Mason’a Marina Public Hearing meets Opposition to Plans

Masons-Marina-Gas-Station-360Joan Poulos reported in the Sonoma County Gazette that more than fifty Bodega Bay residents crowded into the meeting room at the Firehouse in Bodega Bay to let Sonoma County Regional Parks (the current operator for the County which owns the site) what they thought about the request for a feasibility study to re-design the Marina and work with partners to design an educational-oriented visitor center for the site. The response was nearly unanimous…NO!!!

To their credit, the County Regional Parks’ personnel emphasized that they wanted the community input on how they could enhance the property to benefit the community. Almost with one voice, the community roared back..NO STUDIES. Spend the money on bringing Mason’s Marina back to usefulness.

The docks are in serious trouble. The underpinnings are rotting; none of the structure meets ADA standards. The liability toward users is questionable; the true cost of an environmental clean up is likely to be great. No one has all the answers. One very clear fact emerged: Bodega Bay residents are willing to pitch in and help save the Marina, but NO speaker supported creating any new tourist-serving facility in order to bring in new revenues. Apparently the community speaks with one voice. Examine all options to help save Mason’s Marina, but keep it a facility that serves fishermen and DON’T turn it into a new attraction to bring more tourists.

The complete story can be found HERE in the Sonoma County Gazette.

Crab feeds in question throughout North Bay is reporting that all over the North Bay in recent days, crab committees have been meeting, boards of directors have been discussing, and nonprofit organizations have fretted over the question: What to do about our annual Dungeness crab feed?

The state delayed the opening of the Dungeness crab season indefinitely on Nov. 5 when a potentially fatal neurotoxin, domoic acid, was discovered in the Dungeness and in red crab, a year-round fishery which was also shut down. This was very bad news for a $60 million California crabbing industry, and especially for the commercial crabbers who haul the pots, but the closure has also rippled to dozens of crab feeds planned in the North Bay in coming months.

Complete story is HERE.

Cold-Water Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen

IMG_0590The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer an 18-hour cold-water safety and drill conductor workshop in Bodega Bay, CA on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Bodega Bay Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Avenue. Instructor, Beverly Noll, will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; flooding control and dewatering pumps; immersion suits and PFDs; emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts, and abandon ship procedures. In addition, there will be an in-the-water practice session where workshop participants will practice skills with PFDs, immersion suits, and a life raft.

This workshop meets the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. This two-day workshop is offered at a reduced cost of $75 to commercial fishermen, thanks to support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The cost is $195 for all others. All mariners are welcome. Those interested in attending the workshop may register online at or call (907) 747-3287 or

Bodega Volunteer Fire Department Polenta Dinner Fundraiser Oct 3rd


California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 19, 2015!

seaweedCoastwalk sponsors the Sonoma County cleanup on over 15 beaches and 8 inland sites.  Look through the lists below and pick from the beach sites or from our partner organization cleanups! Scroll down to register Today!Come to the cleanup prepared for coastal weather (hat, shoes, sunscreen, water bottle) and bring buckets and gloves if you have them. Please bring your reusable water bottle to minimize waste!

Local Coastal Plan – Preliminary Draft

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The comment period on the Preliminary Draft Local Coastal Plan (LCP) has been extended by 4 weeks to September 30, 2015.

Submit your comments on the Preliminary Draft LCP in one of the following ways:

  • E-Mail:
  • Letter: Permit & Resource Management Department, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
    (Attention: Lisa Posternak)
  • Phone: (707) 565-7383 (Lisa Posternak)

Public Workshops

Public workshops on the Preliminary Draft LCP have been held at The Sea Ranch/Gualala, Santa Rosa, Monte Rio, and Bodega Bay. (Public Workshops (PDF: 44 kB))

NOTE: An additional Public Workshop (PDF: 45 kB) on the Preliminary Draft LCP has been scheduled at Timber Cove:

September 14, 2015 (Monday)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Timber Cove Fire Station
30800 Seaview Road
Timber Cove

Review Preliminary Draft LCP

Electronic Copy

If you want to review an electronic copy of the Preliminary Draft LCP, you can:

  • View the documents and maps by clicking on this LINK.

