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.
Besides tons of programmatic work and events, Mid-Atlantic chapters also got some big wins, including stopping a plastic bag preemption law in Pennsylvania and the outlawing of intentional balloon releases in a bunch of towns in southern New Jersey. Chapters also jumped in on some ocean planning related activities, including workshops focused on non-consumptive recreation and hosting screenings of an ocean planning film, Ocean Frontiers 3.
Mid-Atlantic chapters also got involved in some new Surfrider initiatives like the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program and the new data collection system for beach cleanups. The annual Chapter Conference, held in Charleston, SC. Was well attended, uplifting, and informative as usual.
Big things are on the horizon for our region in 2018. The Trump Administration is pushing for offshore oil drilling in the Mid-Atlantic, while also leasing areas for offshore wind turbines. The Jersey Shore and NYC Chapters will be fighting to stop an underwater natural gas pipeline. And Surfrider representatives from all over the country will be headed to our region for our second Surfrider Recreation Hill Day in Washington DC in February.
2017 was a year of tough fights, wins, and losses. 2018 looks to be very similar, but we are confidant that we can get some big wins for our coastal areas through our tried and true Surfrider tactics. Happy 2018!