Jetty slime

Green slime at the North Jetty eddying around… the subject of KHUM 104.3 FM’s most recent Coastal Currents.

Humboldt Baykeeper’s Pete Nichols says surfers are calling the city saying they’re sick from it. Anyone have first-hand experience? We’ve noticed some foam around the jetty, definitely, but no side effects.

In any case, episodes like this are exactly why Humboldt Surfrider is raising funds for our very own water quality lab! Help support the cause by donating, volunteering, even picking up an awesome hoodie or T-shirt at Greenhouse:

Represent!Humboldt Surfrider has your back!


Marine Life Protection Act

Questions are arising about the process here on the North Coast.

I (Jennifer Savage, your Humboldt chairperson) have been hired by the Ocean Conservancy to help implement the MLPA locally. You can contact me directly with questions via — but a good starting place is Surfrider’s MLPA blog.

Also, CalOceans, which includes links to the California Dept. of Fish and Game’s main site.

KHUM 104.3 FM recently featured the MLPA on Coastal Currents, a weekly feature hosted by Pete Nichols of Humboldt Baykeeper.

The short answer to the big question:

Will the Marine Life Protection Act “shut down” surfing, diving and other recreation?

No. One of the law’s goals is to improve study, education and recreation opportunities along our coast, recognizing the economic and cultural benefits ocean resources provide to local communities. Marine reserves and protected areas are often deliberately sited near public beaches and state parks to provide easy access for diving, kayaking, surfing, and research. On the North Central Coast, stakeholders have proposed the creation of five to seven small “no disturbance zones,” or special closures, which the Department of Fish and Game can designate outside the Marine Life Protection Act to protect bird and mammal breeding grounds and haul-outs. There are no plans at this time to designate special closures on the South Coast.

Where to place the WaveConnect pilot project?

From Bill Lydgate, representing Humboldt Surfrider’s interest on PG&E’s WaveConnect Working Group:

The agenda for the first meeting includes the item, “Input on Site Selection.”
I would like to get input from the larger surf community before the HWG process goes much further.
Some folks are leaning towards supporting the northern end of the study area, potentially placing the Samoa Spit and N Jetty in the project “shadow” from prevailing NW swells.
I assume the majority of the surf community wants the project to have as little effect as possible on the surf of the Samoa Spit, Jetties and Entrance.  This might lead one to support placing the project to the far south of the project area (sorry, Centerville!).

Thoughts? Please discuss in the comment section! We need your input.

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July Minutes

Minutes for the Humboldt Chapter Meeting at Plaza Grill on 7/7/09 at 7pm
No. of people in attendance: 20

Chair: Jennifer Savage
Vice-Chair: Jon Anderson (absent)
Secretary: Colleen (”Bean”) Clifford
Treasurer: Bill Hoopes
Volunteer Coordinator: Kalei Coleridge
Co-Volunteer Coordinator: Tyler Canning

Facebook: search for “surfrider humboldt”

Surfrider Humboldt welcomes Tyler Canning as our Co-Volunteer Coordinator! He is a senior at Arcata High and a surf camp veteran.

Treasury Report:
Our current balance is $6,589, which includes a $2000 anonymous donation designated for a specific, to-be-determined project. About $1000 is appropriated for the Blue Water Task Force project.

Volunteer Report:
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make International Surfing Day a success! We had a lot of help and it truly showed. Also, many thanks to those who worked at the July 4th table!

Jetty Shower:
National has sent the money allocated for this project and we will begin working with Steve Bohner from Alchemy Construction. It will take about 8 weeks to get the state-of-the-art, stainless shower, and we’re hoping to work out a schedule soon. The BLM says the plumbing out to the shower piping is fine, so let’s cross our fingers.

Moonstone Projects:
The wording of the Welcome sign is getting okayed by various groups. Dogipots are going to be ordered and put in as soon as possible! After these items are erected, discussion of the Moonstone shower will continue. An etiquette sign is still in the plans but will take some more time to develop.

PGE Wave Connect:
Surfrider member Bill Lydgate will be our representative on the PGE working group, which is a stakeholder’s informational group to learn about the wave energy process and potential issues. Having a voice in this process helps us be a part of designating where the possible testing areas may be, which might interfere with surf spots. Bill will be updating members at our meetings with the ongoing discussion, and he can take our questions to the working group. For those interested, Surfrider National has a wave energy blog.

Upcoming Events:
To volunteer at any event, contact Kalei at

Next Surfrider Meeting: Tuesday, August 4, 7 p.m., Plaza View Room, Arcata

Humboldt Roller Derby: Sat, August 15, 6 p.m?, Redwood Acres
As the chosen non-profit for this event, we will be vending beer to raise funds. Other groups have collected well over $1000! We need volunteers to help staff and table.

Organic Planet Festival: Sunday, August 30, 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Surfrider will have a table to share our plans and be a part of the organic planet mission to “share creative solutions to the world’s environmental challenges and to celebrate the beauty of the natural world.” Help us table and educate our community on what Surfrider does for them!

North Country Fair: Sat. Sept 19 and Sun Sept 20, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
We’ll be tabling here too!

California Coastal Clean-up: Sat. Sept 19, TBA
NEC runs this event and we will be helping in whatever way we can! Stay tuned for details.

14th Annual Noll Longboard Classic: Sat. Oct. 3 and Sun. Oct. 4, Crescent City
We will be helping to staff Ben Stephanou’s B&G’s BBQ, raising funds for the Blue Water Task Force project.

6th Annual Surf 4 Peace: Sat. Oct 10, Trinidad Head,
Again, we’ll be BBQing with Ben to raise funds for BWTF. And Surf 4 Peace is offering all the proceeds from this year’s event to Surfrider Humboldt!!

And now a word from our members…..
Welcome back Bike & Surf California!
Steve and Mike biked 500 miles down the coast of California using all sustainable equipment to promote environmental awareness to the transportation and gear issues of surfing and biking. They also raised over $6000 for The American Cancer Society! They made a few presentations and had some media coverage along the way. There is an online, tax-deductible auction of all sorts of goodies, bidding ends July 10 at 5 p.m!

Messy beaches:
Debbie told us about how littered with fireworks Bay St. was after the 4th of July. Members discussed the magnetic pole tool idea, and Jody will look into getting some donated from Pierson’s. Other suggestions included rakes and swimming pole nets for broken glass. We agreed that we need to raise people’s awareness of pallet fires (and the resulting heaps of nails), as well as do some educational campaigns to bring awanress of the problem before holidays. Debbie took pictures of the Bay St. mess and will email them to Jen. Surfrider encourages documention and alerts to the Dept. of Environmental Health. Larry suggested putting wordage on our Moonstone sign to indicate that pallet fires leave nails behind.

Five reasons to read this post

DbH at ATL for ISD

DbH at ATL for ISD

First – thanks to everyone who made International Surfing Day 2009 a huge success for Humboldt Surfrider!

Second – forgive the lag time between posts. It’s summer, baby!

Third – not too late to volunteer for July 4 (Happy Birthday Jonny Redboard!) on the Arcata Plaza! Email Kalei at

Fourth – Clam Beach clean-up Sunday, July 5!

Fifth – regular chapter meeting and update Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m., Plaza Grill View Room area. So much to report!

Will catch up more soon. You can always email with any questions, demands or offerings.