Emerald Coast ChapterWe are the beach people. The surfers, paddle boarders, kayakers, fishermen, swimmers, beach runners, and walkers. We are activists who want to protect the ocean environment, and our access to it! The ocean and beaches are our playground! More Details
Emerald Coast Chapter board members, Mike Sturdivant and Tony D’eramo traveled to Pensacola on Thursday to speak with US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. We informed her of problems such as lack of water testing, errors in reporting results, and the compounding of mental health issues as the government fails to provide essential services and information.
Video from the discussion:
Direct link to video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asyLJ1kPYRg
July 10th: We took water samples at Okaloosa Island Pier, Miramar Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, and Seaside. The samples have been shipped to a lab in Kelso, Washington. The results will be back in approximately one week and will be shared here. We will also provide our results to the DEP and County officials. We have a limited budget, so we will be analyzing for dispersant compounds only (DOS testing). If you would like to know about Oil, Benzene, Vanadium and other toxins, feel free to chip in and we will request the other analysis.
Each sample costs about $400 for the dispersant testing alone and we plan to monitor 4 locations locally. If you would like your beach monitored or have a particular toxin to check for, contact us and we’ll do our best to help you. This first round of water tests will cost $1600.
If you can donate to our “Clean Water” fund use our Paypal donate button (top right on the home page), or you can mail checks to us at PO Box 1891, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. We have established a separate Surfrider bank account just for these donations, your contributions will be used only for this “Clean Water” campaign.
Thank you for taking action to protect our community!