On April 28th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters. The order directs the Department of the Interior to develop a new five-year oil and gas leasing program to consider new areas for offshore drilling. The order also blocks the creation of new national marine sanctuaries and orders a review of all existing sanctuaries and marine monuments designated or expanded in the past ten years.
There are serious environmental impacts associated with each stage of offshore drilling, including marine mammal harm from seismic surveys, polluted water from oil processing, and potential for oil spills that can damage entire ecosystems.
America needs to conserve energy, protect our natural resources and look for innovative ways to build a sustainable energy portfolio. Offshore oil drilling is not the answer.
Please join our campaign to stop new offshore drilling off U.S. coastlines. See below to learn how you can take action.
Dear Members & Friends of Surfrider,
The U.S. Senate is on the verge of approving Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, someone who has openly and repeatedly tried to undermine the agency’s abilities to enforce environmental regulations and public health safeguards. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times in an effort to block federal air and water pollution regulations. Based on his record, Pruitt’s confirmation would severely weaken the agency’s effectiveness in protecting the environment and regulating polluters.
But Americans didn’t vote for dirty water and more pollution. Make your voice heard and send an email to your Senators asking them to Vote No for the nomination of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the EPA.
Let the Senate know that clean air and clean water are important to you and your family and the EPA needs to be empowered to continue to meet its mission of protecting the environment and public health.
In 2014, California passed a law to phase out wasteful, single-use plastic grocery bags, with broad support from local governments, business groups, unions, retailers, and environmental organizations. More than 150 communities across California have already banned plastic bags. But plastic bag companies from Texas, South Carolina, and New Jersey are trying to overturn this law. Now it’s up to us to protect California’s plastic bag ban—the first statewide bag ban in the nation—to save our oceans, marine wildlife, and our neighborhoods from plastic pollution.
Vote YES on Prop 67 to protect California’s plastic bag ban.
Sign the pledge, then share this page with your friends and family to keep the conversation going that all of California needs to VOTE YES ON PROP 67!
The Annual Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest volunteer effort for the ocean. Every year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers remove millions of pounds of trash from beaches across the globe. The success of our local cleanups are determined by you! The more hands we have helping, the more pollution we can prevent from entering our beautiful ocean and endangering marine wildlife. To find out more about worldwide cleanup efforts on this day, visit Ocean Conservancy.
Meet at the Ward Ave parking area. Please bring your own work gloves or disposable gloves. In an effort to reduce usage of single use plastic bags for garbage collection we are encouraging participants to bring a 5 gallon bucket or pail for trash collecting. We will have extras at the beach.
Beach Cleanup hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Special thanks to Diane, Dave, and Brennan for taking on the Beach Captain responsibilities again this year!
Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1 PM at Ridgewood Ranch, 16200 North Highway 101, Willits, California.
We all miss Bob so much. It will be great to see you all and to share our stories of Bob.
Robert “Bob” Bruce Whitney, passed away on July 15, 2015 after a brave, brief battle with liver cancer. In his 73 years, Bob celebrated life every day through his commitment to family and his tireless work for the environment.
Bob grew up in Costa Mesa, with his mother Betty, a nurse, and his two brothers, Peter and Chris. Bob attended high school at Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire. In 1961, he moved to Santa Barbara to attend UC Santa Barbara, where he studied economics and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He married Sally Bromfield in 1963; Bob and Sally had 3 children during their marriage. Bob received his Masters in Economics at USC in 1964.
Bob started his lifelong work on behalf of the environment in Santa Barbara. Bob was a key member of Friends of Hammond’s in 1971, and later of the Hammond’s Meadow Preserve, which saved Montecito’s Hammond’s Meadow and beach from over development and seawall formation. Due to these efforts, a three acre meadow, public access trails and a natural beach still exist for future generations to enjoy.
Bob was a founding member of the Santa Barbara Environmental Defense Center in 1977. The EDC has gone on to be the powerhouse of legal action and advocacy for environmental protection in Santa Barbara County. Bob was the Director of the Santa Barbara Indian Center when he was part of a coalition that stopped PG&E from building a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) port terminal at Cojo above the Hollister Ranch, just below Point Conception. This precious stretch of coast still remains in its natural state today, a rarity in Southern California.
In 1972, Bob and his family moved to New Zealand, and lived there for four years. Bob taught high school economics, and his family had a wonderful experience of learning about a different country and culture.
In 1976 Bob returned to Santa Barbara with his family. After his divorce, Bob found friendship and love with his second wife, Joan Person Whitney. Joan and Bob raised two sons and remained lovingly married until the end of his life.
In 1983, Bob and family moved to Willits, CA where Bob taught economics and the first computer programming classes offered at Willits High School, all the while becoming involved in the local environmental community. In 1989, Bob and family moved for a year to Sitka, Alaska where Bob taught at the local high school. When he returned to Willits, Bob turned his long-standing environmental activism volunteer work into a career as an environmental planner. Bob’s thirty years of environmental work and volunteer efforts in Northern California, spans from the ocean to mountains and thousands of acres in between. Some of the highlights of Bob’s extensive work and dedication to the environment are:
- Working with the California Department of Forestry to implement sustainable forest practices on large areas of timberland in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.
- Driving force behind establishing the Golden State Land Conservancy, a land trust based in Willits that holds conservation easements on over 34,000 acres in California.
