June 12, 2017

International Surfing Day, Saturday, June 17

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, the Surfrider Foundation will host more than 200 events globally in celebration of the 13th International Surfing Day (ISD), an annual event to raise awareness, engage communities, and help protect our oceans for future generations.

We’re hosting a local International Surfing Day event with a beach clean-up at Big River Beach in Mendocino on Saturday, June 17th from 1:00-3:00pm. People of all ages are invited to join.

We’ll have a table set up at the bottom of the stairs (access from the town of Mendocino) by the volleyball nets.  Bring a bucket and gloves for trash pick-up, and let’s clean the beach!  Please be sure to deliver your trash back at the registration table — we’ll be weighing and sorting it to add to the global data.

Come be a part of this effort, along with thousands of volunteers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Ghana, Tenerife, South Korea, the US and more!


June 9, 2017

Benefit for Mendocino County Water Safety Coalition, 6/25


Enjoy an afternoon on the Noyo River and support the Mendocino County Water Safety Coalition. Lounge on the deck over the river and/or meander in a kayak on the quiet waters of the Noyo.
Kayak Rentals are $20 for adults and $10 for kids.

All proceeds benefit the Mendocino County Water Safety Coalition.

For more information or to reserve a kayak, call Cate or Jeff at Liquid Fusion Kayaking (707) 962-1623.

June 8, 2017

Surfrider Meeting Minutes – May 27, 2017

Present: Walt, Jackie, Nicole, Dave, Pam, Mark

Agenda Adendum:Walt announces Liquid Fusion Kayak fundraiser for Mendocino County Water Safety Coalition on Sunday, June 25th at 10:00am in Noyo Harbor.

Board member positions postponed

Treasurer’s report – Jackie

  • as of 5/26/17 we have $2,683.29 in our account
  • Jackie continues to deposit $5/year to keep account active
  • Pam volunteers to be second account checker

Membership – review of current members

  • we agree to contact members (first choice is email, will call if email not available) to notify them of International Surfing Day clean-up
  • we need to assign this task

Blue Water Task Force

  • Walt has been testing Virgin Creek weekly April – October
  • Virgin Creek numbers are included in the annual report from Mendocino Environmental Health
  • Nicole contacted Surfrider IT Chris Wilson for help with displaying water quality results on our chapter website. Nat’l is encouraging a new website design that no longer supports the Blue Water Task Force widget.  We concur that a workaround would be to have a link to the Heal the Bay website.  Nicole will generate link.

New Business

  • Dave reports on what he is seeing as local ecosystem collapse.
  • He is deeply alarmed by the kelp forest devastation, loss of sea stars, decreased abalone population and proliferation of purple urchins.
  • Other members have been observing and hearing about these signs as well.
  • We concur that this is a disturbing issue and we agree to research and reach out to contacts that may help us with further information.  Our goal is to educate the community with what is happening. We agree that a visual presentation would be most helpful.  Our to-do list on this issue:
  • Dave is going to contact Fish and Game associate and invite them to show her power point presentation.
  • Dave is going to contact Jerry Kashawata (sp?) abalone biologist
  • Wyatt is going to contact biology professor
  • Wyatt recommends getting in touch with Mischa Hedges of Trim Tab media, film maker from the area who might be interested in making a short video to distribute online.
  • Nicole is going to contact Noyo Center
  • Nicole is going to contact local Audubon and Black Oyster Catcher groups
  • Pam suggests contacting local dive shops for more first-hand accounts
  • Mark suggests contacting Save the Waves
  • It is suggested that we contact Reef Check, a group of citizen scientists
  • We agree that it would be beneficial to meet within 4-6 weeks to report back with our findings.
  • Nicole will send out Doodle poll with potential meeting times.

Partnering with Noyo Center, education presentations in local schools, Ocean Friendly Gardens: we agree that the first order of business is the above campaign.  Some of this may involve collaborating with Noyo Center.  We will inform Noyo Center of our 2017 events and possibly co-host a post 4th of July beach clean-up with them.

Beach Access – There are no current access issues

International Surfing Day June 17 – 1-3pm we are meeting at Big River Beach at the bottom of the stairs near the volleyball courts.  Nicole will reach out to Sarah Damron and request materials from Nat’l.  We need to arrive by 12:30 to set-up.

International Coastal Clean-up Day, September 29 – Nicole will reach out to Mendocino Land Trust for list of beaches covered by clean-up crews.

May 12, 2017

Stop the expansion of offshore oil drilling into the Atlantic, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic

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.

  • Send an email to your federal leaders by completing this action alert.
  • Call your representatives in congress to tell them to oppose new offshore drilling! Find your member’s phone numbers here: Senate and House.
  • Visit Surfrider’s Stop New Offshore Drilling campaign page click here.
February 13, 2017

Scott Pruitt is a bad choice for the EPA

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.

Thank you!


October 20, 2016

Bring your reusable bag with you today and every day!


October 11, 2016

Vote Yes on 67 – Protect the Bag Ban in California



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!

September 6, 2015

Beach Cleanup at Ward Ave: Saturday, September 19, 9am-noon



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!



September 6, 2015

Bob Whitney’s Celebration of Life Services


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.

September 6, 2015

Founding Chapter Member Bob Whitney


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.

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