Surfrider Foundation - Capitol Chapter
The Surfrider Foundation is a seaweed roots, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education (C.A.R.E.).
In 1984, a handful of members of the surfing community concerned with the condition of beaches and water quality came together to form the Surfrider Foundation. Today, the Surfider Foundation is represented by over 40,000 members and 60 local chapters in the U.S., with affiliations in Australia, Japan, France, and Brazil. And while surfers founded the Surfrider Foundation, we are not just surfers. Skateboarders, snowboarders, kayakers, rock climbers, hikers, sky divers, mountain bikers…are all members of the Surfrider Foundation.
The Capitol Chapter represents residents from the greater Washington, DC, area, including western Maryland and Virginia. It naturally draws coastal transplants who have found themselves landlocked, as well as river-, bay-, and snow-oriented natives. Because of our location amidst lawmakers, the chapter's efforts include legislative agendas as well as river/bay clean-ups and public education. Most importantly, we realize that despite physically being hours from the nearest beach, our actions locally can significantly affect the health of the coast, the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and the rest of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed!