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.
The DC City Council votes TODAY on the ban of expanded polystyrene foam (often referred to as Styrofoam) in DC eateries.
Tweet your councilmember this morning and let’s make EPS foam extinct from DC eateries, preventing it from harming our rivers: http://banthefoam.org/
Every tweet makes a difference..yes, even yours!
Not all river wildlife is natural.
A quarter of trash collected from D.C. rivers is expanded polystyrene foam (often known as Styrofoam). Let’s make it zero.
The D.C. Council votes Monday morning on a bill to ban EPS foam from food service businesses, like restaurants, cafes, delis, coffee shops, vending trucks/carts, and food trucks. Banning it at the source prevents it from reaching our rivers. We need your tweets to tell the DC council that this bill needs to pass for the protection of our DC rivers.
Visit banthefoam.org and tweet your councilmember to ban the foam. Every tweet makes a difference…yes, even yours.
We’re meeting at Lululemon in Georgetown (map) at 7pm this Wednesday, July 2 for our July chapter meeting. We’ll catch up on the Ban The Foam campaign, ISD 2014, our adopted beach cleanup, and talk about upcoming events, including after-work paddles, more cleanups, and a late Summer/early Fall OBX surf trip. We’ll also talk about the volunteers we need for upcoming events and campaigns.
After the meeting, we’ll grab drinks at Chadwick’s (map) and talk chapter things.
RSVP on Facebook or just show up!
Always wanted to get more involved with Surfrider, but haven’t had a chance? Now’s your chance! Come on down on Wednesday.
Join us Saturday, June 28th at our adopted beach for a cleanup from 12pm to 2pm. Refreshments and supplies will be provided. Bring old sneakers to go trash hunting in the dunes. Our adopted beach is located at Keybox Road (at its intersection with Route 1 Coastal Hwy) in Delaware Seashore State Park.
Drive up Friday, June 27th and camp with us at Delaware Seashore Campground (Indian River Inlet). To reserve a campsite, please visit: http://delawarestateparks.reserveamerica.com/. The Delaware Seashore State Park campground at Indian River Inlet is located off Route 1 Coastal Hwy just south of the Indian River bridge. After crossing over the bridge, make your 1st right onto Turn Point Rd, and then your next left into the campground.
If you need a ride, or have a free seat in your car, please post on Facebook!
Hope to see you there!
The D.C. Council is planning to vote this Tuesday at 10am on the D.C. Omnibus Act that would ban food service businesses from using expanded polystyrene foam.
Please contact your D.C. Council member and tell them you support the bill that will help keep our rivers clean from foam trash!
Visit banthefoam.org for more information.
Come celebrate International Surfing Day DC-style on the Potomac River with your awesome Surfrider friends! Join us for an after work paddle out of Columbia Island Marina. Depending upon conditions, we’ll paddle up river to Three Sisters (or until we get tired). Prone paddlers welcome!
After enjoying our time on the water, we continue sharing the summer stoke by grilling, hanging out, and talking about all the great things the chapter is going to be doing the rest of the year!
We hope to see you out there on the water with us!
Come to Key Bridge Boathouse on Tuesday, June 17 at 6:15pm for the chapter’s after-work paddle.
There’s rentals if you don’t have your own board and chapter members will be in attendance to help newbies to learn the ropes. Come on out and cool off on the river!
Our June chapter meeting is this Wednesday, June 4 at Lululemon in Georgetown at 7pm. RSVP to the meeting on Facebook or just show up! Anyone is welcome to attend, including non-members.
After the meeting, we’ll grab drinks somewhere local and share summer stoke.
Interested in surfing in the Outer Banks this weekend? We’re headed down to Frisco, NC to camp, surf, grill, and enjoy all that OBX has to offer. More details here: http://dc.surfrider.org/obx.
If you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP here: