Regular meeting reminder – Tuesday, June 1

7 p.m., Plaza Grill View Room

Agenda includes: College Cove development, Camel Rock trail workdays, updates on current projects and upcoming events.

First two pitchers of beer on us!

California poised to ban plastic bags

May 28, 2010 | 1:42 pm
Legislation that would ban many California stores from giving away single-use plastic bags has taken a step closer to becoming law. AB 1998 was passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday and will be voted upon next Friday by the full Assembly. If passed and signed by the governor, the law would go into effect Jan. 1, 2012. Continue reading

Rise Above Plastics and Ban the Bag!

YOU can help Rise Above Plastics and prevent plastic marine debris in the state of California! Send a letter to your representative today to help keep plastic bag litter out of our oceans, waves and beaches. Kauai, Outer Banks (NC), Malibu, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Bangladesh and China have already outlawed these environmental menaces – now California can be the first state in the US to do so!

New Humboldt Surfrider page on Facebook!

Please like us.

Oil creeps, black waves

Oil creep

From NASA: Color image of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, created by combining data from different color bands on two of MISR’s nine cameras. The oil is visible as different shades of cyan, while other features such as clouds and land appear close to their natural color. The Mississippi River Delta is visible in the upper left.

Oil wave

BP’s webcam stream of the streaming oil can be found here.

From the NYT: Arctic oil drilling proposal moves forward.

Also from the NYT: An editorial:

“…But there is far more that we don’t know, either because the government has not extracted the information from BP or is not sharing it with the public….”

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez disaster:

Our state ranks first for both employment and gross state product from ocean-related activities. Our coastal economy is driven not by petroleum, but by hotel rooms and surf shops, by fish tacos and kayak rentals. Tourism and coastal-dependent businesses generate about $43 billion annually for our state. Imagine the impact of an Exxon Valdez or BP Deepwater Horizon in Monterey Bay. Imagine people without jobs, businesses without customers, otters matted in oil, tidepools filled with tar balls, and whales breaching through iridescent slicks of crude oil.

Thursday, June 3, Humboldt Surfrider, Humboldt Baykeeper and Ocean Conservancy will show Black Wave, a documentary about the Exxon Valdez spill and discuss how you can help keep oil drilling off the coast of California.

Ocean news: Shark riding, whale killing, environmental oversight (or lack of), endless oil

From the Honolulu Advertiser, a wild shark tale (no surfers injured in this one, although a board sustained serious damage).

While on the shark’s back, he decided it would probably be a good idea to detach himself from the board, which was still in the shark’s mouth, he said.

L.A. Times evaluates the IWC’s plan to allow commercial whaling.

It says in essence that all a nation has to do to escape the commission’s official disapproval is refuse to cooperate long and hard enough.

NPR reports Gulf oil spill much worse than previously disclosed (with audio/video).

The amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico may be at least 10 times the size of official estimates, according to an exclusive analysis conducted for N

From the Washington Post, news that the Mineral Management Services agency reform is in the works per Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

He planned to split the section that ensures energy companies comply with federal safety and environmental laws from the part that reaps billions in drilling royalties each year. [emphasis ours]

They’re doing their part to look environmental, but they need you to meet them halfway and believe they’re environmental.

Rise Above Plastics Working Meeting, Monday May 17

Come join us as we work on the strategy for creating awareness through education and reducing plastic bag consumption in our community! California Assembly Bill 1998 is slated to be voted on in early June…we need to show our support for this important legislation.

Contact Bean at dunebean@gmail.com for more info.

Groundtruthing the Gulf oil spill – with Surfrider, OC and Sky Truth

Ocean Conservancy Teams With Surfrider and Sky Truth to Provide Invaluable Opportunity for Gulf Coast Residents to Assist Oil Spill Cleanup

Groups ask individuals to track and report oil slick as it continues expanding across Gulf of Mexico

Washington, DC – Ocean Conservancy has teamed up with the Surfrider Foundation and Sky Truth to provide Gulf Coast residents concerned about the possible impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil slick on their local beaches and waterfronts with a powerful and convenient online tool for tracking and reporting on oil landfalls.  The Gulf Oil Spill Tracker allows people in communities throughout the region to assist in the monitoring and cleanup of this catastrophe.

By visiting (http://oilspill.skytruth.org), individuals can share information and other experiences along the Gulf coast to let officials know when and where oil is hitting the shore and/or affecting wildlife.  Those taking part will also be able to easily upload pictures of the slick or link to relevant news stories.  This accumulated data will provide invaluable information to agency responders and cleanup crews as well as help document the devastating impacts associated with this spill. Continue reading

Short saga of a dumping (happy ending!)

That doesn't belong there!

Tuesday:

Jonathan Speaker emails Surfrider and Trinidad City Councilmember Julie Fulkerson to say, “There is a dump, off SeaWood Drive exit, half way down – on the north side of the road – a couch, I tried to get it out with my truck but – need a winch – I failed. There were also items that looked like a chem dump – see left of tree the plastic container, saw a butane one as well further down the side running towards the creek… Anyways – don’t know what to do – hoping either of you might know who to send this to as its going right into the watershed.”

Jennifer Savage (Surfrider) sought the help of other Surfrider and media folks.

Julie Fulkerson forwarded the email to County officials.

Thursday:

Current Fifth District Supervisor Jill Duffy responded: “Public Works staff visited the site Weds. morning and found the couch, a coffee table, and a few empty plastic water containers at the very bottom of the drainage ravine. They removed the plastic containers. Because the County has a 100-foot Right of Way there; they will arrange to get a cable/backhoe to remove it sometime next week.  They did not observe any dumped chemicals or chemical containers. Dumping has been problematic for numerous years at this site … and we try to monitor this site for clean up actions.  We installed several boulders which has curtailed some of the egregious dumping activities, but we rely on people letting us know the current status.”

So, thank you to Jonathan for being sharp-eyed and caring, to Julie for her quick directing of the concern, and to Jill for making sure the problem was quickly taken care of and that what couldn’t be immediately fixed will be soon.

Everyone can make a difference!

PG&E WaveConnect map and comments

Prelim map.

Comments after the jump: Continue reading

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