A couple of really busy months for NH Surfrider Chapter…
In September, we started with our monthly beach cleanup at The Wall with 25 volunteers. Sunshine, kites flying and plenty of trash collected from the beach – a combination of Hurricane Bill and the Labor Day weekend.
A week later, we shared a booth space (in the rain) at the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival with Barefoot Wine – a national Surfrider Foundation sponsor. The very next week we were back with Barefoot for the beach rescue event down at Hampton Beach. After the cleanup, lunch was on Barefoot Wine!
On the same day, a separate group of volunteers was under the NH Surfrider tent and talking to visitors at the Fishtival event in Portsmouth. We created a mock water quality testing program for the Prescott Park ‘coastline’ and showed visitors how we survey an area by zone, fill out the data sheets and collect water samples. We also provided information on Surfrider’s mission and how to get involved with the New Hampshire Chapter. Later in the afternoon, we did a ‘beach cleanup’ in the Park as part of International Coastal Cleanup.
A change of weather for the October cleanup, and a smaller turnout of volunteers. It wasn’t as cold as it looks so we stayed on the beach for a long time and collected masses of small pieces of trash from among the rocks and blocks at The Wall.
Flatbread Company in Portsmouth kindly hosted a benefit night for NH Surfrider on October 6. A special thank you to everyone who came along, and to all the local companies that donated prizes for the raffle. Funds go towards our water quality monitoring and educational program.
Our beach cleanups run every month, rain or shine. See the beach cleanups page for a list of dates and times. Or send us an email and we’ll put you on our list. That way, we’ll send you a reminder about the cleanups and other NH Surfrider events.