Blue Water Task Force
The Blue Water Task Force is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run water testing education and advocacy program. The goals of the program are to promote environmental stewardship our community and ensure safe and healthy access to coastal habitats for generations to come.
Since its inception, the Vancouver Island Chapter of Surfrider Foundation has been holding monthly beach cleanups at different locations around the south island. Beach cleanups are a fun and exciting way of getting volunteers and community members out to a local beach and participating in a meaningful activity.
Rise Above Plastics
Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean.
Ban the Bag
Ban the Bag! Recent legislation won't stop us from trying to ban the bag in local municipalities - find out how you can get involved!
Many types of bioplastics, specifically biodegradable plastics, have no guidelines to ensure they break down in a sustainable way. Even worse, some plastics are labeled “biodegradable” or “green”, but are in fact just made of regular plastic.
Dock The Debris
Even with waste collection and management systems in place, debris still ends up in marina waters through human activity in the harbour, the breaking down of non-encapsulated floating docks, and upstream sources. The Dock the Debris project will work to install several Seabins over the coming years to capture marine litter.
Hold On To Your Butt
Hold On To Your Butt: Since its inception, Surfrider Vancouver Island has been holding monthly beach cleanups at different beaches along the South Island. The number one item we pick up? Cigarette butts.
Plastic Free Schools
The Single-Use Plastic Free Schools program aims to eliminate single-use plastics in the school setting. By role modelling sustainable practices and providing alternatives, teachers and students will influence their local and global communities.
Solidified Oil Spill (S.O.S.)
The plastics manufacturing industry uses plastic polymer pellets to manufacture bags, bottles, containers, packaging, and other plastic products for commercial and industrial uses. These "nurdles" are being discharged into British Columbia waterways.
You've heard it, straws... well they suck. Find out about this campaign, and how it is just one small step towards Rising Above Plastics!