Project BLUE and the SIMA Environmental Fund
project BLUE, the initiative established to raise funds in support of ocean and beach protection, is happy to announce that their program will be expanding to include the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Environmental Fund.
American Express Donates $10,000 through project BLUE Partnership
American Express Donates $10,000 to the Surfrider Foundation through project BLUE Partnership
New project BLUE wallpapers up now!
Visit our downloads page and grab some new project BLUE wallpapers to spice up your computer background or social network page.
American Express joins project BLUE
A key feature of American ExpressÂ’ collaboration in the initiative will be a new addition to project BLUEÂ’s Â“All I want for the holidays is a clean ocean,Â” e-card campaign. As a part of their support for project BLUE, American Express will donate $5 per transaction, up to $10,000, to the Surfrider Foundation each time any American ExpressÂ® Card is used to purchase products on Swell.com between November 27 and December 31, 2009.
Project BLUE is new to Facebook
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project BLUE Raises More Than $140,000
project BLUE, the environmental initiative established to raise funds in support of the non-profit Surfrider Foundation, is excited to announce that $141,150.90 has been donated to Surfrider as a product of the campaignÂ’s efforts.
Project BLUE enters the Twitterverse. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/betruetoblue
Treehugger.com Reviews the project BLUE NWS Sandal
Premier eco web site, Treehugger.com spoke with Mike Gass of Reef Redemption on the new NWS Sandal. Check out the article here:
More Hip Than Hippie Talks to project BLUE
Not another granola chewing off-grid podcast. More Hip than Hippie shows how to be more earth-friendly without sacrificing convenience, style and affordability. Check out their recent podcast with project BLUE Founder, Vipe Desai:
New DAKINE project BLUE packs
DAKINE's project BLUE packs are constructed with 100% Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) fabric and lining, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. The packs also feature recycled buckles and use a non-toxic Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) waterproof fabric backing. These packs feature a feature a seam sealed wetsuit pocket, insulated cooler pocket and organizer pocket to keep everything separate and secure.
Billabong Platinum B9 wetsuit!!
The most flexible and warmest eco-friendly wetsuit around! Ninety percent of the Platinum B9 wetsuit's external and internal fabrics are made from returned polyester products such as old fishing nets and clothing.This suit also features Billabong's patent-pending Proprioceptive Feedback Riding Enhancement (PFRE) knee technology, which improves knee comfort through enhanced sensory feedback by providing compression and a better fit about the knee.
Check out our new store finder.
the project BLUE interactive store locator is live!! Find a store in your are that carries project BLUE.
Save a tree, Send out a project BLUE e-card
The holidays are quickly approaching, but some of your friends and family have no idea what to give you. Why not suggest something from the project BLUE line up thatÂ’s not only great for you, but for the environment as well? By giving the gift of BLUE, they are getting you a great present, but also giving back to the oceans and beaches by supporting the non-profit Surfrider Foundation. ItÂ’s like giving two gifts in one! Just head to www.betruetoblue.com/card and send them a custom e-card showcasing your favorite project BLUE gear alongside a personalized note from yourself. It takes less than five minutes!
project BLUE gets famous
Famous Green Label Surf Wax Joins The Project BLUE Initiative to Benefit Surfrider Foundation
Protecting our Oceans, project BLUE podcast
project BLUE gets famous
Famous Green Label Surf Wax Joins The Project BLUE Initiative to Benefit Surfrider Foundation
Forget Green, Go Blue on Fuel TV Blog
Surf's Up for Cleaner Oceans on Good Morning America
project BLUE featured on TreeHugger.com
TreeHugger.com just did a great interview with project BLUE founder Vipe Desai that has some great information on how we got started and what's coming up in the future.
TRUE BLUE: interview part 2
Part 2 of EXPN's interview with project BLUE founder Vipe Desai.
TRUE BLUE: EXPN interviews project BLUE founder
EXPN sits down with project BLUE founder Vipe Desai to ask some questions about project BLUE.
Donavon rocks Long Beach for project BLUE
Donovan Frankenrieter played a private show for a couple hundred lucky guests at the one year anniversary party for project BLUE.
