Mid-AtlanticWelcome to Surfrider in the Mid-Atlantic! Here you can find Surfrider news and information from the five states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia plus Washington DC. More Details
Another year has come and gone! What have the nine chapters in the Mid-Atlantic been up to in 2017? A lot! You can read about some of the many fun events and programmatic work that happened this year in our quarterly updates (here and here) on the Mid-Atlantic Surfrider website.
In fall 2017, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and the Surfrider Foundation co-hosted a series of four workshops in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia. MARCO is a partnership of Mid-Atlantic governors formed to address shared ocean priorities. The workshops focused on non-consumptive recreational uses, such as beach going, swimming, wildlife viewing, surfing, and diving.
Implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan requires stakeholder engagement to guide federal, state, and tribal management of the Mid-Atlantic. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body needs your help in shaping an ocean plan for non-consumptive recreational resources in our region. Help protect your playground by showing up to the workshop nearest to you!
The New York City Chapter is in the second year of their Rockaway Youth Program, which allows young children to develop their ocean confidence, sense of water safety, and a responsibility to protect the ocean environment through learning how to surf. The Chapter is also very active in fighting the Williams Pipeline expansion, that will threaten air quality, water quality, and Find out what you can do to help.
Surfrider Foundation’s Eastern Long Island Chapter has just released its first ever Blue Water Task Force water quality report, looking back in time at the past three years of water quality data. Link to full report here: What’s In Your Water? The chapter is also celebrating its Fifteenth Annual Surf Movie Night, featuring the film FISHPEOPLE by Patagonia on August 2nd at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
The Jersey Shore Chapter held a rally on June 24th to save Asbury’s North End Beach from the development of a luxury hotel and condominium complex. Stay in the loop and help Save the North Beach of Asbury Park. The Chapter is also hosting a rain barrel workshop where participants will learn how to make and install their own rain barrels to save water, save money, reduce stormwater runoff, and reduce pollution. Register for the workshop here.
All in all, our chapter leaders are working tirelessly to defend what they love. Your donation goes a long way in helping Surfrider Foundation’s grassroot efforts maintain momentum. (Click here to make a donation if you’re feeling generous).
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) has started working on many of the actions outlined in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan, approved in December of 2016. The group held a public meeting on June 20th in Silver Spring, Maryland to discuss current activities.
Central Long Island: The Central Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation continued a tradition started after hurricane Sandy in 2012, a clean up of the canal system in Long Beach, NY. Using volunteers on land as well as on stand up paddle boards, they held a successful event that provided an “in” for new volunteers and raised their profile in the community. See photos here.
Ocean City: The Ocean City Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation hosted a happy hour event that checked a lot of boxes: they raised some funds for their Chapter, they cleaned out some old product via raffle giveaways, and they signed up some new members–all with a simple partnership event at a local restaurant! Congratulations OC Chapter! More info here.
VA Beach Chapter: The Virginia Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation creatively combined a beach clean up, a bar crawl, and some Halloween fun for their 3rd Annual Butts, Brews, and The Undead event, part of their Rise Against Plastics campaign. This was a creative spin on the standard beach clean up, took advantage of a major holiday, and provided a fun event for Chapter members!
DE Chapter: The Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation decided to start their very own surf contest this year! The Diamond State Surf Classic got some great media attention and had a solid turnout. Events like this can be a great way to raise your Chapter’s profile in your community as well as attract new volunteers and members.
SJ Chapter: The South Jersey Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation held a successful and fun winter holiday party in December, signing up a bunch of new members! They partnered with local businesses to ensure a strong turnout and a fun event with donated prizes. The trick to these kinds of events is to not only make them appealing, but to use that appeal to get people to become members in order to attend the event. Great work SJ!
The Surfrider Foundation applauds the National Ocean Council’s approval of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan (Plan). The plan represents years of hard work and collaboration by state, federal, and tribal representatives, with input from thousands of public ocean and coastal stakeholders, such as the Surfrider Foundation.
The grassroots origin and region-led process that created the plan will guide management of our valuable coastlines and ocean resources for decades to come. The White House announced the approval on December 7, 2016.
VA Beach: The Virginia Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation recently started a monthly photo contest. Participants upload their photos, then anyone interested votes online for the photos, and the winner gets a prize. The Chapter gets great photos to use in the ever-important social media feeds. Great idea! Read more here.
NYC: The New York City Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation used a local parade to increase attention to one of its campaigns. The annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island draws thousands of viewers. The Chapter signed up for an official spot in the parade and was ready with signs and a bag monster costume to support their campaign against single use plastics. And they won a costume award!
ELI: The Eastern Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation held their annual movie night and did everything right. They had an eye-catching flyer made by a local artist and promoted heavily. They made it clear what they would do with the money raised—it would be put towards water quality testing. They charged at the door and incorporated a membership into the entrance fee. They didn’t just show a movie—they had a silent auction, a raffle, and other exhibits. Great job executing a proven membership, revenue, and good times generator!