January 24, 2015

Surfrider Meeting Minutes – December 13, 2014

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

Jackie continues on as Treasurer. We viewed current checkbook and most recent bank statement around showing an expenditure of $250 to Surfrider for RAP – Rise Against Plastics.

Pam said she had a request in to Christian Snyder to Surfrider HQ for a new membership list.

Blue Water Task Force – Walt announced that Blue Water testing is complete for the year

Coastal Access GP– Dave talked about the new path through the old GP mill site, path goes from the Trestle bridge to Soldier Bay.

Bob talked about the holding pond dam and pollutants on the GP mill site.

Coastal Access Hardy Creek – Dave said threatening notes are being found on vehicles. Walt explained that there is a caretaker in the house above Hardy Creek who may be responsible.

An alternate route along the rocks was discussed. Bob suggested getting a GPS and marking a legal trail. Dave offered to contact Cal Trans to obtain State right-of-way info.

Navy Testing – Nicole said her appointment with Zack Smith had not happened and that the Navy has to re-draft its proposal and publicize it.

Website – Nicole reported that one topic from the September 2014 conference was for chapters’ websites to migrate to the Surfrider hosted website template. Pros – widgets for water testing, etc. Cons – ?

Walt had talked with Andy about his being the gatekeeper of our chapter website. Nicole has no control over some of the existing hard-coded website. Walt explained to the meeting about the progression of the website from Eric to Andy.

Nicole would like to migrate to the Surfrider template. Walt agreed that it would look more professional.

A move to change our website to the Surfrider website was approved.

New Business – $250 Donation to Ban the Bag

Conference update – Nicole got an update from regional director Sarah Damron. Surfrider wants to know if we would like more connection among the North Coast chapters. Suggestion was made for a North Coast forum on the ChapterNet. Sarah also wanted to hear our interest in a quarterly conference call. We unanimously decided that neither the ChapterNet forum nor the conference call is necessary. Bob suggested requesting a quarterly report from National or Regional that could sum up current activity on the North Coast.

Surfrider also wanted to know if North Coast chapters want our own Chapter Advisory Council Representative for Northern CA or if we are fine with the current representation including Central CA. We decided unanimously that we are fine the way it is.

Nicole said that Surfrider is urging a bigger push for more local chapter membership. National wants local chapters to update membership lists and stay current.

Pam is to verify membership preferences as to location for the Mendocino chapter and to find out if Surfrider transfers membership when people move here.

Mercury – Dave says according to Cal State Water Resources tests for mercury in fish shows very high levels – especially rock fish and albacore. He talked about his fishing friends having mercury poisoning from eating fish. He would like Surfrider to champion mercury awareness and awareness around the Fukushima radiation releases. It was suggested that Nicole put any scientific info found about these subjects onto the website.

Walt announced his resignation from the Board effective 12-13-14, which was reluctantly accepted. Gratitude was expressed for his many years of service since the inception of the chapter. The position is now open for nominations.

January 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Hare Creek Needs Our Help!

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.

December 24, 2014

Seeking new Chair for our board…

After 10 years, our board Chairperson, Walt Dooley, is stepping down. Walt has brought a great amount of enthusiasm and organization to our chapter, and we thank him fondly for all his dedication. He will continue to be an active member in our chapter, but we are looking for someone to fill his booties!

A Surfrider Chairperson’s duties are to organize, create an agenda and facilitate quarterly chapter meetings, be the point person for email and phone communication with Surfrider National and our regional director, and relay any pertinent information to our board members and core volunteers.

We are a motley, adventurous, and committed group dedicated to clean water, clean beaches, and preserving ocean access in Mendocino County.

For more details about this volunteer position, please contact mendocino@surfrider.org.

December 1, 2014

Surfrider Meeting – Saturday, December 13, 2014, 5:00pm at Walt & Jackie’s

Potluck mixer and our quarterly meeting agenda.

Location: 15301 Seadrift Ave in Caspar

For more details, please email mendocino@surfrider.org.

November 20, 2014

Great White sighting this week


Photos of a Great White shark just south of the Ten Mile River, flying at 1,000 ft.  The shark was about 200ft from shore, and estimated to be 16ft in length.

Photo credit Carl Shaffer, Birddog Aerial Photography

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!


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

August 24, 2014

NZ surfing legend Wayne Parkes with Mendocino Chapter Surfriders beach clean-up T

NZ Wayne Parks Surfrider T

Chapter Chair Walt Dooley (left) and his son Wyatt (right) with Wayne Parkes (center) during their trip to New Zealand.  Walt and Wyatt packed the beach clean-up t-shirt specifically to give to Wayne when they heard that he had reminisced about how the song “Mendocino” by the Sir Douglas Quintet was popular in NZ when he was a bit younger.

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



May 12, 2014

International Surfing Day is Friday, June 20th


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.

May 11, 2014

Happy Mother’s Day, Mother Earth


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