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Bogue Banks +The Bogue Banks, North Carolina Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation covers the area from Bogue Inlet on the west to Beaufort Inlet on the east. We have a dedicated community of surfers and local businesses that can truly make a difference in teaching our youth to take care of our beaches and carrying forward our mission of keeping our beaches clean for years to come. Here are some of our plans for pushing forward with this foundation; really making a difference in our community and hopefully encouraging others to do the same. - Creating awareness and educating both our residents and tourists of the importance of protecting our beaches and that it is never ok to leave cigarette butts or trash behind (perhaps via bumper-stickers, etc.) - Creating and posting signs that explain the penalties for littering as there are currently none on our beaches - Properly labeling the unlabeled blue recycling receptacles on our beaches so that people are aware that they may recycle and to keep trash out of the recycling receptacles and in the trash cans - Hosting periodic beach sweeps / cleanups - Working to encourage the beach patrol to step up their efforts in fining littering beach goers - Placing cigarette receptacles located on the pier - Getting anti- littering message on electronic highway sign - Putting up anti- littering banners on hwy 24/58 intersection - Involving schools in our mission (educating our youth) - Ban the bag (anti plastic bag campaign)   +
Broward County Chapter +   +

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Cape Fear Chapter +The Cape Fear Chapter is very active in protecting and enjoying North Carolina's ocean, waves and beaches through their [https://capefear.surfrider.org/?page_id=520 programs], campaigns and educational activities. [https://capefear.surfrider.org/ Learn more].   +
Capitol Chapter +Surfrider Foundation has formed a [https://capitololympia.surfrider.org/ Capitol Chapter] in Olympia. See the [https://www.facebook.com/capitololympiasurfrider?fref=ts Capitol-Olympia Chapter Facebook page] or the [https://washington.surfrider.org/ Washington Chapters website] for info on meetings, activities, campaigns, etc.   +
Central Florida Chapter +   +
Central Long Island Chapter +The Surfrider Foundation's Central Long Island chapter was started in April 2004, by a group of concerned local beach-goers and water sport enthusiasts. Their goal was to educate the community on issues affecting the marine environment and rally support to help protect and preserve the beauty and integrity of Long Island's beaches and its natural resources. In a short period of time, the chapter has made great strides in reaching its goals. And although we live on an island, we understand that no man is an island. We could not be where we are today without the dedication and support of countless individuals, families, and businesses. The accomplishments achieved by the Central LI chapter since 2004, include: * Numerous public and educational outreaches * Participation in community educational events * Beach clean-ups galore * Hosting public speakers * Beach adoption * Campaigns for increased beach access * Paddle outs commemorating September 11th * Fundraisers * Family fun days * TV spots and interviews regarding our coastal impact As beach-lovers, we recognize the tremendous inherent value of the world's oceans. With a strong commitment to our goals, we are confident that through community-focused efforts we will continue to foster stewardship of the environment, so that all may enjoy the wonders of the waves for many generations to come. '''Beach/Surf Access'''<br /> An Overview of Central Long Island Surf Access:<br /> Late 50s / Early 60s - Beach access was not a problem anywhere between Rockaway and Montauk. (At best count there were 2 surfers) Mid 60s - The only access to Robert Moses State beaches was by way of ferry - out of Captree. No surfboards were allowed. The Robert Moses Bridge was not yet built. Rumor had it that surfing was permitted at Jones Beach until someone broke a leg surfing there and subsequently sued the state. That event ended surfing on state land until the 70s. Surfers accessing Democrat Point by boat ran the risk of having their board impounded by the State Police, if it washed up. And .. boards were impounded. (There were no leashes in those days.) Late 60s - Beach Buggy/Fishing Permits used to access Demo were taken away from anyone caught on the beach with a surfboard. Early 70s - Proactive efforts by a group of local surfers belonging to the ESA (Eastern Surfing Association) got the State to open up Jones Beach West End 2 for surfing during the months of December to August. They conceded access to the fishermen during September, October and November .. knowing well these were prime surfing months. (Still in effect today) Late 70s - The same group that was responsible for opening West End 2, worked another 8 years seeking access to all of Robert Moses State beaches. They