Below is a general overview and links to some of our top programs in Oregon. Be sure and click on each heading for further resources and information. To get more involved in your local chapter’s program and find out what’s going on with these programs in your neighborhood, please be sure and visit our individual chapter websites.
The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run water testing, education and advocacy program. Our chapters use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions. The BWTF has demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness of these incidents and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution solutions.
Beach and Highway Cleanups are an important and ongoing effort of Oregon chapters. Whether you want to give a little love back to your local beach, gain volunteer & community service hours for your group or business, or you are interested in meeting some new folks while engaging in beach stewardship, the Surfrider Foundation would love your support!
Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.
Urban runoff is often the primary source of ocean pollution. The Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program educates and assists people in creating landscapes that utilize native plants, permeable groundcovers and water retention features to prevent urban runoff, create wildlife habitats and design beautiful spaces. Vegetable gardens can be OFGs too, as long as they “apply CPR.” From workshops to building gardens, it’s a great way to engage.