Local Campaigns

The Virginia Beach chapter is currently engaged in the following campaigns.

Water Quality Testing

85617161The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is Surfrider Foundation’s water testing program. The City of Virginia Beach does water quality testing during the summer months, but not during the winter, and we would like to help fill in the data gaps. The Virginia Beach chapter initiated our BWTF program in April 2014, and we are currently measuring bacteria levels at four beaches (61st Street, 1st Street, Croatan, and Sandbridge). We post the results of each test to alert local citizens about water quality problems. Click here to see our most recent water testing results. If you are interested in volunteering for this program, email Rob at vicechair@vb.surfrider.org.

Beach Access Preservation

WP_000809Surfrider Foundation promotes the right of free, open and low-impact access to our beaches and waves. We recognize that the public’s right of access to waterways is often based on state and local laws. The Virginia Beach chapter is currently working with the Sandbridge Civic League and City of Virginia Beach to preserve and increase parking availability in Sandbridge near some of the popular surf access spots. We will be expanding this campaign to other areas of Virginia Beach where surfers and beachgoers have limited or restricted access. If you are interested in getting involved, email Adam at chair@vb.surfrider.org.

Smoke-Free Beach

cigarettes2Cigarette butts are one of the most common and most disgusting forms of litter found on our beaches. Cigarette butts are made from a synthetic fiber type of plastic, which takes years to break down. The Virginia Beach chapter supports banning smoking at our beaches. Our first hurdle will be to convince the State Legislature to allow individual cities to enact and enforce such a law. In the meantime, we have assembled data by collecting and counting cigarette butts that we gathered during beach cleanups. We will use this evidence to raise awareness and educate the public about the realities of cigarette litter on our beaches. If you are interested in getting involved, email Jessica at treasurer@vb.surfrider.org.

Rise Above Plastics

Untitled-1Plastic pollution poses a significant threat to our planet. The problem with plastic is that it does not biodegrade, so virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists. Once it enters the marine environment, plastic trash is often mistaken by animals for food, and can be fatal. The Virginia Beach chapter is dedicated to reduce the impacts of plastics in Hampton Roads by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics. Below are 10 easy things you can do to reduce your plastic footprint:

  1. Purchase reusable cloth shopping bags.
  2. Use a Nalgene or stainless steel water bottle.
  3. Refuse straws and single-serve packaging.
  4. Bring a reusable lunch bag or cooler to work.
  5. Bring your to-go mug to the coffee shop.
  6. Go digital! Buy your music and videos online.
  7. Recycle plastics, especially #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE).
  8. Support plastic bag bans, foam bans, and recycling bills.
  9. Volunteer at one of our monthly beach cleanups!
  10. Talk to your family and friends!

If you are interested in getting involved, email Jessica and Christina at rapcoordinator@vb.surfrider.org.