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El Niño to Bring More Than Just Rain
Many think El Niño is the perfect solution to the drought so many have been facing. Sure, rain is good in dry conditions. But, El Niño brings more than just rain – think severe coastal erosion, dangerous flooding and a deluge of pollutants sent into the ocean via stormwater runoff. We have the ability to predict weather conditions, so it’s time to develop a plan to protect our coastlines no matter, don’t you think?
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Hawai‘i Combats Stormwater Runoff
Did you know that drought causes hard surfaces (such as streets) to collect pollutants like gasoline, oil, fertilizers, pesticides, plastics, cigarette butts and more? When rain arrives, these contaminants flow into storm drains and directly into the ocean. Hawai‘i hopes to minimize this issue by establishing stormwater utilities (SWU) – business and homeowners would pay a monthly fee based on the amount of hard or impervious surface they own. They can lower fees by controlling runoff (hint, hint, try planting an Ocean Friendly Garden!).
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Offshore Drilling Threatens the Florida Gulf Coast
Even though the waters 125 miles from Florida’s coast are protected from oil and gas exploration (and drilling) through 2022, a certain senator is trying to open the Eastern Gulf of Mexico to new offshore oil drilling within 50 miles of Florida’s coast beginning as early as 2018. Help us fight back and make sure all of our decision-makers know we oppose the expansion of drilling into new areas! Learn more and contact your representatives in Congress.
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Go #Solar to Save Money & Reduce Carbon – It’s a Win-Win!
Need a new way to reduce your carbon footprint? Surfrider and SunPower have joined forces to empower homeowners to help create a more sustainable future. Eligible Surfrider Foundation members and supporters can receive a $500 mail-in rebate on the purchase or lease of a high efficiency residential solar energy system from SunPower. Additionally, SunPower will donate $1,000 to the Surfrider Foundation for each system installed!
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International Coastal Cleanup Day is 9/19 – Are You In?
Last year 500,000+ volunteers participated – making this the largest volunteer event in the world! More than 16 million pounds of trash were picked up over 16,000 miles of coastlines. Let’s make 2015 the best cleanup day yet. We’re willing to give it a go if you are. There’s no better time to beautify our beaches and save the ocean and its marine life from deadly plastic, trash and other debris. Just find a local chapter and join in!
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Celebrating Todd Remmel’s 28 Years of Activism
Todd Remmel has been involved with Surfrider for close to 30 years! Long before Surfrider, he was passing out flyers to save a local wetland from being developed, saving baby turtles and keeping the beach clean where he grew up in Ocean City, MD. Since Surfrider and now living in Florida, Todd has been a force with Surfrider's Palm Beach County Chapter for many years. Todd, we’re stoked to have you on our side.
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