Find out whatÂ’s next for project BLUE on Shop-Eat-Surf.com
project BLUE founder Vipe Desai talks about whats in store in the future for project BLUE
Bluewater Grill and project BLUE, June 24th 2008
Bluewater Grill and project BLUE invite you to celebrate the opening of Bluewater Grill's newest location at The district in Tustin. A portion of the proceeds from all food sales from June 24th - June 30th will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation.
SIMAÂ’s Environmental Product of the Year Award
project BLUE Sonic Boardshort by Billabong wins SIMAÂ’s Environmental Product of the Year Award.
OUT THERE with Teton Gravity Research
Teton Gravity Research is putting the finishing touches on OUT THERE, the story of endangered surf locations around the world threatened by environmental catastrophes. Shot on 16mm and HiDef, OUT THERE features world-renowned surfers, Ian Walsh, Shane Dorian, Andy Irons, Jamie O'Brien and others traveling thru Chile, Galopogos, Tahiti, California and Hawaii.
A Steady and Tranquil Dedication on this Earth Day
What's that mean? According to Desai, being blue incorporates green practices in addition to personal ones to better your life and your surroundings.
Am I BLUE?
Adam Werbach talks about the Birth of BLUE
World Pro Surfers features project BLUE
World Pro Surfers website features story on project BLUE.
SWELL.COM and project BLUE contest
Enter to win a prize package featuring the entire line of project BLUE merchandise, A year's membership to the Surfrider Foundation and a $250 Swell gift certificate.
"VIEW" contest winners announced
VIEW by project BLUE Turns Amateur Film Producers into Activists.
Trestles Toll Road rejected
The California Coastal Commission voted 8-2 to reject the planned 241 Toll Road and to protect Trestles and San Onofre State Beach.
Pinger and project BLUE.
Stay informed about Costal Commission hearing updates and Save Trestles updates with Pinger.
Green goes blue at ASR
Surfrider Foundation and project BLUE Booth at Action Sports Retailer Show.
Happy New Year!
Billabong and OÂ’Neill are kicking off the New Year with some fresh project BLUE goodies for guys and girls
Win Rob Machados surfboard
Purchase the project BLUE Nixon LODOWN watch from swell.com and be automatically entered to win Rob Machado's surfboard
project BLUE on The Daily Habit
Vipe Desai on Fuel TV's "Daily Habit" talking about project BLUE
project BLUE on the Greener Grass
The Greener Grass talks about project BLUE
New O'Neill goods up now.
New O'Neill clothing is on sale now.
project BLUE wallpapers.
New wallpapers for your desktop avaliable now on the project BLUE myspace page.
project BLUE launches VIEW
project BLUE is calling on all film makers to make a short film with the message being "buy a better future". You can win some great prizes including a trip for two to Costa RIca.
Nixon and Barney's
Nixon and Barneys New York collaborated to refresh Nixon's highly successful waterman's watch, The 51-30, in three unique ways just in time for the 2007 holiday season. All watches were created with recycled stainless steel and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of this series will benefit the Surfrider Foundation,
project BLUE in Australia
In Australia, industry leaders, Reef, Electric, and Nixon, have partnered to create limited and special-edition products under the project BLUE campaign.
project BLUE launches VIEW
project BLUE is calling on all film makers to make a short film with the message being "buy a better future". You can win some great prizes including a trip for two to Costa RIca.
O'Neill joins project BLUE
Project BLUE, the national initiative established to raise more than $1 million in support of ocean and beach protection, is proud to announce OÂ’Neill as an official partner.
Kiehl's and Ocean Magazine
Kiehl's and Ocean Magazine are putting on a project BLUE party to benefit the Surfrider Foundation on Wednesday August 22. Check out Billabong pro longboarder Schuyler McFerren and the exclusive eco-suede project BLUE Billabong boardshort.
Microbes putting beach's at risk
Beaches across the country closed or posted warnings to swimmers a record number of times last year because of high levels of harmful bacteria, evidence that communities should do more to keep vacation beaches clean and safe, according to a national environmental group.
project BLUE unites major brands
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., Jan. 22, 2007 project BLUE, a new national initiative established for the sole purpose of raising more than $1 million in support of ocean and beach protection, is proud to announce the support of five leading surf brands.
