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Coastal Blog — Water Quality

Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

April 09 2015

Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

Water Quality Illness Public Notification

Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Have you developed a rash, skin infection, flu-like symptoms or an upset stomach after going for a surf or swim? Use this online tool to report incidents of ocean illness.

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The Next Great Battle

March 31 2015

The Next Great Battle

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Illness Oil Spill

April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite the catastrophic effects this spill had – and continues to have – on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and coastal communities, the federal government is still attempting to introduce new drilling along much of the Mid-…

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The BEACH Act at 15 years

March 31 2015

The BEACH Act at 15 years

Water Quality Public Notification

Fifteen years ago, the BEACH Act enjoyed popular, bi-partisan support as it passed through the halls of Congress, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 10, 2000. Since then, this critical piece of legislation has fallen victim to the budget wars between Congress and the President,…

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Surfrider Hosts Florida Coasts and Oceans Day in Tallahassee

March 25 2015

Surfrider Hosts Florida Coasts and Oceans Day in Tallahassee

Coastal Preservation Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Water Quality

We promote reduction of single-use plastics

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Protect Our Ocean & Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling on the East Coast

March 24 2015

Protect Our Ocean & Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling on the East Coast

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Water Quality Oil Spill

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced public hearings for offshore seismic blasting in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. According to the government’s own estimates, the proposed seismic blasting will injure or kill tens of thousands of fish and marine mammals. It will also set…

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Water testing protects public health at US beaches

March 17 2015

Water testing protects public health at US beaches

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness Public Notification

The Surfrider Foundation is once again looking to Congress to restore federal funding for the EPA BEACH grants program that funds water quality monitoring and public notification programs at beaches across the country.

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California Advocates Score Coastal Commission Voting Record

February 26 2015

California Advocates Score Coastal Commission Voting Record

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Desalination Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

The California Coastal Commission is the most powerful land use agency in the State and oversees the protection of the coastline. Each year they review over 1,000 applications for some type of coastal development. Advocates have been 'scoring' the Commission for decades to ensure their votes protect our precious coastline.…

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BWTF Kaua’i Ocean Safety Report

February 25 2015

BWTF Kaua’i Ocean Safety Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Public Notification

The Kaua’i BWTF released their annual program report in their local newspaper earlier this month. Their chapter tests 24 surf breaks and streams around the island on a monthly basis, and every year presents their findings along with water quality data collected by the State Department of Health (DOH) to…

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Clean Water: Reduce, Re-use & Recycle

February 20 2015

Clean Water: Reduce, Re-use & Recycle

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

As a modern society, we are overusing water. We are wasting valuable freshwater by using it once, mixing it with our waste, and then discharging it into the ocean. This is threatening the long-term security of our water supply and polluting coastal waters. There is a better way though. Learn…

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Preguntaquas: Rincón BWTF expands in NW Puerto Rico

February 17 2015

Preguntaquas: Rincón BWTF expands in NW Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

The Rincón Chapter BWTF has entered into a new collaboration with the Department of Applied Ocean Science & Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) and the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS). The purpose of the Prequntaguas project is to increase public health monitoring of fecal bacterial…

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2015 Priority Campaigns

February 16 2015

2015 Priority Campaigns

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

In this video, our CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen talks through our 2015 priority campaigns, which support our beach access, clean water, coastal preservation and ocean protection initiatives.

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Vancouver Island BWYTF joins Waterkeeper Swim Guide

February 15 2015

Vancouver Island BWYTF joins Waterkeeper Swim Guide

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth Water Quality Public Notification

The Vancouver Island Chapter's Blue Water Youth Task Force water testing results can now be viewed on the Waterkeeper Swim Guide. Available online or through a free phone app, the Swim Guide reaches 150,000 beach users throughout North America.

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Congress takes aim at the Clean Water Act

February 10 2015

Congress takes aim at the Clean Water Act

Water Quality

In a joint hearing held February 4, 2015 between the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Committee for the Environment and Public Works, majority leaders voiced their opposition to a rule proposed by the EPA to clarify protections for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

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President’s FY2016 Budget proposes zero funding for beach programs…Again!

February 10 2015

President’s FY2016 Budget proposes zero funding for beach programs…Again!

Water Quality Public Notification

On Monday, February 2, 2015, President Obama released his budget for FY 2016, which once again proposes to eliminate the EPA BEACH Grants Program that funds water quality monitoring and public notification programs at beaches across the country.

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Chapter Appeals Ocean Outfall Decision in Delaware

January 29 2015

Chapter Appeals Ocean Outfall Decision in Delaware

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation filed an appeal with the Environmental Appeals Board Monday, January 26th, opposing the recent decision by DNREC to allow the proposed ocean outfall for the Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility to move forward.

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Montgomery County Maryland Bans Disposable Foam Food Containers

January 28 2015

Montgomery County Maryland Bans Disposable Foam Food Containers

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam Water Quality

One in four pieces of trash in the rivers near our nation's capital are foamed plastic. The DC Chapter just helped to ban foamed plastic in Montgomery County, MD.

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4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

January 26 2015

4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Legal Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

A federal court found that the County of Maui was unlawfully damaging the water quality of Maui's coast on Friday, January 23rd, with a ruling that injection well discharges from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility are violating the Clean Water Act. Judge Susan Oki Mollway found that the County is…

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Tackling Contamination at Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz

January 26 2015

Tackling Contamination at Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

The Santa Cruz Chapter's Blue Water Task Force water testing program is supporting the efforts of a new Working Group tasked by the City to find and test out all potential solutions to the chronic contamination that has plagued Cowell's Beach over recent years.

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Victory!  Short Sands Water Quality Protection

January 22 2015

Victory!  Short Sands Water Quality Protection

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

Oregon Parks Department is nearing completion on a new septic system at Short Sands beach to help address the water quality issues first identified in August of 2013, through the work of the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program, Department of Environmental Quality, Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force Program and concerned local…

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State Approves Ocean Outfall for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

January 07 2015

State Approves Ocean Outfall for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

After taking two years to come to a decision, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has just given approval to the City of Rehoboth Beach to apply for $25 million to build a new ocean outfall for sewage discharge. The Delaware Surfrider Chapter has been opposing…

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