Have you wanted to get involved with our chapter, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you’ve already volunteered with us, but want to get more involved? If so, then join us for our next Core Volunteer Orientation!Core Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They often go on to leadership positions within our chapter and help set our chapter’s strategy. This training for Surfrider members will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to be a Surfrider ambassador. If you are not currently a member, please join through this link.
Snacks and drinks will be provided. Attendees will also receive a Surfrider Foundation t-shirt.
When: 2017-02-27, 6-8 pm
Where: iFixit, 1330 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, California 93401
RSVP: Click here
By Brad Snook, Co-Chair of Surfrider Foundation San Luis Obispo
Supervisor Lynn Compton, a SLO County Supervisor, is wrong to deny SLO County the federal funding of cultural education, marine research, and a new local stakeholder effort that a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary could bring. It’s Federal funding! Why wouldn’t a coastal supervisor, like Lynn Compton, support the Sanctuary, too? Supervisor Compton says she is concerned about “local control”.
Supervisor Compton’s district, which is the coastal section of southern SLO County, is pivotal in decisions on whether SLO County will choose to protect the quality of its air, water, and county land. Is Supervisor Compton speaking for special interests like Philipps 66 and the oil and gas industry whose concern isn’t “local control”, but “controlling the locals”? As locals, control of our shared resource belongs to all of us. Ours is a common truth, as is the history of this coastline, and it’s alarming to hear Supervisor Compton echo alt-facts when dismissing the opportunities a Sanctuary will bring.
Thousands of Sanctuary supporters are locals, too. We share a connection to this coast, the central coast’s culture, its history. Surfrider SLO joined many others on a path toward Sanctuary designation in recognition of our county’s stewardship of the sea and coast because our civilization places many unnecessary impacts upon the ocean. Stewardship is good, and a sound federal investment in protecting our ocean recreation and other resources from the devastating impacts of offshore oil drilling and seismic testing would benefit us all.
Our chapter seeks to promote a thriving marine ecosystem. We recognize that SLO County doesn’t have the jurisdiction to do that on its own, so Supervisor Compton should show her support for this protection by supporting this community’s National Marine Sanctuary designation effort.
Many of the benefits of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary are listed on the website , where thousands have gone learn more about the Sanctuary and to pledge their support. The Sanctuary does not regulate fishing. The sanctuary bans seismic testing, which fishers have joined us and others world-wide in opposition. However, the ocean is not only a fishery or a place to dump pollutants. The commercial fishing industry (whether local or global), the fossil fuel industry, or other polluting interests cannot claim “control” of our shared marine resources which all Sanctuary stakeholders will strive to protect.
Prior Tuesday, February 7th, we urge you to show your support for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary by coming to the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, February 7th at 9:00am, at the SLO Board of Supervisors Chambers: 1055 Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo. If you are unable to make it to the meeting, please send an e-mail to all Supervisors, referencing Agenda Item #3 (2/7/17 BOS meeting), asking the Supervisors to vote “No” on the “Resolution to Oppose the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary”. It’s that easy!
Due to Valentine’s Day, our next meeting will be held on February 7th. Due to Ocean Day, the March meeting will also be held on the 7th.
In April, chapter meetings will resume on the second Tuesday of each month.
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Cambria, CA 93428
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Ocean friendly as of January 7, 2017.
Do you know where your water comes from?
Join us for a special chapter meeting hosted by the Know Your H2O program. Know Your H2O is designed to educate people on the link between freshwater management issues and the impact on our ocean, waves, and beaches. Watch The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water and learn about water issues in SLO County.
There will be free food and drink specials!
Where: Robin’s Restaurant, 4095 Burton Drive Cambria, CA 93428
When: Tuesday, January 10, 6-8 pm
Want to carpool? Sign up here.
Note that we will be outside, under cover, with heat lamps. It may be cool and rainy.
Your support is needed to establish a new Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary on California’s Central Coast to permanently protect this biologically and culturally rich area from offshore oil development.
The new CHNMS would stretch from Gaviota, near the recent oil spill, to Cambria, terminus of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Sanctuary status for this area would prohibit oil development, seismic testing, dumping of agriculture wastewater, and other threats. Voice your support!