

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Marin County BWTF Fostering Student Scientists & Advocates

May 19 2015

Marin County BWTF Fostering Student Scientists & Advocates

Blue Water Task Force Youth Water Quality

The Marin County Chapter uses its BWTF water testing program to educate local high school students on the science and methodology of water quality monitoring, local water pollution issues, and Surfrider’s mission to protect and enjoy our ocean, waves and beaches.

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South Sound BWTF in Tacoma, WA

May 19 2015

South Sound BWTF in Tacoma, WA

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

The South Sound Chapter is providing a great collaborative opportunity through their BWTF water testing program for an educational institution, Surfrider volunteers, and local health agencies to work together to provide better protection for beachgoers and water recreational enthusiasts in Tacoma, Washington.

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Virginia Beach BWTF, 1st Year Anniversary

May 19 2015

Virginia Beach BWTF, 1st Year Anniversary

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

This spring marks the passage of a successful first year of providing year-round water quality information to surfers and other ocean recreationists by the Virginia Beach BWTF

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Citizen Science Collaborating with Agency Programs in Oregon

May 13 2015

Citizen Science Collaborating with Agency Programs in Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Water Quality

Surfrider and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality co-hosted a beach bacteria workshop in Newport, Oregon to inform the public of their joint efforts to asses beach water quality impairments and support the DEQ's Midcoast Water Quality Management Process.

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Surfrider Vancouver Island Engaging Local Youth

May 05 2015

Surfrider Vancouver Island Engaging Local Youth

Blue Water Task Force Youth QUAD Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

The Vancouver Island Chapter is using their Blue Water Youth Task Force water testing program to promote environmental stewardship in youth and ensure safe and healthy access to local coastal habitats. This video documents how engaged the participating kids are in both the water quality testing and protecting the beach,…

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Tar Ball Training Session Hosted by Emerald Coast Chapter

April 29 2015

Tar Ball Training Session Hosted by Emerald Coast Chapter

Water Quality Oil Spill

Five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Coast Guard and State environmental agencies are scaling way back on their recovery efforts, but the Emerald Coast Chapter continues its grassroots efforts to monitor Northwest Florida beaches for lingering BP oil.

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Your Input is Shaping the Clean Water Rule

April 24 2015

Your Input is Shaping the Clean Water Rule

Water Quality

The EPA has just finished incorporating over 1 million public comments into an Administrative rule to clearly define 'Waters of the US' and restore Clean Water Act protections to small streams and wetlands. Meanwhile some members of Congress are trying to prevent the EPA from finalizing or implementing this rule.…

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