Oregon Oil and Gas Drilling Moratorium
Oregon State Legislature passed and Governor Kulongoski signed HB 3613- a bill to restore the moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling within OregonÂ’s Territorial waters (0-3nm) through 2020. HB 3613 was championed by Representative Ben Cannon and originally began the legislative session as a permanent ban, but was compromised to sunset in 2020 to broaden support.
Unused Pharmaceutical Safe Disposal Act
The D.C. Chapter campaigned for legislation passed by D.C. Council seeking to curb pharmaceutical drugs released into the DistrictÂ’s surface waters, by creating a disposal program for consumers.
Texas Opens ItÂ’s Beaches!
After an organized and integrated effort on behalf of the Texas Chapters to promote our beach access goals on a statewide level, the people of Texas passed a constitutional amendment through a statewide vote.
Port Orford Stormwater Ordinance Strengthened
the City of Port Orford amended its stormwater ordinance to strengthen protections for water quality in both freshwater streams and the nearshore environment. The successful campaign was part of implementation of the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area, a community-based approach to ocean and coastal stewardship.
Kauai Bans Plastic Shopping Bags
The island of Kauai in Hawaii banned the use of plastic grocery bags. The county will distribute 25,000 free reusable bags to assist the local community make the transition away from single-use bags.
Lake Worth Surf and Reefs Protected
In a landmark decision, Florida Judge Robert E. Meale recently ruled against the town of Palm Beach in denying the town a permit to dredge and fill 1.8 miles of beach surrounding the Lake Worth Pier with 700,000 cubic yards of poor-quality sediment. In early 2008, the Palm Beach County Chapter, The Snook Foundation, and three individuals challenged the town and the State of FloridaÂ’s intent to issue that permit. The City of Lake Worth and Eastern Surfing Association also intervened in opposition to the project.
Goleta Beach Saved - Groin Defeated
On July 8, the California Coastal Commission overturned its staff's recommendation and denied Santa Barbara County's proposed groin project at Goleta Beach. The groin project would have trapped sand at Goleta Beach but in doing so would have prevented sand from reaching beaches to the east of Goleta causing erosion and damage to beach habitats.
Oregon Marine Reserves
The Oregon State Legislature voted to support HB 3013 (unanimously in the House, 3 nays in the Senate), which puts into practice the recommendations of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC). These recommendations were to implement two marine reserve projects this year, one at Redfish Rocks in Port Orford and one at Otter Rock near Depoe Bay, as well as the further evaluation and collection of baseline biological, social, and economic information over the next 18 months for sites proposed off Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Cape Perpetua and to support a proposal from the Coos County area.
Oregon Nutrient Reduction
Oregon State Legislature passed SB 631, which reduces the amount of phosphorus contained in automatic dish soap to no more than 0.5% by volume. This effort was led by Siuslaw Chapter Blue Water Task Force Coordinator Mark Chandler. Mark worked in his community of Dunes City to pass the first phosphorus reduction ordinance in the State after seeing large algal blooms in Siltcoos and Woahink Lakes that led to impacts on drinking water, recreational use, and aquatic health. This effort was helped by many written letters to Representatives and Senators by the chapter and local citizenry.
Plastic Bags Banned in Edmonds, WA
The Edmonds City Council approved a ban on plastic shopping bags following a successful campaign by the Seattle Chapter. The campaign received solid support from the community and local businesses.
Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act
Starting in January 2010, virtually every retailer in DC that sells food will charge 5 cents for each single-use paper and plastic bag distributed. Proceeds from the fee will create the Anacostia River Cleanup Fund, a dedicated trust to pay for restoration of one of the ten most polluted rivers in the country. The fund will also pay for an education campaign and reusable bags to be distributed for free to low-income and elderly residents. The DC Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation led the public outreach effort, coordinating several partner groups to mount a citywide postcard campaign that generated over 1200 signatures from supportive residents.
Judge Invalidates Annexation of Gaviota Coast
A lawsuit filed by the Gaviota Coast Conservancy and Surfrider Foundation resulted in a decision invalidating a 2008 action by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) annexing prime Gaviota Coast parcels into the Goleta Water District. Without water service, development of the lots is more challenging.
