Coos Bay Chapter


Clean Water

Goal: to reduce water pollution and protect our right to a clean ocean

Blue Water Task Force

The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. Our chapters use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions. The BWTF has demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness of these incidents and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution solutions. Get local results. We’re always looking for volunteer water samplers and testers. If you’d like to volunteer, email our BWTF coordinator Carmen Matthews at

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Urban runoff is often the primary source of ocean pollution. The Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program educates and assists people in creating landscapes that utilize native plants, permeable groundcovers and water retention features to prevent urban runoff, create wildlife habitats and design beautiful spaces. Vegetable gardens can be OFGs too, as long as they “apply CPR.” With the Coos Bay Surfrider chapter, property owners can draw upon our knowledge and installation volunteer group to install a low cost ocean-friendly garden at their place of work. Email Carmen Matthews at for more information.

Clean Water Advocacy

We serve as a unified voice for our community to protect our rights to clean water.

Beach Protection

Goal: to protect access, and promote the cleanliness and enjoyment of our beaches

Contact our volunteer coordinator Elizabeth Roberts at

Beach Clean-Ups

Beach Clean-Ups are an important and ongoing effort of the Coos Bay Chapter. Whether you want to give a little love back to your local beach, gain volunteer & community service hours for your group or business, or you are interested in meeting some new folks while engaging in beach stewardship, the Coos Bay Chapter of Surfrider Foundation would love your support!

Beach Ambassador Program

We educate, empower and outfit volunteers to clean beaches.

Beach Recreation Events

We create fun opportunities to meet and socialize fellow ocean lovers at the beach.

Youth Programs

Goal: to nurture an Appreciation for the ocean in future generations

Youth Surf Camps 

We host and coordinate with other groups to provide free surf camps for local kids. Contact Alden and Kelly Wolfe for more information:  

Scholarship  Program

We offer annual scholarships of up to $5000 to local students pursuing environmental studies. Contact Gloria Cole for more information:

Bandon Student Club

We sponsor the first student Surfrider club in Oregon, the Bandon High School Club, coordinated by Trent Hatfield.

Rise Above Plastics

Goal: to fight the rise of plastic pollution through education and action

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

We help local restaurants reduce their single use plastics, and choose the best environmental practices. Check out the Ocean Friendly Restaurant webpage for more info.