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March 22, 2012

Happy World Water Day!

Today is World Water Day! Founded in 1993 by the United Nations, this global observance highlights the need for the care and management of the world’s water resources. Check out our World Water Day site to see what events are happening in your local area and ways that you can reduce your water footprint.

Here are the top 3 winning from our contest!

Video:  “3 Seconds on the Lake”

Keenan May
• ’12 Graduate Student University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
• Great Lakes surfer and environmental protection advocate
• Designer at CleanTech start-up Powerleap.net

the inspiration for the short film is a combination of knowledge and experience:

As the depletion of natural resources, such as potable water, becomes a growing concern for regions around the world, exportation of local fresh water seems
inevitable.  Surfing the lakes is a fleeting experience. Surfing the lakes with the knowledge and understanding of its inherent value is an overwhelmingly visceral emprise.

Video: 3D
Alejandro Antolinez
Member of Surfrider Europe. Living in Biarritz gave me a privileged relationship with water. With nature,  apart from aquatic sports (surfing, canoeing, diving) i practice mountain sports (climbing, hiking) and my allowed to see that nature is a chain connected.
Action in the earth at a repercussion in the sea

For video, I expected every winter severe storms to film the sea
Principally in Biarritz lighthouse or there is a fabulous view of the sea.
There is a cave during heavy swells is overwhelmed by the waves banging against the rocks.
But be very careful and some times it is better not stay to close.
If you want to see  a complete video of a day last year, my winning video is taken from here.

Video: “Keep it Clean”
Adam Fricke
Winter Springs, FL
My name is Adam Fricke. I’m 19 years old and I’m from Florida. I love to surf, play music, and travel. I’ve traveled extensively for surfing and every place I’ve visited, I’ve had the pleasure of being immersed in some beautiful water. Since the earth has been blessed with so much water, I feel it’s important to preserve it so that future generations can have the privilege of enjoying it just as we do. And to do that, we must, well…Keep it Clean!

March 13, 2012

Sewage Bill Stopped Again in FL Legislature

For a third time, public outcry blocked passage of pro-sewage legislation. Bill 724, filed by Miami Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, died in committee as the 2012 Florida legislative session ended at midnight March 9.

This years attempt to roll back compliance deadlines intended to end the discharge of over 300,000,000 gallons a day of inadequately treated sewage dumped into Southeast Florida coastal waters almost made it to the Senate floor for a vote. A companion bill easily passed the Florida House of Representatives without opposition from so-called pro-environmental lobbyists who were caught sleeping on the job.

In February outraged coral reef advocates and conservationists sent a joint letter to the Florida Senate urging representatives to vote against the bill. At the same time many hundreds of individuals responding to Action Alerts flooded the legislature with emails requesting the rules committee not advance the bill to the Senate floor for final passage.

It worked, for the second time in as many years the attempt to weaken the 2008 Florida Outfall law was blocked.

Sign on letter to the Florida Senate: http://www.scribd.com/doc/84820810/Sign-on-letter-SB-724

March 2, 2012 | 2 Comments

Florida SB 724 OUTFALL BILL

This year the Florida legislature has put renewed attack on the 2008 ocean outfall bill that outlaws the archaic practice of dumping 396,000,000 gallons a day of inadequately treated sewage into the coastal waters of southeast Florida. Last year your voices were heard and the attempt to delay the implementation of the outfall law was never brought to a vote in the Senate.

