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The Clean Water Program

March 06 2012

The Clean Water Program

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

The Clean Water Program has grown into a suite of complementary programs, campaigns and tools that Chapters and activists can use to help solve water pollution problems and to educate communities about the many benefits of responsible land and water management.

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Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

March 03 2012

Surfrider Hits the Nation’s Capital

Legal Rise Above Plastics Water Quality Oil Spill

This past week Surfrider Foundation staff visited Washington DC to promote our federal priorities on Capitol Hill. As a grassroots organization, our federal priorities stem from the work of the over 80 local Chapters in the United States. The common issues that have risen to the top of our local…

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Obama to end beach water quality monitoring?

February 15 2012

Obama to end beach water quality monitoring?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

By defunding the Beach Grant Program, the Obama Administration is about to put you and your kids at risk next time you swim in the ocean.

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California Coast Protected by Largest No-Discharge Zone in the Nation!

February 10 2012

California Coast Protected by Largest No-Discharge Zone in the Nation!

Legal Water Quality

The federal Environmental Protection Agency approved a California Sewage Ban and Created the Largest Coastal No-Discharge Zone in the Nation on February 9, 2012.

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Safer to Play in the Sand? Maybe Not

February 06 2012

Safer to Play in the Sand? Maybe Not

Water Quality Illness

Some parents concerned about exposing their children to polluted water at the beach may advise their kids to stay on the beach and play in the sand. According to a new EPA study, that may not always protect them from getting sick. Testing at beaches in Alabama and Rhode Island,…

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New Beach Water Quality Standards?

January 18 2012

New Beach Water Quality Standards?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

As surfers, swimmers and beach goers we rely on water quality monitoring to know if it is safe to go into the ocean. That monitoring relies on water quality standards to determine your risk of getting sick. EPA has reassessed those standards, and Surfrider is weighing in on them.

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Florida’s Coastal and Ocean Future: An Updated Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership

January 06 2012

Florida’s Coastal and Ocean Future: An Updated Blueprint for Economic and Environmental Leadership

Beachapedia Coastal Preservation Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

This updated report is the latest from the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition, which Surfrider Foundation is a member, and addresses Florida's most challenging coastal and marine topics and recommends actions for protecting and preserving the future of Florida's coasts and oceans.

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More Congressional attacks on clean water & the environment

December 13 2011

More Congressional attacks on clean water & the environment

Water Quality

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…

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EPA Plays Politics with Florida’s Waterways

November 10 2011

EPA Plays Politics with Florida’s Waterways

Water Quality

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…

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National Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 26 2011

National Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, October 29, 2011

Water Quality

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.

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THE CLEAN WATER ACT: 39 YEARS LATER

October 17 2011

THE CLEAN WATER ACT: 39 YEARS LATER

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

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…

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Harmful Algal Bloom Bill Introduced in the Senate

October 14 2011

Harmful Algal Bloom Bill Introduced in the Senate

Legal Water Quality Illness

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.…

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First Flush: Just How Dirty is That Water?

October 06 2011

First Flush: Just How Dirty is That Water?

Water Quality Illness

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.

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A New Beach Bill in the Senate

September 29 2011

A New Beach Bill in the Senate

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2011 has just been introduced into the U. S. Senate by Senators Frank Lautenberg, a democrat from NJ, and Mark Kirk, a republican from Illinois.

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Surfrider Foundation Jointly Sues EPA for Lack of Study on Oil Dispersants

September 22 2011

Surfrider Foundation Jointly Sues EPA for Lack of Study on Oil Dispersants

Legal Water Quality Oil Spill

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…

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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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