Coastal Preservation, Ocean Protection, Plastic Pollution, Water Quality
February 15 2020

Surfrider’s Federal Priorities: Washington D.C. Here We Come!

by Pete Stauffer

Surfrider has selected our 2020 Federal Priorities for Coastal Recreation Hill Day. Please join us in asking our federal leaders to protect our ocean, waves and beaches!

There’s never been a more urgent time for federal leadership on ocean and coastal issues. Our coastal environment is under assault from climate change, plastic pollution, sewage overflows, offshore drilling and many other threats. That’s why strong action is needed from our lawmakers in Washington D.C. to ensure our nation’s coasts are protected now and into the future. 

Surfrider has selected our 2020 Federal Priorities which focus on the most important bills that Congress can pass to protect our coastal environment. This legislation tackles four areas for federal action: 1) Take Action on Climate Change; 2) Protect Clean Water; 3) Reduce Plastic Pollution; 4) Protect Public Lands & Waters. Please visit our federal priorities page to see the specific bills our network is supporting and how you can take action!

One of Surfrider's top priorities is passing the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act that we helped introduce this month.

As the largest grassroots network of coastal recreation users, Surfrider is an important and growing voice in federal advocacy. When our U.S. network of 170 chapters and clubs speaks with one voice, we’ve shown that we can have a profound impact on federal decision-making. To further amplify the voice of the coastal recreation community, Surfrider has partnered with the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, the Outdoor Alliance and thousands of recreation and tourism businesses across the U.S. on federal advocacy efforts.

This month, Surfrider is taking our federal priorities to Washington D.C. as part of Coastal Recreation Hill Day. Over 150 Surfrider members, industry leaders and world-class surfers will meet with more than a hundred congressional offices and the Trump administration to ask our federal leaders to take positive action on behalf of our coasts. Our goal is to build bipartisan leadership to protect our nation’s coastal ecosystems and the public’s ability to enjoy these resources.

Surfrider members and partners will meet with members of Congress at Coastal Recreation Hill Day

A key theme of this year’s Coastal Recreation Hill Day is demanding federal action on climate change to respond to the impacts of sea level rise, extreme weather, and ocean acidification. During Hill Day, Surfrider and a group of industry leaders and professional surfers will meet with the Senate Democrats Committee on the Climate Crisis to discuss the threats of climate change to our coasts and the solutions that must be implemented. At the end of the meeting, we will present the committee with a surfboard signed by thousands of businesses and citizens demanding action on climate change.

Fortunately, you don’t need to travel to Washington D.C. to make your voice heard on federal issues. All of us should regularly contact our elected officials to express support for protecting our coasts and ocean. To easily send a message to your representatives, please visit our Take Action page. Even better, call your representatives in the Senate and House or schedule a meeting with their district office. Let’s turn the tide in 2020! 

To read Surfrider’s federal priorities click here

To visit our Take Action page click here