A Surfrider Foundation program to tackle the ocean litter issue – primarily caused by plastic pollution – through education for action, citizen science, and campaigns. We are all part of the solution and together we can restore our coastlines, one beach at a time.
Preserving our beaches is core to Surfrider’s mission. Our volunteer-led Beach Preservation committee keeps tabs on issues that negatively affect beach access and/or the future of our natural coastline. We fight to ensure access to the beach, by first making sure there is a beach to protect, and by keeping coastal cities and the California Coastal Commission accountable.
Blue Water Task Force
The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. Our chapter employs this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions.
While our Beach Preservation committee focuses on the protection and preservation of our beaches in the face of sea level rise and development, the Climate Change Committee supports coastal preservation by providing a strong voice for the coast in several key areas of Climate Action that invariably affect our ocean, waves and beaches… but aren’t necessarily happening right on the sand.
Clean Border Water Now
Clean Border Water Now‘s (CBWN) mission is to address and eliminate the sewage, trash, sediment and chemical waste that plagues our ocean, waves and beaches in the Southern California border region. We do this by raising awareness through outreach and education, while impacting policy through our advocacy work.
Ocean Friendly Restaurants
The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program tackles plastic pollution at its source. One restaurant, one customer at a time, it increases awareness, drives behavior change, and ultimately creates scalable impact to reduce our plastic footprint.
Rise Above Plastics
Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.