New York Passes Better Bottle Bill
Environmental groups from across New York successfully passed the Bigger Better Bottle Bill as part of the 2009-10 state budget. This momentous achievement is the first major overhaul of the state's bottle deposit law since it was created in 1982, and caps a grueling nine-year campaign to expand and update the law. The update expands New York's bottle return law to include water bottles, which comprise nearly a quarter of all beverages sold in New York. The law also requires beverage companies to return 80 percent of the unclaimed bottle and can deposits to the state, generating upwards of $115 million annually for the General Fund.
Watsonville Bans Styrofoam Food Containers
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY NOW STYRO-FREE The Santa Cruz Chapter is excited to announce that all jurisdictions in Santa Cruz County now have polystyrene food container take-out bans in place, banning the use of foam take-out containers in businesses selling food for immediate consumption, such as restaurants, ice-cream parlors and coffee shops.
Washington State Year-Round Rescue Tug
On March 24th, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire signed a measure that requires shippers, tankers and other large vessels to pay for a year-round rescue tug at Neah Bay. The bill's primary sponsor was long-time Surfrider activist and past regional manager, State Senator Kevin Ranker. For Washington chapters, it is hard to imagine a better way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill than by winning this long-fought campaign. Not long after the tragedy in Prince William Sound, Surfrider members and activists began advocating for a rescue tug to be stationed at Neah Bay.
Polystyrene Banned in Monterey
The City of Monterey follows Carmel and Pacific Grove in Monterey County in passing this important ordinance to help alleviate the amount of marine debris entering our coastal waters. With Monterey subjected to vociferous opposition from the American Chemistry Council, the City Staff was compelled to write a Negative Declaration addressing the California Environmental Quality Act. This was a long but critical process in assuring that the ordinance was indeed environmentally sound and the best choice for the city and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Massive Playa Vista Development Stopped
Surfrider FoundationÂ’s South Bay Chapter, and their partners Ballona Wetlands Land Trust and the City of Santa Monica signed a settlement agreement that sends the controversial Phase 2 of the development back to the drawing board. The settlement terms establish that the Environmental Impact Report inadequately informed the public of the foreseeable harm to the local environment from the project.
Litter Campaign in Miami Beach
The South Florida Chapter has been pushing for several years to clean up the mass amounts of litter from South Miami Beach. As a result of their efforts the city is undergoing a major litter education .
Styrofoam Banned in Scotts Valley
In a unanimous vote by Scotts Valley City Council on December 17, 2008, Scotts Valley joined Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Santa Cruz County in adopting a local ordinance to prohibit the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) food take-out containers in all city businesses which offer take-out food or which allow customers to package and leave with uneaten portions of their meal. The new ordinance goes into effect six months from the date of the vote.
Increased Protection for Monterey Bay
After 7 years of planning and extensive public input, three marine sanctuaries off Central California issued a new joint management plan. The plan includes a 775 square mile expansion to include the Davidson Seamount, one of the largest known underwater mountains in U.S. coastal waters and home to a wide variety of marine species, prohibition of harmful discharges from cruise ships, restoration of the original limitation of motorized personal watercraft to four areas off the harbors, inclusion of a wintertime zone for tow-in surfing at Â“MaverickÂ’sÂ”, and efforts to reduce the introduction of non-native species.
CA Beach Monitoring Funding Restored
SurfriderÂ’s Global Headquarters and several California Chapters, including San Diego, Monterey, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties were instrumental in re-establishing funding for CaliforniaÂ’s beach water quality monitoring program. The funds were abruptly cut by Governor Schwarzenegger in September 2008, completely terminating beach monitoring in some counties and severely restricting monitoring elsewhere. In response, Surfrider launched an Action Alert that over 2400 activists responded to that sent emails to the Governor and state legislators to restore funding.
Jetty Island Water Quality
Everett City Waste Water Treatment Plant averages 2-4 spills per year and with the current methods of reporting the public is not made aware for 24 hours to sometimes 3 days, as was the case for a spill in late October. The belief was that it wasnĂt a large issue with not a lot of recreational users in the water; that there were no high use beaches in the area. This is not the case. Jetty Island, just off the shore of Everett, is a prominent location for swimmers, kite surfers and wind surfers, especially the time frames of May - October of every year. So human health is definitely at risk.
