Profile: Paul Herzog
Ocean Friendly Gardens Coordinator
I have a B.A. in Political Science, but most of what I know is from hands-on experience. That experience includes almost fifteen years as a community organizer working on environmental and civic issues. I have learned a lot from my teachers, bosses and mentors. But the result of my work was limited in its ability to train and sustain a movement possibly because our strategy (in hindsight) lacked a way to bring the message home in a fun, hands-on and do-able way.
NoteStreams By Paul Herzog
The updating of an existing California law would move the state towards requiring the essential parts of the Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) approach in virtually all new development and redevelopment. Two-plus years of work by Surfrider and colleagues have paid off!
Our partners at G3/Green Gardens Group took the initiative to bring together the world's leaders in soil and how it can help save us from drought, climate catastrophe, and water pollution. The conference, Soil In The City ("dirty" version of Sex In The City), exposed us to how we treat our soil like dirt! From coastal cities to farms to rangelands, the restoration principles are the same. Let's get started turning dirt into soil!
This is the third article in my Earth Month series, that demonstrates how Surfrider chapters and clubs collaborate with local government staff and college students to build an Ocean Friendly Garden. This particular project in North Carolina helped tackle the problems of urban runoff polluting a former shell fishing bay as well as buffering the impacts of big storms.
In celebration of spring and Earth Day on April 22, what better way to show your love for Mother Earth than creating an ocean friendly, drought-resistant and cost-effective landscape!
Our Ocean Friendly Gardens program provides the tools and resources to beautify landscapes while using the least amount of water – saving time, money and protecting our ocean from the number one source of pollution: urban runoff.