About Texas Upper Coast Surfrider

Taking Care of Texas Beaches

Our chapter is comprised of people who are deeply concerned about Texas beaches.
We work for oil companies and engineering firms. We practice law and medicine. We build homes and businesses. We go to school. We count dollars and sense. We learn, we teach, and we raise families.

We are all day, all season, all weather users of the public beach. We share a vast on-site experience and a passion for protecting this environment, the public’s right to access, and the immense economic and cultural value the beach provides to the state of Texas.

We try to help the various stakeholders — state and local governments, private industry, property owners and concerned citizens — make more informed decisions about coastal management and environmental protection issues. And we try to help Texans everywhere by remaining vigilant in our defense of the Texas Open Beaches Act.

Texas Upper Coast Chapter
Accomplishments: 1999-2006

Formed in January, 1999, the Texas Upper Coast Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has more than 1,000 active members, including members in every major metropolitan area.* In this short time, our members have:

Implemented a grass-roots water testing program, featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather;

Organized seventeen (17) Texas beach clean-ups and removed tons of trash;

Erected fencing to stabilize and protect the fragile dune system at Surfside, Texas;

Testified at Texas legislative and administrative hearings;

Monitored and documented Texas coastal erosion from Galveston to Matagorda;

Organized mail, fax, phone, and email campaigns addressing coastal management issues;

Brought prominent scientists and government officials to montly chapter meetings; and

Joined the Texas General Land Office as defendants in a lawsuit against the Texas Open Beaches Act.

*Our chapter was the first Surfrider chapter in Texas, and it was originally named the Texas Chapter. After three additional chapters were organized, our name changed to ” Texas Upper Coast Chapter.”

The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education (C.A.R.E.).

The Surfrider Foundation has over 25,000 members, grouped more than 50 chapters in the United States and Puerto Rico and four international affiliates in Australia, Brazil, Europe and Japan.