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Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

May 24 2013

Building Support for Beach Testing Programs

Water Quality

With the summer beach season upon us, support within the US Senate 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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The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

May 20 2013

The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

Read about the long and complicated path the Northwest Straits Chapter has followed to discover, investigate and help solve water pollution problems at Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, Washington. Written in the Chapter Chair, Eleanor Hines, own words.

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No $ for Beach Programs in 2014 Federal Budget

April 12 2013

No $ for Beach Programs in 2014 Federal Budget

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The President's budget for FY2014 once again fails to include any funding to support beach water testing programs. It is disappointing that the Administration continues to be penny-wise and pound-foolish, ignoring the huge public health costs and potential risk to coastal tourism economies that these cuts will bring.

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California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

April 08 2013

California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

Beach Access Blue Water Task Force Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is one of California’s most important laws—not only because it helps protect our environment and “quality of life”, but CEQA also promotes democratic participation in the decision-making process—giving citizens a say in what happens in their local communities. Unfortunately over the past few years,…

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Want to Find Sewer Spills and Leaks?  Ask a Dog

March 04 2013

Want to Find Sewer Spills and Leaks?  Ask a Dog

Blue Water Task Force Source Identification Water Quality

A frequent problem in coastal watersheds is detection of high bacteria counts at beaches. Tracking the sources of the bacteria back up rivers, creeks and storm drains is difficult, time consuming and costly. But there may be a better way - using a trained, sewage-sniffing dog. We wrote about the…

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Chasing away the birds

March 04 2013

Chasing away the birds

Water Quality

Introducing the Goosinator: a new device that has been developed in the Great Lakes to chase away flocks of geese and gulls from public beaches.

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Pollution Source Tracking Guide

March 01 2013

Pollution Source Tracking Guide

Blue Water Task Force Source Identification Water Quality

The City of Santa Barbara and UCSB have developed 2 new resources to help track the sources of water pollution in coastal watersheds.

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The Toilet Bowl Effect: Gurgles and Flushes from Pico-Kenter Storm Drain

December 11 2012

The Toilet Bowl Effect: Gurgles and Flushes from Pico-Kenter Storm Drain

Blue Water Task Force Youth Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Students at Santa Monica High School measured high bacteria levels and picked up more than 75 lbs of trash flushed through the Pico-Kenter storm drain by rain events in November. Read the press release they sent out documenting this pollution.

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BWTF data detects sewer overflows at beaches in Newport, Oregon

December 10 2012

BWTF data detects sewer overflows at beaches in Newport, Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

Very high bacteria levels detected by the Newport Chapter's BWTF water testing program indicated an ongoing problem with sewer overflows in the area during wet weather. The beaches were posted in the short-term, but the Chapter has been working with the city for nearly 10 years now to address multiple…

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New Controls on Nutrient Pollution in Florida

December 10 2012

New Controls on Nutrient Pollution in Florida

Water Quality

After years of court battles and lively debate between multiple stakeholders, the USEPA has finally decided to impose numeric water quality standards in the State of Florida to better control nutrient pollution. Algal blooms fueled by excess nutrients have been wreaking havoc on inland and coastal ecosystems alike and have…

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EPA updates recreational water quality criteria

December 02 2012

EPA updates recreational water quality criteria

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

The EPA has released its 2012 water quality criteria recommendations for protecting human health in all coastal and non-coastal recreational waters.

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Sewage still a problem post-Sandy

December 01 2012

Sewage still a problem post-Sandy

Water Quality Illness

The New York Times reported this week that since Superstorm Sandy hit a month ago, hundreds of millions of gallons of raw and partly raw sewage from crippled treatment plants have flowed into waterways in New York and New Jersey, exposing flaws in the region’s wastewater infrastructure that will take…

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No Smoking On This Beach Near Tobacco Road

November 07 2012

No Smoking On This Beach Near Tobacco Road

Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

The focus Tuesday was mainly on the Presidential race but there were other important races and plenty of ballot initiatives across the country. In Wrightsville Beach voters soundly approved the first smoke-free beach in North Carolina. The Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter worked hard on this campaign for two years…

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Happy Birthday Clean Water Act

October 17 2012

Happy Birthday Clean Water Act

Water Quality

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. It is a good time to celebrate its successes and to support a strong Clean Water Act to address water quality challenges in the years and decades to come.

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Funding News for Beach Water Testing Programs

October 12 2012

Funding News for Beach Water Testing Programs

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

While Congress has yet to pass a federal budget for next year, they did manage to agree on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government in operation until March 31, 2013. This CR includes level funding to keep the EPA BEACH Grants program in operation.

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Doheny - The Plot Thickens

August 31 2012

Doheny - The Plot Thickens

Water Quality Illness

As practically any surfer in southern California knows, there has been a long-running problem with poor water quality at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. Doheny has made NRDC's "Beach Bummer" list for several years straight and routinely gets Ds or Fs on Heal the Bay's Beach Report Card. Despite…

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Press Conference on the Jersey Shore

August 28 2012

Press Conference on the Jersey Shore

Water Quality

Original BEACH bill sponsors Senator Lautenberg and Representative Frank Pallone held a press event on the boardwalk to bring attention to the importance of beaches in supporting jobs and a huge tourism economy in New Jersey. They are continuing their fight to restore funding for beach water testing programs throughout…

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Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

August 17 2012

Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

Know Your H20 Wastewater Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

Congressman Waxman is one of the most influential members of congress and has rightly earned his reputation as being a mover and shaker. He likes to investigate and uncover issues (just Google his name). So when Surfrider was invited to participate in a press conference with the Congressman to release…

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Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

August 07 2012

Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Now there’s a place to share your story and see where others are getting sick.

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Three Essential Truths about New Offshore Oil Drilling

July 31 2012

Three Essential Truths about New Offshore Oil Drilling

Water Quality Oil Spill

We challenge all elected officials to acknowledge these three essential truths when considering any new offshore drilling proposals.

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