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Know Your H2O

Know Your H2O (KYH2O) is a Surfrider Foundation program designed to educate people on the link between freshwater management issues and the impact on our oceans, waves, and beaches. We advocate for practical and environmentally sound solutions.

Do you know where your water comes from? In many places, water travels hundreds of miles through canals and pipelines before reaching your home. Due to persistent drought, growing population and legislation, less water will be delivered from these sources in the future.

Many rivers near the coast have been paved over, and nearly all storm drain pipes empty into our oceans. This dumps animal waste, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and pollution from our cars and roads, plastics and anything else in our watershed into the ocean.

Through conservation, using climate-appropriate plants, implementing Low Impact Development, capturing and reusing "waste" water, and Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR), we can reduce water pollution in the ocean AND improve our drinking water supply.

Goals:
• It’s all about pollution prevention. KYH2O is a proactive campaign designed to prevent pollution from reaching the surf.
• Raise awareness about the connection between the different aspects of water management, and how the effective and integrated management of those aspects can protect our oceans, waves and beaches.
• Provide Surfrider supporters tangible ways to advocate for Integrated Water Management.

How:
1. Identify and define the problem
2. Share a common vision
3. Advocate for actionable solutions

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The Cycle of Insanity - The Real Story of Water

Order the Cycle of Insanity DVD     Download the Cycle of Insanity script here

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a Chapter engage in KYH20?

Watch the short film Cycle of Insanity, and become familiar with the resources available on Beachapedia and the Coastal Blog.

With the your Chapter’s current water pollution campaigns or concerns in mind, examine the Integrated Water Management resources below and on Beachapedia, then determine how they might help make your current campaigns more successful or inspire you to start new campaigns.

(Optional) Form a KYH2O committee to engage on these issues. For helpful tips click here.

Select activities from this Know Your H2O menu: 

Resources/Definitions

Case Studies

California Advocates Score Coastal Commission Voting Record

February 26 2015

California Advocates Score Coastal Commission Voting Record

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Desalination Ocean Ecosystems Surf Protection Water Quality

The California Coastal Commission is the most powerful land use agency in the State and oversees the protection of the coastline. Each year they review over 1,000 applications for some type of coastal development. Advocates have been 'scoring' the Commission for decades to ensure their votes protect our precious coastline. For 2014, the Commission produced a C- average, scoring 71%.

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Clean Water: Reduce, Re-use & Recycle

February 20 2015

Clean Water: Reduce, Re-use & Recycle

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

As a modern society, we are overusing water. We are wasting valuable freshwater by using it once, mixing it with our waste, and then discharging it into the ocean. This is threatening the long-term security of our water supply and polluting coastal waters. There is a better way though. Learn how Surfrider Chapters are advocating in their communities to reduce, re-use and recycle water to protect local water supplies and to keep pollution from reaching the ocean.

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Chapter Appeals Ocean Outfall Decision in Delaware

January 29 2015

Chapter Appeals Ocean Outfall Decision in Delaware

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation filed an appeal with the Environmental Appeals Board Monday, January 26th, opposing the recent decision by DNREC to allow the proposed ocean outfall for the Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Facility to move forward.

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4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

January 26 2015

4,3,2,1…and Another Win in Federal Court for Clean Coastal Waters in Maui

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Legal Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

A federal court found that the County of Maui was unlawfully damaging the water quality of Maui's coast on Friday, January 23rd, with a ruling that injection well discharges from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility are violating the Clean Water Act. Judge Susan Oki Mollway found that the County is liable for discharges into Wells 1 and 2. This follows a ruling from May 2014 when Judge Mollway similarly found unpermitted violations from Wells 3 and 4.

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State Approves Ocean Outfall for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

January 07 2015

State Approves Ocean Outfall for Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

After taking two years to come to a decision, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has just given approval to the City of Rehoboth Beach to apply for $25 million to build a new ocean outfall for sewage discharge. The Delaware Surfrider Chapter has been opposing this project for years and is now regrouping with other local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to plan their next move to prevent the outfall from being built and to instead advocate for water re-use and recycling options.

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San Diego Pure Water Program Approved!

November 20 2014

San Diego Pure Water Program Approved!

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

The work of numerous activists with Surfrider's San Diego County Chapter over a period of many years paid off on November 18, 2014 when the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve Pure Water San Diego, a program which will significantly reduce wastewater discharges to the ocean and produce 83 million gallons per day (mgd) of high quality drinking water.

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California Drought Ideas In Line With Surfrider’s Approach

November 17 2014

California Drought Ideas In Line With Surfrider’s Approach

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens

Today's release of a report, which Surfrider contributed to, lists actions that state and federal agencies can take now and prepare for the future. It's right in line with Surfrider's Clean Water Initiative approach.

