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From testing our coastal waters to ensuring that runoff stays in your garden to reducing plastic pollution, Surfrider's programs help ensure that our marine ecosystems are protected.

Beach Cleanups

A Surfrider Foundation program to tackle the ocean litter issue – primarily caused by plastic pollution - through education for action, community science, and campaigns. We are all part of the solution and together we can restore our coastlines, one beach at a time.

Volunteer uses grabber and bucket to pick up trash along beach
Young man reaches down into water along the shore

Blue Water Task Force

The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), is the Surfrider Foundations volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. Our chapters use this program to alert the public and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions.

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program tackles plastic pollution at its source. One restaurant, one customer at a time, it increases awareness, drives behavior change, and ultimately creates scalable impact to reduce our plastic footprint.

Bowls of hot food on a table
Volunteers install an ocean friendly garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens

The Ocean Friendly Gardens program sees landscapes and streets as solutions to water pollution and more.

Rise Above Plastics

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

Volunteer holds up handful of plastic straws from a beach cleanup
Students in a classroom listening to a presentation

Youth Programs

Sonoma Coast Surfrider conducts educational and hands-on activities with youth of all ages that foster stewardship of the coastal environment. These include school presentations and events, support for students’ senior projects, water testing and beach cleanups. Marine debris, plastic pollution, ocean protection and coastal preservation are core topics we cover. Our goal is to develop awareness of issues affecting our waterways and coastlines that nurtures a passion to make a difference in the world around us.