The Rock Water Race went fantastic this year while teams took a rock (pebble) from upstream and passed it down to one another as they ran down the Santa Ana River Bike Trail to end at the beach just as everything eventually does. Now a tradition for our Newport Beach Chapter we are having a great time with this event. Are you ready to enter a team? You can also join a team if there is one short of a runner. Mark it down on your calendar for next year. It is always around the middle of March.
This is a past event where the public was asked to join us to find out more about the proposed Newport Banning Ranch Development. We heard a presentation from the Newport Banning Land Trust and updates from the Banning Ranch Conservancy.
Newport Banning Land Trust is a local non-profit environmental organization that is the intended recipient of over 250 acres of the Natural Open Space Preserve as part of Newport Banning Ranch. The group has a mission to preserve and enhance the natural values of the land with goals to; ensure it’s open space is enjoyed by future generations, to create a natural reserve, and to provide public access and outdoor recreation activity.
Robyn Vettraino gave us an overview of the water quality and public access issues plaguing the Newport Banning Ranch site and heard about the mission to solve them.
The Banning Ranch Conservancy, a Sec. 501(c)(3) non-profit conservancy, is dedicated to the preservation, acquisition, conservation, and maintenance of the entire Banning Ranch as a permanent public open space, park and coastal nature preserve.
Steve Ray will gave an update on the Banning Ranch Conservancy actions and lawsuits as well as fundraising.
1st Saturday of the month Beach Cleanups 9 AM until 11 AM on both sides of the Santa Ana River Jetty. We will meet on the Huntington Beach side of the River Jetties. Enter the State Park at Magnolia and ask the gate guard where we are. They will let you in and tell you how to go to the end of the parking lot which is south of Brookhurst street gate (but that gate is only open in the summer). Participants under the age of 18 need to have a waiver signed by their parent/guardian. For waivers go to http://newportbeach.surfrider.org/beach-cleanups or request one from email@example.com
We supply the gloves and bags. You just come down with personal items like sunblock, extra layer of clothing, etc.
So until July the dates look like this.
February 1 at 9-11 AM at Huntington Beach State Park Tower 2
March 1 at 9-1:00 PM at Huntington Beach State Park Tower 2
April 5 at 9-11 AM at Huntington Beach State Park Tower 2
May 3 at 9-11 AM at Huntington Beach State Park Tower 2
June 7 at 9-11 AM at Huntington Beach State Park Tower 2
Join us to help plan for 2015 and elect our executive committee.
When: To be announced
Take the step from being a member to being an active member and lend us your expertise and experience in creating and implementing exciting goals Surfrider Foundation Newport Beach Chapter for 2015.
Volunteer to lead as an event co-ordinator, program lead or executive committee member.
Open positions for 2015 include:Vice Chair person.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in standing for any of the positions above. You must be a Surfrider member to stand for these positions.
This is a past event. Every year the three chapters Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Seal Beach have an end of the year celebration to communicate victories and set backs as they all continue to protect the Ocean from pollution.
This is a past event but recurs each year. Fortunately for us the Newport Rib Company gives us money they raise to protect our environment from urban runoff and other conditions we have a difficult time controlling. If you like eating at the Newport/Naples Rib Company and having your favorite charity benefit you are in luck in the month of November.
Check out their web site for more details. http://www.ribcompany.com/charity/
We don’t need it!
…is highly energy intensive and expensive,
…and will hinder other water supply options that are less costly and better for the environment, such as water conservation, wastewater recycling, and stormwater harvesting.
The Poseidon proposal has not even gotten approval from local and regional water agencies. None have committed to purchasing Poseidon’s water.
We don’t want it!
The Poseidon project uses outdated and environmentally harmful technology that:
…unnecessarily kills marine life through its open intake system,
…degrades water quality from the brine discharge,
…uses more energy than any other water supply option.
Desal plants can be designed to minimize marine life mortality, water quality degradation, and coastal habitat degradation. The State Water Resource Control Agency is currently gathering information from scientific experts on proper site, design and technology for ocean desalination proposals. But Poseidon’s project does not meet any of these recommendations.
Tell the Coastal Commission:
• To deny the Poseidon permits.
• Poseidon’s proposal does not meet the recommendations of the science community.
• The project would threaten marine life, degrade water quality, and increase greenhouse gas emissions.
• There is no demonstrated need for desalinated water in Huntington Beach.
• Ocean desalination should be an option of last resort. Better water supply options that protect our coast and ocean should be fully implemented before approving ocean desalination facilities. Orange County hasn’t done that yet.
The Coastal Commission has a duty to uphold the state Coastal Act by:
• Restoring and protecting marine life;
• Restoring and protecting ocean water quality and habitat value;
• Restoring and protecting coastal wetlands, sensitive coastal habitat, and wildlife.
The Poseidon proposal violates all of these Coastal Act policies.
Take Action: Show Up, Stand Up and Speak Up!
When: This is a past event but will eventually happen again.
Poseidon will appear before the Coastal Commission on November 13 8AM
Newport Beach City Hall
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Take action right now and send the Coastal Commission a message. Click the link below.
This is a past event. For more information on what we are doing to rise above plastics see our website/programs.