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“NOAA’s Fisheries Service will increase its protection of threatened elkhorn and staghorn corals in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands through a new rule to prohibit activities that result in death or harm to either species. The new regulations take effect on Nov. 21.” – excerpt from this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) article.
Check out the Sundance Audience Award Winning Film “Fuel.” It’s about the search for alternative energy. It will actually be playing in OR, WA, and TX.
Go to http://thefuelfilm.com/
In addition Lt. Gov, Kottcamp will be at FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY GROUNDBREAKING FOR TWO MEGA WATT SOLAR FIELD
Location: Florida Gulf Coast University
Address: 10501 Florida Gulf Coast University Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 333965
Time: 1:55 PM
“Nineteen coastal states face tough decisions involving energy and the environment — whether or not to allow offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. Why? Because a 26-year federal ban on most offshore drilling was allowed to expire last month. So states along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts will get a bigger say on new drilling projects.” Daniel C. Vock reports for Stateline.org October 20, 2008. Story includes detailed maps of offshore tracts.
Another great site that is Florida Specific on Oill Drilling info:
Dont Rig Florida
Much thanks to Matt Walker, Surfing Magazine’s Senior Editor, for a great story that has and will inspire others to act locally. This story is not just for surfers, it reminds each individual that we are ultimately responsible for protecting what we love and need for our future. It tells each person that they themselves have to act, and not only that, Matt explains how we need to group together to actually make an impact. That all being said, here is that opening paragraph. I hope it fires you up to read the whole story and to act to protect.
“I have a dream. Actually, it’s more of a nightmare. It’s a vision of coastal communities filled with pavement but no parking. Where cultures founded on the idea of whole towns enjoying the beach together finally give way to walled seaside country clubs for the private few. Where surfers who don’t own an oceanfront home can’t reach the ocean. And where industry and development leaves America’s waves so polluted that we finally stop trying. It’s a vision I hope won’t come true, but all signs show that, with time, it will. And it’s all your fault.”
–Matt Walker, Senior Editor for Surfing Magazine
Link to Jim’s Blog on the story which has the full article.
Wave energy is heating up…Recent mainstream coverage in the Monday Wall Street Journal
In the Second wave energy summit yesterday Chad Nelson and Jim Moriarty met with a group of utilities, financiers, technology companies and enviros. It was great for us to be “at the table” as this alternative energy form starts to break.
Check out our new Wave Energy blog. Click here to go to the blog.
Our wave policy can be found at http://www.surfrider.org/policy_ocean_alt_energy
“In the 1960s, about 80 percent to 90 percent of the corals in the Keys were alive. Today, 94 percent of them are dead. […] The cause is septic drain fields in the low-lying Keys that leach nutrient-rich waste material into the groundwater and the ocean.”
Sand Trap: Another storm, another round of beach erosion, another round of questions about renourishment.
Beach erosion — during Tropical Storm Fay — threatens homes in Vilano Beach. As Tropical Storm Fay danced around the coast this summer, making a record number of landfalls, it also did a number on Florida’s beaches. The storm eroded sand from south Palm Beach and Lantana in Palm Beach County, as well as from south Ponte Vedra and Vilano beaches in St. Johns County. In the latter case, five homes are threatened by erosion. Just a week later, Hurricane Gustav ate into vulnerable beaches on Florida’s Gulf shoreline: Alligator Point in Franklin County and St. Joseph’s Peninsula.
Officials say they’ll spend about $154 million this year on beach restoration, renourishment, sand-transfer and monitoring projects:
Local governments-$81 million
State government-$44 million
Federal government-$29 million
Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
All those areas are chronic hot spots for beach erosion, says Mike Barnett, chief of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, and all are candidates for beach-restoration projects. Statewide, about a dozen projects are scheduled for 2009, many involving maintenance of previously restored shorelines, also known as nourishment.
Renourishment sites are supposed to receive new sand every six to 10 years but may need it more frequently after heavy storm periods such as the current one. Much of the sand brought to Honeymoon Island in a $2-million project less than a year ago had washed away by the time Gustav finished its tour, for example.
The projects remain controversial, despite Florida’s 50-year tradition of restoring eroded beaches. Some environmentalists and sportsmen oppose the renourishment efforts because they can harm — or even bury — reefs and sea life. Some see the expensive projects as unwise public subsidies for wealthy beachfront dwellers. “Many millions of dollars flow faster than sand through your toes,” complains Karl Wickstrom, editor-in-chief at Florida Sportsman magazine and a critic of the projects.
Surfrider is about to embark on the removal of the artificial surfing reef that we constructed in El Segundo in 2000. The artificial surfing reef was built as mitigation for lost surfing resources when Chevron built a groin and added sand to the beach north of the El Segundo Refinery. Tom Pratte, a founding member of the Surfrider Foundation, convinced the Coastal Commission to include conditions in the permit for construction of the groin with associated beach fill to include monitoring and mitigation of the nearby surf if it was adversely impacted. After 6 years of independent monitoring the California Coastal Commission determined that the surfing resources had been adversely impacted and they required Chevron to mitigate for the lost surfing. After years of negotiation between Chevron, the Coastal Commission and Surfrider it was agreed that the mitigation would be through the construction of an artificial surfing reef.
The reef was constructed in 2000 and 2001. Surfing and nearshore coastal processes were monitored extensively for 2 years and then annually thereafter.The monitoring results can be found at: this web page. The experimental reef was permitted for a 10-year period ending in 2010. In addition to not improving the surf quality of the break, some of the geotextile bags that make up the artificial reef are beginning to deteriorate. The Surfrider Foundation believes that the removal of this artificial reef is necessary to be consistent with our mission to protect the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.
Because some of the bags are damaged and others are beginning to decompose we want to remove them before the synthetic materials that make up the reef bags are discharged into the marine environment.While the artificial surf reef did nothing to improve the surf in El Segundo, the project highlighted the need for protection of existing surf breaks, and helped the California Coastal Commission recognize surfing breaks as natural recreational resources that are worthy of protection.
Here are some additional details about the artificial reef removal:
1. The removal process will begin on Tuesday, September 30 and finish Friday, October 17th.
2. The removal project is being directed by Coastal Frontiers Corporation, a Los Angeles-based coastal engineering firm with extensive experience in the installation and removal of geotextile containers from the marine environment
3. A professional dive crew from American Marine Corporation will conduct the underwater portion of the artificial reef removal process.
4. Personnel from Morrissey Construction Company will bring the bags ashore and assure of their proper disposalA Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ) on the removal project is attached.
A more detailed project description can be found at: Prattes Reef Project Description document (file is 2.5 MB).