From Green Right Now Reports

If ever there were a year that Americans had beaches on their minds, it would be this one, with the BP oil spill reminding us daily to not take our natural resources for granted.

Surfers (Photo:Surfrider Foundation)

Surfers (Photo:Surfrider Foundation)

But it’s not just the gulf coast that needs sprucing up.

Unfortunately, most of America’s beaches, coastal and inland, require a pick-me-up every year. This ongoing need inspired Barefoot Wine to partner with the Surfrider Foundation in 2007 to form the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project.

The project has hosted more than 35 beach cleanups, educational tours and other events to help keep beaches from New York to California clean and walkable.

The effort kicks off this year, June 12, in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., where volunteers who pick up during the work effort will be treated to a post-clean up celebration and concert with musician Eric Hutchinson. (Party participants must be 21.)

Hutchinson, who is celebrating his first full length album Sounds Like This this year, will play at selected other cleanups around the country. Those are set for:

  • Austin, TX (Lady Bird Lake)                         Saturday, July 10
  • Portland, OR (Willamette River)                    Saturday, August 7
  • Miami, FL (North Miami Beach)                    Saturday, August 28

Altogether, the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project will be cleaning up 21 beaches this summer.  For more information see the project’s website.

Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Communications, says the beach rescue “has been a great way to teach Americans about leaving nothing but footprints behind on the beaches they love and helping to preserve our coastlines for generations to come.”

Barefoot Wine, based in Northern California, touts itself as offering a variety of “attractively” priced quality wines. They do not, however, offer an organic or biodynamic wine (yet?).

The non-profit Surfrider Foundation was formed by Malibu surfers in1984 and has 90 chapters worldwide. Its mission is to protect oceans, beaches and waves around the world. In addition to beach clean ups, the group campaigns against the use of plastic bags and has underwritten legal efforts to fight water pollution. Another Surfrider initiative involves encouraging people to plant ocean friendly, runoff-reducing gardens.