Urban water runoff is the #1 source of ocean pollution, and it erodes stream banks and creates flooding. Also, nutrients from fertllizers are a major cause of ocean acidification. The water could irrigate landscapes, recharge groundwater and help ensure base stream flows. Plus, plants do not need chemicals and commercial fertilizers. Click here to learn more about the problem. Read about how soil works to “sponge up” water, pollution, and carbon dioxide.
Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) revive our under-hydrated watersheds and polluted oceans by applying CPR – Conservation, Permeability and Retention – to our landscapes and hardscapes:
- C – Conserve water and wildlife habitat with native or climate appropriate plants.
- P – Permeable, living soil and hard surfaces that runoff to landscapes to filter pollutants, sponge up water for plants to tap into during dry months, and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmostphere.
- R – Retain rain as the first source of irrigation.
In 2014 Surfrider Oahu joined forces with Permablitz Hawai‘i to join our volunteer networks in creating sustainable gardens. The effort uses the principles of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Garden campaign and combines the sustainable techniques and reciprocal volunteer network of Permablitz Hawai‘i. This partnership between Surfrider Foundation – Oahu Chapter and Permablitz Hawai‘i is making magic happen. Thank you to Allen, Mike, and the whole team who are leading an amazing charge in coordination for these events and teaching volunteers with their extensive foodscaping knowledge. There is always such a great array of permablitz veterans and complete new-comers – which translates to a broader community educated and empowered to make a healthier and more sustainable island life. Spread your knowledge, make the movement move, build your own Surfrider Foundation: Ocean Friendly Gardens!