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Coastal Blog — Water Quality

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 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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The Next Great Battle

April 20 2015

The Next Great Battle

Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality Illness Oil Spill

Today, 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…

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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 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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