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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 30-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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Blue Water Task Force on Eastern Long Island, New York

June 03 2014

Blue Water Task Force on Eastern Long Island, New York

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

During the summer of 2013, the Eastern Long Island Chapter began water quality testing at some of the most popular swimming and surfing beaches on Long Island, extending the BWTF's presence on the East Coast. The Chapter is using this new water testing program to raise public awareness of local…

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San Luis Obispo BWTF: Building capacity to investigate local pollution problems

June 03 2014

San Luis Obispo BWTF: Building capacity to investigate local pollution problems

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

The San Luis Obispo SLO BWTF began 2013 as a small water testing program with two volunteers who conducted weekly sampling at two sites. Throughout the year, the Chapter’s BWTF Coordinator built a team of dedicated water samplers and testers that are out monitoring eleven sites on a weekly basis.

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Hydromodification - What is It?

June 02 2014

Hydromodification - What is It?

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Quality

Hydromodification is the alteration of the natural flow of water through a landscape, and often takes the form of channel modification or channelization. It is one of the leading sources of impairment in streams, lakes, estuaries, aquifers, and other water bodies in the United States.

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Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

May 22 2014

Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

Water Quality

With the summer beach season fast approaching, support within Congress is building to restore funding to the federal budget to pay for beach water testing programs that protect swimmers and surfers from getting sick from polluted water.

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BWTF launches in Virginia Beach

May 02 2014

BWTF launches in Virginia Beach

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

On Sunday, April 6, 2014 the Virginia Beach chapter initiated their BWTF water quality monitoring program! They sampled 3 ocean beaches, and happily all three sites tested clean. The Chapter plans to track the water quality at these sites as the weather gets warmer and the summer crowds arrive.

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Building a model urban watershed & water management system in Ventura, California

March 21 2014

Building a model urban watershed & water management system in Ventura, California

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

For the past two decades, the Ventura Chapter has been identifying problems and promoting solutions for clean water throughout the Ventura River watershed. Their proactive urban watershed program is helping to protect water supply and quality, coastal habitats and recreational opportunities by restoring ecosystem function throughout the watershed.

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Stop the Rehoboth Beach Outfall Pipe

March 21 2014

Stop the Rehoboth Beach Outfall Pipe

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter held a press conference on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk on March 20th, the first day of Spring, to protest a new ocean outfall pipe that the City is proposing to build. The Chapter wants the effluent to be cleaned up better and recycled for Land Based Applications.

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2014 Campaign Priorities

March 11 2014

2014 Campaign Priorities

Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Surfrider has three major areas of focus in 2014: Clean Water, Ocean Protection, and Rise Above Plastics. Read more to see our specific plans.

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Beach Programs Fall Victim to Federal Budget Cuts Again

March 06 2014

Beach Programs Fall Victim to Federal Budget Cuts Again

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The President's FY2015 budget released by the White House this week once again proposes to eliminate all federal funding for the EPA Beach Grant program that supports water testing at beaches around the country.

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Surfrider Foundation Intervenes in Suit Over Right to Know GMO Legislation in Kaua’i

March 04 2014

Surfrider Foundation Intervenes in Suit Over Right to Know GMO Legislation in Kaua’i

Legal Water Quality

Surfrider Foundation has intervened in a new federal lawsuit in support of Kauai County's ordinance relating to disclosure of pesticide use and cultivation of genetically modified crops. Industry brought the suit in order to block implementation of the "right to know" legislation. Along with the Center for Food Safety, the…

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Kauai Ocean Safety Report

March 03 2014

Kauai Ocean Safety Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Kaua'i Chapter publishes a summary of their water testing findings in their local paper every year. This is a great way to reach their local community with information on which beaches are clean and where local pollution problems exist.

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