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 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.
September 21, 2014

Coastal Cleanup Day – Saturday, Sept 20th

The Mendocino County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation sponsored the Ward Ave. beach clean up as part of the statewide California Coastal Cleanup Day event organized by the California Coastal Commission. Dianne and Brennan are the Co-Captains for the fourth year in row. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together to take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, and to have fun!

BeachCleanup_Sept14

During the Coastal Cleanup in  2013, Mendocino County saw the removal of over 3,000 pounds of trash and 500 pounds of recyclables with the help of over 300 volunteers along 100 miles of shoreline. Of the trash collected worldwide during last year’s event, these were the Top 10 items collected:

2013_Top10Trash

 To learn more, visit www.CoastalCleanUpDay.org

June 22, 2014

Thanks to everyone…

who participated in the beach clean-up at Big River on International Surfing Day! We had 26 registered participants who collected 20 lbs of trash and recycling.

below: Jackie Dooley setting up our table

below: Mark Gugliuzza returns from the beach with trash in towMarkG3