Help Us Stop Intentional Balloon Releases in Maryland

Help Surfrider’s Ocean City Chapter pass Maryland State bills HB391 and S28, which would ban the intentional release of balloons in Maryland!

Wicomico, Queen Anne’s, Montgomery, and Frederick counties have already passed such legislation, so it makes sense to take the idea statewide.

Most people don’t think about what happens to a balloon after it is released, but what goes up, must come down. Often balloons end up in our oceans, where they can choke marine life like turtles and whales who mistake them for food, or animals can get tangled in the ribbon.

We aren’t talking about a child accidentally releasing a balloon. We want to ban the act of releasing a bunch of balloons on purpose, which often happens at special events. 

Please take two minutes and send a message to your elected officials and Governor Hogan. Sign the action alert here.

Let’s stop this senseless littering in our oceans! 

Photo Credit: Ann Richardson