Regional Campaigns

Beach Water Testing at Risk

dirty beachThe EPA is proposing once again to cut all federal funding for beach water quality monitoring, putting over 100 million Americans at risk of getting sick from polluted water! In 2000, when the federal BEACH Act was passed, water quality monitoring made big advancements in setting standards and funding monitoring programs to ensure your safety.

Just like health safety inspections for food, we rely on water quality monitoring and reporting to ensure that the water we swim, surf and play in is safe. With 23,481 beach closures and advisories issued last year, now is not the time to stop beach monitoring. Don’t let the federal government drown the beach program. You have the right to know if a day at the beach is going to make you sick! Ask Congress to continue to support beach water testing programs.

Sign the petition HERE.

Oppose Seismic Surveys in the Atlantic

whalesThe Department of Interior is deciding whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic ocean from New Jersey to Florida to assess oil and gas resources. The proposed surveys would employ loud and continuous sound blasts that would cause major impacts to marine wildlife and the ecosystem. Please ask the Secretary of the Interior to cancel seismic exploration off the Atlantic coast. Seismic surveys would produce devastating impacts on marine mammals, sea turtles, fishes, and other marine life. The blasts from seismic air guns have been shown to interfere with the mating, feeding, communication, and migration activities of numerous species, including the endangered Right Whale (photo).

Furthermore, offshore drilling is inherently polluting and dangerous, and it will not solve our nation’s energy needs. According to the Department of Energy, fully developing all of our recoverable offshore oil reserves would lower pump prices by only 3 cents. Such a tradeoff is not worth the risk to our coastal economies, including tourism, recreation, and commercial fishing, which generate billions of dollars in annual revenue on the Atlantic coast.

Sign the petition HERE.

Protect Your Coast from Offshore Drilling

oil spillPlease ask your Senators to oppose legislation to dramatically expand offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (HR 2231) recently passed by the House would double the amount of drilling off our coasts by requiring the Department of the Interior to lease at least 50% of un-leased acreage with the greatest resources. Effectively, this would mean new offshore drilling off every U.S. coastline, including the states of California, Virginia, South Carolina, and Alaska. The bill would also reduce environmental review for new drilling, despite overwhelming evidence that oversight for offshore drilling needs to be enhanced.

Expanding drilling in U.S. waters will put our coastal communities at risk from ecological and economic harm. Our nation’s coasts provide billions of dollars in economic revenue through recreation, tourism, and healthy seafood. We must protect these benefits by preventing the expansion of offshore drilling. Please make your voice heard and tell your Senators that you support protecting our coasts from the needless expansion of offshore oil and gas development.

Sign the petition HERE.

Save Access to Cape Hatteras Surf Breaks

hatterasThe National Park Service is currently developing a long-term plan for ORV (off-road-vehicle) and pedestrian access inside Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let them know, when making decisions, to remember Cape Hatteras’ unparalleled role as the most popular and influential surfing region on the whole East Coast — and therefore the U.S. — with a high priority on access to the most treasured breaks. Also demand they look for a wide range of solutions besides closures; ones that benefit the animal species while guaranteeing humans can continue to enjoy and protect this most-precious coastal resource for years to come.

Sign the petition HERE.

Take the “Rise Above Plastics” Pledge

RAPThere is a section of the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the continental United States called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Within it, 100 million tons of plastic swirl in a vortex of currents. There is so much plastic in the water that it outnumbers zooplankton by six to one! This plastic ends up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals. In fact, one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die globally each year due to ingestion of or entanglement in plastics.

Plastic is forever, with virtually every piece of petroleum based plastic ever made still in existence. That’s why it’s so critical to our oceans and beaches that we dramatically reduce our use of plastics, especially single-use plastics, starting today. You can make a difference for our world’s oceans, waves and beaches – pledge to rise above plastics today.

Take the pledge HERE.