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March 10, 2015

Chad Nelson Talk at Creative Mornings

The Surfrider Foundation’s CEO, Chad Nelson, talks to Creative Mornings in San Diego about creativity, surfing, and Surfrider:

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March 9, 2015

Ban Plastic Microbeads in Maryland: Support SB 200


Face → Drain → River → Ocean.
Maryland: help us keep plastic microbeads out of our products.

Microbeads. The tiny pieces of polyethylene plastic included in many facial personal care products.

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Some products have 300,000 plastic microbeads in one container! When used, these plastic beads go down the drain and into our rivers and oceans. They may seem small, but they have a massive effect on marine ecosystems, including ingestion by fish. Why pollute our rivers and oceans with plastic when all we want to do is keep our face clean and our teeth brushed? This doesn’t make sense when there’s many microbead-free alternatives available.

Maryland is considering banning plastic microbeads.

Live in Maryland? TAKE ACTION: Contact your state senator and tell them to “SUPPORT SB 200 AS PASSED BY COMMITTEE”. Let’s keep these microbeads out of our rivers and oceans.

Want more information? Visit beatthemicrobead.org and see this great infographic:

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Photo credit: Surfrider Foundation Europe, 5 Gyres Institute

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March 7, 2015

Cold Heaven

Fun winter in Delmarva this year. A beautiful (and HD) surf short from Matt Adams. Bravo, Matt.

Have you gotten out this winter?

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March 7, 2015

Annapolis Offshore Drilling Public Meeting

This Monday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding a public meeting in Annapolis to explain its plans to allow drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic.

This is an opportunity to provide public comments to BOEM about how you use and enjoy the Atlantic and why drilling would negatively impact those uses. Please join Surfrider and several other organizations in telling BOEM that drilling in the Atlantic is not acceptable. Details below.

RSVP on Facebook:

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March 2, 2015

Georgetown Nonmotorized Boathouse Zone Development Plan

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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