Rise Above Plastics
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.
The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is Surfrider’s volunteer-run; water testing, education and advocacy program. The Miami Chapter hopes to fund this citizen scientist based program in 2018. BWTF programs across the U.S. have demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution and water quality solutions.
Surfrider Miami is playing an active role in restoring a critical and very fragile habitat in South Florida – our coastal dunes. This area plays an integral role in protecting our coastlines from beach erosion, serving as a buffer against hurricane activity, and providing a habitat for native plant and animal species. When State and local funding was cut for our dune restoration program in the mid 2000s, Surfrider Miami stepped in to fill this much-needed gap in the community.