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 for more info.