STAND UP FOR YOUR OCEAN
Attend the inaugural public meetings of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) September 24th and 25th and let them know the importance of surfing to our coastal communities, economy, and culture.
What: Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) Public Meetings
When: 10:30AM-7PM Tuesday and 9:30AM-5:30PM Wednesday Sept. 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!
For more info and to RSVP click here.
If no one shows up to talk about surfing, but 50 people show up to talk about fishing, boating, ports, offshore energy, etc, the RPB might get the idea that nobody really surfs in the Mid-Atlantic. Showing up makes a difference.
Still more cleaning to do….
- This Saturday – March 23rd, 9AM to 1PM, the Friends of Deal Lake are partnering with Clean Ocean Action to collect and remove debris so we continue to protect and improve the Deal Lake Water Shed
- Meeting at the Asbury Park Boat Ramp – Main Street & 7th Avenue, 9AM.
- Or sign up for a different clean-up with Clean Ocean Actions Waves of Action and help restore the Jersey Shore Ecosystem
AND ….Send us your photos!
While you’re cleaning/outside help us collect data and photos of plastic bags and other single-use plastics (straws, plastic cups, lids, etc) litter.
The information and pictures will help support our campaign to reduce plastic pollution at the Jersey Shore.
Send photos of plastic bags & other single-use plastic litter to … firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include, date and location and if you possible information on how many of each type was picked up.
Join us at the Dauphin Grille in Asbury Park March 5th, as we make plans for advocacy, programs and events for the 2013 calendar year.
We will be expanding on campaigns including…
- Ocean Friendly Gardens http://www.surfrider.org/programs/entry/ocean-friendly-gardens
- Rise Above Plastics http://www.surfrider.org/programs/entry/rise-above-plastics
- Beach Access http://www.surfrider.org/programs/entry/beach-access
- Clean water – Sick Surfer and Blue Water Task Force
- Beach Fill and Replenishment/Dune building
- Save Asbury Park
All of which are regionally critical issues in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
We welcome all to come get involved and bring new ideas as leaders or core volunteers for our campaigns and events.
Also anyone interested in taking the lead as an event coordinator for the chapter is strongly encourage to attend.
If you can’t make it Tuesday March 5th come out to our Chapter meetings every second Saturday of the month.
Sandy has had a huge impact on our region. In a recent New York Times article we learned that damage to some wastewater treatment plants in New Jersey and New York caused raw sewage to flow into our waterways. In our area, the Middlesex County Utility Authority plant in Sayreville, N.J., let millions of gallons of raw sewage flow into Raritan Bay for nearly a week before their power was restored.
A new EPA proposal to address pollution at U.S. beaches contains the startling conclusion that EPA thinks it is acceptable for 1 in 28 people to get sick when they go to the beach. Take action here. Children are especially vulnerable, perhaps because they tend to submerge their heads more often and are more likely to swallow water when swimming. EPA’s proposal also allows water testing to be averaged over a period as long as 90 days and for one in every four samples to exceed safe levels, before pollution reduction is required. Both of these approaches could mask a serious pollution problem and expose beachgoers to an unnecessary risk of illness.
Swimmers and surfers shouldn’t be exposed to high levels of bacteria—and have increased chances of getting sick—on one day just because the levels of contamination are lower on another day. America doesn’t need loopholes like this in the safety standards that protect us at the beach. But your action can help protect public health at recreational beaches throughout the U.S.
Voice your concerns to EPA’s Administrator, Lisa Jackson, and urge her to utilize the best available science to strengthen the existing 1986 criteria, which inadequately protects public health.