Emerald Coast Chapter

We 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
February 23, 2011

Testing Activity in the Gulf & Recent Articles

The chapter has been very busy these past few weeks with starting phase II of its oil spill recovery testing program.

Photo Gallery of UV Testing:

Chapter meeting video

Articles about the chapter:

As tourism season approaches, DEP restarts testing

Surfriders team up with researchers as DEP resumes testing for oil, dispersants

February 17, 2011

Jan 31 Testing Results

The chapter received its results from the Jan 31 water testing at Perdido Key, FL and Alligator Point, AL. The results were no pollution detected.

Here is some video from Chuck while he was out testing.

February 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Patagonia Grant APPROVED!

We are totally stoked to find out today that Patagonia will be donating $25,000 to our gulf testing program for 2011. This will be put towards phase 2 of the sediment testing. A big shout out to Patagonia for their support!

February 11, 2011

Pensacola Planning Committee Feb Meeting Minutes

The wednesday night meeting was a great success with over 15 people attending and a wonderful presentation by Rip Kirby.A number of people are interested in the Executive Committee positions. If you are interested please email pensacola@surfrider.org to let us know.

Click Here to see the meeting minutes.

In addition, other topics to be covered at the next meeting:
1. Steps to form a chapter
2. Possible endeavors (and priotization of):
Sea Oat planting
Turtle Ordinances
Sediment/water sampling
Beach cleanup
Other tabling events

Next meeting is wednesday March 9th @ 7pm at O’Zone Pizza Pub.

February 11, 2011

Rip Kirby’s Oil Testing Covered in National Geographic

Guest Speaker Rib Kirby who spoke at both the Pensacola and Emerald Coast meetings has be highlighted in National Geographic Magazine. Check it out as this is what the chapter will be doing shortly.


February 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

Surfrider’s Next Phase Of Beach Soil Testing Is Underway!

In our effort to protect the beaches, Surfrider is teaming up with geologist Rip Kirby. Our volunteers will assist in sample collection and resources for a comprehensive testing program. We will provide a “State of the Beach” report after careful analysis of soil, both onshore and underwater just offshore. Analysis will include targeting with high power UV light, GC/MS analysis and Isotope identification. This will provide excellent detection, toxic analysis, and positive ID to the Deep Water Horizon disaster. Volunteers will be needed to spot, dig, sample, label, and report. Contact Surfrider if you would like to help in any way!

February 9, 2011

Pensacola Chapter Planning Committee Meeting

In light of the spill and damage to the recreation community an effort is in effect to start a new chapter in this area. If you are in this area please attend to find out how you can help coordinate this effort.

When: MONDAY, NOV. 29; 7 – 8pm Where: Sidelines Restaurant (outside coverage area) 2 Via De Luna Drive Gulf Breeze, FL 32561-2004 (850) 934-3660 www.sidelinessportsbarandrestaurant.com

Agenda: Meet and Greet to formulate new chapter For additional info please contact the Regional Manager edavanzo@surfrider.org.

February 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

Test Results from Jan 10th

The test result from the water and sand samples taken on Jan 10, 2011 were received. There was no Propylene Glycol or 2- Butoxyethanol detected in any of the samples. A water sample @ Dune Allen reported a level of 0.065 ppt for Acenaphthylene, barely above the reporting limit of 0.045 ppt. There isnt an action level for Acenaphthylene in marine surface waters to compare it to, but the action level in groundwater is 210 ppt.
Dont forget the Emerald Coast Chapter meeting tonight and Pensacola meeting tomorrow night with our special guest speaker Rip Kirby from USF.

February 2, 2011

Pensacola Water Testing Jan 31st

On January 31st SF member Chuck Barnes submitted 2 tests to our lab from Perdido Key and AL Point. Our Jan 12th tests are still in review by the lab.

February 1, 2011

Dr. Rip Kirby Presenting @ Feb Chapter Mtgs

We are super pleased to announce that we will be hosting Dr. Rip Kirby, coastal geologist from USF as our guest speaker at not only the Feb 8 Emerald Coast chapter meeting but also the Penacola Planning Committee meeting on Feb 9th!

Dr. Kirby collecting samples

Dr. Kirby has been working on Panhandle shorelines for a number of years and is currently testing our beaches for contamination in the beach sediments with UV lighting. In addition, Surfrider will be joining his team and assisting with his sampling effort. You will not want to miss out on this next chapter meeting to hear about some of his initial results, what it means, and how you can get involved in the effort of digging and testing to see learn the State of YOUR Beach.

Emerald Coast Meeting

Feb 8th, 6pm – South Walton Coastal Branch Library conference room

Pensacola Planning Committee Meeting

Feb 9th, 7pm – O’Zone Pizza Pub

An observation of the contaminated layers of beach sediment showed these consisted of sand grains that had been coated with a mixture of crude oil and dispersant, in this case a variety of the Corexit product line.