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April 2006 issue
Welcome to the April 2006 issue of the Surfrider Foundation eNews USA, an email newsletter from the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit, coastal environmental organization at http://www.surfrider.org. The Surfrider Foundation National Office, with Jim Moriarty as Executive Director, produces the eNews. Mark Babski, firstname.lastname@example.org, is the editor. For more news, see Surfrider Foundation's Coastal News web page and blog. To unsubscribe, see the bottom of this email.
Laguna Beach High School Surfrider Club
EPA Honors the Laguna Beach High School Surfrider Club
During the agency's 8th annual Environmental Awards ceremony in San Francisco on April 18, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Wayne Nastri presented plaques to thirty-nine organizations and individuals throughout the Pacific Southwest in recognition of their efforts to protect and preserve the environment in 2005. The Laguna Beach High School Surfrider Club was the first award presented. Laguna Beach High School Surfrider Club was selected for its initiative in testing ocean water on a weekly basis, and posting results for public access. For more info, read Surfrider Foundation's blog and also see the Surfrider Foundation Laguna Beach Chapter site.
Oahu Chapter's 'Roundtable for Sewage Spill Solutions' with Chapter Chair Peter Cole at the podium in the background Surfrider's Oahu Chapter Is Helping to Look for Solutions to Sewage Spills and Ill-Planned Developments
In the wake of last month's disastrous 50+ million gallon sewage spill into Waikiki, the Surfrider Foundation's Oahu Chapter organized a very successful 'Roundtable for Sewage Spill Solutions' at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. More than 40 experts attended, representing most groups that know something about some aspect of sewage or the ocean. Participants included an oceanographer, a coastal geologist, a microbiologist, a runoff control planner, an environmental engineer, a state representative, a state senator, an infectious disease doctor, paddling club representatives, several environmental non-profit organization representatives, a representative of Waikiki businesses, other scientists, as well as some companies with technology currently used to clean up sewage spills in other parts of the world. In addition to water quality issues, the Oahu Chapter is also actively involved in opposing 2 ill-planned developments at Kaka'ako and Turtle Bay. See the Oahu Chapter's web site and Chair Peter Cole's blog for more info.
ANWR Drilling Not in House Budget Bill
House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle has chosen not to include anticipated drilling revenues from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in the House budget bill. This means that it's unlikely (but not impossible) that drilling proponents in Congress will be able to include ANWR in the upcoming, reconciled budget bill. The exclusion of ANWR from the budget bill is important, since budget bills are exempt from filibusters in the Senate. In any event, the exclusion of ANWR in the House budget bill (by a Republican Chair, no less) is a positive sign that more members of Congress are willing to maintain protection of ANWR, considered by many to be America's greatest coastal wilderness. However, recent publicity about high gasoline prices has some politicians still talking about opening up ANWR to drilling, so this battle is certainly not over. More info.
Jersey Shore Chapter's 'Beach Replenishment Forum'
Surfrider's Jersey Shore Chapter Educates Army Corps and Local Officials on Beach Fill
The Jersey Shore Chapter held a 'Beach Replenishment Forum' to further educate residents and visitors of Long Beach Island, NJ about the potential pitfalls of a massive dredge and fill beach replenishment project. The chapter seeks to modify the project due to concerns about negative impacts on recreational resources like fishing and surfing as well as unsafe swimming conditions which have occurred following other projects. Over 100 people attended this free 90 minute presentation, and they weren't just the typical Surfrider crowd. There were many beachfront property owners, professionals, retired people, and candidates for office. All in attendance were pleased with the forum, and several people commented that they learned more in one-and-a-half hours than they had in the last five months of meetings with the State DEP, the Army Corps and local elected officials. For more info on this and other Jersey coast issues, see the Surfrider Foundation's Jersey Shore Chapter web site.
Bush Administration Proposes 5-Fold Increase in Offshore Fish Farming
The Bush Administration is proposing a five-fold increase in fish farming during the next ten years. Specifically, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would implement a fish farm permit process for the offshore federal waters falling within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that lies from 3 to 200 miles offshore of our coasts and encompasses some 3.4 million square miles. The Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees NOAA, has been discussing the fish farm proposal. Fortunately, some Senate Committee members have voiced concerns over having proper environmental safeguards, as the fish-farming industry, as it currently stands, has been nothing short of an environmental disaster. More info.
International Surfing Day, June 21, 2006
International Surfing Day is Coming!
Don't miss out on participating in the 2nd Annual International Surfing Day, June 21st 2006. On this day, surfers all over the world unite to celebrate the sport of surfing. For those of us living above the equator, it's the longest day of the year - so there's no excuse for not paddling out there and getting wet. International Surfing Day is also a great opportunity for all of us to give something back to our Mother Ocean. As such, the Surfrider Foundation and its network of grassroots chapters and international affiliates will be hosting over 30 beach clean-up events across the United States and throughout the globe. For more information on International Surfing Day, go to http://www.surfingthemag.com. International Surfing Day is presented by Surfing Magazine, Billabong, Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, Kustom, Von Zipper and the Surfrider Foundation.
