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77 victories since 1/06 (half way point reached)

April 08 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

We set a goal on 1/1/06 to achieve at least 150 coastal victories by 2010 (def. of "coastal victory" here).

There were many reasons for this, the short version is that we simply believe all should have a clear understanding of what we achieve day in and day out. This metric is simply one, crisp barometer of what a person's ROI is in this organization. For a longer version on the logic, go here.

Here's the latest lot. More info on all 77 here.

Neah Bay Rescue Tug Funded (Washington, US)
The Washington State Legislature approved $3.7 million to fund a year-round rescue tug at Neah Bay, located on the northern tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The rescue tug is believed to be the best defense against a catastrophic oil spill for Washington’s coasts which are heavily trafficked by oil tankers and cargo vessels.

Fire Pits at Ocean Beach (San
Francisco, California, US)
Beach-goers have enjoyed open fires at OB for over 100 years, starting when the booming San Francisco Fishing fleet supplied huge public "fish-fry" banquets out on the sand. Since then, thousands of San Franciscans from multiple generations have enjoyed this tradition. However, in recent years, the impacts of these fires have grown increasingly damaging to the fragile ecosystem of the beachscape, and poor usage has often left the beach trashed, challenging the National Park Service to maintain it to acceptable standards. more

City of San Diego Sewage Settlement (San Diego, California, US)
In 2001 the Surfrider Foundation and San Diego Coastkeeper sued the City of San Diego for chronic sewage spills. At that point the City of San Diego averaged almost a sewage spill a day, and had spilled more than 45 million gallons of sewage into local waters during the five years prior. The aim of the suit was to bring the City into compliance with the law, and to set an aggressive schedule for sewage infrastructure improvements to alleviate the deleterious affects of these spills on local waters.

Rincoeños Stop Condos and Save Beach Access in Puerto Rico (Rincon, Puerto Rico)
Local fisherman, citizens and the Rincón Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation stopped the construction of a condominium complex on the beach at the marina next to the Black Eagle in Rincón, PR. This project threatened to further privatize Rincón's coastline and reduce public access to the beach. The area is also traditionally used by local fishermen. more

Clean Water at Nye Creek (Newport, Oregon, US)
The Oregon Central Coast Chapter has worked since 2004 to clean up Nye Creek through a campaign of water testing, political pressure and media savvy. They first pointed out the fact that the ocean in front of the creek was polluted and making people sick. Through a water quality monitoring program that went up the watershed, the chapter was able to bring to light a number of problems with the city’s stormwater and sewage management systems. Through collaborative work and public pressure the City of Newport has now updated several important regulations and committed to infrastructure improvements, as well as restoration of the creek and educational kiosks. This will all lead to clean and healthy water in Nye Creek and the nearby surf. more

Access 33 Kept Open (Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, US)
Public Beach Access 33 in Wrightsville Beach, which has been used by the public for over 40 years, was recently taken away. When an adjacent property owner recently realized that the access lies within its property line, the Public Beach Access was restricted from further use by the public. The Town of Wrightsville Beach decided not to investigate alternatives for saving the public beach access. The closure of Beach Access No. 33 created the longest gap between accesses within the town. more

WA Legislature supports coastal Marine Resources Committees (Washington, US)
The Washington State Legislature passed a bill to support the establishment of Marine Resources Committees on Washington’s outer coast. Marine Resources Committees are citizen advisory groups that address issues concerning coastal ecosystems, including the health of our beaches and rocky shorelines. Similar committees have been working successful ly in Puget Sound for over a decade. Now, local governments will be establishing Marine Resources Committees on the state’s outer coast, offering an exciting opportunity for citizens to get engaged in determining the future health of their ocean and beaches.
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