July 2013

Surfrider Foundation – Bogue Banks Chapter

It is always great to see new organizations getting started. In the summer of 2012 several Emerald Isle surfers got together and started looking into forming the Bogue Banks Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. The mission of Surfriders is to protect our oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful, grassroots activist network. Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (CARE) are their fundamental tools.

The Bogue Banks Chapter alternates meetings between Stir-It-Up Coffee Shop in Emerald Isle and Watermark in Atlantic Beach. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. The July, September, and November meetings are in Atlantic Beach and the August, October, and December meetings are in Emerald Isle. Meetings start at 6:30 and last about an hour. The chapter now has 46 members; started as mostly surfers but now includes moms, dads, surfers, kids, teens, beach lovers, and paddlers. Check out www.bbsurfrider.org or www.facebook.com/BogueBanksSurfriderFoundation for more information. Members range in age from 20’s to 50’s and will soon range to 70’s when I join.

Here is a list of things they have worked on and the goals.

  1. Several beach and walkway cleanups in both Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach
  2. Placed recycling symbol on all Emerald Isle beach recycling containers
  3. Met with five 2nd grade classes at Queens Creek Elementary
  4. Creation of a club sign to be placed with the other civic organizations as you come into Emerald Isle
  5. Prevent cigarette and litter on beaches and in waterways by working with local law enforcement and campaigning to locals and tourists.
  6. Eliminate the risk of hydraulic fracturing in NC and fracking waste water on our coast.
  7. Decrease our dependence on fossil fuels by preventing further drilling and promoting clean and renewable energy sources
  8. Rise above plastics – reduce litter and hazardous waste in our waters by eliminating single-use plastics through legislation and on-the-ground campaigns
  9. Become a prominent fixture in schools to create a culture of compassion toward our environment in future generations
  10. End offshore seismic testing that is detrimental to our marine mammals
  11. Begin a stringent water quality testing program that highlights potential infrastructure improvements and keeps citizens informed
  12. Become a key player in legislative decisions that affect our coast by partnering with other essential organizations
  13. Ensure public beach accesses are preserved
  14. Move our communities toward cleaner, greener gardening practices to prevent toxic water runoff
  15. Involve the community in conserving our resources and protecting our beautiful coast

For more information check out the web sites above or contact Jessica Lewis, Vice Chair at vicechair@boguebanks.surfrider.org .

Posted by VC3 Admin Monday, July 1, 2013 3:45:00 PM