Kym Kemp / Saturday, March 1 @ 9:23 a.m. / PSA
“Japan Tsunami Marine Debris: Disaster Debris and the Existing Problem,” a free presentation, will be offered Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m., at the Healy Senior Center, 456 Briceland Rd., in Redway.
Sherry Lippiatt, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program, will provide an overview of the debris generated from the tragic March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
She will focus on the US response to the threat of debris washing ashore, efforts to model debris movement, debris sightings and confirmed items, and potential environmental and safety impacts. The discussion will also cover current research and prevention efforts to address the issue of everyday marine debris.
As NOAA’s MDP California regional coordinator, Lippiatt provides technical expertise and monitors regional marine debris projects and initiatives, assists with response to acute marine debris-generating events, and works with partners to implement prevention strategies. She also leads the Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project, a national network of shoreline monitoring sites.
Lippiatt came to NOAA as a Knauss Sea Grant fellow while completing her Ph.D. in ocean sciences at University of California Santa Cruz.
The lecture is being presented by the Bureau of Land Management and the Lost Coast Interpretive Association as part of their annual winter lecture series. The King Range National Conservation Area is part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System.More information is available at the BLM King Range Project Office, (707) 986-5400 or by emailing the office at email@example.com.
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Feb. 16 @ 4:25 p.m. / PSA
The Camo Cowboys, Los Marjuanos and Blue Sky Pie will all be playing at this Saturday’s benefit to raise money for an anti-rodenticide ad campaign.
Rodenticides have contributed to the death of wildlife such as fishers and hawks. Local activists have worked to remove these kinds of products from local businesses. Now environmental groups are raising money to alert more people to the associated dangers.
Kym Kemp / Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 6:48 a.m. / PSA
The Garberville Public Health Office is staging a walk in Flu clinic this Friday Feb. 14th from 10am to 4pm with a 12-1 break for lunch. The cost is $17.00 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Kym Kemp / Wednesday, Jan. 29 @ 9:58 a.m. / PSA
Salmonid Restoration Federation Press Release:
California is experiencing a historic drought — the worst this state has seen in the 163 years since record keeping began. Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency and cities are actively reducing their water usage by 20%. The North Coast usually has the highest precipitation in the state and lacks the infrastructure and water reserves to cope with a water crisis of this magnitude. In rural communities of Humboldt and Mendocino counties, thousands of landowners and residents are their own water providers, responsible for stewarding and storing the water that flows through their land.
Many rural residents are resorting to winter water deliveries to meet their small domestic use needs. This is a critical time for the community to initiate immediate and feasible water conservation practices that can reduce our water footprint by 30%. Simple practices like installing float valves, low-flow showerheads, checking regularly for leaks, and garden mulching can all make a notable difference.
Salmonid Restoration Federation, Sanctuary Forest, and Friends of the Eel River will host a North Coast Water Conservation Workshop from 10am to 4pm, February 1 at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland to explore water conservation measures and solutions. The workshop will focus on water conservation techniques in a time of drought, resources for rural landowners, navigating water rights, and local and regional water conservation programs. Speakers include Brian Johnson, water rights attorney and Executive Director of Trout Unlimited, Tasha McKee of Sanctuary Forest, Mark Lancaster of Five Counties Salmonid Conservation Program, Dana Stolzman and Sara Schremmer of Salmonid Restoration Federation, and Scott Greacen of Friends of the Eel River.
After lunch attendees can participate in a water rights clinic or go on a field tour of water conservation projects at Briceland Vineyard followed by a wine tasting. If you are working on filing a riparian / appropriative water right and would like consultation, please bring your paperwork. For more information about water rights, please visithttp://www.calsalmon.org/srf-projects/water-rights-education
For more information about the Redwood Creek, South Fork Eel River low flow study or water conservation efforts being conducted by Salmonid Restoration Federation, please visit the Redwood Creek Water Conservation Project website: http://calsalmon.org/srf-trainings/redwood-creek-water-conservation-project.
A recent article published by UC Berkeley (http://tinyurl.com/l7ykyfb) explains that California’s water infrastructure was developed during a wetter century, under the assumption that precipitation would continue to be plentiful.
“How we move forward in this drought cycle amid human-induced climate change will require immediate long-range planning and full citizen participation,” stated Dana Stolzman, Executive Director of Salmonid Restoration Federation.