Sometimes we outgrow our “About” description 🙂  Hang tight while I freshen this up.

Rosalyn Young


  1. June 20, 2011 / 5:11 pm

    My wife and I are from Calgary and spend a month or so every year in Oahu surfing. We’re on our way down again this July and would love to get involved in the Surfrider Foundation. Not sure what if anything we can do during our two week stay, but thought I would ask. We arrive July 14th and leave July 28th.
    Looking forward to it, talk to you soon.


    • June 20, 2011 / 5:30 pm

      Hey Josh, our next cleanup is on Sat., July 16th at Sandy’s Beach on the southeast side of the island. We would love to have your help! Our website (http://ww2.surfrider.org/oahu/) and our Facebook page (we are listed as Surfrider Foundation – Hawaii) will have more information closer to the date. You guys are awesome for wanting to help out on your vacation! 🙂 Happy Surfing!

  2. Barbara Stickel
    August 26, 2012 / 7:25 am

    Hi Rosalyn,

    I’m a researcher, working under contract with Kier Associates (http://www.kierassociates.net/) on a very small project we’ve contracted with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We’re preparing a report that details the amount currently spent by cities in the western part of the United States in their attempts to control debris and litter. We anticipate our report will be used by nonprofits to help promote legislation regulating plastic packaging in general, thereby reducing the source of marine debris.

    I’m writing for permission to use your 2011 image of plastic bags in the trees at the beach, which I found at http://rosalynyoung.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/plastic-bags-are-growing-on-trees-thinking-about-plastic-on-international-surfing-day/. I planned to caption it: The circles mark plastic bags in trees at Diamond Head Beach park, June 2011. Photo courtesy of Rosalyn Young, Surfrider Oahu.

    While unfortunately our tiny budget prohibits any payment for its use, we would, of course, provide credit for the image.

    We’d also be happy to provide you with a copy of our final report, should you so desire.

    • Rosalyn
      August 26, 2012 / 10:52 am

      Hi Barbara, by all means, please use it, thanks for asking!:)

  3. Barbara Stickel
    January 10, 2013 / 11:40 am

    Last summer, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Kier Associates collected data on the costs to local governments of preventing and cleaning up litter that could otherwise reach rivers running to the ocean and the ocean itself. Our final report, “West Coast Communities’ Cost of Managing Marine Debris,” is now available at http://www.epa.gov/region9/marine-debris/cost-w-coast-debris.html.

    Based on data provided by 90 different West Coast municipalities, our report quantifies that on average cities spend $13 per person to collect litter. Nearly fifty million people live in California, Oregon and Washington. If 85 percent of this population lives in coastal watersheds, our estimate is that West Coast communities are spending over $520,000,000 each year to combat litter and curtail marine debris.

    Thank you for your good help!

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