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Support Surfrider this World Oceans Month
June is World Oceans Month and we are raising awareness about the increasingly damaging effects that pollution, habitat loss, development and climate change have on our oceans. Expanding industries such as offshore drilling, renewable energy, shipping and aquaculture are crowding oceans and can encroach on recreational use. The impacts of these competing interests lead to declining ocean ecosystem health and threaten both marine life and the health of surfers and beach goers. Your support of Surfrider will help us continue to fight for clean ocean water and keep the stoke alive for all to enjoy today, tomorrow and years to come.
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The Fight to Open Martin's Beach Continues
Surfrider's Martin's Beach Coastal Act trial is currently awaiting conclusion, with closing remarks scheduled for July 16. In the meantime, a California state bill, which will restore public access to Martin’s Beach, recently cleared a legislative hurdle when it passed on the Senate floor with a vote of 22 to 11. It will now move on to the state Assembly for consideration. Join us in the fight to protect your right to public beach access and send a letter urging the Assembly to support Senate Bill 968!
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Let the Force Be With You: BWTF Report Announced
Nobody enjoys getting sick from swimming or surfing at the beach, but polluted water can expose you to toxins, viruses, and disease causing bacteria. Yesterday, we released our Blue Water Task Force Program Annual Report. Surfrider Chapters and volunteers use this water-testing program to provide valuable public health information to beach goers and to create public awareness and the political will to find and fix sources of beach pollution. Water quality test results produced by the program indicate that urban runoff continues to pollute our ocean beaches. See where we are testing and download the report.
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Washington Coast Recreational Use Study Begins
We recently launched an online survey to document the recreational use of Washington’s Pacific coast. The survey is collecting data on numerous non-consumptive uses by the public including diving, kayaking, surfing and beach going. The study is part of a larger coastal planning effort called Marine Spatial Planning that will inform policy, decision-making and management of our ocean resources to ensure the protection and enjoyment of our coastlines for future generations. Washington residents, how do you enjoy your beach?
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No Butts About It: Smoking Bans Across the US
Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world and the number one piece of trash found along beaches. Our Chapter network works tirelessly to clean our beaches, ridding them of butts and more! Our volunteers have been known to pick up more than 10,000 cigarette butts in an hour at beach cleanup events. Gross, huh? Earlier this year, Surfrider activists on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu passed an island-wide ban on smoking on the beach. Since the law went into effect, results are incredibly positive with less trash being reported on the island’s beaches. Our fearless CEO Jim Moriarty says, we need to keep the momentum going!
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Just Say NO to Offshore Drilling
The Surfrider Foundation's Not the Answer campaign focuses on opposing the expansion of offshore drilling in the United States. Surfrider Chapters across the country are advocating for legislation and administrative decisions that will prohibit the exploration, development, or production of oil and gas in state and federal waters. One of the campaign’s priorities is its participation in Hands Across the Sand, an annual event that brings coastal communities together to raise awareness. This year’s event, which happened last month on May 17, was a huge success with more than 20 Surfrider Chapters joining hands.
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Tell Congress to Implement our National Ocean Policy
The National Ocean Policy, established by President Obama in 2010, is aimed at helping the U.S. be proactive in protecting, maintaining, and restoring ocean and coastal ecosystems and recreational areas, before they're threatened. An ecosystem-based focus, ocean planning and water quality monitoring are just a few of the objectives outlined in the policy, which provides better tools to help tackle ocean and coastal management problems. Fully implementing the plan has been an issue. Sign this action alert to tell Congress to fully implement the policy.
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International Surfing Day, Celebrating 10 Years of Stoke
On Friday, June 20, beach goers and surf enthusiasts from around the world will come together to celebrate the Surfrider Foundation's 10-Year Anniversary of International Surfing Day (#ISD14). We invite you to save the date and take the day off work to join the fun! With more than 140 events taking place worldwide, it's easy to find an event near you. Not near a beach or Surfrider Chapter? No worries! There are a variety of ways you can celebrate and give back to our oceans, such as picking up trash and becoming a Surfrider Foundation member. We would like to thank our International Surfing Day presenting sponsors Volkswagen of America and ZeeBerry.com for helping make this year's event possible.
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Hang Ten with Tommy Bahama this Father’s Day
With Father’s Day right around the corner, on June 15, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Tommy Bahama to treat one lucky winner to a surf vacation for the ages! Enter for a chance to win an original, hand-painted surfboard by acclaimed artist Wade Koniakowsky, a weekend trip for two to Laguna Beach, a Surfrider membership, dinner at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant, a $1000 Tommy Bahama gift card and much more. This Grand Prize is worth over $14,400! Enter today!
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