Archive for February, 2010

Closing the Loop in Santa Clara County

February 23rd, 2010

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will vote on a plan today to build a new $52 million recycled water facility at the San Jose-Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant in Alviso that will convert sewage water to… more »

Decisions Nearing; Oil Companies Lobbying; Fishermen Worried

February 22nd, 2010

NATIONALInterior Secretary Sees Offshore Leasing Plan in 30-45 Days Salazar closes in on offshore drilling decision CALIFORNIA Oil company spending lavishly to get around Carpinteria law,0,3506662.columnThis is proposed onshore drilling, but it affects coastal and offshore resources. FLORIDAFlorida… more »

Surfrider partners with CA State Parks in San Diego County

February 21st, 2010

Shown in the photo, Brian Austin from San Diego Surfrider met with CA State Parks (San Diego County) superintendent Brian Ketterer to discuss methods to reduce cigarette butt pollution, including installation of cylindrical ashcans, and encouraging campers &… more »

Oregon Decides that Offshore Drilling is NOT THE ANSWER in its Territorial Sea

February 19th, 2010

Yesterday, the Oregon State Senate passed HB 3613 by a vote of 22-8. This bill restores the moratorium on offshore drilling for oil and gas within Oregon’s Territorial Sea (0-3nm) until 2020. This bill was supported by a… more »

Potable Reuse of Wastewater Being Considered in Florida

February 19th, 2010

A workshop on wastewater reuse was held at the University of South Florida on February 15. At the workshop, Mehul Patel of California’s Orange County Water District explained operation of the Groundwater Replenishment System, which produces about 70… more »

Cigarettes are litter too!

February 18th, 2010

Even in the southern United States, with its long tradition of tobacco farms and higher smoking rate, motorists in New Orleans are becoming increasingly aware of the cigarette litter problem on roads, and the associated water pollution and… more »

Waiting for Drilling Decisions, But Why Wait for Conservation?

February 17th, 2010

Florida Experts: 2010 may not be make, break for drilling East Coast US Reviews East Coast Exploration Timeline“In a letter to Congress, the Interior Department said it will complete the necessary steps to plan for the possibility of… more »

Thousands of Hands Across the Sand in Florida

February 16th, 2010

Hands at St. Pete Beach Hands at Cocoa Beach Here is just a sample of the media coverage for last Saturday’s Hands Across the Sand event in Florida to protest proposed new offshore oil drilling there: Thousands Hold… more »

February 16th, 2010

I read this article today and it really got me fired up again about HOAs and how they are the #1 culprit behind wasteful water practices, contributing to invasive plant expansion, and usage of highly toxic pesticides. I have been roadblocked… more »

Clean Water Costs Money. Dirty Water Costs More.

February 16th, 2010

I have been receiving some feedback and concerns regarding the $350 million per year of federal funding that the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act is proposing to authorize. This breaks down, theoretically, into $300 million to be… more »