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Waikiki Beaches Re-opened after Sewage Spill but Brown Water Advisory Remains in Effect Statewide

August 27 2015

Waikiki Beaches Re-opened after Sewage Spill but Brown Water Advisory Remains in Effect Statewide

Water Quality Illness Public Notification

The Department of Health re-opened Waikiki beaches on Wednesday after bacteria levels dropped in the ocean from the sewage spill that affected the area in the early am hours on Monday. Signs will remain posted at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and Kewalo Basin telling the public to keep…

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Massive Sewage Spill on Waikiki

August 25 2015

Massive Sewage Spill on Waikiki

Water Quality Illness Public Notification

Heavy rains from Tropical Depression Kilo caused a 500,000 gallon sewage spill on Oahu Monday forcing beach closures along several miles of Waikiki Beach. Several smaller sewage spills and wastewater discharges have also contaminated other beaches on Oahu.

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Stormwater Runoff Fees Get Property Owners’ Attention

August 10 2015

Stormwater Runoff Fees Get Property Owners’ Attention

Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

Cities like Seattle, WA and Portland, OR charge a stormwater runoff fee in proportion to how much runs off. The Governor of Hawaii signed a bill that clears the first hurdle in that state instituting fees to help protect clean surf and healthy oceans.

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“Plains” Refugio Oil Spill Could Be 40% Larger Than Estimated

August 06 2015

“Plains” Refugio Oil Spill Could Be 40% Larger Than Estimated

Updates Not the answer Water Quality Oil Spill

It’s been nearly three months since the "Plains" oil spill at Refugio State Beach, in Santa Barbara—spilling 20,000 gallons of oil into the ocean. Based on a recent report, the number of gallons originally spilled could be 40% more than initially estimated. Which makes sense. An ‘increase in the original…

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Water Conservation: Reducing Your Water Footprint Contributes to Clean Water at Our Coasts

July 29 2015

Water Conservation: Reducing Your Water Footprint Contributes to Clean Water at Our Coasts

Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

Conserving water can have positive impacts on water quality by reducing urban runoff and supporting properly functioning wastewater treatment systems. During August's Water Quality Month, Native Foods is challenging us all to take the 'Vedge Pledge' to reduce our global water footprint.

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Fish Festival Reels In Ideas, New OFG Activists & Partners

July 24 2015

Fish Festival Reels In Ideas, New OFG Activists & Partners

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class Water Quality

The Humboldt, CA OFG Committee gets off to a good start by drawing in a cross-section of those in the landscape sector. Then, they attended a popular community event to educate about OFG, learn what is need in the community, and ask people to join or partner with the Committee.

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Chasing the Prize: The U.S. Ocean Policy Turns Five

July 13 2015

Chasing the Prize: The U.S. Ocean Policy Turns Five

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

President Barack Obama made history five years ago by creating the National Ocean Policy. We're just beginning to reap the rewards.

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Celebrate Clean Water!  Ask Congress to do the Same!

July 06 2015

Celebrate Clean Water!  Ask Congress to do the Same!

Water Quality

In May we celebrated a victory for clean water when the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its Clean Water Rule. Unfortunately, members of both the U. S. Senate and House of Representatives continue to support polluting industries over your right to clean water and have proposed legislation to repeal the Clean…

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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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A Choice to Keep Wasting Water in Rehoboth Beach, DE

June 30 2015

A Choice 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 Updates Not the answer 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 Updates Not the answer 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 Updates Not the answer 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 Rise Above Plastics Water Quality Youth

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 Rise Above Plastics Water Quality Youth

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 Rise Above Plastics Water Quality Youth

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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