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October 30, 2014 No Comments

November Chapter Meeting This Wednesday, November 5

Meet us at Lululemon in Georgetown on Wednesday, November 5 at 7pm. Pete Stauffer and Paul Herzog from Surfrider HQ are attending the meeting and will talk about their visit to DC and Ocean Friendly Gardens!

We’ll also discuss #BanTheFoamMoCo, a recap of our Fall OBX trip, and plans for 2015!

After the meeting, we’ll grab beers and snacks at a local establishment while we talk waves, including Hurricane Gonzalo epicness.

Map of Lululemon:

RSVP on Facebook:

Or, Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/D-C-Surfrider-Chapter/events/216573632/

October 10, 2014

[Canceled] Southwest Waterfront Cleanup with the DC Dragon Boat Club

Join us and the DC Dragon Boat Club on October 11th for a cleanup along the SW Waterfront!

Meet up at Gangplank Marina (600 Water St SW) at 10am. Bring your board (SUP), boat, or paddle-able flotation device. Volunteers without vessels will join together to paddle 1 of the Club’s dragon boats (holds 22 people! Imagine how much trash we can fit!)

Dress for the weather. Light, non-cotton layers highly recommended! Clean up supplies will be provided.

After the cleanup, we’ll celebrate our hard work at Cantina Marina!

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup! We hope to see you there!

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October 7, 2014

Email the foam out of our local waters #BanTheFoamMoCo

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Montgomery County: Not all wildlife is natural.

A quarter of trash collected from our local rivers is expanded polystyrene foam (often known as Styrofoam). Let’s make it zero.

The Montgomery County council has a hearing on Tuesday, October 14, about bill 41-14 to ban expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam from food service businesses and ban loose EPS foam packaging (you know…packing peanuts). Banning it at the source prevents it from reaching our rivers and waters.

If you live in Montgomery County, we need you to fill out the action alert below to tell your council members to pass this bill and help protect our local rivers and waterways!

Don’t live in Montgomery County? Share this with those who do.

Every email makes a difference…yes, even yours.

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October Chapter Meeting
September 30, 2014

October Chapter Meeting This Wednesday

October Chapter Meeting

We’re meeting at Lululemon in Georgetown this Wednesday at 7pm to recap September and talk about the awesomeness ahead for October (OBX trip this weekend, #BanTheFoamMoCo and Southwest Waterfront cleanup …spoiler alert). All are welcome, including non-members. We’ll grab drinks and chips after.

September 23, 2014

Adopted Beach Cleanup This Sunday

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Come to the Delaware Seashore this weekend for our adopted beach cleanup, some waves, and other fun coastal activities! Also, refreshments and supplies will be provided at the cleanup.

In addition to our beach cleanup, there are lots of other fun events going on near Ocean City the weekend of September 26th. Come spend the weekend with us!

Camp with us at Delaware Seashore Campground (Indian River Inlet)! We have 1 campsite (T07) already reserved for 2 nights that can accommodate 6 other people. Comment on Facebook to join our reservation: https://facebook.com/events/687118014690266. To reserve your own campsite, visit: http://delawarestateparks.reserveamerica.com/. There are lots of hotel options in the area for the non-camping crowd.

Our adopted beach is located at Keybox Road (at its intersection with Route 1 Coastal Hwy) in Delaware Seashore State Park.

Here’s a tentative schedule, join for as little or as much as you’d like:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th : 
– Drive up & camp with us at Delaware Seashore Campground (Indian River Inlet)
– Optional 11am – 10pm Bluegrass on the Bay in OC
– Optional evening/sunset paddle (Savages Ditch Rd)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th :
– Early AM wake up & surf
– Breakfast at campsite
– Optional 10am Pigs on the Beach Motorcycle Parade in OC 
– Optional 11am – 7pm Wine on the Beach in OC
– Optional 10am – 10pm Bluegrass on the Bay in OC
– Evening/sunset paddle, location TBD

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th :
– Early AM wake up & surf/paddle
– Breakfast at campsite
– 12pm cleanup
– 2pm head home

September 19, 2014

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2014

Get outdoors and help keep our local rivers clean for International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 20 at Anacostia National Park, 9am-12pm. Our friends at Ocean Conservancy have organized this cleanup and we’re pumped to join in.

