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Paddle for Clean Water

September 21 2011

Paddle for Clean Water

Water Quality

Both the San Diego and DC Chapters held their annual Paddles for Clean Water this past weekend, September 17th & 18th.

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Sewage Disks Removed from New England Beaches

September 15 2011

Sewage Disks Removed from New England Beaches

Water Quality

The New Hampshire Chapter was credited along with other NGOs for being instrumental in helping remove sewage disks from beaches after they were released from a NH wastewater treatment plant earlier this year.

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Looking for Answers to Pollution in Cannon Beach, Oregon

August 17 2011

Looking for Answers to Pollution in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Blue Water Task Force program on the North Coast of Oregon has been working with the City of Cannon Beach to document the pollution problem at Ecola Court since 2009.

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Congressional Attack on Clean Water and the Environment

July 27 2011

Congressional Attack on Clean Water and the Environment

Water Quality

The House of Representatives is forging an attack on America's long standing environmental laws. The House has been busy passing 'dirty water bills' and tacking on riders to the 2012 federal budget that restrict the EPA's authority to enforce the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts.

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Testing the Waters 2011

July 01 2011

Testing the Waters 2011

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

NRDC released their annual Testing the Waters report this week. There were over 24,000 beach closures and advisories issued in 2010, the second highest level of the past two decades.

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Bacteria Pollution at Larrabee Park, Washington

June 30 2011

Bacteria Pollution at Larrabee Park, Washington

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

The Northwest Straits Chapter fears continued high bacteria levels at popular beach may lead to a permanent beach closure.

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Illegal Wastewater Discharges in Maui

June 30 2011

Illegal Wastewater Discharges in Maui

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Quality

The Surfrider Foundation joins other community groups in filing a notice of intent to sue the County of Maui to force them to comply with the Clean Water Act and get the needed discharge permits to continue injecting their wastewater into the island's groundwater.

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Sewage Spill along Gulf Coast of Florida

June 28 2011

Sewage Spill along Gulf Coast of Florida

Water Quality

Approximately 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage poured into Manatee River last week through pipes operated by a wastewater treatment plant in Bradenton, Florida.

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Sewage Spill Right-to-Know Bill in Nassau County, NY

June 23 2011

Sewage Spill Right-to-Know Bill in Nassau County, NY

Water Quality

A new bill has been introduced in Nassau County, NY which would require public notification of sewage spills and wastewater discharges that severely exceed permit limits.

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Spraying Herbicides and Pesticides Near Water - What’s Wrong With This Picture?

June 22 2011

Spraying Herbicides and Pesticides Near Water - What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Water Quality

A recent article in the Oregonian pointed out that the effects of the use of weed killers (herbicides) on humans and plants is raising concerns nationwide. Partially in response to this, Oregon recently passed what may be the strictest standards for toxic water pollution in the United States. Meanwhile, a…

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One Year Later - Still Oil in the Sand

April 14 2011

One Year Later - Still Oil in the Sand

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

Surfrider volunteers recently conducted testing for oil and dispersants in the sand at Dune Allen Beach in Florida. The volunteers used a special ultraviolet light which revealed veins of what has been termed a “crude/Corexit compound” in the sand. Surfrider Foundation will communicate their findings and methods with BP to…

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Opposition to Hasting’s oil drilling bills

April 12 2011

Opposition to Hasting’s oil drilling bills

Water Quality Oil Spill

The Surfrider Foundation joins 48 organizations representing millions of American's in opposition to three bills sponsored by Doc Hastings (R-WA) that would promote new offshore drilling in US coastal waters

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Testing Gulf Beaches for Oil and Dispersants

April 06 2011

Testing Gulf Beaches for Oil and Dispersants

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

Check out these videos describing the Emerald Coast Chapter's new venture testing beach sand for oil and dispersant contamination using UV light.

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Glouster, Massachusetts balks at upgrading its sewage treatment plant to secondary treatment levels

March 30 2011

Glouster, Massachusetts balks at upgrading its sewage treatment plant to secondary treatment levels

Water Quality

Representatives from the Massachusetts Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation were the lone voices of support at a recent public hearing for EPA's draft decision to deny a sewage treatment plant in Glouster another waiver to it's obligations to meet the decades long requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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More on Sewage Spill in NH

March 25 2011

More on Sewage Spill in NH

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

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March 17 2011

Emergency Beach Clean-ups in NH to Remove Wastewater Treatment Disks

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

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February 22 2011

Monitoring Gulf Beaches for Oil and Dispersants

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

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February 10 2011

Sewage Dumping on Long Island, NY

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

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January 04 2011

Rains bring sewage to beaches in California

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

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November 03 2010

Combined Sewer Overflows Continue to Plague the Olympic Peninsula

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

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