Emerald Coast Chapter Surfrider Foundation via Crowdrise
September 30, 2011
BENEFITING: Surfrider Foundation
EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2011
The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the largest environmental disaster in United States history. By the time the spill was capped over 200 million gallons of oil had been dumped into local waters. In addition, approximately 2 million gallons of toxic dispersants were dumped into the Gulf to sink the oil. This ten-week spill resulted in the largest oceanic oil spill in history.The impacts of this catastrophic disaster make take decades to fully understand.
While mainstream press coverage shifted to other stories, local Gulf coastal communities are still dealing with the post-spill reality. One simple and fundamental question families, water enthusiasts and fishermen are still asking is, “Is the water and beach clean and safe?” The answer to this question has been muddled by those interested in minimizing the impact of the spill and others who are desperate to encourage tourism. Current government testing programs are not providing enough information to the public to determine if Gulf beaches are safe. Just because you cannot see it does not mean it is not there. Oil pollution in the Gulf is a moving target and scientists believe 79% of the oil is still there. The Surfrider Foundation Emerald Coast Chapter's goal is to clear up this confusion to provide objective, locally relevant beach results on the oil and dispersant.
The Emerald Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation at the DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach, FL on October 14-16 will get a surfboard signed by:
- Jane's Addiction
- The Shins
- Girl Talk
- New Pornographers and many more!
We're going to give away this surfboard to a very lucky winner on Crowdrise. All you need to do is donate at least $50 to the Surfboard Contest project on Crowdrise before midnight (EST) on November 1st and you'll be entered to win.
This will help continue the Chapter's Phase II beach testing to gather the necessary data to see if new oil continues to wash ashore, a trend as to whether the beaches are health or still have high toxicity levels, and identify the sulfur isotope of corexit. One hundred percent of these tests will be performed, managed and communicated by local volunteers and overseen by our university expert. Our lab testing costs range from $295 for the PAH testing and $50 for the Oil Range Organics tests. This ongoing monthly independent testing provides an alternate source of information that may confirm, add to or contradict current agency testing results regarding the presence or absence of oil and dispersants in coastal waters and on local beaches.
To find out more go to http://emeraldcoast.surfrider.org/beach-report/
You'll not only be entered to win the prize but you'll be supporting an amazing charity.
Please donate today or join our team to spread the word! It's all for a great cause.
Thanks so much for all of your support.