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!
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 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.
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!
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:
To learn more, visit www.CoastalCleanUpDay.org
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
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 long-awaited expansion of the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries northward from Bodega Bay to Pt. Arena, a decision that will add 2700 square miles of protected waters, has been announced, accompanied by the dates and locations of upcoming public hearings in the affected communities and the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
The Northern California coast between Bodega Bay and Pt. Arena attracts millions of visitors and is the centerpiece of the region’s economy, hosting one of the planet’s four most productive ocean upwelling systems, in which nutrient-rich waters rise from the depths to provide the base of the marine food chain which embraces a globally significant, extraordinarily diverse, and productive marine ecosystem that supports abundant wildlife and valuable fisheries.
It provides breeding and feeding grounds for at least twenty-five endangered or threatened species; thirty-six marine mammal species, including blue, gray, and humpback whales, harbor seals, elephant seals, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and one of the southernmost U.S. populations of threatened Steller sea lions, plus over a quarter-million breeding seabirds.
Pursued for many years in a bipartisan effort by affected local elected officials and our Representatives and Senators in Congress, this is an outcome that will permanently prohibit offshore oil and gas drilling and establish rules for sewage dumping from cruise ships on the entire Sonoma Coast and on the Southern Mendocino Coast.
Upcoming Public Hearings:
May 22, 2014, Sausalito, 6 pm-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway Blvd., Sausalito, CA 95465
June 16, 2014, Point Arena, 6 pm-Point Arena City Hall, 451 School Street, Point Arena, CA 95468
June 17, 2014, Gualala, 6 pm-Gualala Community Center, 47950 Center Street, Gualala, CA 95445
June 18, 2014, Bodega Bay, 6 pm-Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Avenue, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Written comments will be accepted until June 30, 2014, and should be sent to: Maria Brown, Superintendent, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, 991 Marine Drive-The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129.
More details can be found at: http://SanctuaryExpansion.org