By: Sabriyya Ghanizada for EcoNews.

“The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our ocean, waves and beaches for all people. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, Surfrider’s network includes over 185 volunteer chapters and student clubs, and over a million members and supporters.” – Surfrider Foundation. 

The Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter participated in Hill Day, with Delia Bense-Kang as the Humboldt Chapter’s team captain. Bense-Kang led a group of volunteers to meet with Northern and Central California representatives. During ten meetings scheduled over the course of two days, the team prepared by studying the legislation Surfrider is supporting and opposing as well as getting briefed on the representatives they’d meet with. 

The Humboldt Surfrider chapter supports Hill Day by sending volunteers to participate and be the voice of the constituents in the area. The chapter also helps by sharing action alerts on the bills. In the past, Surfrider has been able to secure ongoing funding for the BEACH Act and Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and get anti-offshore oil drilling bills passed.

Surfrider’s 2022 Federal priorities are the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, funding critical EPA programs to protect U.S. beaches from sewage pollution and supporting ocean climate solutions.