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
MD: The Ocean City Chapter hooked up with another coastal focused group, Assateague Coastal Trust, to organize a rally and transportation to a hearing on offshore oil and gas that was not convenient to Ocean City. When the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced a hearing in Annapolis, the chapter got organized and had a strong showing at the hearing, even making it into some local media pieces covering the event!
NJ: The South Jersey Chapter collaborated with the Noyes Museum of Art and White Horse Wine & Spirits for a wine tasting fundraiser, including a wine expert to answer questions. The event was free, but chapter leaders pitched the crowd for donations. The fundraiser was a creative way to bring new faces into a chapter that might not be interested in going to the beach or a surf bar for an event.
VA: The Virginia Beach Chapter also came up with a creative way to host a unique fundraising event—they collaborated with the Norfolk Admirals, a semi-pro hockey team, to receive a portion of ticket sales on a particular game night. In the colder months, an indoor fundraiser or activity can be more attractive to people who aren’t inclined to be on the beach in freezing temperatures.
NY: The Eastern Long Island Chapter has mobilized around a planned Corps of Engineers project to place a hardened structure on the beach in downtown Montauk. The project’s aim is to protect hotels built on top of the primary dune, but will most likely ruin the small amount of beach left there. The Chapter has raised awareness of this misguided project through local media coverage (including creative photographs of the proposed project, below), comments at public hearings, and hosting a fundraiser on the issue. Read all about their great work here!
NY: The New York City Chapter continues its fight against the proposed offshore Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal known as Port Ambrose. Besides using action alerts, social media, and traditional media outreach, the Chapter also organized a paddle out during an anti-LNG rally in Long Beach, NY. They found a way to make a large, waterproof “NO LNG” sign (with Surfrider logo of course) and got in the water on a cold day for a great photo opportunity. See pictures here.
DE: The Delaware Chapter used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request documents from a federal agency regarding a proposed sewage ocean outfall off Rehoboth Beach, DE. In this case, the Chapter was able to get some additional information that was not included in the public process for the outfall pipe. This discovery led to some additional media coverage for their campaign to stop the ocean outfall–great work DE!
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) held five listening sessions this fall throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Meetings were held in Virginia Beach, VA., Ocean City, MD., Lewes, DE., Long Branch, NJ. and Stony Brook, NY. The next full meeting of the RPB is scheduled for January 21st and 22nd in New York City, see more information here.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) will hold public meetings and a webinar in Fall 2014 to give the public an opportunity to comment on a variety of draft materials that the RPB developed this summer.
All members of the public and stakeholders are invited to participate in the webinar and public listening sessions to comment on a series of draft materials developed by the RPB, and to provide general input on regional ocean planning. The draft materials will be posted on the RPB website October 24th.
NYC: Combining a Bag Monster costume with simple printed signs, the NYC Chapter created some powerful images that can be used in many ways to communicate with members of the public and elected officials. The Chapter is using the photos as part of its campaign to add a ten cent fee for single use plastic bags in NYC. Read more here!
VA: The Virginia Beach Chapter recently partnered with Whole foods as well as a local brewery for some fun events. Whole Foods gave a five-cent donation to the Chapter for every person that used a reusable bag during a specific timeframe, raising $947. The Chapter also partnered with Smartmouth Brewery to host a movie night and fundraiser. Good examples of partnering with local businesses!
NJ: The Jersey Shore Chapter held a Volunteer Training at the beginning of summer to help volunteers gain new skills, experience, and confidence communicating with the public about Surfrider issues. Often new volunteers feel nervous about speaking for the Chapter, a training is a great way to ease people into Chapter activities!
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body met this week near Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on May 20th and 21st. The main goal for the meeting was to finalize the RPB’s Regional Ocean Planning Framework (Framework). The agenda for the meeting can be seen here.
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!