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.
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.
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As always, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to get more involved.
See you at the beach!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
Surfrider Humboldt welcomes Tyler Canning as our Co-Volunteer Coordinator! He is a senior at Arcata High and a surf camp veteran.
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.
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!
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.
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. oceanamps.blogspot.com/
To volunteer at any event, contact Kalei at email@example.com
Next Surfrider Meeting: Tuesday, August 4, 7 p.m., Plaza View Room, Arcata
Humboldt Roller Derby: Sat, August 15, 6 p.m?, Redwood Acres evilwench.com/derby/
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. www.organicplanetfestival.org
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 www.noll.net/nlcclassic.php
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, www.myspace.com/surf4peacehumboldt
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! www.bikeandsurfcalifornia.com
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.
Dates to remember:
Saturday, May 16 – Humboldt Folklife Society hosts a Barn Dance with Striped Pig String Band and caller Tara Stetz. Cover is $7 unless you’re an HFS member, in which case it’s $6. Proceeds from beer/wine sales go to Humboldt Surfrider! We hear the dances are fantastic fun. You don’t need experience or a partner, so come on out! Volunteer to help serve beer/wine via Kalei at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 19– PG&E Wave Energy workshop, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Wharfinger Bldg. The workshops will be in an open house format, providing an opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed pilot project, ask questions of the project team staff, and learn about how to get involved. More specifically, information will be available regarding:
- Project overview and schedule
- Environmental review process and permitting
- Maps of study areas
- Current and future public involvement opportunities
- Wave energy technologies
We have a couple folks covering this, but encourage anyone who’s interested to attend. (By a bizarre coincidence, all your boardmembers are out of town that evening.)
Saturday, May 23 – Kinetic Sculpture Race Fair at the Manila Community Center. We’ll have a table approximately 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., maybe less hours. Volunteer to help via Kalei at email@example.com.
Monday, May 25 – Post-Memorial Day beach clean-up at Moonstone Beach! Volunteer to help organize and clean up via Kalei at firstname.lastname@example.org.
…Coming in June… Regular meeting on June 2, International Surfing Day on June 20! Volunteer to help via Kalei at email@example.com.