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Surfrider’s Campaign Focus in 2014
Each year the Surfrider Foundation identifies priority campaigns to focus our work and ensure we achieve important on-the-ground protection of our oceans, waves and beaches. While we provide support to 84 on-ongoing campaigns, priority campaigns are where we go the extra mile to achieve meaningful conservation advancements. Surfrider has three major areas of focus this year: Clean Water, Ocean Protection, and Rise Above Plastics. Remember, these battles will only become victories if we continue to have your support.
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Marine Life Will Be Impacted by Recent Oil Spills Across the US
On the 25-year anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker crash in Alaska, last week’s storms, ship collisions, pipeline ruptures and explosions resulted in millions of gallons of oil spilled across the United States. These spills have a devastating and long-term impact on the marine environment. This study, released last week by an international group of marine scientists presents disturbing results. It's certain that oil spills and the far-reaching damage they cause will continue until we leave dirty fossil fuel sources behind and commit fully to a clean energy future.
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Keep the Pressure on as Things Heat Up at Martin’s Beach
In 2008, Silicon Valley billionaire and Sun Microsystems co-founder, Vinod Khosla, bought land neighboring Martin’s Beach, a popular surfing area in San Mateo, California. Then he fenced out beachgoers and surfers. The craziest thing? He might get away with it. Public beach access is a universal right and Surfrider is not quitting the fight. Share this with your friends and help us keep the pressure on!
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Support BEACH Act Funding to Help Keep our Oceans Clean
Once again, the EPA is proposing to cut all federal funding for beach water quality monitoring, putting more than 100 million Americans at risk of getting sick from polluted water. With 20,000-plus beach closures and advisories issued last year, now is not the time to stop beach monitoring. Sign this Surfrider action alert and help raise awareness and build support for BEACH Act funding in both the House and Senate.
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Urge San Francisco to Address Erosion at Sloat
Imagine your local beach break completely stripped of dry sand. During the last 20 years this has become a sad reality in San Francisco, California. The beach at Sloat is under threat from a combination of poorly located infrastructure, long term erosion trends, sea level rise and climate change. Surfrider needs your help in demanding Sloat’s restoration through managed retreat, not coastal armoring. Managed retreat at Sloat is a long-term plan to relocate threatened infrastructure away from the water so that it is safe from erosion and the beach can be restored.
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Stop the Rehoboth Beach Outfall Pipe
Since 2009, the Delaware Chapter has been fighting a proposed ocean outfall pipe from a sewage treatment plant. The building of the pipe and the consequent sewage discharge will impact water quality at Delaware beaches as well as tourism and habitat for endangered species. The Chapter attended and commented at every public hearing along the way. But with no word from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Chapter and other environmental groups held this press conference.
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Sonoma County Bans Plastic Bags
After much legwork by the Sonoma Coast Chapter, in California, the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency recently voted unanimously to enact a plastic bag ban and ten-cent paper bag fee countywide. This bag ban was a long haul that took many appearances and presentations before city councils throughout the county that opposed the ban. After a unanimous vote by the cities in Sonoma County, the ordinance went into effect March 21, 2014.
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Volkswagen of America, Inc. Renews Partnership With Surfrider
Volkswagen of America, Inc. has generously renewed its partnership with Surfrider Foundation for a second year in a row. Volkswagen will resume its successful strategy to support its Think Blue campaign through the Foundation's Clean Water initiatives including its Blue Water Task Force, Know Your H2O and Ocean Friendly Garden programs. Additionally, Volkswagen provided the organization with two Surfrider-branded, wrapped support vehicles in 2013, which the organization will use at educational, community and social events.
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