After the success of our inaugural after-work paddle, we needed to hold a second. So, the chapter is organizing a paddle after work on the Potomac at 6:15pm TODAY (Thursday, May 22). Jam out of work ASAP and bring your SUP, prone board, kayak, or canoe to (or rent one at) the Key Bridge Boathouse and join the DC chapter for some good times on the river. No experience is needed and all are welcome to attend (including non-members). Come check out what the chapter is about. RSVP on Facebook or just show up!
Come help the DC Chapter clean up the Alexandria waterfront this Sunday, May 18 at 9am! There’s a bunch of polystyrene foam out there — maybe there’s something that D.C. can do to help with that?
Attending the cleanup will also enter you to win the Jack Johnson tickets for his June 5 show at Merriweather.
You can RSVP on Facebook (below) or just show up!
Join us at Key Bridge Boathouse on Tuesday at 6:15pm for our first Summer 2014 after-work paddle the Potomac! Interested in joining? RSVP on Facebook, email email@example.com, or just show on up at 6:15 ready to paddle!
You can bring your own SUP, kayak, canoe, prone boards, or rent one from Key Bridge Boathouse.
The very generous and wonderful Jack Johnson has graciously offered the chapter two free tickets to his show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 5.
Soooo…to decide who gets them, we’re holding a raffle until May 23. Here’s the rules: For every chapter event that you attend in May (until May 23), we’ll enter your name into the drawing to win the two tickets. If you win, you’ll win both tickets. Attend more than one event in May? Your name gets entered for every event you attend. We’ll do the drawing for the winner on May 23 at high noon!
Questions? Leave a comment below. We’ll see you in May!
After-work paddles, OBX surf trip, International Surf Day paddle, lots of cleanups, and free Jack Johnson tickets!
We’ll talk about all of these awesome upcoming events at our Summer Kick-Off chapter meeting this Wednesday, May 7, 7pm at Lululemon in Georgetown (map). 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.
Jack Johnson ticket giveaway!
Every chapter event you attend in May (including this Wednesday’s meeting) enters you to win two Jack Johnson tickets for his June show at Merriweather Post Pavilion! The more chapter events you attend, the more likely you’ll win the tickets. Learn more at this Wednesday’s meeting!
Our April chapter meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2 at 7pm. We’ll meet at Lululemon in Georgetown to talk river cleanups, surf trips, banning expanded polystyrene foam, and grab tacos after!
Lululemon Athletica, 3265 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (map link)
RSVP on Facebook or just show up!
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!