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MAKING WAVES
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Connecting Flint, MI and your beach.
The story in Flint, MI makes us realize that our elected officials are not always making decisions that serve to protect public health and safety. But on your beach, when officials aren’t doing all they can to protect public health, Surfrider volunteers will take the lead. Read more about how the tragic conditions in Flint relate to the work Surfrider does for water quality at your beach.
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Attack on the Coastal Act.
The California Coastal Act of 1976 created the California Coastal Commission to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the California coast and ocean. Read here about the effort that is underway to fire Coastal Commission's Executive Director, who has worked to protect our coastline and our access to it.
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OFG in Long Beach, CA.
80 people turned out for a morning workday in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to plant an Ocean Friendly Garden at a City of Long Beach, CA fire station turned into a city councilman's office. Read more about this great example of collaboration between local government, high school students, non-profits and landscape professionals.
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Tips for clean water.
Learn more about how conserving water in our homes and capturing the water we do have in our landscapes helps to keep pollution out of the ocean, waves and beaches we all love.
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That “somebody” is us.
Mike Sturdivant helped to form the Emerald Coast Chapter about ten years ago when Walton County tried to enact an ordinance that effectively banned surfing. Read more about how when “somebody” needs to protect our coast, Mike came to understand that “somebody” was all of us.
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