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Cyanobacteria - Cyanobacteria are aquatic bacteria, and are some of the oldest living organelles on Earth. Because these water-dwelling bacteria photosynthesize, they are also referred to as “blue-green algae.” Cyanobacteria can be found in many different environments, including freshwater and marine ecosystems. Despite being named “blue-green algae,” blooms may appear in many different colors including red, yellow, brown, blue, and green, and often form a scum on the water’s surface.
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Victoria, British Columbia Doesn't Treat Its Sewage
"Untreated sewage discharged directly into coastal waters pollutes the environment, poisons the food web, and poses a health risk to beach goers and resources users on both sides of the Strait. Dilution is not the solution to pollution. Victoria’s current practices of discharging only pre-filtered sewage is impairing the health of the Juan de Fuca Strait and all the fish, sea creatures, and people who depend on clean water and a healthy coastal ecosystem for their livelihood and recreation." - excerpt from letter to Capital Regional District Board members from Gillian Montgomery,Vice President of Surfrider Foundation Canadian Chapters.
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The Surfrider Foundation State of the Beach report is our continually-updated assessment of the health of our nation’s beaches. It is intended to empower concerned citizens and coastal managers by giving them the information needed to take action. For over ten years we have been collecting information on beach access, surf zone water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, shoreline structures, beach ecology and surfing areas to get an understanding of the condition of our nation’s beaches and the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to protect them.

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Beachapedia captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational campaigns on our coasts. By sharing this resource with the public we hope to provide tools and information to help communities make a positive impact on their local beaches. If you would like to contribute please visit this page.

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