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California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

October 03 2014

California Coast Scores During Legislative Season

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

Last year’s legislative season in California was a bust for the coast and ocean. In 2013, Surfrider worked on ten coastal and ocean protection bills, and only two bills were signed into law. Surprisingly, this year’s season was the opposite and very successful. Surfrider actively worked on more than a dozen bills and the Governor recently signed nine of those bills into law. Talk about a game-changer for the coast.

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Government Declares Drought In Western States - Again & Again!  Our Approach For Dry & Wet Years

September 17 2014

Government Declares Drought In Western States - Again & Again!  Our Approach For Dry & Wet Years

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling Ocean Friendly Gardens

Surfrider's Clean Water Initiative is a solution for wet and dry years - and for drier and wetter climates. It connects together our work to reduce water use, utilize rainwater as a resource, and recycle "wastewater."

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Summer crowds get a primer on the proposed ocean outfall for Rehoboth Beach, DE

July 09 2014

Summer crowds get a primer on the proposed ocean outfall for Rehoboth Beach, DE

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter was able to reach peak summer crowds this past holiday weekend. The News Journal ran a front page story on the proposed Rehoboth Beach ocean outfall. The Chapter is opposing the outfall and instead advocating for water recycling options over dumping the treated freshwater out to sea.

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1st of 7 Films Released to Slow & Prevent Runoff

June 10 2014

1st of 7 Films Released to Slow & Prevent Runoff

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class Water Quality

A California state agency is launching 7 short films on how to prevent runoff from landscapes and hard surfaces. The objective is essentially Ocean Friendly Gardens!

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Hydromodification - What is It?

June 02 2014

Hydromodification - What is It?

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Quality

Hydromodification is the alteration of the natural flow of water through a landscape, and often takes the form of channel modification or channelization. It is one of the leading sources of impairment in streams, lakes, estuaries, aquifers, and other water bodies in the United States.

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Aveda Cleans Up People & Beaches, Raising Money For Surfrider

April 08 2014

Aveda Cleans Up People & Beaches, Raising Money For Surfrider

Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Rise Above Plastics

Aveda salons and Experience Centers throughout So Cal are, again, raising money for Surfrider's Clean Water Program. They've raised $750,000 over the past 7 years!

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Building a model urban watershed & water management system in Ventura, California

March 21 2014

Building a model urban watershed & water management system in Ventura, California

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

For the past two decades, the Ventura Chapter has been identifying problems and promoting solutions for clean water throughout the Ventura River watershed. Their proactive urban watershed program is helping to protect water supply and quality, coastal habitats and recreational opportunities by restoring ecosystem function throughout the watershed.

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Stop the Rehoboth Beach Outfall Pipe

March 21 2014

Stop the Rehoboth Beach Outfall Pipe

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling Water Quality

The Delaware Chapter held a press conference on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk on March 20th, the first day of Spring, to protest a new ocean outfall pipe that the City is proposing to build. The Chapter wants the effluent to be cleaned up better and recycled for Land Based Applications.

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Water Recycling Provides Multiple Benefits

March 20 2014

Water Recycling Provides Multiple Benefits

Know Your H20 Wastewater Water Recycling

The drought throughout California, much of the Southwest and elsewhere in the United States has garnered a lot headlines and generated much concern. At the same time, there is a growing realization that we can address water supply problems AND reduce water pollution problems AND save money if we just begin to close the loop and create an urban water cycle instead of perpetuating the cycle of insanity.

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Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Put on Hold

November 15 2013

Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Put on Hold

Know Your H20 Desalination

After nearly ten years of the Surfrider Foundation and local residents raising concerns about plans to build a seawater desalination facility in Huntington Beach, the Coastal Commission finally reviewed the project and sent it back for improvements.

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Investing in Natural Infrastructure

October 25 2013

Investing in Natural Infrastructure

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development

Using nature to help manage water, a new report by the Water Resources Institute details the multiple benefits.

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Just a few reasons why desal is not the answer…

September 20 2013

Just a few reasons why desal is not the answer…

Know Your H20 Desalination

Desalination is often touted as the solution to our water woes. However, Surfrider begs to differ and suggests that desalination done in an environmentally responsible fashion should only be considered after water conservation and recycling have been exhausted. Check out this short clip from David Zetland of Wageningen University, as he expresses his concerns.

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OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

September 06 2013

OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Wastewater Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Five Surfrider chapters from four Hawaiian islands gathered for their annual conference, and learned about Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. A pre-conference meeting with a sister non-profit, and a tour by them after the conference, showed partnership potential on one island. Now, several island chapters are kicking off an OFG program.

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Mara Dias mdias@surfrider.org
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