The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) supported by Emergen-C Blue is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. Our chapters use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions. The BWTF has demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness of these incidents and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution solutions. For more information on Newport Oregon’s BWTF go here.
Plastic straws and stirrers are the seventh most commonly found items at beach cleanups. They are not biodegradable, which means that every plastic straw created is still around in some form. Plastic has a huge impact on our ecosystems, wildlife and people, and it’s our chapter’s goal to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment. The Newport Chapter is working with businesses in Lincoln County to switch to a straws upon request policy and shift to paper or reusable straws.
Beach and Highway Clean-Ups are an important and ongoing effort of the Newport Chapter. Whether you want to give a little love back to your local beach, gain volunteer & community service hours for your group or business, or you are interested in meeting some new folks while engaging in beach stewardship, the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation would love your support! Ask about our educational clean-ups for school groups!
Urban runoff is often the primary source of ocean pollution. The Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program educates and assists people in creating landscapes that utilize native plants, permeable groundcovers and water retention features to prevent urban runoff, create wildlife habitats and design beautiful spaces. Vegetable gardens can be OFGs too, as long as they “apply CPR.” Check out what we did at City Hall!
Surfrider Foundation launched the QUAD youth service program in 2008 in response to overwhelming interest across the country from young people that wished to become more involved in Surfrider Foundation’s activities on their campuses and communities. The program has grown to a wide range of activities including organizing a club and initiatives based on project-based learning. These range from beach clean ups to eliminating single use plastics on-campus to greening your campus.