were successful in opening Field 3 as a Pilot Program. (It is worth mentioning this program was jeopardized - and almost lost - due to the constant disrespect of the red flags by uneducated surfers) Mid 80s - Town of Babylon Supervisor, Anthony Noto, moved to ban surfing at town beaches - citing beach erosion. Chain link fences were erected and signs posted 'No Surfing Permitted'. The conflict between surfers and local town government generated national interest. The grass-roots movement to re-open the beaches, combined with overwhelming support from concerned citizens, helped overturn Noto's decision and effectively ended his political career. Early 90s - After a 15-year Pilot Program at Field 3, Bernadette Castro, New York State Parks Commissioner, conditionally opened all of Robert Moses State beaches to surfing West of the red flags. Additional Facts - Since the 60s, it has been illegal to use a fishing 4x4 permit to access surf breaks at Hemlocks and at Democrat Point - punishable by loss of permit. Surfers of the 90s, through to present day, have enjoyed the most relaxed policing of surfing on Long Island since the mid 60s. Today - Possession of a surfboard past the posted 'End of Surf Area' sign at the west end of Robert Moses Field 2 will result in a ticket for disobeying a posted sign. Emergency stopping only is permitted on a State Highway - stopping to discharge a passenger (with or without a surfboard) is not considered an emergency and will result in a ticket. The perceived increase in policing and ticketing at Democrat Point and Hemlocks will have to be a 'wait and see' to determine if this is an isolated issue or a 'new movement'.   +
Central Texas Chapter +The Central Texas Chapter was founded in the summer 2000 by environmentally conscious surfers in Austin, Texas. We welcome people of all ages who are interested in helping work toward our goals. The ability to surf is not a requirement. Check out their Website for information on their activities and issues. The Website also has a good description of the Texas Open Beaches Act.   +
Charleston Chapter +Charleston Chapter volunteers have made a tremendous difference in the quality of life for surfers and beach goers over the past several years via removing debris and recycling materials left at the beach, fighting unnecessary coastal developments, and regular outreach and education campaigns to draw attention to these critical issues. The Charleston Chapter is active on Folly Beach and works to make the sand, waterways, and marshes beautiful, accessible, and thriving. But what exactly does the Charleston Chapter of Surfrider Foundation do? Plenty. Every other Tuesday evening, a group meets to clean the trash from the two busiest parts of Folly—the beach under the pier and at the Washout. The group picks up trash and debris in the sand and dunes during their beach sweeps. They assist the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to recycle monofilament fishing line by emptying and maintaining the recycling stations at the Folly Beach boat landing and the Sol Legare boat landing. Fishing line is collected and sent to DNR who is able to recycle it into plastic fishing lures. Surfrider works with local schools to do marsh sweeps during the fall (or as they are needed) in order to pick up trash that makes it was from the roadways into the marshes. The chapter installed more than 20 “Butt Cannons” at beach access points to provide a place for smokers to put their cigarette butts when they leave the beach. More than 25 “Mutt Mitts” dispensers have been installed and maintained on Folly Beach since 2007, which means pet owners can clean up after their pets when they’re on the beach. Over that time, the chapter has purchased and distributed 246,000 mutt mitts! The local chapter also supports and participates in national and global Surfrider programs, which supports beaches world wide. If you want to get involved with Surfrider to help keep Folly Beach pristine and beautiful, visit Charleston.Surfrider.org.   +
Charlotte Chapter +The Charlotte Chapter promotes the mission and values of the Surfrider Foundation to the Greater Charlotte area, by building a strong membership and chapter network. Additionally, providing educational awareness around the issues that are detrimental to our coasts and waterways and partnering with coastal chapters during campaigns. <br /><br /> Have a question, comment or feedback for our chapter? Send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. <br /><br /> chair@charlotte.surfrider.org   +
Chicago Chapter +Surfrider Foundation's Chicago Chapter has been reborn! Contact them to get involved!   +
Cocoa Beach Chapter +   +
Connecticut Chapter +Our chapter encourages everybody who is interested in protecting our waters and beaches – not only surfers but also sailors, divers, kayakers, kiteboarders, windsurfers, beachcombers, and so on – to participate in our activities! See the chapter's upcoming events on their online calendar http://ct.surfrider.org/calendar   +
Coos Bay Chapter +   +

