Coastal Blog — Water Quality
October 05 2015
Congress has until December 11th to pass a federal budget for 2016. EPA has proposed to eliminate the BEACH Act Grants program that funds water quality testing and public health protection at beaches across the US. Ask Congress to pass a spending bill for next year that includes level funding…
October 05 2015
Surfrider urges local officials to find the source of bacterial pollution in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Blue Water Task Force test results show high readings of bacteria even during dry weather this past summer. Surfrider hopes to work with the City & local partners to fix this problem.
October 01 2015
Under the settlement agreement, Maui County will pay $2.5 million for projects to divert and reuse wastewater from the Lahaina wastewater injection wells, and bring its facility into compliance with the Clean Water Act.
September 28 2015
A county-wide sustainable landscapes program done in partnership with multiple agencies launched with a 2-day training for professionals. The program will involve classes, hands-on workshops, incentives and free materials to retrofit 6.25 acres of turf grass!
September 23 2015
Surfrider was invited to speak about OFG at a "brown bag lunch" that is hosted monthly by a state agency. Invites went out to all 4,000 staff working in multiple, state agencies working on the environment!
September 14 2015
The legislative season is full of twists and turns, every year. This year, the Surfrider Foundation and our partners supported four pieces of legislation that will improve oil spill prevention and responses should another spill like the Plains Oil Spill in Santa Barbara happen in California. Unfortunately, one of the…
September 04 2015
The California Senate has passed AB 888, banning plastic microbeads. The bill now awaits the Governor's signature, at which time it will become the nation's strongest microbeads ban yet.
August 27 2015
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…
August 25 2015
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.
August 10 2015
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.
August 06 2015
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…
July 29 2015
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.
July 24 2015
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.
July 06 2015
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…
July 01 2015
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.…
June 30 2015
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…
June 25 2015
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…
June 19 2015
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.
June 02 2015
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’…