June 21, 2011

Your ocean: An ongoing environmental disaster

From Time Magazine:

“…while news of the Earth’s impending doom can sometimes seem exaggerated, there’s one environmental disaster that never gets the coverage it really deserves: the state of the oceans. Most people know that wild fisheries are dwindling, and we might know that low-oxygen aquatic dead zones are blooming around the planet’s most crowded coasts. But the oceans appear to be undergoing fundamental changes — many of them for the worse — that we can barely understand, in part because we barely understand that vast blue territory that covers 70% of the globe.”

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2078840,00.html#ixzz1PvIiyNtd

May 27, 2011

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.

January 3, 2011

In one procedure, “the ear is partially detached…”

From today’s T-S:

Good news: the local surf is starting to surge. Bad news: so are the winds. Combine those rugged environmental elements with water temperatures hovering in the lower realms of the thermometer and the result can be surfer’s ear, a potentially deafening condition for ocean sport addicts.

Full story.