Surfrider began formally tracking campaign victories in 2006 to measure the organization's impact on protecting the coasts. Notable victories through the Surfrider Foundation's 32-year history include:
- A settlement agreement in 2016 brought an end to one of the longest-running environmental battles in CA history to protect San Onofre State Beach and Trestles, the world-class surfing break, from toll road development.
- The successful passage of Proposition 67 in California in November, 2016, which upheld the nation's first statewide plastic bag ban, keeping up to 10 billion plastic bags out of our waterways.
- The protection of the Atlantic Ocean from offshore oil drilling and seismic testing after Surfrider worked with partners to help pass over 120 local government resolutions and delivered a signed surfboard to the White House on behalf of the coastal recreation community in February, 2016.
- Surfrider Florida Chapters helped pass the Clean Oceans Act in 2008 to stop gambling boats from dumping 44 million gallons of pureed, chlorinated waste into the ocean every year.
- The historic passage of the BEACH Act in 2000 and ongoing advocacy to ensure federal funding every fiscal year for this water quality public health program.
- Surfrider won the second largest Clean Water Act suit in United States history in 1991 against two pulp mills in Humboldt County, California. As a result, the Louisiana Pacific's Samoa pulp mill was converted to a closed-cycle, chlorine-free process.
"The Surfrider Foundation's 400 coastal victories demonstrate that if we organize and work together, we can advance coastal protection, even in the face of major challenges," said Nelsen. "Now, more than ever, we need to join together, rally even more people to our cause, and build an even stronger movement to protect our ocean, waves and beaches for today, tomorrow and every day after."
To get involved, find your nearest Surfrider chapter at Surfrider.org/chapters or find out how to make a difference at Surfrider.org/long-live.
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 500,000 supporters, activists and members, with more than 80 volunteer-led chapters and 60 clubs in the U.S., and more than 400 victories protecting our coasts. Learn more at surfrider.org.
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SOURCE Surfrider Foundation