2016

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.

2015

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.