Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ocean Friendly Gardens Catch On

C. Coimbra Photo
The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens program undertook an awesome effort in 2013, detailed in a newly released annual report. Surfrider chapters, volunteers, student clubs and staff that make up the program implemented an interconnected set of program objectives. They educated the public about a watershed approach to urban runoff, conducted hands-on activities and engaged government agencies to shift policy and programming.

A total of 35 chapters or school clubs participated in 2013, offering a spectrum of activities including indoor classes, hands-on workdays, neighborhood walks, meetings with government officials and more.

While most Surfrider chapter Ocean Friendly Garden programs have been concentrated along the west coast, more and more took hold along the east coast. Programs got launched in Hawaii, strengthened in the Southeast, and seeds were planted in the Northeast. Overall, there was a strong increase in activity during 2012.

Even more interesting than the activities or garden builds is what chapters are accomplishing through their events:

Increased public understanding of how landscapes and hardscapes can be effectively altered to prevent pollution; and the establishment of successful partnerships with governments and local stakeholders to educate about and train through building Ocean Friendly Gardens.

--From Surfrider

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