Coastal Blog — Water Quality
March 24 2015
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…
March 17 2015
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.
February 26 2015
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.…
February 25 2015
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…
February 20 2015
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…
February 17 2015
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…
February 16 2015
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.
February 15 2015
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.
February 10 2015
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.
February 10 2015
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.
January 29 2015
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.
January 28 2015
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.
January 26 2015
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…
January 26 2015
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.
January 22 2015
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…
January 07 2015
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…
December 16 2014
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…
December 15 2014
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…
December 08 2014
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…