The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.
The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is Surfrider Miami’s volunteer-led water quality monitoring program which does weekly tests at nearly 20 locations in Miami-Dade to determine if they are safe to swim. To sign up to our weekly water quality testing reports click here.
80% of plastic pollution found in our oceans actually starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Marine debris, especially plastic poses a serious threat to marine life, which often mistake plastic bags and other micro plastics for food. Surfrider helps educate people so they can develop sustainable living habits which include refusing straws, plastic bags and single-use plastic water bottles.
OCEAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS (OFR)
The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) program aims at stopping the problem of plastic pollution at it source. One restaurant, one customer at a time, it increases awareness, drives behavior change, and ultimately creates scalable impact to reduce our plastic footprint by offering restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean.
Our beaches are the entryway to our ocean and other waterways and we believe they should be accessible to everyone. This is why our network of experts, volunteers, and members work with local decision-making bodies to evaluate each beach and waterway access issue that arises.
BUTTS OFF THE BEACH
Surfrider Miami’s Cigarette Butt education and disposal program implemented in Miami Beach through a City of Miami Beach grant, collecting over 250,000 cigarette butts in just 1 year!
Surfrider Miami is playing an active role in restoring a critical and very fragile habitat in South Florida – our coastal dunes to protect our community from beach erosion and hurricane activity.
Composting is a sustainable and economically sound practice that benefits the environment by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Surfrider’s team is working alongside local activists, policymakers and academia to inspire actionable and positive change in Miami. Helps us fight Climate Change by diverting organic waste from landfills.
Surfrider Miami has teamed up with FDEP to participate in their BleachWatch program. BleachWatch helps detect and monitor coral bleaching events in southeast Florida and improve scientific understanding by:
- Tracking weather conditions and sea surface temperatures for conditions favorable for coral bleaching
- Collecting field observations on the condition of the reef from trained observers
- Summarizing data and producing reports on the current conditions in the region
Campaigns are how we work with our local and state policy makers to create the right policy to conclude a campaign in our favor and ultimately protect our special coastal places, ensure our ocean is healthy and wild, keep pollution out of the water and make sure every beach is clean and accessible for all to enjoy. When we win a campaign, it’s called a victory. Surfrider defines a victory as a decision by a governing body that protects the coastal and ocean environment, improves coastal access, or both.
To access all currently active campaigns throughout our network, including the Miami campaigns, please follow the link below.