Ocean City, MD Chapter

Balloon with ocean Ban

Ban Balloons Releases

Please help Surfrider’s Ocean City Chapter ban the intentional release of balloons in Worcester County.

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.  Instead sustainable practices can be used at special events such as blowing bubble, planting trees, or any action that promotes life.

Queen Anne’s County passed a law prohibiting the intentional release of mylar and plastic balloons filled with helium, becoming the first county in Maryland to implement this ban. Let’s make Worcester County the second county in Maryland to pass a law banning the release of balloons.

Let’s stop this senseless littering in our oceans!
Please take two minutes and send a message to your Worcester County Commissioners.

Ann Richardson