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“Surface Tension” – Celebrate the Art of Ocean Photography

CSULB student Justing Soenksen is the owner of Makai Collab is a surf apparel and photograpy company. This month, Justin invites you to his first gallery viewing at the Hellada Gallery, 117 Linden Ave., 90802. Preview his fantastic artwork on Instagram @makaicollab, on Facebook, or at www.makaicollab.net.

The gallery reception is open to the public on Sat., May 2 from 5-9pm, and will feature ocean photography, music, drinks, snacks, and a $5 raffle to support ocean conservation – win a full-size canvas print! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our SFLB chapter. See you there!

New Partnership: I Dig LB

The Long Beach Chapter is proud to join the roster of green, community, and youth organizations to help the City and Port of Long Beach to plant 6,000 trees by 2020. Semi-weekly Installations include sidewalk cuts to reduce urban runoff. Studies have shown that planting trees off-sets CO2 emissions, provides urban cooling, reduces blight, increases property values, and encourages neighbor interaction and civic pride. Kids learn about nurturing a new plant; naming the trees is encouraged, and it’s fun to visit to watch them grow.

Starting this month, we’ll be stepping out from behind the table as a tree planting team. Join us! Optional to wear any Surfrider shirts or hats if you have them. All materials are provided, and our LB neighbors need our help. Each date is an event, with refreshments and guest sponsors. Reply to treasurer@lbsurfrider.org for more information. No RSVP necessary!
• Sat., 5/9, 9a-12p: Meet @ 3000 E. 3rd St. – 85 trees!
• Sat., 5/30, 9a-12p: Meet @ Chavez Park (Golden/4th) – 70 trees!
• Sat., 6/13, 9a-12p: Location TBD – 80 trees!

Student Project

Natalie Soriano from Fleming Middle School submitted her project on reconfiguring the Long Beach Breakwater.  Her teacher is Mr. Block and she’s concerned about the waves in Long Beach.  Thanks for the good work Natalie.

Natalie Soriano

Earth Day Coastal Cleanup

Come to the beach cleanup on April 18 to celebrate Earth Day !  Surfrider Foundation will be at both Junipero Ave. and 55th Place beaches 10am-12pm.

We’ll also be at the 30-minute beach cleanup at Granada Ave. beach 10-10:30am.
Coastal Cleanup Apr 2015

Long Beach Chapter General Meeting

General-Apr 2015

Breakwater Article in CSULB Daily 49er

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Long Beach Chapter Open House

General Meeting for February 2015

We Need Volunteers!

Rise Above Plastics: The Long Beach Chapter seeks to educate the public on the dangers that plastic pollution poses to the marine environment. We work to remove plastics from the waste stream, promote reusable materials, and provide a visual representation of pollution in the environment.  Contact the Rise Above Plastics Long Beach committee to find out how you can help vicechair@lbsurfrider.org.

Goals for this Year:

Plastic Bag Ban: Support existing City of Long Beach ordinance, and Statewide plastic bag ban effort; promote use of reusable bags throughout the community

Polystyrene/Foam Ban: Work with the City of Long Beach to explore and adopt a polystyrene (foam and plastic) ordinance to remove these harmful materials from the waste stream, and promote the Beach Friendly Restaurant program

Hold on to Your Butts: Work with City of Long Beach to install ashtrays to prevent cigarette pollution from entering waterways

Annual Wrap-Up Party 12/3/2014

WrapUp Party

Breakwater Study Inching Forward

On October 6, 2014, the Army Corps of Engineers found $50k for the Breakwater Feasibility Study.  This, in combination with $50k from the City of Long Beach should just barely allow the Army Corps to re-scope the study to fit in the Army Corps’ new 3x3x3 study format.  That means they have to make the study cost less than $3 million, take less than 3 years to complete, and utilize 3 levels of Corps review.  Once the study is re-scoped, the Corps can then notify Congress that they will be accepting donations from the local sponsor (City of Long Beach) and begin public meetings to figure out what is really in the study.  For local supporters, this means we still have to reach out to all relevant representatives.  This includes the Army Corps (through post cards), City Council (postcards & e-mails), President Obama’s budget (post cards), representatives Alan Lowenthal and Janice Hahn (letters and phone calls).  Get your post cards at Seventh Wave Surf Shop or at any LB Surfrider meeting.

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