October 22, 2012

RAPtober Cleanup

Hey Surfrider DC! This month Surfrider celebrates RAPtober, a month-long campaign to raise awareness for its Rise Above Plastics program. We wanted to hold a cleanup for RAPtober, but this is difficult to organize given people’s schedules. So, we decided to hold a distributed cleanup! Everyone gets to hold their own mini one-person cleanup whenever and wherever is most convenient! It’s simple! Here’s what you do:

(1) See plastic trash outdoors (It’s everywhere, but keep a look out on your way to work, outside your house, at the park, or whenever you see some trash.)

(2) Before October ends, pick up at least two (2) pieces of plastic trash and take a picture of you holding the items (use a napkin if it’s gross, but don’t pick up dangerous stuff):










(3) Throw the trash out! (or recycle, if appropriate)

(4) Post the picture you took to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and mention Surfrider DC:

* On Twitter: @surfriderdc
* On Facebook: @dcsurfrider
* On Instagram: @surfriderdc

Tag the picture with: #RAPtober

Need some help? Here’s an example tweet:

(5) That’s it!

We only have 9 days of October left, so have at it! After October, we’ll collect all these images and put them together into an (hopefully) awesome collage! Take and post one picture, or post tons! We’ll collect everything. Have questions? Email michael.j.caruso@gmail.com.

October 18, 2012

[Update: CANCELLED] Paint Branch Stream Cleanup This Saturday, October 20

[Update October 18: this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for the spring.  We will update you when we hear more details about the rescheduled date.]

Paint Branch Trail-12

Want to enjoy the outdoors this weekend and help clean up Paint Branch stream near College Park, Maryland?  Come join a group of Surfrider DC members this Saturday as they volunteer with the Anacostia Watershed Society to clean this beautiful park.  They will be discarding any trash-worthy items along the park’s trail systems and the stream itself.  Do you have water-proof boots?  Bring them and help clean along the stream!

Here’s the details:

What: Paint Branch Community Cleanup

When: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Meet in College Park, just off of Lakewood Rd.  If you are headed south on Rt. 1 from 495, turn left on Lakewood Rd.  Please click here for a map of meeting location.

Below are more details from our friends at the Anacostia Watershed Society:

Please plan on arriving by 10:00am to allow ample time to sign in and get settled before the event begins.

A Signed Waiver is Required to Participate:

Please make sure you do one of the following:

1. Sign in on the day of the event (we will have extra copies of the waiver form)
2. Fill out and bring the following waiver to the event: AWS Paint Branch Waiver

What to Expect:

· AWS cleanups generally involve picking up trash and debris within the Anacostia River watershed.

· All of our volunteer events have an educative approach; AWS staff will talk about our watershed and the history and ecology of the area, and will be sure to point out interesting native plants and animals.

· AWS staff will brief everyone about basic safety measures to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience!

What to Bring:

· Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required for all events. If you have rain boots or waders, please bring them as we will be walking in the stream as well and have a limited number of boots.

· Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

· Sunscreen, bug spray, and a water bottle.

· All tools and supplies necessary will be provided.

Physical Requirements: This event will involve standing and walking for long periods of time, bending, kneeling, lifting, etc. etc. Please be cautious — if you think any of the above activities will be problematic for you, consider joining us for another event.

Youth: If there are any members of the group who are under 18 years of age, they will need to have their parent or guardian (teacher, adult family member, etc.) stay for the duration of the event. Parents or guardians do not have to participate, but do need to be present.

Restrooms: . . . are not available at this park. We recommend arriving “on empty”.

Carpooling: Please let Heather know ahead of time if you wish to carpool; she is coming from Arlington, and another Surfrider volunteer said that he would be willing to carpool and is coming from the Cleveland Park area of DC. If you would like to carpool with him, please contact Heather to get you in touch with him.

Cancellation Policy:

· This event will be held rain or shine!


October 16, 2012

Next Meeting: Wednesday, October 17

The next chapter meeting is on Wednesday, October 17 at 7pm at the Lululemon in Georgetown (map).

At this upcoming meeting, we will discuss:

  • the planning of our plastics campaign
  • a recap of the Surfrider East Coast Conference
  • outstanding member discussion items

All are welcome to attend!  If you’d like, join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/356465081109607/


September 11, 2012

Paddle for Humanity

Thanks again to all our amazing volunteers who helped out this weekend at Paddle for Humanity! Here’s a great article on the race from SUP Magazine’s Web site. Congratulations to our River Outreach Coordinator, Mary Catherine Bain, on her 1st place finish!

September 8, 2012

September Meeting

Please join us for our September Chapter Meeting next WEDNESDAY in Georgetown. The meeting is open to all new and veteran members and volunteers, so bring family and friends! We’ll see you at Baked & Wired in Georgetown, September 12 at 7:00pm.