What’s Your Special Place?

Imagine all the memories you have at your special coastal place…

Maybe it’s that secret spot where you can get away from it all, the first place you caught a wave, or the place you visited as a child. 

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Now, imagine it… gone. 

No longer accessible, polluted, dredged or wiped out… because of poor management.

Over the course of the last 30 years, the Surfrider Foundation has been doing extensive work to protect special coastal places around the world.  We have been consistently addressing water pollution, access issues, coastal erosion and hazardous problems while helping local governments make better decisions.

One very clear lesson Surfrider Foundation has learned over time is that if no one stands up to protect a special place when it’s threatened, it will be taken away.  Surfrider is in it for the long haul.  Are you?

We need your help now in the Northeast to engage in the public process for regional ocean planning, to ensure that our Ocean Plan is solid, and protects coastal and ocean ecosystems and recreational areas.

What Special Northeast places would you like to see protected?

Surfrider Foundation Northeast Region invited YOU to honor your special New England coastal place by entering our “My Special Place” Instagram Contest, between July 28, 2014 and August 28, 2014 (see official contest rules)!!

The contest is now over but you can check out the winners circle over in Facebookland.

THANKS to all who participated!

Together, we can be proactive in helping protect New England’s coastal and ocean ecosystems and recreational areas, before they’re threatened.

QUICK REFERENCE LINKS FOR OCEAN PLANNING:

*Who/what is the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB): http://northeastoceancouncil.org/regional-planning-body/.

*Federal, state & Tribal members of the NERPB: http://northeastoceancouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Membership-Roster-NE-RPB1.pdf.

*View the Framework: http://neoceanplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/NE-Regional-Ocean-Planning-Framework-February-2014.pdf.

*What is ocean planning, why should I care & how do I get involved: http://northeast.surfrider.org/rop/.

*The importance of ocean planning & Surfrider Foundation’s interests:
https://vimeo.com/126415192.

*Community collaboration in ocean planning & how it works: http://ocean-frontiers.org/the-films/ocean-frontiers-2/.

*Check out the Northeast Data Portal:  http://www.northeastoceandata.org/.

*See the goals for Northeast Regional Ocean Planning: http://northeast.surfrider.org/rop/nerop/.

*Read the Northeast Regional Planning Body Charter: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/bf60b67674cbe8a61f3e93afe/files/Charter_without_signatories_FINAL.pdf.

*Read the Executive Order establishing a National Ocean Policy: http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/documents/2010stewardship-eo.pdf.

*For a comprehensive list of Regional Ocean Planning public meetings throughout the Northeast this fall, see: http://northeast.surfrider.org/rop/meetings/.

FMI: http://neoceanplanning.org/about/.