PRESS RELEASE – SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Mar. 12, 2014—World Water Day (WWD) is approaching fast, and the Surfrider Foundation (wwd.surfrider.org), a leading non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches, invites beachgoers and surf enthusiasts to help connect the drops between responsible freshwater use and ocean water quality—because what happens on land affects the oceans, waves, and beaches we all love.
"As we near World Water Day, Surfrider has two water saving initiatives," says Surfrider Foundation Communications and Marketing Director, Laura Lee. "The first is to generate awareness around the importance of water conservation, and the second is to encourage people to join the Foundation in the fight for clean water."
One of the biggest ways to help conserve water is by simply applying the 3R's—reduce, reuse and recycle—to the way you use water everyday. To get started, check out the water saving tips and resources on the Surfrider World Water Day website at www.surfrider.org.
World Water Day Tweet-to-Win Contest
Surfrider presents an opportunity for you to share your best water saving practices by entering the Foundation's World Water Day Tweet-to-Win Contest. The weeklong Contest, which begins next Monday, March 17, asks participants to tweet their best water saving tip to @Surfrider and include #WWD in their tweet.
Three tweets will be selected based on creativity, and three tweeters will receive a prize package that consists of a Billabong wetsuit; a one-year supply of Emergen-C; and a Volkswagen t-shirt, beach towel, and tote, an approximate total retail value of $350 (USD). Tweet-to-win Contest rules, here.
Drop into Clean Water Today, Tomorrow and for Years to Come
The results are in: Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), a volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program with 28 labs (in Wash., Ore., Calif., Hawaii, and P.R.), recorded data from 3,127 water quality tests in 2013. The findings show that 2013, 73% of total tests measured low bacteria levels, 11% measured medium bacteria levels, and 16% measured high bacteria levels.
Using the BWTF data, Surfrider chapters have been successful at elevating public awareness of local water quality issues and integrating science into local management efforts aimed at solving beach pollution problems.
Surfrider needs you to join in the fight for clean water. By becoming a member you will ensure that the Foundation's dedicated and passionate network of volunteers have the funds to solve water pollution problems, educate communities and generate awareness. This includes supporting clean water initiatives and programs, such as the BWTF.
By joining for $25 you will pay for at least two water tests to make sure a day at the beach is healthy and safe. Considering the average American spends about this much on coffee each week, it's a small price to pay for the enjoyment of clean water today, tomorrow and for years to come.
For additional information about Surfrider Foundation's World Water Day initiatives, please visit: wwd.surfrider.org.
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains more than 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org.