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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.

July 14, 2014

DC Council votes on EPS foam ban TODAY

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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!

#BanTheFoamDC

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July 11, 2014

Tweet EPS foam out of our rivers #BanTheFoamDC

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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.

Ban The Foam

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June 29, 2014

July chapter meeting this Wednesday, July 2

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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.

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