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
Offshore Wind at the Federal Level and in Your State
Keeping up with offshore wind power developments is a full-time job. We summarized the latest happenings from each state in the Mid-Atlantic and provide links to tons of great additional information. We also put together a summary of how the federal government manages offshore wind power. Another great resource for understanding offshore wind is MARCO’s Guide to State Management of Offshore Wind Energy.
You may have heard about a new coastal and ocean management body forming in the Mid-Atlantic called the RPB, or Regional Planning Body. The name itself doesn’t tell you much, but this new entity is worth understanding as their mission is revolutionary when it comes to what happens to our beloved beaches and oceans!
DC: The DC Chapter launched a campaign to ban expanded polystyrene foam, (aka Styrofoam) in our nation’s capitol, and tagging photos on Instagram is part of their game plan. By using a WordPress Plugin on their website, all photos tagged with #banthefoamdc will appear on the Chapter’s website. It also works through the Chapter’s Twitter account. See the tagged photos here. Great use of technology!
DE: The Delaware Chapter recently increased its exposure in the local media by releasing a report on the state of surfing in Delaware as well as organizing a press conference to draw attention to a proposed ocean outfall off Rehoboth Beach, DE. Both events garnered solid press coverage, shining the media’s light on two major issues in the state. Consider doing something similar in your area to get more attention on an issue your local Chapter is working on!
NY: The New York City Chapter joined forces with other groups to continue to push for a fee on plastic bags sold in NYC. They started a website specifically for the cause, turned people out for a press event, and created an Action Alert to get their members to contact elected officials about the issue. Great work!
Do you care about our coasts and oceans and the communities that depend on them? Do you want ocean wildlife to be protected? Do you want clean water and shores to fish, dive, surf, kayak, and swim?
If so, show up to the various public meetings going on in the Mid-Atlantic over the next couple of months, hosted by the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB). Let your voice be heard!
Most surfers have seen beach fill projects on their section of the coast, with differing outcomes for local surf breaks. But what about the critters that live in the beach sand and get buried? A new study in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science by Viola, S.M., et al. seeks to answer at least a part of that question.
VA: The Virginia Beach Chapter partnered with local surf shop Wave Riding Vehicles on November 16th and signed up 21 new members in one morning! They convinced the shop to give 15% off to anyone that became a Surfrider Member, a powerful incentive. They also threw in a drink koozie and a Beach in a Bag, and promoted the event through MailChimp and their website. Check out some pictures on Facebook.
NJ: The South Jersey Chapter partnered with Anchor Arts Studio to increase their membership. For $45, participants were instructed in how to paint an original work plus got a Surfrider membership and some other goodies. An inventive way to attract new members and reach out to the community.
NJ: The Jersey Shore Chapter created a website to counter the strong urge to rebuild—in exactly the same manner—coastal infrastructure after Superstorm Sandy. The website, called Re-Think the Coast, promotes new and alternative ways of keeping coastal communities safe. If your current or future campaigns involve beachfill, shoreline armoring, or stopping unwise coastal development, this could be a resource for you and your members.
This summer Surfrider chapters in New York and New Jersey jumped into action to fight a proposed LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Deepwater Port (known as “Port Ambrose”) proposed 17 miles southeast of Jones Beach, New York and 24 miles east of Long Branch, New Jersey. Representatives from local chapters showed up and spoke at hearings held on July 9 and 10, 2013, in Long Beach, NY, and Edison, NJ. For more details check out this document.
Learn all about a new Mid-Atlantic ocean planning body and how you can let them know the importance of surfing to our coastal communities, economy, and culture.
What: Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Public Meetings
When: 10:30AM-7PM Wednesday and 9:30AM-5:30PM Thursday September 24-25
Where: Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, New Jersey, 07764
Who: Anyone Who Cares About Our Ocean and Coasts! Click here to RSVP.
The East Coast Regional Surfrider meeting will take place October 11-13, 2013 in Virginia Beach, VA. The annual meeting is a chance for Surfrider volunteers to learn effective chapter skills, gain knowledge on ocean topics, as well as meet other chapter folks and regional staff. Talk to your chapter executive committee members if you are interested in attending, as there is a limited amount of space.
NY: The Eastern Long Island Chapter wanted to start a Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) water quality testing program but the costs were prohibitive. To get around that issue the chapter partnered with Concerned Citizens of Montauk, a local advocacy group who agreed to share costs with them. The chapter also made water testing the focus of their yearly fundraiser, showing attendees exactly what their money would be used for–a great strategy for fundraising. See their testing results here.
NJ: The Jersey Shore Chapter of Surfrider is concerned about the many post-Sandy beach fill (“renourishment”) projects happening in their area. To keep track of the various projects, the chapter is organizing volunteers to monitor and document beach conditions prior to, and after beach fills by taking sand samples and video evidence. The chapter will then be in the position to alert government authorities if beach slopes are not formed correctly or if poor sand is being used. For more Information visit their website.