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Obama Administration Folds to Seismic Testing
Newly approved seismic testing off the Southern and Mid-Atlantic coast, from Delaware to Florida, will cause catastrophic impacts to the marine ecosystem and pave the way for future oil and gas exploration. “We pride ourselves on the beauty of our coastline and on the enjoyment of our coastline,” Lindsey Deignan, Vice Chair of the Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter, told NBC’s WNCN-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. “This immediately stood out to us as opposition to our main mission.” The Surfrider Foundation, with more than 20 Chapters along the Mid-Atlantic and Florida coast, will continue to press the federal government to cancel the planned seismic surveys to protect the coast and beyond.
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Flawed Development Angers Asbury Park Community
What a waste of a perfectly good board! A master developer's marketing campaign, using surfboards to promote a coastal development plan, has been angering the surfing community of Asbury Park, New Jersey. The proposed 15 oceanfront townhouses will negatively impact public beach access. "They are co-opting surfing culture and using it for corporate gains,” Joe Woerner, former Chairman of the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter, expressed to the Asbury Park Press. “More importantly it’s a disregard to the community’s voice.” Woerner has been working tirelessly for the last five years to protect Asbury Park.
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Celebrating 30 Years of Constant Pressure, Endlessly Applied
For 30 years, constant pressure has been endlessly applied by our remarkable network of volunteers, grassroots activists, donors and supporters – people like you. Take, for example, Surfrider’s former board president, Rob “Birdlegs” Caughlan, who has been at the front lines of our coastal access battle at Martin’s Beach in San Mateo, California. In 2008, when Vinod Khosla purchased his property and then closed public access to Martin’s Beach, Rob acted and has been a fearless advocate ever since. It’s important to realize that Surfrider’s campaigns and programs are accomplished with modest funding. With your continued support, we are able to fight these environmental battles on numerous fronts. Won’t you join us?
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Rise Above Plastics: An Environmental & Public Health Hazard
From injuring and killing marine life, to draining the coastal economy, the effects of plastic pollution are far and wide. While performing research for Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics Program, Dana Garfin, a research scientist at the University of California, Irvine, was amazed by the impact plastic bag litter has on human health. Toxic chemicals from the bags leach into our food and small fragmented pieces that are ingested by animals enter our food chain. “As an epidemiologist whose profession is understanding population prevalence of disease, I began to see this problem as both an environmental and public health concern,” says Garfin. It’s time to rise above.
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Building Ocean Friendly Gardens, Connecting Communities
When scouting locations for an Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG), Surfrider Club members from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW) found an ideal spot at a local shopping center's grassy lawn. UNCW owned a building and parking on the other side of the lawn. Both properties contributed polluted runoff to a nearby creek once known for oyster fishing. Led by Sean Ahlum, the Club’s advisor and member of the Surfrider Cape Fear Chapter, they partnered with UNCW, the City and North Carolina State University. More than twenty volunteers helped install plants, build swales and apply mulch to slow and sponge water. When Hurricane Arthur hit, the garden helped to absorb the rainfall!
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Sign of the Times: Blue Water Task Force in Action
It’s been one year since the Eastern Long Island Chapter and its partners at the Concerned Citizens of Montauk implemented a Blue Water Task Force, Surfrider’s volunteer-driven water testing program. The Chapter and members of the community use the data to increase public awareness of bacterial pollution at their local beaches. Most recently, the Chapter convinced the Town of East Hampton to post permanent signs at its beach, warning beach goers of the chronically polluted conditions. The Chapter hopes the signs will influence the political will needed to identify the problems and take corrective action.
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Recreational Studies Place Value on Coastal Experiences
Coastal recreation is widely practiced throughout the United States, but little data exists on what activities people participate in, where these uses occur, and the related economic benefits. To address this need, the Surfrider Foundation and Point 97, a leader in technology solutions for ocean and coastal management, are conducting studies across the U.S., including completed efforts in Oregon and the Mid-Atlantic, as well as recently launched studies in New England and Washington State. The studies will help community leaders and policymakers better understand, enhance and protect the coastal recreation activities that are important to coastal residents and business owners.
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A Tasty New Partnership
The Surfrider Foundation is proud to announce our newest partner, Native Foods Café! With its focus on delicious chef-crafted and plant-based food, community giving, and compassion for the environment, Native Foods Café is dedicated to keeping its coastal and environmental footprints minimal. Through it’s “Native Pals” giveback program, Native Foods Café will feature Surfrider Foundation during designated “Give Back Months,” starting with Water Quality Month this August! Surfrider looks forward to helping raise awareness for our coasts through educational speaker and film events at Native Foods Café restaurant locations, volunteer opportunities, beach cleanup events and more.
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