The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. Our chapters use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions. The BWTF has demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness of these incidents and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution solutions.
We are witnessing the largest assault on our ocean in American history. The Trump Administration plans to open the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic to new offshore oil drilling – a dirty and destructive business that will harm our ocean and coastal communities. The Surfrider Foundation is opposed to offshore oil drilling in new areas.
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. Most plastic pollution at sea starts out as litter on land and then, through storm drain systems and waterways, is brought to our coastline and oceans. Beach cleanups can reduce litter, protect our ocean and raise awareness about litter and plastic pollution.
Sonoma Coast Surfrider began its youth service activities in response to interest from young people who wished to become more involved in coastal conservation. These activities range from beach cleanups to water testing to school presentations and special events.
The goal of the Clean Water Initiative is to reduce and eliminate ocean pollution so it is safe to surf, swim and play in the ocean. Surfrider chapters and activists are building awareness of local water pollution problems and advocating for solutions that can protect local water supplies and prevent pollution from reaching the ocean.
Urban runoff is often the primary source of ocean pollution. The Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program educates and assists people in creating landscapes that utilize native plants, permeable groundcovers and water retention features to prevent urban runoff, create wildlife habitats and design beautiful spaces. Vegetable gardens can be OFGs too, as long as they “apply CPR.”