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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced their decision to proceed with plans to expand seismic testing along the Atlantic Coast. While this is a disappointment, the good news is that there is still a final 30-day comment period to express our concerns. The comment period beings on March 7th and ends April 7th. Here are some resources to help your efforts:
- Check out our Coastal Blog Post on seismic testing.
- Hands Across the Sand is after the deadline for comments, but is still a great opportunity to show opposition to dirty fossil fuels and expanded oil/gas exploration. Click here for details on how to plan your own event and don’t forget to contribute to their fundraising campaign!
- Your chapter can author an op-ed or letter to the editor opposing seismic testing. Thank you to all the chapters that have already submitted op-ed’s, and big kudos to First Coast and Cocoa Beach for getting their op-ed’s published last week! Here’s a great example from the Cocoa Beach Chapter.
- Oceana has also created a sign on letter for elected officials to express their opposition to seismic testing.
- Watch and share the Pennywise PSA created by the First Coast Chapter.
- Finally, you can visit our Campaign Page for the basics on seismic testing.
This is our last opportunity to weigh in on this destructive proposal, so please take action today!
Congratulations to our March Volunteer of the Month, Cat Uden! Cat hails from the Broward County Chapter where she currently serves as Volunteer Coordinator. In this role, Cat organizes and executes the chapter’s monthly beach and waterway cleanups. Recently Cat organized an urban waterway cleanup in downtown Ft. Lauderdale and managed to recruit 30 volunteers on SUP’s! In fact, even though Cat has only been Volunteer Coordinator since early this year, she has already lead over 100 volunteers in cleanup activities across the county!
Chair Chelsea Wilder writes, “Cat has been an amazing volunteer with our chapter and we’re very excited that we were fortunate enough to start this year with her joining the Board as Volunteer Coordinator. No one is more dedicated to keeping our beaches and waterways clean and making sure that all volunteers have a great time in the process! I can’t wait to see her grow with the chapter over the course of this year! She is a truly wonderful addition to our team and a savior for our waterways!” Thank you for all that you do for our oceans, waves and beaches, Cat!
The 2014 Legislative Session kicked off on March 4th. As always, there are a number of bills the Surfrider Foundation will be monitoring- some are very positive, others extremely damaging. Here is a preliminary list of issues we will be working on:
- Eliminate statewide preemptions on the regulation of plastic bags. Allow local governments to ban, tax or otherwise limit plastic bags. Support S830 “Carryout Bags” sponsored by Senator Bullard.
- Stop preemptions that keep local governments from enacting more stringent septic tank maintenance requirements and strong fertilizer ordinances.
- Support funding for water quality initiatives benefiting Indian River Lagoon, Lake Okeechobee, and other Florida estuaries and waterways impacted by degraded water quality and harmful algal blooms. Support the recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin, but maintain U.S. Army Corps of Engineers control of Lake Okeechobee releases and flow levels.
- Support funding for springs restoration and protection.
- Oppose any attempt to limit or preemept the acquisition of conservation and recreation lands.
Be sure to check back often for updates on legislation and action alerts so you can get involved!