Written By: Shannon Johnson, Co-Lead, Clean Border Water Now

Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter was honored to participate in the annual Coastal Recreation Hill Day in Washington, DC this past February.

(L to R) Gabriela Torres, Scott Ridout, Shannon Johnson in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC

The Chapter’s Executive Committee Vice Chair, Scott Ridout, Border Sewage Policy Coordinator, Gabriela Torres, and Clean Border Water Now Program Co-Lead, Shannon Johnson, joined 150 other like-minded activists from across the country to ask our nation’s leaders to protect our oceans, waves and beaches.

Surfrider’s 2020 federal lobby priorities were: 

  • Take Action on Climate Change
  • Protect Clean Water & Public Health
  • Reduce Plastic Pollution
  • Defend Public Lands & Waters

The San Diego County Chapter representatives teamed up with South Orange County Chapter Chair, Rick Erkeneff and Chapter Manager, Denise Erkeneff, to discuss the above-mentioned priorities and issues common to both areas.  The group met with the following congressional offices:

  • Congressmember Michael Cloud, 27th District
  • Congressmember Gil Cisneros, 39th District
  • Congressmember Ken Calvert, 42nd District
  • Congressmember Lou Correa, 46th District
  • Congressmember Mike Levin, 49th District
  • Congressmember Juan Vargas, 51st District
  • Congressmember Scott Peters, 52nd District
  • Congressmember Susan Davis, 53rd District

In addition to the federal priorities, we also advocated for the allocation of $300 million from the USMCA to be used specifically for the Tijuana River Valley (TRV); for the creation of public-private partnership projects that would benefit the border area beach region; and we invited all staffers to a guided tour of the TRV.

We would like to thank all the Congressional Members, their staff and everyone involved in this day for engaging and listening to our issues and requests.  We look forward to following up and working with you in the near future.