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Factoid/2001/08/13 +On September 7th, 2001 THEY WILL SURF AGAIN (TWSA) kicks off its second annual surf mission up the coast of California, from San Diego to San Francisco, to raise funds for spinal injury research. TWSA surfers will be surfing up the coast from surf break to surf break for seven days. For schedule and other info, contact Richard Yelland at tel. (310) 745-1039 or [mailto:curtisbirch@mediaone.net curtisbirch@mediaone.net].  +
Factoid/2001/08/14 +"We're seeing a much more realistic picture of the beach water pollution problem now that more states are monitoring and reporting, but we haven't turned the corner on identifying the sources of pollution and preventing them in the first place," said Sarah Chasis, an NRDC senior attorney and director of the organization's water and coastal program. "It's outrageous that more than half of the time local authorities didn't know where all the pollution was coming from when they had to close a beach or post an advisory." (Excerpt from the Natural Resources Defense Council's web summary of "Testing the Waters 2001" at http://www.nrdc.org/media/pressreleases/010808.asp)  +
Factoid/2001/08/15 +"The most frequent cause of closures and advisories continues to be stormwater runoff, leading to more than 4,102 closures or advisories last year. Breaks in pipelines or sewage treatment plant failures prompted more than 2,208 closings and advisories. Six percent of the closings and advisories last year were precautionary, due to rainfall known to carry pollution into beach water, chemical spills, red tides or strong waves. "(Excerpt from the Natural Resources Defense Council's web summary of "Testing the Waters 2001" at http://www.nrdc.org/media/pressreleases/010808.asp  +
Factoid/2001/08/16 +"The loss of naturally breaking waves due to improper coastal development is indicative of an interconnected coastal ecosystem in decline." (Quote from Chris Evans, Executive Director of Surfrider, in the June 2001 issue of "Making Waves," at http://www.surfrider.org/makingwaves17-3/3.pdf)  +
Factoid/2001/08/17 +"Surfrider Foundation's Maui Chapter has developed and begun implementing a new outreach campaign for 2001. Chapter members identified water quality, beach access, and public education as their top issues for 2001. Corresponding actions planned include recruiting volunteers, implementing a water testing program, monitoring coastal development issues, and continuing outreach activities such as Storm Drain Stenciling and Respect the Beach Programs." See the Maui Chapter web site at http://surfrider.org/maui  +
Factoid/2001/08/20 +The Santa Barbara Chapter of Surfrider Foundation has been busy dealing with a rash of seawall and revetment proposals and placements in the past few years. The trend toward hardening and armoring the Goleta and Gaviota coastlines is alarming. In several cases, agencies have self-issued emergency permits that bypass the proper environmental review process. Even when these permits are revoked, removing these seawalls proves difficult. See the Santa Barbara Chapter web site at http://surfrider.org/santabarbara  +
Factoid/2001/08/21 +"The biggest environmental threat facing Tres Palmas are two tourist resort developments proposed for the property in front of it. We just proposed the creation of a marine-recreational-sport-tourism reserve (park) to the present administration in Puerto Rico that would extend from Tres Palmas to Pools in Rincon. We are happy to report that the idea is getting a warm receiption. Another solution might be to rezone the area. We don't want to see the entire character of the town of Rincon destroyed by mega-development." (Quote from Riki De Soto, Chapter Chair of the Surfrider Puerto Rico Chapter)  +
Factoid/2001/08/22 +"As a result of a battle to the death with a ten-foot eel, the largest ever seen here. Duke Kahanamoku, who won the world's championship at Stockholm, is today minus the index finger on his right hand and his swimming prowess may be permanently impaired. <br />     The swimmer encountered the eel while practicing for the Australian swimming championships off here, and after a fight lasting several minutes, choked it to death. He was exhausted when he reached the shore, with the eel's body in tow."(Source: ''Long Beach Press'' from Jan. 29, 1913)  +
Factoid/2001/08/23 +"This is the biggest thing that's happened in Delaware in 100 years. You know how many more sinkers we're going to sell?" Quote from Bill Weiss, owner of a fish tackle shop near where 400 asbestos laden subway cars are being dumped to form an artificial reef.  +
Factoid/2001/08/24 +Of the five outfall pipes discharging into the Santa Barbara Channel, three are in 20 feet of water or less -- in the surf zone. Another is not even up to secondary treatment levels, and is pumping into the ocean a "secondary blend," a mixture of primary (basically raw) and secondary sewage. Still another has relaxed the chlorination of its effluent. (Source ''Santa Barbara News Press'', Aug. 16, 2001)  +
Factoid/2001/08/27 +The City of Milwaukee Health Department, Division of Disease Control and Prevention recently contacted the Lake Michigan Chapter of Surfrider Foundation to assist with a water illness survey they are conducting.  +
Factoid/2001/08/28 +"There is the Northeast biodiversity corridor, a beautiful stretch of beach with no development now but with proposals stacked up; there's the potential for improper development at Tres Palmas and Wilderness on the Northwest corner, which would be like building a Miami styled resort in a small town; and there's the antiquated sewage treatment plants that aren't just polluting the surf, they're polluting the towns - it's a public health issue." Quote from Chad Nelsen, Surfrider's Environmental Director.  +