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Driving directions (carpooling is extra karma points!):
* From 295: bit.ly/XQuabS
* From Pennsylvania Ave SE: bit.ly/1uZLlTm

We’re meeting at Anacostia Park, Section E. The Park is long and narrow and we’ll be gathering more towards the north end, near their Aquatic Resources
Education Center, here: http://goo.gl/maps/14n48

Look for our new Surfrider flag!  Cleanup supplies provided.  Wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle and sunscreen.

September Chapter Meeting
September 1, 2014

September Chapter Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 3



Come chat with your fellow surf and SUP community at the chapter meeting this Wednesday, September 3, 7pm, Lululemon Georgetown (map).  We’ll recap the end of summer activities, talk Fall and Spring plans, and meet the Surfrider Foundation’s Legal Fellow, Maggie Coulter.  Maggie will talk about her work within Surfrider.

After the meeting, we’ll walk over to a local establishment to exchange stories of the epic Cristobal swell over drinks and chips.

All are welcome to attend, including non-members, spectators, and curious strangers!  RSVP on Facebook or just show up!

August Chapter Meeting
August 3, 2014

August Chapter Meeting This Wednesday (free Chipotle and Barefoot wine…yeah!)

August Chapter Meeting

Our August chapter meeting is this Wednesday, August 6, 7pm at Lululemon Georgetown (map).  

We’ll celebrate the victory in D.C. to ban expanded polystyrene foam in D.C. eateries.  We’ll have free Chipotle and Barefoot wine on hand for all attendees to enjoy!  John Weber, the Surfrider Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager (also the guy getting shacked below), will be in attendance to chat about what campaigns Surfrider is working on at the National and local level here in the Mid-Atlantic.

Come hang with the chapter.  We’ll grab drinks after the meeting at Chadwick’s in Georgetown.  RSVP on Facebook or just show up!

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July 24, 2014

2014 David Stemper Memorial River Cleanup this Saturday

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We’re having a river cleanup this Saturday on the Anacostia. Come get outdoors, help clean our local rivers, and remember a honored chapter member, David Stemper.  Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/318625124962076/

…also, we’ll have canoes for all volunteers…yeah, canoes! Who can turn this down? We’ll see you Saturday.

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July 14, 2014

D.C. Council Passes Bill to Ban EPS Foam from D.C. Eateries

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This afternoon, the D.C. City Council unanimously voted to pass a bill that bans D.C. eateries from using expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, also known as Styrofoam.  This bill affects our rivers because one in every four pieces of trash collected from D.C. rivers is EPS foam.

*THANK YOU* to all of our members and supporters for your help in this campaign, including everyone who contacted their councilmember to express support for this bill. We also want to thank the City Councilmembers for their votes in support of this bill.  If you’d like to tweet a thank you to your councilmember for their vote in support of this bill, visit the updated banthefoam.org.

Banning EPS foam at the source will prevent it from harming our beautiful, local rivers.

Speaking of our beautiful local rivers, if you want to enjoy one of those rivers tomorrow (Tuesday, July 15), we’re having an after-work paddle at 6:15pm (weather permitting)…come join us and celebrate this epic victory!  Details (and weather updates) here.

The bill must still be signed by the mayor and approved by Congress, but we are hopeful that both steps will be met without resistance.  Nonetheless, we are watching to ensure both steps are completed and the bill becomes law.

The DC Chapter worked in coalition with a number of excellent organizations in the D.C. area to support the passage of this bill.  We want to take this opportunity to thank them: DC chapter of the Sierra Club, Trash Free Maryland, D.C. Environmental Network, Institute of Local Self-Reliance, Energy Justice Network, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Anacostia Watershed Society, Clean Water Action, Anacostia Riverkeeper and Sustainable Community Initiatives.

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