The mission of Ocean Friendly Gardens program is to educate, train and support Surfrider members and the general public to prevent urban runoff and help restore urban watersheds by applying CPR© to their landscapes: Conserving water and energy, Permeating water into the soil, and Retaining rainwater on site. We welcome partnerships with government, non-profit organizations, landscape professionals, businesses and schools to accomplish this.
Urban runoff from gardens and hard surfaces is the #1 source of ocean pollution. In that runoff are pollutants such as:
The first one inch of rain after a dry spell is called the “first flush,” and contains most of the pollutants during a rain storm. Traditional building codes have directed rain water off the property to prevent flooding of a site. But this runoff contributes to flooding of neighborhoods and erosion of stream banks. Runoff also happens during dry periods, known as dry-weather runoff, with sprinklers overwatering and overshooting the landscape.
But gardens and hard surfaces can prevent runoff and flooding, and still be beautiful, resourceful, and wildlife-friendly. How? Apply CPR to your property – Conservation, Permeability and Retention © – to revive our watersheds and oceans:
The OFG blog (click on the “Blog” tab, above) has posts about OFG projects and Surfrider Chapter programs around the country as well as how-to tips for the do-it-yourselfers, or those who want to be better able to communicate with a professional. There are posts about how to: