The water line beyond the BLM drinking fountain shut off is broken. A BLM inspection of the area did not show any water bubbling out, but the water table is high and many pools exist. Bruce at BLM suggests that we turn on the line when the ground is drier in order to see if we can find the leak.
Until then, no Jetty shower.
Will do a formal announcement when I get back into town. Till then, please enjoy…
Say hi and thanks to Alchemy Construction next time you’re out there!
Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Candidates Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Humboldt Area Foundation, 373 Indianola Road, Bayside
The Humboldt Bay Stewards will host a candidates’ forum for the upcoming November election of Bay District Commissioners.
This is an opportunity for the public to meet the 3rd and 4th districts Commissioner Candidates and listen to them discuss the issues and their positions. The League of Women Voters will conduct the forum. All candidates will have the opportunity to answer each of the questions submitted from the audience.
Topics of particular interest to Surfrider members: Marina dredging, port development, water quality… others? Add in the comments.
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.
The Humboldt Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation meets Monday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in Plaza Grill’s View Room – we’d love to see you there!
Based on feedback from the very successful Shindig in October, we’ve taken steps on some issues and prioritized others. Here’s some of what we’ve been doing so far:
1. Jetty shower. We’re working with Miller Farms and BLM to find the source of the problem – and then fix it. Progress has been somewhat slow, but steady.
2. Concrete/styrofoam/fiberglass blocks. As many have noticed, numerous former dock floats have washed up on shore from the North Jetty to Stone Lagoon. We’ve talked with Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District CEO Dave Hull, plus Bay Commissioner Mike Wilson, about the problem and are currently attempting to both track down the responsible party and ascertain how Surfrider Humboldt can best help make sure the blocks are removed. They pose a serious environmental threat, so the sooner, the better. Also, if you see any of these blocks, let us know – we’re collecting data on locations to help inventory how many are out there.
3. A wave energy forum is being planned for February and a water quality one (co-sponsored with Humboldt Baykeeper) for April.
4. Moonstone shower. This is a large-scale project, but we have had some good feedback from people interested in helping make a Glenn Stockwell Memorial shower/surf rack at Moonstone a reality.
We’ll talk more about all this and other issues at hand Monday night. You can also tune into KHUM 104.3 FM‘s Coastal Currents on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at noon. Vice Chair Jennifer Savage will join Mike Dronkers to talk about what’s happening with Surfrider in Humboldt County.
If you missed the Shindig or missed getting a T-shirt with the new Matt O’Brien-designed logo, Monty’s stocking them at Greenhouse now. (Sweet new store location is on Eighth Street in Arcata, next to Rita’s by the Post Office.) If your size isn’t available, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re making a list for our next order!
Looking forward to seeing you Monday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Grill View Room. If you have any questions, concerns or issues you would like added to our agenda in advance, please email email@example.com.
So, based on feedback at the Shindig (as well as word on the beach), we’ve lined up some projects:
- Continue highway clean-up in honor of Glenn Stockwell.
- Establish regular beach clean-ups.
- Install trash, recycling and dog doo cans at Camel Rock.
- Get Moonstone shower going again.
- Fix Jetty shower!
- Establish water quality testing program; solve Clam Beach problem.
That’s the starter list. Wanna be part of things? Come to our meeting Monday, Dec. 1. Location to be announced – subscribe to or bookmark this blog, or sign up on our email list via firstname.lastname@example.org.