Factoid/2001/08/29 +"Killing or damaging the last remaining good shallow reefs in east Florida by dredging and filling would be like dynamiting the last giant redwood stand," said Dr. Tom Goreau, president of The Global Coral Reef Alliance. "At a time when reefs are showing the effects of multiple stresses, any activities that would cause any further damage could irreversibly degrade the reef ecosystem and damage local fisheries."  +
Factoid/2001/08/30 +"The long-term increase in the supply of organic matter to an ecosystem -- often as a result of excess nutrients -- is called eutrophication. Eutrophication creates two harmful effects: oxygen depletion and reduced water clarity. When dissolved oxygen levels drop to levels that equal two milligrams per liter or less, a condition called hypoxia occurs." (Excerpt from ''Marine Life'', by Pew Oceans Commissions, pg. 3, June 8, 2001)  +
Factoid/2001/08/31 +"You're still a bunch of mavericks, but in my book, Surfrider is today one of a handful of the premier environmental organizations in the world dedicated to protecting the coast and ocean. You have come a long way and I salute you for your community outreach and evolving activism, your effectiveness and your uncompromising commitment to your vision of a healthier environmental future for marine environments around the planet." (Keynote Address quote from Peter Douglas, Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission, made at the Surfrider 15th Anniversary Conference, two years ago in Aug. 1999. Read his entire speech at http://www.surfrider.org/press_releases/douglas_speech990828.htm.)  +
Factoid/2001/09/03 +"The ocean is not a garbage dump and shouldn't be treated as such," said Santa Barbara County Supervisor Naomi Schwartz. "These sawed-off oil platforms do not provide habitat. They just provide a mass around which fish swim. The members of the oil industry do not want to pay the cost of making good on the commitments they made when they installed these platforms. Some things are not for sale; and I think that the health of our Santa Barbara Channel should not be for sale."  +
Factoid/2001/09/04 +"The bites are all cases of mistaken identity, sharks chasing after bait fish and getting people instead," Beach Patrol Capt. Rob Horster told Reuters on Aug. 25 at New Smyrna Beach, FL.  +
Factoid/2001/09/05 +"The ferry system first argued that they didn't need to follow the state's environmental laws and the court told them otherwise. Then the ferry system said the high-speed ferry wasn't causing damage, but the court-ordered studies sank that argument. The study says loud and clear: stop destroying Rich Passage - slow down the high speed ferry." (Quote from Steve Berman about the high speed ferry between Seattle and Bremerton.)  +
Factoid/2001/09/06 +"It's not like it's been an outstanding year - it's been an average year," said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida."The main thing is we had two or three high-profile attacks ... that kind of got the media's attention very quickly. It had a life of its own."  +
Factoid/2001/09/07 +"A tidal wave higher than any in recorded history could inundate the East Coast of the United States in the aftermath of a future volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands, an international team of scientists has reported." (Excerpt from 9/5/01 from Environmental News Network at http://enn.com/news/enn-stories/2001/09/09052001/s_44841.asp)  +
Factoid/2001/09/10 +"While this is a project that has improved, we started with a ''truly'' dreadful project that's now just a dreadful project. Try to be a little less greedy," said alternate California Coastal Commissioner Trent Orr to Lusk Company officials after they abruptly withdrew their plan for a major housing and retail development on San Clemente's Marblehead bluff. (Excerpt appeared in Surfrider's June 2001 Making Waves issue at [http://www.surfrider.org/makingwaves17-3/4-6_11.pdf http://www.surfrider.org/makingwaves17-3/4-6_11.pdf])  +
Factoid/2001/09/11 +"State environmental authorities are doing a poor job of enforcing the nation's clean water laws, concludes a new report by the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress. The agency looked at the behavior of water polluters nationwide by documenting violations of the Clean Water Act between October of 1997 and December of 1998 as recorded in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Permit Compliance System database."(Excerpt from Environmental News Network at [http://enn.com/news/enn-stories/2001/08/08292001/s_44779.asp http://enn.com/news/enn-stories/2001/08/08292001/s_44779.asp])  +
Factoid/2001/09/12 +"This jetski ban is great news for the Gulf of the Farallones," said Sean Smith, Public Lands Director for Bluewater Network. "We urge NOAA at other marine sanctuaries to take similar action to protect the visiting public, as well as sanctuary resources and wildlife from these noisy, dirty and dangerous thrill-craft." (Excerpt from http://www.enn.com/direct/display-release.asp?id=5245  +
Factoid/2001/09/13 +"Often remote from reefs, deforestation, urban development and intensive agriculture are now producing vast quantities of sediments and pollutants which are pouring into the sea and rapidly degrading coral reefs in close proximity to many shores," said Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nationa Environment Program  +
Factoid/2001/09/14 +The Surfrider Foundation extends it's Deepest Sympathy to those who have been touched by the Acts of Terrorism in Washington D.C. and New York City. <br /> To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Also see http://www.redcross.org  +
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