Coastal Blog — Water Quality
December 13 2011
Our representatives in Congress continue to try to tack dirty water amendments onto the appropriations bills that need to pass in order to keep our government running in 2012. Final negotiations are underway now. Let's hope Surfrider and the rest of the clean water community have made our voices heard…
November 10 2011
Last week the EPA caved into political pressure and informed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection of its preliminary approval of their ineffective draft state regulations for sewage, manure and fertilizer pollution. It seems the EPA is missing a real opportunity to protect Florida's waters from algae blooms that have…
October 26 2011
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting its third National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at many local law enforcement offices and other locations across the country. Proper and safe disposal of medicine can keep these chemicals out of our rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.
October 17 2011
On the 39th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Alacer Corp., maker of Emergen-C Blue vitamin drink mix, announces that, in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, they are working to raise awareness about the need for clean water and alert communities about water quality issues through the Blue Water Task…
October 14 2011
The Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2011 (S.1701) was introduced by Senators Olympia Snowe (D-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) yesterday to address the problem of Harmful Algal Blooms (commonly known as "HABs") that are making our coasts and oceans increasingly harmful to public health.…
October 06 2011
The West Coast had its first big rain storm of the year this week, dumping several inches in places and breaking rainfall records in L.A. This "first flush" makes our beach waters very dirty and can make you sick.
September 22 2011
Today, Surfrider Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment jointly filed an official Notice of Intent to Sue against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allowing the use of toxic oil dispersants without ensuring that these chemicals would not harm our coastal environment and coastal users. The 60-day notice…
September 15 2011
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.
August 17 2011
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.
July 27 2011
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.
July 01 2011
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.
June 30 2011
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.
June 23 2011
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.
June 22 2011
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…
April 14 2011
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…
April 12 2011
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