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Coastal Blog — Water Quality

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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Commission Seeks  to “Lift the Fog on Fracking”

February 28 2014

Commission Seeks to “Lift the Fog on Fracking”

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

In August 2013, the Associated Press reported that oil companies have used hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other types of “well stimulation treatments” to access oil beneath state and federal waters for decades without notifying state agencies that the practice has been occurring. This discovery was a big wakeup call that…

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Fukushima Radiation Frequently Asked Questions

February 03 2014

Fukushima Radiation Frequently Asked Questions

Coastal Preservation Water Quality

Surfrider addresses some frequently asked questions regarding the risks to the West Coast from the Fukushima disaster.

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US Beach Water Testing Programs Saved

January 17 2014

US Beach Water Testing Programs Saved

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The US Congress passed a 2014 funding bill that restores funding for the EPA Beach Grants program that supports beach water testing programs in coastal states across the country. The President signed the compromise bill promptly, averting another government shutdown.

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Brown Water Advisories on Kaua’i:  Too little, too late?

December 11 2013

Brown Water Advisories on Kaua’i:  Too little, too late?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

After capturing media attention with high bacteria levels measured during a Brown Water Advisory in November, the Kaua'i Chapter keeps the momentum going and questions the effectiveness of these public health advisories. They would like the advisories issued sooner, to cover more beaches, and require signs at the beach.

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Blue Water Task Force Water Testing with VW’s New XL1

November 26 2013

Blue Water Task Force Water Testing with VW’s New XL1

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth Water Quality

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2013 Victories Recap

November 26 2013

2013 Victories Recap

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Rise Above Plastics Surf Protection Water Quality

As we close in on the end of another great year of coastal protection it seems appropriate to look back at the hard work that’s been done by Surfrider Foundation volunteers and staff. Our activists have been busy this year, racking up 33 campaign victories so far

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Surfrider Foundation Legal Department Highlights for 2013

November 25 2013

Surfrider Foundation Legal Department Highlights for 2013

Beach Access Legal Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

The legal work at Surfrider Foundation moves at a fast pace; however, we took a few minutes to look back on the year 2013 and acknowledge some of Surfrider Foundation’s accomplishments and strategic movement in legal campaigns. Since the organization-wide programmatic priorities for the past year were (1) Rise Above…

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Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

November 21 2013

Launch of ActCoastal—the California Coast Accountability Project

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

Surfrider members are “ocean users” through and through. It’s amazing to think that as I write this blog, there are Surfrider supporters around the world surfing, diving, fishing, SUPing, swimming, sunbathing, wildlife watching AND fighting to protect our coast. In California, Surfrider is upping our ante to preserve our coast…

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Heavy Rain, Brown Water & Bacteria, Oh my!

November 13 2013

Heavy Rain, Brown Water & Bacteria, Oh my!

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

While the Hawaii State Department of Health issued a Brown Water Advisory on Kaua'i last week, Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force measured extremely high bacteria levels at stormwater impacted streams and beaches.

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