In the 2012 version of the bill, the shut-down date of 2025 for the sewage outfalls has not been extended.  It remains 2025, which was the date to which all agreed when the bill was written in 2008.  However, according to the analysis the 2012 bill:

  • Extends compliance deadlines by which ocean outfalls must meet Advanced Water Treatment (AWT) standards from 2018 to 2020.  It also extends the date for submission of a plan by the discharging permit holder from 2013 to 2014.
  • Allows utilities to comply with the 60 percent reuse requirement from their ENTIRE SERVICE AREAS RATHER THAN JUST FROM OCEAN OUTFALLS by 2025.  This provision will allow utilities the flexibility to find the most cost-effective method to achieve a 60 percent reuse for their service areas, however, it may also reduce the percentage of reuse derived from ocean outfalls.  The bill specifies that only facilities which shared a common ocean outfall as of July 1, 2008, are required to meet the 60 percent reuse requirement individually but may contract to share or transfer this responsibility with other utilities.
  • Allows utilities to continue backup discharges through ocean outfalls that are part of a functioning reuse system or other wastewater management system authorized by the DEP.
  • Specifies a complete plan be submitted to the Legislature by October 2014 with an update due by July 2018.
  • Requires the DEP, the South Florida Water Management District and affected utilities to evaluate the detailed plans and recommend to the Legislature adjustments, if necessary, to the reuse requirements in this bill.  The report is due to the Legislature by February 2015.

This bill has passed the FL House and is in the FL Senate Budget Committee with 1 more potential stop to the floor.

Click to read letter sent to the Florida Senate from environmental and industry organizations.

Recent article: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-water-reuse-deadline-delay-20120220,0,3479207.story

BUT, THERE IS STILL TIME TO STOP IT! We are asking for your help:

First:
Email the Florida Senate Committee on Rules and tell Chairman Senator John Thrasher you are opposed to the Miguel Diaz de la Portilla Senate Bill 724 (Domestic Wastewater Discharged Through Ocean Outfalls) and request the Committee on Rules not schedule SB 724 for a vote before the Senate.

Second:
If you live in Florida email your FL Senator and tell them you oppose Senate Bill 724 and if the bill comes before the Senate ask them to vote against it. (Click here to find your Senator).

If you do not live in Florida you can still help, Tell VISIT FLORIDA®, the states official tourism marketing corporation you do not want to visit Florida to swim in the sewage polluted ocean: http://www.visitflorida.com/feedback/

March 2, 2012

Restore Beach Testing Money

Urge the Obama Administration and the EPA to Restore Money for Beach Monitoring and Strengthen Water Quality Standards

Sign the Petition Today!

March 2, 2012

World Water Day & Movie Contest

San Clemente, CA (February 13, 2012) – In celebration of next month’s World Water Day, the Surfrider Foundation, Teva and GoPro are teaming up to host what may be one of the most unique video challenges ever; The 3 Second Movie Contest.

Between now and March 13th, the Surfrider Foundation is challenging its supporters to create and share a three second water-themed movie.  Entrants can then email their submissions to Surfrider Foundation at 3secMovie@surfrider.org for a chance to win one of three prize packages with gear from Teva and a GoPro camera.  The winners will be announced on March 22nd, World Water Day.

“Water is the foundation for all life on the planet.  Sadly, it only takes a few seconds to pollute water, spoiling it for everyone to use and enjoy,” says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “We created The 3 Second Movie Contest for World Water Day to celebrate clean water and also raise awareness about water quality issues and how they affect us all.

Founded in 1993 by the United Nations, World Water Day is a global observance that highlights the need for care and management of our world’s water resources.  The Surfrider Foundation celebrates World Water Day to help educate and drive awareness and support for its various clean water campaigns and programs.

For additional information on the Surfrider Foundation’s World Water Day activations, visit http://wwd.surfrider.org.
March 2, 2012

Help Restore the Gulf

Please ask your Senators to support the RESTORE Act (S. 1400) to ensure that fines collected from the BP oil spill are used to support ecosystem restoration in the Gulf of Mexico.

The BP disaster released millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, causing devastating impacts to the region’s beaches, coastal marshes, barrier islands, and wildlife. Yet, unless Congress takes action, fines issued through the Clean Water Act will be used for unrelated federal spending instead of urgently needed environmental restoration.

Restoring the Gulf will provide major benefits to the natural environment, and will also help protect the region’s economy including tourism, recreation, and commercial fishing.

Please TAKE ACTION to support this bipartisan bill and ensure that penalties from the BP disaster are dedicated to restoring the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem!

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