One of the great pleasures of being field staff for Surfrider is watching as people make things happen for this organization and mission. I just recently sat down to put together my reccomendations for 2006 for Surfrider up north. Part of that project was tallying our accomplishments. Here are a few...
- Grew Washingon State membership by 17%
- Ratified one new chapter (Olympic Peninsula) and the creation of two new organizing committees (in Victoria and Vancouver B.C.)
- Collected and analyzed over 300 water samples from all over Washington State
- Organized or partnered on at least 12 beach clean-ups, collectin over 32 tons of debris and involving over 700 people
- Established two new water quality monitoring labs - one in Port Townsend and one in Bellingham
- Each Washington Chapter implemented some form of the Respect the Beach Curriculum, with Frank Crippen of the Olympic Peninsula Chapter leading a full course for his daughter's class
- Partnered with Publicis to launch a major public education campaign about Surfrider and the importance of our coasts (www.protectnwcoasts.org) that featured billboard placement in Seattle, WA. And its only just beginning!
- Achieved small victories in on-going campaigns to improve access and poorly planned development on our coast.
We are continually inspired by all of the great stories that we hear from all over the country regarding Surfrider projects and successes. We hope that you enjoy a few of ours!
Washington Field Coordinator