December 26, 2011

WASTE TO WAVES HITS SANTA CRUZ YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR NEXT CHAPTER MEETING.

NOW, DON’T MISS THIS EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO RECYCLE WASTE EPS FOAM INTO SOMETHING REALLY USEFUL!

SURFRIDER CHAPTER MEETING, JANUARY 10


Please, join our Chapter meeting on January 10 at Simpkins Swim Center on 17th Avenue in Live Oak to learn about a very cool program: WASTE to WAVES! The meeting kicks off at 7:00 PM.

Yes, we’re talking about something positive to do with all that EPS foam packaging that everyone gets in products they buy, especially during the Holiday season. Listen up now, OK?

First thing to do: Collect All of Your Waste EPS Foam!

You probably got it when you bought a new TV, computer, or some furniture. Most cities don’t let you recycle this, and our coast is no different. It just feels wrong to throw it into the trash can. A much higher use for this foam is to turn it directly into a new surfboard blank. That’s right: A NEW SURFBOARD BLANK!

The program only accepts clean, white, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam. This is exactly the same foam used inside EPS/epoxy surfboards, and it can be recycled many times into new EPS.

Please learn exactly what types of foam can be donated, and what types cannot. In essence, it must be hard white foam used in packaging. If the foam has been used to hold food, or is soft or flexible, we can’t make surfboards out of it..

TURN YOUR TRASH INTO SPLASH!
Our monthly chapter general meeting fill feature Sustainable Surf’s Waste to Waves program. The program collects EPS polystyrene and turns it into surf boards. VERY COOL!

Chapter Chair Dustin Macdonald welcomes guest speaker Sustainable Surf Co-Founder and former SF Chapter volunteer, Kevin Whilden

www.wastetowaves.org

As many of you remember our Santa Cruz Chapter has long been involved with the polystyrene issue and, like you, we are deeply frustrated that no way to recycle this stuff exists in our county through normal channels.
In fact, we are still working on strengthening polystyrene food container bans around the area. Visit our meeting and sign a group letter to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in support of upgrading the existing polystyrene ordinance. Surfrider makes is EASY for you to get active!

While large scale recycling of polystyrene (“Styrofoam”) products is not available in Santa Cruz or nearby counties, this limited program is an excellent solution for the disposal problem in the mean time, and we urge all of you to give it a go!

Remember: No food-stained items; No “peanuts”; only clean uncontaminated EPS blocks.

Hear the drill at our everyone-invited meeting, and learn where local drop-off spots are.

HELP GET THIS STUFF OFF OUR BEACHES, OCEANS, AND WAVES AND OUT OF THE LANDFILL, TOO!

December 12, 2011

SANTA CRUZ TO BE DEDICATED AS A “WORLD SURFING RESERVE” APRIL 28, 2012 WSRs ALSO ANNOUNCES “LOCAL STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL”

OK, HEADS UP! WE’RE POSTING THIS PRESS RELEASE FOR OUR FRIENDS AT THE SANTA CRUZ WORLD SURFING RESERVE. THIS IS A BIG HONOR FOR OUR LOCAL COAST, AND WE’RE STOKED TO SUPPORT THE EFFORT AND HELP CELEBRATE THE DEDICATION!

SO, YOU SHOULD ALL KNOW SURFRIDER, SANTA CRUZ SUPPORTED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SCWSR ALL THE WAY. IT IS A FORM OF COASTAL AND SURF BREAK PROTECTION…AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT.

December 12, 2011– World Surfing Reserves announced today that the dedication ceremony for the Santa Cruz, California, World Surfing Reserve will be on April 28, 2012. The ceremony will officially establish the Santa Cruz coastline as a World Surfing Reserve in Santa Cruz City and County, the third iconic surfing location to be so enshrined following Malibu, California and Ericeira, Portugal.

The Santa Cruz zone was approved in February 2011 as an official World Surfing Reserve. The Santa Cruz Reserve, approximately 11 km (7 miles) of coast extending from Natural Bridges State Park on the western end to the Opal Cliffs just east of Pleasure Point, is a stretch of cold-water dream waves along a breathtaking coastline that boasts one of the most robust coastal and marine ecosystems on the planet. The region is characterized by a unique surf culture with a deep-rooted history of surfing including credit as the birthplace of surfing in North America. The zone is best known for the iconic spots at Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, both world-renowned righthand pointbreaks.

“Throughout the world Santa Cruz is synonymous with cold-water surfing and known for its progressive environmental ethos,” said Dean LaTourrette, Executive Director of Save The Waves Coalition and World Surfing Reserves Executive Committee Member. “Its dedication as the third World Surfing Reserve will help focus environmental protection of the surf zone locally as well as serve as a global model for stewardship of coastal regions.”

