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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.
Who: Join the Surfrider Foundation’s Mendocino County Chapter
What: The Mendocino County Chapter will be hosting a beach clean up and surf
paddle out at Big River State Beach on Friday June 20th from 2:00pm to
7:00pm. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner and a warm wetsuit if you want to
play in the water. Lots of cool prizes for participants.
Where: Meet at the bottom of the stairs next to the volley ball courts or
on the east side of the Big River overpass in the State Park Parking Lot.
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.
The Mendocino County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in conjunction with The California Coastal Commission, NOAA and California State Parks will be hosting four beach clean up days in 2013, one in each quarter of 2013. The purpose of the cleanups is to determine if any debris from the March 2011 earthquake / tsunami in Japan has started to reach our shores. This effort will be taking place along the entire California Coast in 2013.
The Beach, Dates and Times for the Mendocino Coast are:
Saturday March 30, 2013 Ward Ave to Ten Mile Beach 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Saturday May 18, 2013 Ward Ave to Ten Mile Beach 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Saturday September 21, 2013 Ward Ave to Ten Mile Beach 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Saturday November 16, 2013 Ward Ave to Ten Mile Beach 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Volunteers are needed and there will be cool prizes for participants!
For those not familiar with Ward Ave / Ten Mile Beach it is the most isolated beach close to a large population base ( Fort Bragg) because it is inhabited by endangered species it has special restrictions. There are no Dogs allowed on the beach even with a leash. (Your cooperation is greatly appreciated)
The California Coastal Commission has developed and posted web pages describing the Tsunami Debris Cleanup Program. You can find the pages and on-line calendar here: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/jtmd/jtmd.html
Contact Walt for any questions
This Saturday, September 15 is California Coastal Cleanup Day. We will once again sponsor the beach at Ward Avenue. For those who are not familiar with Ward Avenue and its regulations, there are no dogs allowed north of the parking lot (even if they are on a leash). This is an effort to help protect the Snowy Plover and their habitat. Sometimes there is even surf at the Ave, so you can fit a session in along with helping to keep our beach clean.
Beach Cleanup hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Special thanks to Dianne and Brennan for taking on the Beach Captain responsibilities again this year!
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WHAT IS COASTAL CLEANUP DAY? California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, is the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.
WHY ARE BEACH CLEANUPS IMPORTANT? California’s coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage our state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun!
Hands Across the Sand Coming to Caspar on August 4th
WHAT: Local “Hands Across the Sand” gathering in solidarity with events around the country to raise awareness about the dangers of offshore drilling and call on leaders to end our oil dependence and move America into a clean energy future. At noon, participants will join hands for 15 minutes to form a line along the beach/ shoreline.
WHO: A number of citizens from all over the country will be joined by Mendocino County Chapter of Surfrider Foundation.
WHEN: Saturday, August 4th at 12:00 noon (Media Check In at 11:30 am)
WHERE: Caspar Beach
Background: Hands Across The Sand was founded by Floridian Dave Rauschkolb in October 2009. Hands Across The Sand is endorsed by national environmental organizations including Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club, Oceana, Florida Wildlife Federation, Alaska Wilderness League, 350.org, 1 Sky, Friends of the Earth, Conservation Law Foundation, Cleanenergy.org, Florida Coastal & Ocean Coalition Save Our Seas, Beaches and Shores,Inc. Sunetric, Gulf Restoration Network.
“We are joining hands to end our dependence on oil and coal and embrace a clean energy future for a sustainable planet. Safe food, clean water & clean air are the essential fundamental elements of our survival as a species.”
MENDOCINO COUNTY CHAPTER
INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday June 23, 2012 • 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Activities: Beach clean up, surf paddle out, cool prizes for participating. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner and a warm wetsuit if you want to play in the ocean
Location: Big River State Beach (meet at the bottom of the stairs next to the volley ball courts at the north side of the beach, or at the East side parking area adjacent to Big River)
Contact: Walt or Jackie at 707 964 5915 or 707 513 3336 @ Mendocino@surfrider.org
The official day is Wednesday June 20th, to take advantage of any web based promotions exclusive to Wednesday June 20th checkout the International Surfing Day link at www.intlsurfingday.com