Rise Above Plastics Program (RAP) has been a signature program for the Portland Chapter for many years. RAP 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.
Did you know that cigarette butts are the number one item consistently found at beach cleanups? Taking decades to decompose, these tiny items contain plastic, leach harmful toxins that concentrate in the environment, and present dangers to wildlife, children and pets when accidentally consumed.
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 the Portland Chapter’s first Ocean Friendly Garden Project here!
As snow lovers here in the northwest, we know our actions on the mountain connect through our watersheds and impact the ocean. That’s a connection we water-lovers simply cannot ignore, whether we’re enjoying our H2O as fresh mountain powder or peeling coastal waves. Our Snowrider Project runs some great events and stewardship activities throughout the year, from Tele-Tuesdays to the fall Salmon River Canyon Cleanup and killer movie nights!
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.
Know Your H2O is our program that promotes education and action regarding the interconnections between water supply, urban runoff and waste water treatment. By rethinking our water management approach we can conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution in our oceans. The program is based on the simple mantra: reduce, reuse and recycle. We participate in activities from storm drain marking to maintaining bio-swales and building ocean friendly gardens.
The Ocean Ecosystem Program protects and restores ocean ecosystems through a proactive approach to conservation. Our core areas of work include: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Offshore Drilling, Renewable Ocean Energy, and Marine Spatial Planning.
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.