World Surfing Reserves is also pleased to announce the formation of the Local Stewardship Council for the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve This group, including community activists, environmentalists, elected officials, and surf industry representatives, will create a Local Stewardship Plan and will work to oversee the management of the Santa Cruz Reserve. Jim Littlefield, who serves as the West Coast Environmental Projects Director for Surfers’ Environmental Alliance will chair the Santa Cruz Local Stewardship Council. Additionally the council will include:

Mark Stone,
John Leopold,
Hilary Bryant,
Jane McKenzie,
Dustin MacDonald,
Dan Young,
and Brian Kilpatrick.

“Santa Cruz is the documented birthplace of surfing on the North American continent and surfing and surf culture are key elements of our communities’ public image,” said Jim Littlefield. ”I’m pleased to represent the reserve through the Local Stewardship Council – this is a true global honor for Santa Cruz.”

In addition to the Local Stewards, an array of high profile surfers will serve as Ambassadors for the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve including

Kyle Thiermann,
Sarah Gerhardt,
Robert “Wingnut” Weaver,
Jamilah Star,
and Ken “Skindog” Collins.

These ambassadors have been selected for their contributions to the sport of surfing, the Santa Cruz community, and the coastal environment. They will help to promote the long-term conservation of the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve.

“What better spot than Santa Cruz for a World Surfing Reserve?” remarked Skindog. “This place has it all, and I’m stoked to see it get the recognition it deserves.”

For Santa Cruz’s enshrinement, an evening celebration event will be held on April 27, 2012 and the formal ceremonies will take place on April 28. Further details of the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Dedication Ceremony will be announced in the coming months.

About World Surfing Reserves
World Surfing Reserves (WSR) proactively identifies, designates, and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and their surrounding environments, around the world. WSR is an initiative launched by Save The Waves Coalition in 2009 in conjunction with National Surfing Reserves – Australia, and through additional partnerships with the International Surfing Association (ISA) and Stanford University’s Center for Responsible Travel (CREST).

Also, stay tuned for info forthcoming about the dedication of the Manly World Surfing Reserve in Australia!

For more information

WORLD SURFING RESERVES

NOTE: Chapter Chair Dustin Macdonald is a member of the Local Stewardship Council and sometimes-off-and-on-Vice- Chair Jim Littlefield is Chair of the group.

December 2, 2011

RAIL TRAIL ALERT: ATTEND A MONTEREY BAY SANCTUARY SCENIC TRAIL WORKSHOP!

AND…ANOTHER MEETING OF INTEREST. GET YOUR SAY IN WHILE YOU CAN!

Reply-To: info@santacruztrail.org

Dear Friends of the Rail & Trail,

Have you been waiting for a coastal rail trail?

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is leading the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Planning process, which will include a coastal rail trail. The RTC will be conducting three public workshops to engage the community in the development of the master plan. This is your opportunity to weigh in on alignments and other features of a Santa Cruz coastal trail network.

Public meetings will be held at north, mid and south county locations on the following dates:

• December 13: Pacific School in Davenport 6-8pm
• December 14: Simpkins Swim Center 6-8pm
• December 15: Watsonville Civic Plaza 6-8pm

Friends of the Rail & Trail, in collaboration with Ecology Action and People Power, supports a coastal rail trail as the centerpiece of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network. The rail trail will be contiguous to the rail line, or, in locations where the rail right-of-way is too narrow, located on nearby adjacent routes with safe, direct and easy-to-find connections leading to and from the Rail Trail.

For more information, visit Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail Trail.

David Wright

Board of Directors

SCC Friends of the Rail Trail

www.santacruztrail.org

December 2, 2011

WATER NEUTRAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM: PUBLIC INVITED

Here’s an informative meeting some of you may be interested in. Check it out!

 

Water Neutral Development Forum
Monday, Dec 5, 1-3pm
Ecology Action, 877 Cedar St., Santa Cruz

Why Water Neutral Development?

How Does It Work?

What is the Potential for Future Consevation to Offset Growth?

Speakers:

Randele Kanouse, Special Assistant to the General Manager, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, 1989-2011. In the 1990s, EBMUD was asked to supply water for new developments at a time when District water sources were maxed out and growth would have made drought curtailments more severe. The District enacted a water-demand offset policy, requiring new developments to offset growth in water demand by funding conservation measures in the District.

Ron Duncan Conservation Manager for Soquel Creek Water District. In 2003 the
District enacted a water demand offset program for new development that funds toilet
replacement in existing buildings. Duncan is studying how to continue the program once most toilets are replaced.

John Ricker, Santa Cruz County Water Resources Director, is principal author of the County’s draft Water Neutral Ordinance.