- Founding member of the Gualala River Watershed Council, a non-profit working to restore the Gualala River watershed.
- Founding member of Mendocino Coast Chapter Surfriders. Served as a volunteer and in leadership positions on a wide variety of citizen groups promoting sound environmental practices.
Bob approached these endeavors with soft-spoken humor, intelligence, patience and persistence. He was unfailingly generous with his time and spirit. He brought great patience and insight to the community-based land trust movement—and a healthy dose of pragmatism in realizing conservation outcomes that would not have been possible without his unique gift of creativity and foresight.
Bob had a deep appreciation and love for his family. He always made visiting his children and grandchildren a top priority in his life. Together they had many great family adventures and trips: surf trips to Mexico, snowboarding trips to Tahoe, YMCA Family Camp TQ in the Sierras, Kauai vacations, traveling to San Diego and Santa Barbara several times a year to visit his children and grandchildren, and hosting family at his “Camp Brooktrails”.
Bob: son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, good friend and friend of the Earth. He will be deeply missed by many. Bob is survived by his wife Joan, his sons Blair, Adam, Jason and Jeremy, daughter Alison, and five grandchildren. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held in the near future.
Present: Walt, Nicole, Bob, Mark, Pam, Dave
Jackie continues on as Treasurer. We viewed current checkbook and most recent bank statement around showing an expenditure of $250 to Surfrider for RAP – Rise Against Plastics.
Pam said she had a request in to Christian Snyder to Surfrider HQ for a new membership list.
Blue Water Task Force – Walt announced that Blue Water testing is complete for the year
Coastal Access GP– Dave talked about the new path through the old GP mill site, path goes from the Trestle bridge to Soldier Bay.
Bob talked about the holding pond dam and pollutants on the GP mill site.
Coastal Access Hardy Creek – Dave said threatening notes are being found on vehicles. Walt explained that there is a caretaker in the house above Hardy Creek who may be responsible.
An alternate route along the rocks was discussed. Bob suggested getting a GPS and marking a legal trail. Dave offered to contact Cal Trans to obtain State right-of-way info.
Navy Testing – Nicole said her appointment with Zack Smith had not happened and that the Navy has to re-draft its proposal and publicize it.
Website – Nicole reported that one topic from the September 2014 conference was for chapters’ websites to migrate to the Surfrider hosted website template. Pros – widgets for water testing, etc. Cons – ?
Walt had talked with Andy about his being the gatekeeper of our chapter website. Nicole has no control over some of the existing hard-coded website. Walt explained to the meeting about the progression of the website from Eric to Andy.
Nicole would like to migrate to the Surfrider template. Walt agreed that it would look more professional.
A move to change our website to the Surfrider website was approved.
New Business – $250 Donation to Ban the Bag
Conference update – Nicole got an update from regional director Sarah Damron. Surfrider wants to know if we would like more connection among the North Coast chapters. Suggestion was made for a North Coast forum on the ChapterNet. Sarah also wanted to hear our interest in a quarterly conference call. We unanimously decided that neither the ChapterNet forum nor the conference call is necessary. Bob suggested requesting a quarterly report from National or Regional that could sum up current activity on the North Coast.
Surfrider also wanted to know if North Coast chapters want our own Chapter Advisory Council Representative for Northern CA or if we are fine with the current representation including Central CA. We decided unanimously that we are fine the way it is.
Nicole said that Surfrider is urging a bigger push for more local chapter membership. National wants local chapters to update membership lists and stay current.
Pam is to verify membership preferences as to location for the Mendocino chapter and to find out if Surfrider transfers membership when people move here.
Mercury – Dave says according to Cal State Water Resources tests for mercury in fish shows very high levels – especially rock fish and albacore. He talked about his fishing friends having mercury poisoning from eating fish. He would like Surfrider to champion mercury awareness and awareness around the Fukushima radiation releases. It was suggested that Nicole put any scientific info found about these subjects onto the website.
Walt announced his resignation from the Board effective 12-13-14, which was reluctantly accepted. Gratitude was expressed for his many years of service since the inception of the chapter. The position is now open for nominations.
The City of Fort Bragg has approved plans for a new shopping center on the ocean side of Hwy. 1, above Hare Creek. This is bad news for downtown businesses, and also bad news for run-off into Hare Creek. For anyone who can attend this meeting, it will hopefully be an opportunity to state our opinions on the proposed development.
The Fort Bragg Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, January 28th at 6:00pm at the John Diederich Center at 208 Dana St. in Fort Bragg. At the conclusion of the meeting the Planning Commission will consider adoption of the draft mitigated negative declaration by the California Environmental Quality Act.
Staff reports and other documents that will be considered are available on the City’s website at: https://cityfortbragg.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.
After 10 years, our board Chairperson, Walt Dooley, is stepping down. Walt has brought a great amount of enthusiasm and organization to our chapter, and we thank him fondly for all his dedication. He will continue to be an active member in our chapter, but we are looking for someone to fill his booties!
A Surfrider Chairperson’s duties are to organize, create an agenda and facilitate quarterly chapter meetings, be the point person for email and phone communication with Surfrider National and our regional director, and relay any pertinent information to our board members and core volunteers.
We are a motley, adventurous, and committed group dedicated to clean water, clean beaches, and preserving ocean access in Mendocino County.
For more details about this volunteer position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.