12 • 05 • 2019

Activist Spotlight: Noelle Picone of the New York City Chapter

Q: Why and when did you get involved with the Surfrider Foundation?

I got involved with Surfrider in 2015 with a desire to protect and preserve the ocean. I applied for campaign lead for the Williams pipeline after the last election because I wanted to get more involved in an issue that I cared about on a more hands-on level. 

Q: What are some local issues that are affecting your ocean, waves and beaches?

The Williams pipeline proposal and the potential expansion of offshore drilling off the coast of New York.

Q: What Surfrider projects have you worked on?

Williams NESE pipeline proposal

Q: What has been the highlight of your Surfrider experience (i.e., campaign, program, victory)?

The entire entire Williams pipeline campaign has been an amazing, invaluable experience for me. It has taught me how to be a grassroots activist. I have built strong relationships with the other coalition groups, as well as members of the coastal communities where we have been concentrating our efforts, such as the Rockaways. The coalition has obtained the following support in opposing this pipeline: 

  1. More than 16,000 petition signatures 
  2. Over 200 organizations to oppose the pipeline 
  3. 50 elected officials to oppose the pipeline

In May 2019, the NYS DEC preliminary blocked the permit needed to build this dangerous and unnecessary pipeline. We are hoping that NY or NJ blocks it for good in 2020. 

Q: What is the most important thing you tell others about Surfrider?

We are a grassroots organization and the NYC Chapter is made up entirely of volunteers. 

Q: Why are you a Surfrider coastal defender? 

Because the ocean is one of the earth’s more important natural resources and it needs our protecting, now more than ever.