Smoking Banned on All Beaches in Santa Monica Bay
The City of Redondo Beach passed a ban on smoking at city beaches and parks. This is the final city in all of Santa Monica Bay to do this.
Encinitas Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance
After several months of collaborative work between Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter activists and the City of Encinitas, the City Council voted to ban plastic bags and put a fee on paper bags in an effort to reduce single-use plastic consumption by its residents. As the first city in San Diego County to pass a bag ban, this put the City of Encinitas at the forefront of the fight against plastic marine debris.
Westport Connecticut Bans Plastic Checkout Bags
The Town of Westport, Connecticut,which is on a tidal estuary, Long Island Sound, voted on September 2, 2008 to ban plastic checkout bags at retail stores, becoming the first town on the East Coast to go plastic bag-free. At the stroke of midnight, the Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved a resolution, in a 26 to 5 vote (with 1 abstention), giving retailers six months to stop using disposable plastic bags at the checkout. This resolution is the first of its kind east of the Mississippi.
Plastic Bags Banned in Los Angeles
SurfriderÂ’s Rise Above Plastics campaign gained another boost from Los Angeles City Council when they voted to ban plastic carryout bags in the city's supermarkets and stores by July 2010, if the state fails to impose a 25-cent fee on plastic shopping bags. In addition, the council members voted to reduce urban blight and marine debris by banning all expanded polystyrene (EPS or Styrofoam) food service products from City-owned facilities and city-sponsored events by 2010.
Ventura City Council Green Street's Policy
Recognizing that stormwater is an issue for which the time has come, the Ventura City Council approved a policy for Green Street Elements and Demonstration Project. This policy would effectively follow two of the recommendations made by the Surfrider Foundation in "Solving the Urban Runoff Problem, A Vision for the Urban Watershed, Ventura, California"
Manhattan Beach Ban Plastic Carry-Out Bags
The Manhattan Beach City Council voted unanimously to prohibit carry-out plastic bags. Speaking in support of the ordinance was Surfrider Foundation legal intern, Rachel Dorfman, as well as Craig Cadwallader, Chair, and Alan Walti, Environmental Coordinator, of the South Bay Chapter. Representatives of Heal the Bay, the Earth Resource Foundation, and Manhattan Beach residents, including one 9 year-old resident, also encouraged passage of the ordinance.
Stopped Overdevelopment in Newcastle
The Hunter Branch, working in collaboration with a number of community organisations (e.g. Newcastle Parks and Playgrounds Association) and a former resident (Ms Penny Cecil Â– her Father was Harbour Master for many years) lobbied Newcastle City Council, local stakeholders and the Federal Minister for the Environment (Peter Garret MP) to ensure Nobbys Headland and the Signal Station would not be overdeveloped by a local business person.
Plastic Bag Ban in Malibu
In support of Heal The Bay's effort to address the problem of plastic bag litter in the marine environment, the West LA/Malibu Chapter successfully helped to convinced the Malibu City Council to ban both regular and biodegradable bags in all retail stores. This victory was part of the Chapter's Rise Above Plastics campaign efforts to educate members, the public, and local government officials about the dangers of plastic marine debris.
Lee County Fertilizer Ordinance
The use of fertilizer near major waterways is a contributor to the large and looming issue of red tide and algal blooms that can cause breathing problems and pollute beach water quality, impacting Lee's $2 billion tourism industry. The ordinance would limit any fertilizer application within 10 feet of a water way from June 1 to Sept 30. Fees for violation would be up to $500. The Chapter partnered with Sierra Club, SCCF, Nature Conservancy, PURRE, RGMC and Riverwatch.
Protected Coastal Access at Strands Beach
The developer at the Headlands in Dana Point attempted to remove a stairway providing beach access from the previously approved plan, citing geotechnical difficulties. [4:35:10 PM] Chad Nelsen says: The stairway had been a part of a balancing argument made by the Coastal Commission to allow the developer to build a 2200 foot seawall, destroy senstive habitat and create a gate-guarded development. The CA Coastal Commission saw through this attempt to further limit access and denied the change.
