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

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


April 27, 2014

Close Encounter – Bob Whitney and shark

April 27, 2014

Expansion of California Marine Sanctuaries

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

To comment online go to:

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:

April 18, 2014

Surfrider Meeting minutes – April 12, 2014

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

Minutes of January 25th meeting approved

Treasurer’s report – Jackie, no change $2907.00 all potential tsunami debris clean up reimbursement complete

Membership – Pam has latest membership info on Excel. Approximately 45 members in good standing

Blue Water Task Force – Walt and Victoria to alternate weekly testing of Virgin Creek starting with Walt on Tues. April 8th, 2014. All water test samples must be to the Mendocino County Environmental Health dept, by 11:00 AM. 2014 paperwork will be at office for volunteers to sign.

Coastal Access and Enhancement –

  • Virgin Creek – Bob, No change suggested be taken off agenda until there is evidence of a change in status (sales or development activity) group to monitor for change in status.
  •  Smugglers Cove – no report

US Navy Weapons testing West Coast – Nicole reviewed the meeting with Navy representatives on March 7, 2014 in Fort Bragg Ca. was well attended. The Navy has extended their comment period to April 15, 2014. Nicole has been soliciting members and friends to contact local elected officials to enlist support opposing Naval weapons testing off the North Pacific West Coast. The group agreed to sign the Mendocino County Chapter on as a supporter of a NRDC letter opposing the Navy’s proposed testing. Nicole looking to educate and enlist as much support as possible regarding this and will formulate a “Making Waves” article for submission.

Website maintenance and updates- Nicole soliciting input for ways to make our website more interactive. Encouraging members and friends to submit relevant photos for posting to our website. Nicole given “carte blanch” to maintain and improve the website.

Sea Star Pacific Coast Mystery Ailment- Dave explained to the group the most current information regarding the recent sea star “die off” is most likely related to water temperature fluctuation not radiation, and this phenomena has been documented as having occurred before.

International Surfing Day June 20th, 2014- Walt, all permits with State Parks are in place, in process of making sure State Parks Insurance requirements are being met. See you there!

Next meeting will be on International Surfing Day, Friday June 20th at Big River Beach

April 13, 2014

April Morning – photo© Surfrider member Bob Whitney

April 9, 2014

Surfrider Meeting Agenda – Saturday, April 12, 2014, 5:00pm at Walt & Jackie’s

5:00 pm   Welcome /Opening Comments

  • Announcements and Correspondence
  • Agenda additions & changes

Review /Acceptance last meeting minutes

Organizational Reports

  • Treasurer’s report – Jackie, Bob
  • Reimbursement Tsunami Clean Up Give away items – Walt – Complete $ rec.
  • Membership – Pam

5:10 Committee Reports

  • Blue Water Task Force- Water testing resumes April 8, 2014
  • Coastal Access and Enhancement
    • Virgin Creek – Bob
    • Smugglers Cove- John W           

5:30 Old Business

5:30 New Business

  • US Navy weapons testing West Coast – Nicole
  • Website maintenance and updates- Nicole
  • Sea Star Pacific Coast mystery ailment –Dave, Walt
  • International Surfing Day Fri. June 20th 2014- Walt, All

6:30 Open discussion

6:40 Closing Comment

Schedule next meeting  

Potluck to follow…                                                 

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