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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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California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

October 16 2013

California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection Water Quality

If you’ve been lucky enough to go for a dive, surf, or kayak at the Channel Islands, it’s hard not to be captivated by the cathedral kelp forests, large fish cruising the reef, and clean waves breaking under your surfboard. These Islands, along with special places throughout the entire California…

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Built to Spill

October 01 2013

Built to Spill

Water Quality Oil Spill

As the debate over the size of the BP Gulf Oil spills enters the courts, we recount our front row view of the spill estimates (really underestimates) and the great work SkyTruth did you reveal the true scale of the spill.

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Welcome Aboard Montauk, NY!

August 29 2013

Welcome Aboard Montauk, NY!

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

The BWTF is continuing to grow on the east coast. The Eastern Long Island Chapter and their local partner, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, have just gotten the newest BWTF water testing lab up and running this summer.

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Florida revising their water quality standards

August 26 2013

Florida revising their water quality standards

Water Quality

Florida has just started the process to becoming the first coastal state to revise their water quality standards since the EPA released their revised recommendations for recreational waters late last year.

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California Flips Over Fracking

August 16 2013

California Flips Over Fracking

Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

The citizens of California recently learned fracking has been occurring in California waters (both state and federal). The revelation was shocking because government officials had previously asserted fracking was not being used off California’s coast. Surfrider is working with the two organizations that made the discovery to help raise awareness…

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Looking for pollution solutions on the North Coast of Oregon

August 14 2013

Looking for pollution solutions on the North Coast of Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

The North Coast BWTF met with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to better understand the sources of pollution at Oswald West State Park responsible for the health advisories issued at Short Sands Beach.

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Saving Beach Water Testing Programs

August 13 2013

Saving Beach Water Testing Programs

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

We are very happy to see a draft funding bill from the US Senate proposing to restore funding for the EPA Beaches Grant program, but there is still work to do to ensure that beach water testing programs across the country survive the latest round of federal budget cuts.

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Raccoons reeking havoc at popular WA campground beach

July 29 2013

Raccoons reeking havoc at popular WA campground beach

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

When we talk about 'Scoop the Poop' campaigns, we are usually talking about dogs. That is not the case at Larrabee State Park in Washington State where Northwest Straits Chapter volunteers are cleaning up after raccoons. Find out why.....

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Oregon Governor speaks up for beach water testing funds

July 23 2013

Oregon Governor speaks up for beach water testing funds

Water Quality

The office of OR Governor Kitzhaber just sent a letter into Congressional appropriators requesting that they restore funding for the EPA Beach Grants program, which was proposed to be eliminated by the President's FY2014 budget released earlier this year.

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