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DC Chapter +The DC Chapter represents residents from the greater Washington DC area, including western Maryland and Virginia. It naturally draws coastal transplants who have found themselves landlocked, as well as river-, bay-, and snow-oriented natives. Because of their location amidst lawmakers, the chapter's efforts include legislative agendas as well as river/bay clean-ups and public education. Most importantly, they realize that despite physically being hours from the nearest beach, their actions locally can significantly affect the health of the coast, the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and the rest of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed!   +
Del Norte Chapter +Surfrider's Del Norte (formerly Crescent City) Chapter works to protect the extreme north coast of California.   +
Delaware Chapter +A recent issue of concern was the deterioration of the Herring Point (Naval Jetties) surf break at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. The jetty there had deteriorated, with rocks at the seaward end of the jetty all that was left. These rocks were almost like a little island, completely cut off from land. Currents had eaten away at what used to be the north side and ravaged the dune line. The bluff above, one of the highest elevations, in Delaware, is crumbling into the sea, jeopardizing the parking lot and historic buildings left over from the old World War II fort. Lewes Sewage Treatment Plant - The City of Rehoboth Beach is looking into Ocean Outfall as an alternative to their Sewer Plant's outfall pipe in the Lewes/Rehoboth Canal - the chapter is opposed to this alternative!!! The volunteers of the Delaware Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation have played a critical role in identifying the problems in Delaware's Inland Bays. The Chapter will make every effort to coordinate efforts with DNREC and the Center for the Inland Bays to develop and implement a plan toward cleaner water.   +

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Eastern Long Island Chapter +The Eastern Long Island chapter is dedicated to maintaining and acquiring beach and ocean access rights, to preserve our coastline and improve the overall quality of Long Island's coastal environment. Top Issues for the chapter include: * [https://easternli.surfrider.org/category/campaigns/lighthouse-seawall/ Montauk Lighthouse Seawall] * Liquified Natural Gas Facilities * Bigger Better Bottle Bill * NY State Parks Access   +
Emerald Coast Chapter +The Emerald Coast Chapter was formerly the Florida Panhandle Chapter.   +
Ensenada Chapter +   +

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First Coast Chapter +Surfrider Foundation filed a lawsuit in 2004 over blocked beach access points in Ponte Vedra. The suit sought a judgment that the county was "obstructing and preventing beach access in Ponte Vedra." In March 2006 it was announced that Surfrider had prevailed in this lawsuit. The First Coast Chapter, along with several other Surfrider Foundation chapters in Florida, are interested in establishing a comprehensive set of laws to protect citizen's access to public beaches. They have drafted a Florida Open Beaches Act that they hope to have adopted by the Florida legislature.   +

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Galveston Chapter +The Galveston Chapter was formed in November 2010 and approved in February 2011. They focus on preserving beach access, enhancing beach facilities, and improving the quality of their beaches through public outreach and education. Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/surfrider.galveston?fref=ts   +
Georgia Chapter +The Surfrider Foundation Georgia Chapter is the result of the 2013 merger of the Atlanta Chapter (founded in 2009) and the Low Country/Coastal Georgia Chapter (founded in 2007). Their mission is to protect the ecologically rich and sensitive Georgia coastline, and all the waterways and watersheds across the state. The one hundred miles of Georgia coastline contains one third of the remaining coastal marsh on the entire Atlantic seaboard, and 70% of the commercial fish stock in the Atlantic Ocean depend on the marshland. Georgia’s salt marsh is a $6 billion economic engine through tourism, fishing, recreation and protection of property from storm damage.   +
Grand Strand Chapter +Covering the the whole of the Grand Strand from North Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island, our chapter works to keep our beaches and waves clean, educate the public, and protect beach access. Check out the chapter's Projects at http://surfridergrandstrand.org/projects/ and then take the next step...get involved!   +

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Hilo Chapter +   +
Humboldt Chapter +The Humboldt Chapter has been reborn! Surfider Foundation's history in Humboldt County (http://surfriderhumboldt.wordpress.com/about/) includes a settlement won by Surfrider Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (at the time, one of the largest penalties levied by the EPA under the Clean Water Act, and the largest in the Western U.S.) that required local pulp mills to construct wastewater treatment facilities to eliminate toxic discharges to the ocean and extend their ocean outfall pipes.   +
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