The Surfrider Foundation has several ongoing nation-wide programs that work towards our vision of 100% coastal protection. Below is what our local Olympia Chapter works on:
This voluntary certification supports restaurants committed to reducing their waste streams and increasing their sustainability. Participating restaurants must meet established criteria (such as offering reusable tableware and not using Styrofoam) in order to be certified as Ocean Friendly.
Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force is a community science volunteer-run water quality monitoring program with over 55 labs nationwide that test over 7500 water samples each year. Here in Olympia, we work closely with the Dept. of Ecology’s BEACH Program to sample waters off of our local Priest Point Park. Once a week during the summer, a volunteer collects samples at 3 locations along the beach and drops them off at the Thurston County lab. Results are available a few days later – you can check them out on our BWTF page!
Cigarette butts are the single most littered item on Earth. Made of plastic and full of toxic chemicals, they hurt our wildlife, our water quality, and the beauty of our beaches. To address this issue, Surfrider Foundation created the Hold On To Your Butts program. Our chapter has partnered with the City of Olympia to install cigarette butt canisters throughout downtown. The City’s Clean Team installs and maintains these unique and high quality Surfrider canisters. We’ve also recently begun hosting regular Downtown Butt Pickups – like our normal beach cleanups, but focusing specifically on picking up cigarette butts.
Our Rise Above Plastics program 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. Our chapter regularly tables at community events to educate the public about single-use plastics. Check out the Rise Above Plastics page for 10 tips on how to reduce your own plastic footprint!