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International Surfing Day, Celebrating 10 Years of Stoke
Mark your calendar! On Friday, June 20, beachgoers and surf enthusiasts from around the world will come together to celebrate Surfrider Foundation’s 10-Year Anniversary of International Surfing Day. As we remain steadfast to Surfrider’s mission to protect our favorite waves and surfing spots around the country, take this day to show your love and support, grab your board and join the fun. To obtain a complete schedule of local events, special membership offers and more, visit isd.surfrider.org .
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Climate Change: Ocean Friendly Gardening
Whether you live five miles or 50 from the coast, your landscape impacts ocean health. Heavy rains carry toxic pollutants such as pet waste, garden pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and other sediments, down to storm drains that eventually lead to the ocean. Most runoff enters our ocean completely untreated, and poisons the water and its inhabitants. To help tackle this issue, the Surfrider Foundation developed the Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) program. In San Luis Obispo, California, local landscape contractor and Surfrider Foundation member Robert Nieto shows us how to transform and beautify our landscapes while saving time, money and resources.
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Marine Sanctuaries in Northern California Slated for Expansion
The Federal Government is moving forward with plans to expand marine sanctuaries that will protect the northern coast of California from offshore drilling. The National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed that the boundaries of the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank extend 50 miles north, enlarging the protected area by over 2,800 square miles. The sanctuary expansion would protect the region’s outstanding marine habitats, wildlife, fisheries, and recreational areas from the threat of oil and gas drilling. Review the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and make comments, here.
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Maui Surfrider Chapter Helps Pass Tobacco-Free Beaches, Parks and Recreational Facilities
Cigarette butts are the most commonly littered piece of trash in the environment, with an estimated 4.2 trillion butts littered worldwide each year. On April 22, Earth Day, the Maui Surfrider Chapter joined other groups to celebrate the passing of a bill that effectively bans tobacco use of the Island’s parks, beaches and recreational facilities. Smoking is now banned on the Big Island, Oahu and Maui and, if a similar bill is passed on Kauai, Hawaii will become the first state to ban smoking at all of its beaches and parks. More in the news.
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On May 17 Join Hands Across the Sand
The millions of gallons of oil spilled on land and in the sea have devastating long-term impacts on our oceans. On May 17, you have the opportunity to do something about it. Join your local Hands Across the Sand event to oppose offshore drilling and promote a clean energy future that is free from dependence on dirty fuel sources. This national, grassroots event will bring together individuals and organizations to “join hands” against the threats fossil fuels pose to our planet.
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South Texas Surfrider Chapter Restores the Dunes on their Beaches
The South Texas Surfrider Chapter partnered with the City of South Padre Island, Texas, six years ago in an effort to restore the Dunes on their beaches. In 2008, partnered with Surfrider Foundation to promote “barefoot friendly" beaches around the United States through its Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project. And, the South Texas Chapter was chosen as a recipient of some of the funds donated by Barefoot. The results are illustrated here and they are very impressive indeed.
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Urban Runoff is Poisoning our Oceans and Surfers
Urban runoff from gardens and hard surfaces is the number one source of ocean pollution. In this Network A segment, Surfrider Foundation's Environmental Director, Chad Nelsen, the South Coast Water District of California, and the President of River Keepers explain the hazards posed by runoff from urban areas into our ocean and the actions that are being taken to prevent it. It also provides ways you can help preserve our waters.
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Are you Surfrider's Next CEO?
The Surfrider Foundation has launched the search for its next Chief Executive Officer. The new CEO will lead the organization and will be uniquely positioned to play a critical role in addressing the many challenges facing coastal and ocean environments. Lead by the Board of Directors, the Foundation has partnered with Dan Sherman of the Explore Company to conduct the search and manage the process. Interested in applying or know someone who may be? Learn more.
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