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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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Spending cuts  problems with old and failing sewers and storm systems

July 20 2012

Spending cuts problems with old and failing sewers and storm systems

Know Your H20 Water Quality

A funding bill has just been released from a House Committee that proposes drastic cuts to the State Clean Water Revolving Funds. What this means is less money going out to the states to fix broken sewers, maintaining stormwater systems and installing new, green ways of managing runoff.

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Beach Water Testing Program in Hawaii Struggling

July 17 2012

Beach Water Testing Program in Hawaii Struggling

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Hawaii's beach water testing program is already struggling to meet beach water testing requirements set by the BEACH Act. Impending federal budget cuts could devastate this program in a state whose economy is largely fueled by beach tourism.

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Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2012 Report

July 06 2012

Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2012 Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council has just released their annual Testing the Waters Report for 2012. The number of beach closing and advisory days reported in 2011 was 23,481 days, confirming that our nation's beaches continue to experience significant water pollution that puts swimmers and local economies at risk.

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Senate Briefing on Beach Act Funding

June 21 2012

Senate Briefing on Beach Act Funding

Water Quality

David Chokachi of former Baywatch fame spoke before a room full of policymakers in Washington, DC this week on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation. With the summer beach season fully upon us, David appealed to Congress to protect the health of the American beach-going public and restore funding for beach…

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Help build support for beach water testing programs!

June 11 2012

Help build support for beach water testing programs!

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Activist Toolkit now available for our Restore Beach Act Funding Campaign. Use this toolkit at your Chapter events and meetings this summer to build community awareness and to appeal to your Senators in DC to support funding for the BEACH Act program.

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Surfrider Foundation Sues Maui County Over Illegal Sewage Discharges

April 16 2012

Surfrider Foundation Sues Maui County Over Illegal Sewage Discharges

Legal Water Quality

Surfrider Foundation, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club-Maui Group, and West Maui Preservation Association, represented by Earthjustice, sued the County of Maui today for federal Clean Water Act violations leading to contamination of nearshore waters from the Lahaina wastewater facility injection wells.

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Danger: Stay out of the Water!

April 13 2012

Danger: Stay out of the Water!

Blue Water Task Force Youth Water Quality

Read this press release by Santa Monica High School students after they measured alarmingly high bacteria levels at their ocean beach BWTF testing sites following heavy rains last week. These students continue to do a great job bringing public attention to local beach pollution problems.

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Restoring Clean Water and Natural Ecosystems in Ventura, CA

April 10 2012

Restoring Clean Water and Natural Ecosystems in Ventura, CA

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

For the past two decades the Ventura Chapter has been working on integrated solutions to the problems that face our ocean, waves, and beaches. Learn more about the many programs and campaigns they are leading to protect and restore water quality, water supply and watershed function in the Ventura River…

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Senators request funding for water quality monitoring

March 26 2012

Senators request funding for water quality monitoring

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Thanks to your calls, tweets and emails and the hard work of our partners at Heal the Bay, Clean Ocean Action, NRDC, Surfers Environmental Alliance and the Waterkeeper Alliance, we were able to get 18 Senators to join Senator Lautenberg to request that the federal funding for water quality monitoring…

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Great Student Urban Runoff Videos

March 26 2012

Great Student Urban Runoff Videos

Blue Water Task Force Youth Water Quality

We love receiving videos from students who understand the connection between what we do on land and how it affects the ocean. Here is a "First Flush" video from "Team Marine" at Santa Monica High School and an Urban Runoff video from the "Green Team" at Hughes Middle School in…

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3 Steps to Fund Water Quality Monitoring

March 19 2012

3 Steps to Fund Water Quality Monitoring

Water Quality Illness

We have an opportunity this week (March 19th) to urge our Senators to support New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg in asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to restore funding for water quality monitoring. Here are the 3 easy steps to encourage your Senator to join him.

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Help Celebrate the Clean Water Act’s 40th Anniversary

March 14 2012

Help Celebrate the Clean Water Act’s 40th Anniversary

Water Quality

The Clean Water Act was signed into law 40 years ago. Here are 5 things you can do to help celebrate the CWA's 40th anniversary.

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Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary

March 14 2012

Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary

Water Quality

The Clean Water Act was signed into law 40 years ago in response to massive water pollution problems in this country. We rely on the Clean Water Act to make sure that our waters remain clean for drinking, swimming, fishing and of course, surfing.

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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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