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World Water Day: Drop Into Clean Water With Surfrider
This month, Surfrider is celebrating World Water Day by connecting the drops between freshwater management and ocean water quality. The Foundation is counting on you to drop into clean water by supporting its clean water programs, entering @Surfrider's #WWD Twitter contest, and by implementing these simple water saving tips into your daily routines.
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Surfrider Begins Search For Next CEO
“Change is a healthy part of any organization,” said Jim Moriarty in his recent blog post about his decision to step down as Surfrider’s CEO. During his almost nine years as CEO, the Foundation achieved more than 250 coastal wins, and its network expanded from 62 chapters and clubs to 114. The comments below his announcement are a true testament to the legacy he leaves behind.
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Surfrider Contests Seismic Testing In The Atlantic Ocean
The federal government is moving forward with a controversial plan to allow seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean. Last week the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released the final Environmental Impact Statement, recommending extensive seismic airgun testing off the South and Mid-Atlantic coasts. With the final decision expected soon, the federal government needs to hear from people who are concerned about the health of the marine ecosystem and coastal communities. Sign Surfrider's petition, here.
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Legislation Proposed To Open Martin’s Beach
California Senator Jerry Hill introduced legislation to permanently reclaim access to Martin's Beach. This will require the State Lands Commission to negotiate with the reclusive owner, green venture capitalist, and billionaire Vinod Khosla, to reach an access agreement no later than January 1, 2016, or face the seizure of all or part of the 200-acre property. This also means the State may be able to purchase the only access road to the beach.
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Sebastian Inlet Chapter Plants 2,880 Sea Oats
Sixty-five volunteers from the Sebastian Inlet Chapter of Satellite Beach, Fla., initiated a big effort to plant sea oats along the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Planting sea oats will help prevent dune erosion and ultimately improve sea turtle nesting habitat for this season.
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Save Trestles: TCA Caught Hiding Secret Contracts
The journey to Save Trestles has been long and tiring, but the most recent turn of events is shocking. At a recent Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) Board meeting, it was discovered that the CEO and Board Chairman were hiding contracts from the rest of the Board and public. For example, more than $220,000 was buried in secret contracts to hire Sacramento lobbyists!
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Lake Michigan Chapter Distributes Reusable Bags
The Lake Michigan Chapter, of Grand Haven, Mich., has taken an opportunity to reduce single-use plastic bag use in Grand Haven. A local company had an overabundance of reusable bags that were about to be tossed, but when Chapter Treasurer Will Beaton caught wind he started collecting the bags and distributing them to local businesses. So far, 2,000 bags have been distributed, keeping many single-use plastic bags out of the landfill and absent from the landscape.
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Palm Beach County Chapter Tests Dredged Sand
Chapter volunteers in Palm Beach County, Fla., have been keeping a watchful eye on the Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts. Restoration efforts include pumping offshore sand from a dredge onto the beach where bulldozers then spread it around evenly to widen the beach. When the dredged sand began to look a little muddy, the Chapter experimented and the results were startling.
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