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Beach Water Testing Programs Saved Again

December 16 2014

Beach Water Testing Programs Saved Again

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Funding for the EPA BEACH Grants program was saved by Congress for the third year in a row, with the passage of the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill this week. State and local beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs remain in business for at least another year. Surfrider…

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BWTF Pollution Solutions Expanding in Oregon in 2015

December 15 2014

BWTF Pollution Solutions Expanding in Oregon in 2015

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Youth Water Quality

Thanks to the generosity of Eva Chiles Meyer Fund #1 and the Oneatta Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the reach of the BWTF in Oregon will continue to grow in 2015. Projects to be supported include the launch of a new lab and program at Bandon High School, collaboration…

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Surfing After a Rain - What are the Risks?

December 08 2014

Surfing After a Rain - What are the Risks?

Water Quality Illness

Recently I was interviewed by Jake Howard of Surfline regarding the health risks of surfing after a rain. I repeated the standard Health Department warning to stay out of the water for 72 hours due to the mass of pollutants (including human and animal fecal matter) that wash off the…

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Your Input Helps Protect Clean Water

November 20 2014

Your Input Helps Protect Clean Water

Water Quality

Clean water is essential to our health, our economy, and our way of life. The EPA has just closed public comment on a proposed rule to safeguard the clean water we all depend on.

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Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

November 07 2014

Surfrider Visits Washington D.C. to Lobby for Federal Priorities

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Friendly Gardens Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Surfrider members and staff visited our nation’s capital to lobby for a set of federal priorities related to the protection of oceans, waves, and beaches.

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San Diego Ash Cans Help Revitalize Beaches & Inspire Change

November 03 2014

San Diego Ash Cans Help Revitalize Beaches & Inspire Change

Blue Water Task Force Solutions Coastal Preservation Water Quality

The Surfrider San Diego County Chapter’s Hold On To Your Butt (HOTYB) committee has been very busy this year. In the beginning of 2014 the Chapter's HOTYB committee established a goal to install the 200th cigarette butt ash can in San Diego County. The strategic ash can program has been…

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Clean Up Cowell’s

October 15 2014

Clean Up Cowell’s

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

Santa Cruz Chapter leader and Education Coordinator Amber Jones recently down with local Jack O’Neill to talk about the serious water quality issue at Cowell's Beach. The Chapter has been leading a campaign to get this popular beach off of California's dirtiest beach bummer list.

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Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

October 03 2014

Surfrider Prepares Appeal to Support Kaua’i GMO/Pesticide Ordinance

Legal Water Quality

Even though Surfrider Foundation was not successful in our Intervention in support of Kaua'i County and their GMO/Pesticides Right to Know ordinance at the lower court, we have appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Surfrider Foundation and our allies hope to prove that this type of…

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California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

October 03 2014

California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

Last year’s legislative season in California was a bust for the coast and ocean. In 2013, Surfrider worked on ten coastal and ocean protection bills, and only two bills were signed into law. Surprisingly, this year’s season was the opposite and very successful. Surfrider actively worked on more than a…

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Restoring Clean Water Act Protections Upstream

September 09 2014

Restoring Clean Water Act Protections Upstream

Water Quality

The EPA is now accepting comments on a proposed rule that will restore Clean Water Act protections for nearly 20 million acres of wetlands, two million miles of streams, and the drinking water for 117 million Americans.

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NOAA Study Finds Southern Californians Will (and Do!) Pay More to Visit Clean, Unpolluted Beaches

September 05 2014

NOAA Study Finds Southern Californians Will (and Do!) Pay More to Visit Clean, Unpolluted Beaches

Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Every year the Surfrider Foundation coordinates with the Ocean Conservancy and the California Coastal Commission on International Coastal Cleanup Day to sweep clean beaches all over the world. Chapters all along our nation’s coast organize monthly regional cleanups where volunteers pick up trash on local beaches. Members of Surfrider’s Blue…

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Ditch Plains, NY and the Fate of the East Deck Motel

August 22 2014

Ditch Plains, NY and the Fate of the East Deck Motel

Beach Access Blue Water Task Force Coastal Preservation Shoreline Armoring Surf Protection Water Quality

The very modest 28-room East Deck Motel sits right next to Ditch Plains, a premier surf spot in Long Island. It has been sold and the new owners plan a huge members-only resort and entertainment complex, 2 stories, over 30,000 square feet including deck and pool with 100 parking spaces,…

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New Beach Signs Warn the Public of Polluted Conditions

July 22 2014

New Beach Signs Warn the Public of Polluted Conditions

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

One of Surfrider’s newest BWTF labs in Montauk, NY, has already contributed to better community awareness of bacterial contamination at a local beach. Armed with their first year of data, they were able to convince the Town of East Hampton to post a warning sign of a chronic bacteria pollution…

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Summer crowds get a primer on the proposed ocean outfall for Rehoboth Beach, DE

July 09 2014

Summer crowds get a primer on the proposed ocean outfall for Rehoboth Beach, DE

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter was able to reach peak summer crowds this past holiday weekend. The News Journal ran a front page story on the proposed Rehoboth Beach ocean outfall. The Chapter is opposing the outfall and instead advocating for water recycling options over dumping the treated freshwater out to sea.

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Marin County: sharing BWTF data to inform public policy decisions

July 07 2014

Marin County: sharing BWTF data to inform public policy decisions

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Marin County Chapter has been sharing their volunteer water quality data with local officials and the media as plans are made to increase recreational access to a chronically polluted bay & wetland area and the County struggles to remediate aging and failing sewer infrastructure.

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HABs Bill Finally Passes Congress!

June 25 2014

HABs Bill Finally Passes Congress!

Legal Water Quality

As part of an enduring bipartisan effort and after years of advocacy by the environmental community, Congress passed the Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) and Hypoxia Research Control Amendment Act of 2014. This bill directs NOAA to research and devise a response plan to the potentially toxic blooms.

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Lower Gas Prices AND Global Freedom??

June 25 2014

Lower Gas Prices AND Global Freedom??

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy Water Quality Oil Spill

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1st of 7 Films Released to Slow & Prevent Runoff

June 10 2014

1st of 7 Films Released to Slow & Prevent Runoff

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class Water Quality

A California state agency is launching 7 short films on how to prevent runoff from landscapes and hard surfaces. The objective is essentially Ocean Friendly Gardens!

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BWTF 2013 Annual Report

June 03 2014

BWTF 2013 Annual Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Surfrider is pleased to release the 2013 Blue Water Task Force Annual Report. The Blue Water Task Force is our volunteer-run water testing program that Chapters are implementing to protect their local waves, beaches and coastal ecosystems.

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Port Orford BWTF: Engaging the community around the Red Rocks Marine Reserve

June 03 2014

Port Orford BWTF: Engaging the community around the Red Rocks Marine Reserve

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth Water Quality

The Port Orford BWTF in Oregon is a collaborative effort between the Curry County Surfrider Chapter, the Redfish Rocks Community Team the local School District, providing citizen-science opportunities in and around the Red Rocks Marine Reserve.

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