|Since our founding in 1998, the San Mateo Chapter has made significant achievements:
Established a Beach Cleanup Program: We are hosting regular member-supported cleanups of local beaches, particularly after busy holiday weekends and through the summer months.
Launched Blue Water Task Force: This task force works with the County of San Mateo Environmental Health Department to continually test the water quality at San Mateo beaches and bring unsafe levels of contamination to the attention of residents. Beaches with high bacterial counts are posted on the Earth 911 Web Site.
Central Coast PWC Campaign: In 2002 we became the first chapter in the nation to call for the restricted use of personal water craft ("PWC's" or jet skis) within the boundaries of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). In 2003, we issued a Joint Position Statement with a coalition of environmental groups on the use of PWCs within the boundaries of the MBNMS, and in June 2006 the National Surfrider Board of Directors by a unanimous vote approved our Chapters'proposed Central Coast PWC Campaign position.
Constructed our own water testing facility in collaboration with the Sewer Authority Midcoast (SAM).
We continue to influence county, state and federal agencies on land use and access issues.
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