The first restaurant of the year to become a registered Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) was Centrally Grown in January. Know Your H2O (KYH2O) hosted the quarterly chapter meeting at OFR Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria.
In February, Baywood Ale House signed on as an OFR. We welcomed new activists at a Core Volunteer Orientation (CVO) held at our new meeting location at iFixit in SLO.
Two new eateries, SLO Brew and The Libertine (SLO), registered as OFRs in March.
In April, our chapter staffed a booth at the Earth Day fair in San Luis Obispo, and STOP Climate Change (STOP) hosted the chapter meeting at OFR Chop Street. Tap It Brewing held a fundraiser for us.
Hold On To Your Butt (HOTYB) purchased eighteen ashcans in May and delivered ten to the city of Pismo Beach, two to iFixit, and one to OFR Robin’s Restaurant.
On International Surfing Day in June, HOTYB Awareness Day at Avila Beach featured a beach cleanup, an information table, and a “cigarette girl” handing out pocket ashtrays to smokers. Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) led a neighborhood garden tour in Shell Beach and held a two-day Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Training. Mint + Craft signed up as an OFR.
The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) hosted a chapter meeting in July at OFR Novo that featured Liberty Amundson with SLO County Environmental Health Services. Ocean Protection submitted a comment letter to NOAA to oppose oil drilling in national marine sanctuaries. Rise Above Plastics (RAP) held a beach cleanup at Pismo Pier, where volunteers collected 16 pounds of trash, 6 pounds of recycling and 154 cigarette butts.
Avila Beach placed two ashcans provided by HOTYB in August, for a total of fifteen new ashcan installations in SLO County this year. Kravabowl became a registered OFR. The chapter tabled at the Central Coast Art and Music Festival in Cayucos.
RAP captained September’s Coastal Cleanup Day at Pismo Pier, where 94 volunteers cleaned up 44 lbs of trash, 10 lbs of recycling, over 1,400 cigarette butts, and a comforter. The chapter staffed a table at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Pismo Beach and helped out at the For the Folks Music Series fundraiser in SLO. STOP achieved victory in the hard-fought fight against Phillips 66 oil trains!
The October chapter meeting was hosted by HOTYB at OFR Libertine in SLO. We welcomed more new activists at another CVO, and ran the 23rd Annual Pier to Pier Paddle. The BWTF received a $1000 matching grant for water testing from the Avila Beach Community Foundation. RAP hosted a beach cleanup for the Wounded Warriors Project.
In November, RAPtivists urged the City of Grover Beach to enact a ordinances banning styrofoam takeout containers and requiring restaurants to offer straws only on request.
Our December meeting and holiday party was held at OFR and long-time supporter Chop Street in Pismo Beach.
Throughout the year, the BWTF continued sampling water at 11 beach and creek sites. KYH2O submitted public testimony on issues including Morro Bay’s water reclamation facility, the Cayucos Sustainable Water Project, South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District redundancy and improvements, and adapting to sea level rise. We received press coverage from Dave Congalton’s Hometown Radio show about OFR, and from KSBY on HOTYB Day and the impact of cigarette butt litter, beach cleanups and the California bag ban.
Our Rise Above Plastics (RAP) program sponsored polystyrene ordinances which passed in Morro Bay and Arroyo Grande in February, bringing to four the number of cities that have banned styrofoam takeout containers in SLO County.
In March, we hosted the successful Surfrider California Chapter Conference in Cambria, where our Chair recruited a San Diego chapter Executive Committee member.
At our 6th Annual Hands Across the Sand event in Avila Beach in May, we stood in support of clean energy over fossil fuels, a key part of our S.T.O.P. Climate Change program.
In July, US Green Building Council Magazine printed a feature on Ocean Friendly Gardens.
We launched our new Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) program to reduce disposable plastic restaurant litter. The first two SLO County eateries were certified as OFR in August.
September was a busy month. We scored a victory for Beach Access when the Pismo Beach City Council voted unanimously to deny the Bluffs’ appeal to lock the bicycle/pedestrian gate to Bluff Drive, aka Cave Landing in Shell Beach. Know Your H2O (KYH2O) collated county water sampling results and asked the SLO County Health Commission to consider enforcement actions for areas of frequent exceedance. Our first quarterly Special Chapter Meeting was hosted by the OFR program. We organized a cleanup at Pismo Pier for Coastal Cleanup Day, and ran the 23rd Annual Pier-to-Pier Paddle in honor of chapter founder, Ken Harmount.
The first Core Volunteer Orientation (CVO) was held in October and had a great turnout of excited new volunteers. RAP gave away reusable bags and promoted Yes on 67 to enact the state bag ban. Another restaurant signed up to be an OFR, and we organized a Beach Cleanup for Embassy Suites, host of our CVO. KYH2O participated in a stakeholder meeting for Cal Wave, a proposed wave energy project off of Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Our new Hold On To Your Butt Program launched in November with an interview on KSBY about cigarette litter on local beaches. Three more eateries were certified as OFR.
In December, our Ocean Protection program sent a petition to members of Surfrider Foundation to ask NOAA to begin the designation process of the CHNMS.
The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) continued sampling water at 11 beach and creek sites, and trained seven new volunteers.
KYH2O submitted public testimony throughout the year, supporting SLO County’s moratorium on the land application of biosolids, the No Project proposal for the Cambria Community Service District’s Sustainable Water (Desalination) Project, a CEQA review as part of the State Lands Commission permit for DCPP (Diablo Canyon Power Plant); andopposing the DCPP Open-Ocean Desalination Project Proposal.
Our Rise Above Plastics (RAP) program sponsored polystyrene ordinances (styrofoam bans) which passed in two cities: SLO (June 2) and Pismo Beach (December 15).
In October, NOAA accepted the nomination proposal by our Ocean Protection program for the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS), and added it to the list of successful nominations.
Know Your H2O (KYH2O) continued to be actively involved in advocating for positive changes at South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District (SSLOCSD) after a major sewage spill in December 2010 and whistleblower reports of illegal sampling procedures at SSLOCSD’s sewage plant in Oceano.
KYH2O also opposed Diablo Canyon Power Plant desalinated water distribution to SLO County residences. Through volunteering to assist the county’s Drought Task Force, adding our chapter’s voice to oppose further county resources to studying the plan, and submitting op-ed pieces published in the Tribune and Cal Coast News, our chapter helped ensure alternatives and impacts were presented before the SLO County Board of Supervisors and to the public.
2014 and earlier
There’s more! Our chapter historian is hard at work cataloguing earlier accomplishments.