October 31, 2011

Caspar Creek okay

Frank Kemper from Mendocino County Environmental Health followed up with me today regarding possible contamination a Caspar Beach and Creek. He said the test results were slightly elevated but not at unsafe levels. He was appreciative of our reporting efforts and would like to attend our next Surfrider meeting January 14th to talk about water testing and the 2012 water test schedule.

Best regards,

Walter Dooley
Surfrider Foundation
Mendocino County Chapter

October 27, 2011

Caspar Creek waters

Some discoloration and rather smelly water in Caspar Creek was to be investigated by the county Environmental Health Department Tuesday but no word has come back as to its cause.

It was reported over the weekend that water flowing into the river from Caspar Creek appeared milky and smelled unusual.

This reporter went to the creek Monday and confirmed that the water appeared cloudy and produced a rotten, musty smell, similar to sulfur and/or rotting vegetation.

Environmental Health personnel said the department typically tests ocean waters on Tuesdays.

Environmental Health spokesman John Morley did not return calls as of press time.

While there is no current health department mandate, common sense dictates that persons and pets should stay out of the creek until tests determine the source and extent of possible contamination. Anyone with information should contact the county Environmental Health Department at 463 4466.

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October 20, 2011

Ocean Monitoring – October 2011

Ocean Monitoring – October 2011

October 12, 2011

Rise above plastics

In the spirit of RAPTOBERFEST, where we’re celebrating our Rise Above Plastics program throughout the month of October, here are 5 easy ways to reduce your plastic footprint:

  1. Stop using single-use plastic water bottles. In nearly all cases, the water out of your tap is just as safe – if not safer – than the water distributed in single-use plastic bottles. Instead, buy and use a reusable bottle and fill it with water.
  2. Whenever possible, buy food in bulk. Buying food in bulk helps to reduce the total amount of packaging materials consumed.
  3. Buy your music electronically. By purchasing your music electronically, you avoid the need to create plastic compact discs, plastic jewel cases, and cellophane wrapping.
  4. Reusable containers are rad! When it comes to lunch and leftovers, ditch the plastic bag and use reusable containers instead. Reusable containers are just as easy to use and far less harmful to the planet.
  5. Stop using plastic grocery bags. Each year over one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide. Because these bags are so light and thin, they are easily carried by the wind out into the environment. Instead, use reusable bags to get your groceries and other purchases home.