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March 2, 2015

Georgetown Nonmotorized Boathouse Zone Development Plan

Comments are due this Friday, March 6 at midnight! Please submit your comments now (see form below).

The National Park Service may redevelop the Georgetown waterfront near Key Bridge. Tell NPS you support increased public access to the river that respects the local environment.

Since 2012, the National Park Service (NPS) has been conducting a Non-Motorized Boat Zone study for redevelopment of the Georgetown waterfront at and upriver of Key Bridge.  The D.C. Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been monitoring this study closely as it potentially impacts public access to the river.  We were interviewed regarding our usage of the zone, and are excited and supportive of NPS’s efforts to improve public access to the Georgetown waterfront.

The current study show a few proposals that offer options such as an additional public access point and new boathouse facilities (possibly for collegiate and high school rowing groups).

Public comment on these proposals is due March 6.  Afterwards, NPS will conduct an environmental assessment regarding the alternatives detailed in the study.

The D.C. Chapter has prepared a letter to NPS detailing our support for increased public access, as well as our concerns regarding erosion and other environmental concerns regarding new waterfront construction.

You can review, revise and submit the letter below:

(Note: The National Park Service can make all information submitted below publicly available.)

First name (OPTIONAL):

Last name (OPTIONAL):

City:

State/Territory:

Postal Code:

Comments (revise as needed):

Edit this letter as you see fit. NPS measures the frequency of key words and phrases in all comments.

Join us for our meeting this Wednesday to learn more about this study and next steps.

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February 17, 2015

2015 Kickoff Chapter Meeting

Help kick off the chapter’s 2015 calendar!

We’ll talk about our 2015 goals, upcoming spring events, and a look ahead to the epicness of summer. You don’t need to be a member to attend…all are welcome!

We’ll grab drinks and chips after at a local watering hole.

When: Wednesday, March 4, 7pm
Where: Lululemon Georgetown, 3265 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007


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RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/599376953529477/

RSVP on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/D-C-Surfrider-Chapter/events/220585386/

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February 3, 2015

BOEM Hearing on February 9

Ever surfed in OBX, paddled at Chincoteague, or swam in Virginia Beach? Let’s protect these treasured coastal spots from disaster.

BOEM just issued its plan to allow oil and gas drilling in the Mid-Atlantic.
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Drilling includes seismic surveys, drilling operations, oil transport by tankers, and the installation of platforms, pipelines, and other infrastructure. Collectively these activities would significantly damage both the environment and related economies, while exposing the East Coast to the risk of a catastrophic oil spill.

The Surfrider Foundation opposes these plans. Help protect our local coastlines from the dangers of oil and gas drilling: attend the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hearing here in D.C. on Monday, February 9 and tell BOEM to protect our local Mid-Atlantic coastlines.

RSVP on our Facebook event so that we know you’re coming and show up any time between 1pm and 7pm:

Can you make it to the 1pm rally before the hearing starts? Awesome! Please email chair@dc.surfrider.org. We’re looking for early attendees.

Let’s prevent this from happening in the Mid-Atlantic:

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Can’t make it to the hearing? Submit your comments to BOEM online here. Not sure what to say? Surfrider has created this sample comment.
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January 25, 2015

VICTORY: Montgomery County Bans Foam

Montgomery County, Maryland has banned expanded polystyrene foam in food packaging, for consumer use, and packing peanuts!

Expanded polystyrene foam, known as Styrofoam, makes up a quarter of all trash found in our local rivers. Banning this trash at the source — where it’s distributed to consumers — will help prevent it from reaching our rivers. That means less trash in the rivers we paddle and swim in.

Our friends at Trash Free Maryland summarize the legislation:

- On January 1, 2016, restaurants and carryouts will be banned from using expanded polystyrene foam food packaging (like clamshells, plates and cups). County offices and contractors will also be required to use recyclable or compostable alternatives for all disposable food packaging.
– On January 1, 2017, all disposable food packaging at restaurants and carryouts must also be recyclable or compostable.

The Montgomery County ban also includes sale of foam food packaging for consumer use (like 100-packs of cups you might buy at the grocery store) and foam packing peanuts, effective January 2016.

Thank you to all of the organizations who helped to make this happen, especially Trash Free Maryland for leading the way! A special thanks to Councilmembers Leventhal, Berliner, and Riemer, and all of the MoCo councilmembers for leading the charge to pass this important legislation.

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January 12, 2015

Happy Hour Wednesday

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While we’re in hibernation mode for the winter and planning for 2015, come grab a drink with us at Buffalo Billiards in Dupont this Wednesday, January 14 @ 7pm!

Where’s Buffalo Billiards:

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