City of San Diego: Indirect Potable Reuse
Following SurfriderÂ’s and San Diego CoastkeeperÂ’s 2002 lawsuits against the City of San Diego for improperly approving a waiver of secondary sewage treatment at its Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, the environmental organizations entered into a multi-pronged settlement that required, among other things, that the City conduct a study of all available opportunities to increase water recycling within its service area.
City of San Diego Urban Runoff Management
While significant strides have been made in recent years to control urban runoff from construction sites and industrial facilities, commercial and residential polluters have been too often overlooked.
San Diego Regional Municipal Stormwater Permit
The San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation worked in coalition with the San Diego Bay Council to support the passage of the San Diego regionÂ’s 2007 Municipal Stormwater Permit. This permit spells out the stormwater control requirements applicable to all of the regionÂ’s cities, the County of San Diego, the San Diego Unified Port District, and the San Diego Regional Airport Authority.
Pacific Grove Polystyrene Ban
The City of Pacific Grove has passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of polystyrene food service wares. The ordinance acts to reduce local non-biodegradable and non-recyclable waste at the source, preventing its eventual disposal on local beaches and in the ocean. The Chapter partnered with Sustainable Pacific Grove and Monterey Green Action to accomplish their goal.
Clean Oceans Act in Florida
The Clean Oceans Act sets up a mechanism for gambling boats to stop dumping 44 million gallons of pureed, chlorinated waste into the ocean every year. It requires gambling boats to register with DEP, pay berth facilities for waste hauling or use an onboard Â“closed systemÂ” treatment, and report waste releases to DEP. In addition it petitions the federal government to prohibit dumping in federal waters.
Florida Inlet Management Bill
Florida has over 60 inlets around the state, many have been artificially deepened to accommodate commercial and recreational vessels and employ jetties to prevent sand from filling in the channels. A by-product of this practice is that the jetties and the inlet channels have interrupted the natural flow of sand along the beach causing an accumulation of sand in the inlet channel and at the jetty on one side of the inlet, and a loss of sand to the beaches on the other side of the inlet.
South Florida Oceans Outfalls Closure Bill
The six South Florida sewage outfalls, dump over 300 million gallons of wastewater into the sea and squandering 100 billion gallons of freshwater every year. This discharge impacts not only our coastal and ocean environment but it is also a waste of valuable freshwater that could be used to help out with South FloridaÂ’s drinking water shortage. This piece of legislation will remove over 300 million gallons of wastewater from Florida waters a year and by 2025 will have created a reuse system for it. Chapters throughout Florida partnered with Florida Ocean & Coastal Coalition and Palm Beach County Reef Rescue on this campaign.
Florida Beach Test Funding Protected
During a year of heavy budget cuts it usually the items that are thought to be the most benign that are first to go. So when House Health Care Council puts beach monitoring in the same line item with birth registries and cesspools it bound to get over overlooked as important. A proposal to cut the entire state portion of beach monitoring would be a disaster to the publicÂ’s health and safety, especially in a state that derives 85% of its tourism from its coastline. Thanks to the efforts of the Florida Chapters funding won't be cut. The Florida portion of the federal Beach Act grant for next year is $526,320 and state funding will remain intact at $525,000.
Recycling Bins Along Boardwalk in Atlantic City
The South Jersey Chapter pushed to have recycling bins placed on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, a heavily visited stretch of coast. Previously only trash bins were provided so recyclables were disposed in the landfill.
Stopped LNG Terminal in Long Island Sound
Surfrider FoundationÂ’s Connecticut Chapter won a major victory in their campaign to stop the installation of a huge and dangerous Liquid Natural Gas project in Long Island Sound. Connecticut officials and environmental groups have been applying heavy pressure on New York State officials who had the final say on go/no-go. In late April, NY Governor Patterson announced at a press conference NY's decision to effectively scuttle the project. Connecticut's Governor Jody Rell and AG Richard Blumenthal also held a press conference on the shores of the Sound.
