Mission Statement and Initiatives
The Connecticut Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation* is comprised of volunteers who are dedicated to the protection and restoration of Connecticut’s waterways, wetlands, watersheds, and beaches. The Chapter’s conservation efforts extend from the highest peaks of our Northern Hills to the shores of the Long Island Sound. The Connecticut Chapter acts to achieve its mission through education, advocacy, and action.
Education: Through the Surfrider Foundation’s Respect the Beach program, the Connecticut Chapter brings hands-on education to the classroom. Members work with schools and youth organizations to teach students the hydrological cycle. Students not only receive an understanding of our interconnected environment but acquire life-long skills of observation, recording data, generating hypotheses, experimenting, making inferences, and drawing conclusions. Connecticut Surfrider members will also be present at community events to increase awareness of conservation efforts in the state for people of all ages.
Advocacy: The Connecticut Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation works with legislatures, citizens, and both governmental and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness of issues that are detrimental to the health of the ecosystem and present potential dangers to all those who benefit from the state’s waters.
Action: As a grass-roots organization the Connecticut Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation relies on its members to implement its mission. Members participate in beach-clean-ups, water monitoring, and habitat restoration. The citizens of Connecticut benefit directly from these efforts as the Connecticut Chapter acts to provide a clean and healthy environment for the state.
Finally, pressures from population growth and development will continue to increase in the future and stress the Connecticut ecosystem. The Connecticut Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will strive through non-partisan, grass-roots efforts to ensure that the State’s natural treasures can be held accessible and protected for the continued, sustainable use of Connecticut’s citizenry.
*The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 40,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil. There are currently 300+ members in the state of Connecticut.