Surfrider Foundation's Celebrity Surf Jam, June 10, 2006
Stars, Pros and Everyday Joe's Square Off in This Year's Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam
Surfrider Foundation's Celebrity Surf Jam once again returns to the world famous Huntington Beach Pier on June 10th, 2006! Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event that pits teams comprised of top pro surfers, various celebrities from the world of music, film, television and sport, and Surfrider Foundation activists from across the country against one another in the National Surf League's incredible "GAME" format. This year's competitors include pro surfers Pat O'Connell, Rob Machado and Tim Curran, Incubus singer Brandon Boyd and Courtship of Eddie's Father star Bandon Cruz and activists from Surfrider Foundation's Eastern Long Island, Laguna Beach and Texas chapters. Who will be joining them? You'll have to wait and see! For more information on the event, log on to http://www.surfrider.org/surfjam. Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam is presented by Op, adidas and FedEx.
Surfrider Foundation USA's popular web site now with "My Account" functionality
"My Surfrider Account" Launched!
Want to update your address? Wondering when your membership expires? Need a new membership card? As a Surfrider Foundation member, you can now manage your membership online! You can change your address, review your member status, view your expiration date, renew your membership and even print a new membership card. It's easy to set up your account. Just use your current email address and you will be sent a password to log in. It's simple!
To make renewing as easy as possible for our members, we also offer automatic membership renewals! We will charge your credit card annually and automatically extend your membership one year. It saves you the hassle of renewing by mail and it helps us to save paper and postage. Create your membership account today!
Vans Era model
Vans and Surfing Magazine Release "Surfrider Foundation" Era Shoes
Just in time for summer, Vans has teamed up with Surfing Magazine to bring the six of the country's most famous breaks to life. These limited edition Era model shoes feature timeless photos of six classic surf breaks, including Huntington Beach, Steamer Lane, Blacks, Off the Wall, Montauk Long Island and Sebastian Inlet. A portion of the proceeds from each shoe sold will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation, so head down to your local Vans store and pick up a pair today! For more information on Vans, go to www.vans.com
Drink Monster Energy and Help Protect Our Beaches!
From now until the end of the year, Monster Energy drink is donating $ .10 for every tab collected and mailed to them. Packed with Taurine and Ginsing, Monster Energy packs a punch of energy while still going down smooth. So drink Monster Energy and send those tabs to "SAVE YOUR BEACHES, 1010 Railroad Street, Corona, CA 92882" For more information on Monster Energy drinks go to www.monsterenergy.com.
Gas Prices Got You Down? Buy this Toyota Highlander Hybrid!
This June, the Surfrider Foundation will be auctioning off a 2006 Highlander Hybrid as part of its International Surfing Day celebration. This gas/electric version of Toyota's popular Highlander is the world's first seven-passenger hybrid sports utility vehicle, and produces 80% fewer smog-forming emissions than conventionally powered SUVs. Thanks to our friends at Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, 100% of the winning auction amount will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation to assist in its efforts to protect and preserve our world's oceans, waves and beaches. Go to surfingthemag.com's web page for more details.
Celebrate Spring with a Gift to the Surfrider Foundation!
Mother's Day - May 14 Father's Day - June 18
Memorial Day - May 29 Internat'l Surfing Day - June 21 And don't forget about Graduation!
Spring is here and it's the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the special ocean lover in your life! Why not make a donation to the Surfrider Foundation in the name of your Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Niece, Nephew or Grandchild? It makes a perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day or for the Grad in your life! You can make a tribute gift honoring your loved one by visiting our secure donations page. Also, Gift memberships are available online! Add an extra touch to those cards and flowers by making a gift to protect our oceans, waves and beaches today!
Surfrider's organic cotton Clean Water t-shirt
Coastal Factoid of the Month
17 Teaspoons of Chemicals for 1 Non-Organic, Cotton T-Shirt
"... it takes loads of chemicals to grow cotton: 24 per cent of all insecticides and 11 per cent of all pesticides used in the world go on cotton fields. That is 17 teaspoons of chemicals for one T-shirt. They are highly toxic to farmers, pollute soils and rivers and end up in the ocean." - excerpt from the PocketLint.co.uk article.
See Surfrider Foundation's current Coastal Factoid, usually updated 5 days per week.
Surfrider Foundation Blog: Check out the Surfrider Foundation blog. News and views from the Surfrider Foundation.
Surfrider Foundation job opening: Litigation Manager and Water Quality Coordinator positions are available. More info and how to apply.
You can become a Surfrider Foundation member by signing up online at our easy, secure Membership signup page at http://www.surfrider.org/join. Make a real difference for your local beaches and volunteer your time at one of Surfrider Foundation's 60 Chapters located along the U.S. coast. How to get started? See the Surfrider Foundation Chapters page for Chapter contact and meeting info.
Surfrider Member Benefits: Being a member of Surfrider Foundation has great benefits! Check out these offers from: Surfline, Surfer's Path and from Surfrider Foundation Retail Members all over the U.S.! As a Surfrider Foundation member, you're also eligible to join Western Federal Credit Union. Western's products and services include low rate loans, checking accounts, Online Banking with FREE Bill Pay, convenient account access at 19 branches, over 1,450 CU Service Centers® Network locations, and over 19,000 FREE CO-OP ATMs. To take advantage of this great benefit, visit http://www.western.org.
Don't Forget About Employee Matching Gifts: Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please contact your company's human resources department or contact us at email@example.com and tel. 949-492-8170. Most companies match dollar for dollar, and some will double or triple match donors' gifts. If your gift is eligible, simply request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it - completed and signed - along with your gift, to:
Surfrider Foundation-Director of Development
PO Box 6010
San Clemente, CA 92674.
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