The DC chapter is embarking on a campaign to further our goal of protecting our local rivers. The Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013 is a bill that Mayor Gray submitted to the DC City Council and a section of the bill will help curb one of the most prevalent pieces of litter in our rivers: expanded polystyrene (also commonly known as styrofoam, EPS, or just foam).1 The Anacostia Watershed Society says that foam makes up a quarter of all trash it finds in the river.2 The proposed legislation could help reduce the amount of foam that ends up in our rivers by prohibiting food service businesses (e.g., restaurants) from selling and using any foam containers. Here’s how you can help:
Make Trash Foam Known: The first critical step in this campaign is public awareness: you can help us spread the word about this bill by taking pictures of foam that you see around the city and posting it to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #banthefoamdc. We’ll also collect these pictures and use them to show the DC City Council how important this ban is to the environmental health of our local rivers and our city. Here’s an example tweet from a fellow chapter member:
— Michael Caruso (@mason13a) December 27, 2013
Foam-Free Businesses: You can also use the hashtag #foamfreedc if you visit a restaurant that isn’t using any foam and you want to applaud them for taking early steps to avoid this polluting material. We’ve been collecting these establishments and mapping them here: http://dc.surfrider.org/ban-the-foam/
Several other local organizations are joining us in our fight to have this bill passed by the DC City Council, including Trash Free Maryland, Anacostia Watershed Society, Alice Ferguson Foundation, and the Sierra Club.
We’ll have more updates on ways you can help in the coming weeks. If you’re interested in helping with this campaign in any other way, such as reaching out to businesses that have already chose to avoid foam, send an email to our chair email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Any help you can offer would be awesome!
Let’s make sure the only foam we see in the water is on the crest of a sweet, peeling left! #banthefoamdc
- Title IV, Subtitle A. [↩]
- http://www.anacostiaws.org/programs/stewardship/monitoring/nash-run-trash-trap [↩]
Our December chapter meeting is TOMORROW — this Wednesday, January 4 at 7pm at Lululemon in Georgetown. Come meet up with your fellow DC Chapter members, hear about what’s going on, and then grab some food and drinks after.
On the agenda:
* Julie Lawson will be talking about DC’s pending legislation to ban polystyrene (Styrofoam) and the chapter’s plans to support the bill
* December/January book club (we’re reading The Wave)
* The chapter’s January Polar Bear Plunge team
* The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
* Our 2014 event calendar
…phew! Lots to talk about!
As with recent tradition, we’ll head to Nick’s Riverside Grill on the Washington Harbor (a new, local watering hole for the chapter) to enjoy delicious grub and drinks.
All are welcome to attend our chapter meetings, including non-Surfrider members. Come for two minutes or two hours! If you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/413670745425352/
Come down to Lululemon in Georgetown tonight (Wednesday, November 6) at 7pm for our monthly chapter meeting!
We’ll recap our awesome activities from October and discuss our even more awesome November activities.
Afterwards, for those interested, we’ll walk over to Tackle Box for some celebratory fish tacos and drinks.
DC chapter members, here’s the deal: we’re not planning a location-specific cleanup this month, but we still want to take part in Surfrider’s RAPtober month of rising above plastics, so we’ve decided to hold a distributed, virtual cleanup! Here’s how we’d like you to help out:
(1) While you’re out on the water, at the beach, or running errands today, pick up at least two pieces of plastic litter to throw away, but don’t throw it out yet!
(2) Take a quick pic of the trash with your mobile device.
(3) Post the photo to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #raptober and mention @surfriderdc.
(4) Ok, now throw it out (or recycle, if possible).
At the end of the month, we’ll collect all those images uploaded and create a digital collage of the trash collected. If you don’t have an Instagram or Twitter account and don’t want to set one up, just email your picture to email@example.com and we’ll make sure it gets into the right hands.
Here’s an example of a chapter member posting their findings to Instagram, with the comment: “I went kayaking on the Anacostia today and picked up all of this just floating by me. Perfect timing for #raptober @surfriderdc”
Have fun with this! It’s virtual…and distributed…and helps clean up your local waters/community!
Come out to Buffalo Billiards in Dupont on Wednesday, October 16 to watch some surf flicks, drink a drink (or two), and hang with your fellow DC Chapter Surfrider members!
We’re also looking for movies to watch, so if you have a DVD and want to put it in the running to show, mention it in the comments below or on Facebook in the event’s comments (click here) — we’ll collect all the entries and put it to a vote.
Here’s the Facebook event:
Come out to Lululemon in Georgetown tonight (Wednesday, October 2) at 7pm for our October chapter meeting!
We’ll discuss our upcoming social/movie night, RAPtober cleanup, and a fall surf trip.
Would you take 10 minutes to fill out this survey to protect your coastal beaches: http://www.surfrider.org/mid-atlantic-recreation
Surfrider is collaborating with several other organizations to map recreational uses of the coast. The information will be submitted to the Ocean Data Portal run by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, an arrangement by the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia to improve the health of Mid-Atlantic ocean and coastal resources and ensure that they continue to contribute to the economic vitality of coastal communities.
Here’s more information from Surfrider on the survey: http://midatlantic.surfrider.org/?p=95. Please share this information with your friends who also enjoy the coast and its beaches!
Come out to Lululemon in Georgetown (map) for our July chapter meeting this Wednesday, July 10 at 7pm.
We’ll be discussing upcoming events for the chapter, Swim for Life open water swim, elections for executive committee positions, and past event updates. All are welcome, including non-members!
June 20 is International Surf Day! And here in DC, we’ll celebrate all river sports along with Surfing. Get ready to join us for an after-work paddle out starting at 6pm, followed by a happy hour and tabling to share Surfrider’s message. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ll need to rent a paddleboard or kayak, or if you’d like to help out at our table. Check on the page on this site dedicated to this celebration of our favorite sports!
Greetings all! Join us tomorrow, Wednesday June 5 for our monthly chapter meeting at Lululemon in Georgetown, 7pm. All are welcome. See you there!