Humboldt County beaches score well on annual report card

The Times-Standard
Posted: 05/26/2011 05:16:14 AM PDT

Humboldt County’s beaches again scored well on the Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card 2010-2011 report.

Six local locations were sampled for bacteria in the mixing zone on a weekly basis from April through October. The quality was rated as excellent in the annual report, and all of Humboldt County’s beaches scored an “A.”

According to the nonprofit Heal the Bay report, the Beach Report Card is the only comprehensive analysis of coastline water quality on the West Coast. Every week, more than 500 beaches are graded based on bacteria analysis, including 445 in California.

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services tests water quality at the Mad River mouth north, Clam Beach near Strawberry Creek, Moonstone Beach near Little River, Luffenholtz Beach near Luffenholtz Creek, Trinidad State Beach near Mill Creek and Old Home Beach near Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, according to the department website at www.co.humboldt.ca.us/health/envhealth/beachinfo

Heal the Bay’s report states this was the first year since Humboldt County’s inclusion that it did not test year-round and only participated in the state-mandated testing period. The monitoring program is funded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s National BEACH Program.

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Update: new T-shirts, projects and more!


Happy Fall! Hope everyone’s enjoying the sunshine this week!

And when you’re out and about in the lovely days… or in a lovely daze, depending… don’t forget to represent! Currently at Greenhouse, we have the 2010 Matt Beard edition Ts and hoodies, with the 2011 Shawn Griggs version Ts on their way.

(We sure are lucky to have so many fine artists donating their work to Humboldt Surfrider – a shout out to 2009 artist Matt O’Brien, too, of course!)

In other news,

  • efforts to repair the pipeline to the Jetty shower are underway,

  • slow progress is being made on improvements at Moonstone and Camel Rock,

  • our Rise Above Plastics campaign is hitting back hard after California failed to ban single-use plastic bags,

  • we’re looking to partner with the Tobacco Education Network to end cigarette butt litter

  • and, of course, we continue to hold monthly film nights,

  • plus regular beach and highway clean-ups,

  • as well as pursue the best protection for our local ocean, beaches and waves.

    Not a member yet? JOIN! (Link goes to current Iron Surfer promotion page.)

    Already a member? A volunteer? A donor? A supporter? Any of all of the above – THANK YOU!

    As always, email humboldt@surfrider.org with any questions or to get more involved.

    See you at the beach!

  • Hands Across The Sand

    Thanks to Bob Doran for the fabulous photos and video!

    Click here for more photos of the event.

    ISD – Moonstone Beach clean-up report

    Here we are!

    Post by Adrien Pritchard, Humboldt Surfrider Clean-up Captain and General Hero:

    International Surfing Day in Humboldt County woke to find some decent logging surf, beautiful weather, and a number of volunteers on hand to clean up Moonstone Beach. The beach looked clean at first, but our volunteers scoured the beaches, bushes, and rocks to find the trash which had grown wings and flown into secret hiding spots. Although there is a county maintained garbage can in the parking lot, it was overflowing, so we cleaned up that area and left room for trash to be added once we were gone.

    Keeping it clean...

    I’d say we cleaned up about 3 bags of trash from the beach and another two from the garbage can overflow.

    Highlights of the cleanup would have to be the colorful picker upper that Jonny and his daughter found, as well as Adrien’s father coming up from Venice beach to help out.

    Vice Chair Jonny Redboard and his excellent helper

    Lowlight would once again have to be the number of pallet nails taken out of the few fire pits.

    Thanks again to all our dedicated volunteers for coming out and keeping our beaches some of the most beautiful in the state.

    Hands Across The Sand

    Stand up to oppose offshore oil drilling and support clean energy!

    This Saturday June 26th, Baykeeper, Surfrider, the Northcoast Environmental Center and more will be gathering together on Moonstone Beach in Westhaven at 11 a.m. as part of ”Hands Across the Sand” – an international message to electeds to show our support for clean energy and our opposition to offshore oil drilling!

    For more information about the event, check out Hands Across The Sand online.

    Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations. This movement is not about politics; it is about protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry. Let us share our knowledge, energies and passion for protecting all of the above from the devastating effects of oil drilling.

    Directions to the Moonstone Beach: Continue reading

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    November Meeting Minutes

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