“Be a part of the solution, not the pollution”

The largest source of water pollution cannot be traced to any one point — it’s all of us.


Pollutants “run off” our streets, neighborhoods and landscapes, wastefully and needlessly fouling our coastal waterways and ocean. You can take simple steps in your own garden to create beautiful landscapes that capture the eye of your neighbors while capturing the polluted runoff that flows to our local beaches.

Whenever water leaves a property it has the ability to take pollutants with it. Fertilizers, pesticides and oil are easily picked up by the power of water. While this runoff is greatest during rain storms, urban runoff occurs all year round as a result of improper irrigation, washing cars, and hosing down driveways.

Runoff from residential landscapes affects the quality of our oceans and the quality of our lives. The sediment in water reduces clarity; nutrients increase algae populations and red tides; bacteria close beaches; debris can choke and suffocate aquatic species; and pesticides picked up off a landscape can poison fish consumed by humans — all of which degrade the natural beauty, and our enjoyment, of the ocean.


The good news is that you can help bring back healthy coasts and oceans though CPR© — Conservation, Permeability and Retention. It’s a way for all of us to design and maintain our gardens so that we can reduce urban runoff — and the pollutants that go with it.

Surfrider Foundation partners with water agencies and others through educational and outreach efforts. Look for details on chapter Ocean Friendly Garden program pages on chapter websites and in future email announcements.

Photo Credit: Scott Dreger

For more information regarding Ocean Friendly Gardens in the Huntington Beach/Seal Beach area:

KC Fockler

Ocean Friendly Gardens


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