Coastal Blog — Water Quality
August 13 2013
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.
July 29 2013
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.....
July 23 2013
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.
July 03 2013
The Natural Resources Defense Council has just released their annual Testing the Waters report. The number of beach closing and advisory days reported in 2012 was once again over 20,000, confirming that our nation's beaches continue to experience significant water pollution that puts swimmers and local economies at risk.
May 30 2013
Surfrider Foundation filed a settlement today that requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure that toxic oil-dispersing chemicals will not adversely impact sea life and our coastal resources. Surfrider Foundation, Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment originally filed a lawsuit against the EPA and…
May 24 2013
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.
May 20 2013
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.
April 12 2013
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.
April 08 2013
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,…
March 04 2013
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…
December 11 2012
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.
December 10 2012
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…
December 10 2012
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…
December 01 2012
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…
November 07 2012
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…