Jekyll Island Protected
Surfrider FoundationÂ’s Coastal Georgia Low Country Chapter won a victory in their efforts to help protect Jekyll Island State Park from development. Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) Board Chairman Ben Porter announced via a letter to Representative Jerry Keen that the Authority will revise the beachfront component of its plan to redevelop Jekyll Island State Park. The announcement followed a hotly contested legislative struggle in which a series of attempts to introduce protective Jekyll legislation were killed in committee despite thousands of calls from concerned Georgia citizens to legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Prevented Damaging Energy Project on Oregon Coast
In August of 2007, the Oregon Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation filed a motion of intervention with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Florence Wave Energy facility proposed by the Australian company Oceanlinx. This motion (the first ever filed in the world by Surfrider) was brought about by concerns raised by local ocean users of the Florence Organizing Committee who wished to have a formal seat at the table when discussions moved forward in the planning process.
WA Legislature supports coastal Committees
The Washington State Legislature passed a bill to support the establishment of Marine Resources Committees on WashingtonÂ’s outer coast. Marine Resources Committees are citizen advisory groups that address issues concerning coastal ecosystems, including the health of our beaches and rocky shorelines. Similar committees have been working successfully in Puget Sound for over a decade.
Access 33 Kept Open
Public Beach Access 33 in Wrightsville Beach, which has been used by the public for over 40 years, was recently taken away. When an adjacent property owner recently realized that the access lies within its property line, the Public Beach Access was restricted from further use by the public.
Clean Water at Nye Creek
The Oregon Central Coast Chapter has worked since 2004 to clean up Nye Creek through a campaign of water testing, political pressure and media savvy. They first pointed out the fact that the ocean in front of the creek was polluted and making people sick.
RincoeĂ±os Stop Condos in PR
Local fisherman, citizens and the RincĂłn Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation stopped the construction of a condominium complex on the beach at the marina next to the Black Eagle in RincĂłn, PR. This project threatened to further privatize RincĂłn's coastline and reduce public access to the beach. The area is also traditionally used by local fishermen.
City of San Diego Sewage Settlement
In 2001 the Surfrider Foundation and San Diego Coastkeeper sued the City of San Diego for chronic sewage spills. At that point the City of San Diego averaged almost a sewage spill a day, and had spilled more than 45 million gallons of sewage into local waters during the five years prior. The aim of the suit was to bring the City into compliance with the law, and to set an aggressive schedule for sewage infrastructure improvements to alleviate the deleterious affects of these spills on local waters.
Fire Pits at Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Beach-goers have enjoyed open fires at OB for over 100 years, starting when the booming San Francisco Fishing fleet supplied huge public "fish-fry" banquets out on the sand. Since then, thousands of San Franciscans from multiple generations have enjoyed this tradition. However, in recent years, the impacts of these fires have grown increasingly damaging to the fragile ecosystem of the beachscape, and poor usage has often left the beach trashed, challenging the National Park Service to maintain it to acceptable standards.
Neah Bay Rescue Tug Funded
The Washington State Legislature approved $3.7 million to fund a year-round rescue tug at Neah Bay, located on the northern tip of WashingtonÂ’s Olympic Peninsula. The rescue tug is believed to be the best defense against a catastrophic oil spill for WashingtonÂ’s coasts which are heavily trafficked by oil tankers and cargo vessels. Scientists believe that just one catastrophic spill in WashingtonÂ’s Puget Sound could mean devastation for sea bird populations, killer whales and other wildlife.
Public Hearings for NJ
Beachfill projects in NJ had some disastrous and unintended consequences. Residents and beach users had no forum to bring up or discuss the potential pitfalls of beachfill.
Ocean Protection Law in NJ
A new law in NJ will require the Department of Environmental Protection to move towards a policy of ecosystem based management.
Protected Beach Access at Bonaire Beach
The Town of Jupiter Island requested that Rep. Mahoney insert legislation that would give the Town first right of refusal to purchase a surplus Coast Guard property consisting of 10 acres, including 900ft of beachfront. The property being acquired from the Coast Guard was to be used for conservation and storm protection purposes.
Protected Coral Reef from Pollution in Lake Worth, FL
The City of Lake Worth were going to vote on a plan to use a coral reef as city dump for reverse osmosis effluent. The pursuit by the City of Lake Worth to discharge 4 million-gallons-a-day of nutrient-laden wastewater onto a coral reef was derailed by public outcry after FDEP announced plans to issue a permit.
Capitola Polystyrene Ban
The City of Capitola drafted an ordinance banning polystyrene foam from use as disposable food service ware and promoting the use of biodegradable and compostable food service wares.