2017 Waterman’s Weekend Beneficiaries
The following environmental organizations have been carefully selected as recipients of the proceeds from the 2017 Waterman’s Weekend fundraising efforts in the form of a SIMA Environmental Fund Grant. The organizations were chosen based on their commitment of those funds to specific projects that will address water quality issues, defend beaches and surf breaks, or provide education about ocean conservation.
5 GYRES INSTITUTE: Funds dedicated to support the expansion of the Ambassador Program (formerly called AmbassadorShip). The Ambassador Program is designed to educate, engage, and empower 5 Gyres’ global network of supporters drive local solutions to plastic pollution.
ASSATEAGUE COASTAL TRUST: Dedicated funds will be used to support the Coast Kids programs featuring monthly educational excursions, school/community group programs and summer camp, including support for scholarships to engage low-income and minority youth.
CLEAN OCEAN ACTION: Funds dedicated will keep the ocean off New York/New Jersey coasts wild and free from harm will be more challenging than ever.
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER: Grant will fund the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process, the final phase of the recovery effort from the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill.
HEAL THE BAY: Fund will enable Heal the Bay to continue addressing water pollution and conservation issues impacting the Southern California coastline, local waterways and the Greater Los Angeles region through its far-reaching clean Water Initiatives.
NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY LAND TRUST (NSCLT): Funds will be used for community stewardship, planning, and implementation of the Long Range Resource Management Plan for Pupukea Paumalu remain high priorities for NSCLT.
OCEAN INSTITUTE: The funds will help provide the program’s ocean research excursions so each fifth grader can experience the ocean first-hand. This is a highlight of the Watershed Program that inspires the students to become ocean stewards.
ORANGE COUNTY COASTKEEPER: Funds will support the Coastal Water Quality Improvement Program and its efforts to reduce the health threats caused by urban runoff pollution in Orange County, Calif., through advocacy, enforcement, education, research , and water monitoring efforts.
PASO PACIFICO: Funds will be dedicated to Paso Pacifico’s ocean education program focusing on outreach and education on ocean conservation issues to three main groups: the Nicaraguan general public, the Nicaraguan surfing community, and rural children from fishing and farming communities.
REEF CHECK: Funds will be used for the continued expansion of the Reef Check California program and its goal to improve marine management in California through education, training and community engagement.
SAN DIEGO COASTKEEPER: Funds will assist in their efforts to protect San Diego County’s coastal and beach environment from pollution through education, outreach, science, and advocacy.
SANTA BARBARA CHANNELKEEPER: Funds will assist their Clean Water Advocacy and Enforcement Program which will protect and restore water quality and aquatic habitats in the Santa Barbara Channel and its beaches, creeks, and ocean waters, and to defend the community’s right to clean water.
SAVE THE WAVES COALITION: Funds will assist their World Surfing Reserves program to preserve outstanding waves and surf zones around the world; and Endangered Waves program that encourages communities worldwide to address threats to the surfing coastline.
SEYMOUR MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER: Funds will be used to enhance the learning experience of our nearly 70,000 visitors each year by upgrading existing and developing new ocean science and conservation exhibits in our visitor hall.
SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE: Funds will be used towards surfing habitat protection, ocean & beach conservation measures through beach cleans, campaigning to stop marine litter at source and community & business education measures.
SURFING EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: Dedicated funds will be used towards the Waikiki Beach Sand Replenishment Project, which will monitor tidal current pattern flow change and sand movement due to replenishment; gearing up for action against T-head groin fronting Royal Hawaiian Hotel which are unsafe; and, working with North Shore community, City & County of Honolulu, and State of Hawaii to replace parking footprint in Laniakea Beach.
SURFRIDER FOUNDATION: Funds will enable efforts to save, improve and protect surf locations, protect the quality of water in the surf zone, ocean environmental education. Initiatives will address clean water, surf enhancement, ocean conservation education, surf break protection and other coastal issues through increasing public awareness of the existing threats to our water resources.
WILDCOAST: Funds be used to conserve over 41,479 acres of some of the most important coastal and marine areas on North America’s Pacific coastline including Baja California, San Diego boarder, and San Diego County’s MPA’s.
WISHTOYO FOUNDATION: Funds will be used for its Ventura Coastkeeper program to protect the ocean waters and beach environment in and around Ventura County through legal actions, coastal restoration and access projects, water quality monitoring, Marine Protected Area education programs, and beach cleanups.