  • Purchase a $6.00 CD from PRMD:
    • pay by cash or check at the PRMD office (2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa)
    • contact Lisa Posternak at (707) 565-7383 or email and provide your name, telephone number, mailing address, and credit card information – card type and number, 3-digit code on back, and expiration date
    • mail a check payable to PRMD and include your mailing address (PRMD, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, 95403-2829, Attention: Lisa Posternak)

Printed Hard Copy

If you want to review a hard copy of the document, you can:

  • Go to the PRMD office: 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa (Directions)
  • Go to one of the following public libraries or post offices:

    Bodega Bay Post Office
    537 Smith Brothers Road
    (707) 875-3529

    Forestville Library
    7050 Covey Road
    (707) 887-7654

    Guerneville Regional Library
    14107 Armstrong Woods Road
    (707) 869-9004

    Jenner Post Office
    10439 State Highway 1
    (707) 865-2822

    Monte Rio Post Office
    19420 State Highway 116
    (707) 865-2328

    Occidental Library
    73 Main Street
    (707) 874-3080

    Santa Rosa (Central) Library
    211 E Street
    (707) 545-0831

    The Sea Ranch Post Office
    60 Sea Walk Drive
    (707) 884-3759

Bodega Volunteer Fire Department Polenta Dinner Fundraiser


Plans floated for Mason’s Marina in Bodega Bay cause stir on Sonoma Coast

imageThe Santa Rosa Press Democrat is reporting about Sonoma County’s plans to study the creation of a new interpretive center and recreational hub at the site of Mason’s Marina in Bodega Bay have triggered alarm among coastal residents who fear the region could be overwhelmed with additional tourists and traffic if such a project were to go through.

Though still an unformed vision, the prospect of a new visitor destination in the busy harbor has critics deriding what some have dubbed a proposed “theme park” that they worry will spawn unwanted development and what one called “the plasticization of Bodega Bay.“

The complete article can be found HERE.

September Beach Cleanups

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Sep 19 – Oct 11 ~ International  Coastal Cleanup
An astounding 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash in our 2014 International Coastal Cleanup.


Sep 19 ~ Beach Cleanup ~ Register through Coast Walk
9am- noon ~ Please  register at or call 829-6689 to sign up and learn more about clean-up locations and the volunteer BBQ.  All volunteers must have a signed waiver. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature. If you are not able to bring a signed waiver, site captains will have them available at each site.

Come to the cleanup prepared for coastal weather (hat, shoes, sunscreen, water bottle) and bring buckets and gloves if you have them. Please bring your reusable water bottle to minimize waste!

(Optional) A clipboard might be helpful as you fill out your data card.

(Optional) Pack a waste-free lunch! Coastal Cleanup Day ends at noon at most locations, which makes for a great opportunity to have lunch at the beach or creek! Help us reduce waste on Coastal Cleanup Day by bringing a bucket or reusable bag and reusable gloves with you for the Cleanup. If you don’t have them the Site Captains at your Cleanup will have supplies on hand.

Beach Cleanup Locations
(Please register at except where noted)

Blind Beach
Goat Rock Beach
Portuguese Beach
Bodega Dunes (drop in only – 9 am)
North Jenner Beach (short, but steep hike to beach)
Russian Gulch
Sunset Beach
Bodega Head
N. Salmon Creek Beach
Shell Beach
Wright’s Beach
Doran Beach – Kid Friendly!
Pinnacle Gulch (1.2 mile hike to the beach)
S. Salmon Creek Beach – Kid Friendly!


Russian River Watershed Cleanup

Sep 26 & 27 ~ Russian River Watershed Cleanup
The actual Cleanup will occur on Saturday, and the sorting of debris and haul-off will occur on Sunday. The mission of the Russian River Watershed Cleanup Committee is to coordinate cleanup and removal of trash in the Russian River and its tributaries between Cloverdale and Jenner. We organize and coordinate teams of volunteers for an annual cleanup and promote stewardship of the Russian River

8:00 – Leaders arrive to help set up.
8:15 – Leader meeting
8:30 – Participants start to arrive / Leaders start to sign in participants
9:00 – Walker orientation Shuttle bus to Rio Lindo leaves
9:15 – Paddler orientation
9:30 – All volunteers depart for their assigned beaches or canoe routes.
Shuttle to Warnecke via Alexander Valley Camp.
10:00 – Arrive at Warnecke (Unload Warnecke, Load AV drivers)
10:30 – Have Park and Ride cleaned and cleared
10:45 – Shuttle arrive at AV (Unload AV drivers)
11:00 – Volunteer drivers and pick-up crew arrive at Preston Bridge area in Cloverdale to begin picking up collected trash from there, First Street Bridge, Asti, West Soda Rock Road.



Sep 19-27 ~ Creek Week ~ Our creeks and rivers are part of a rich and diverse system that provides water supply, wildlife habitat, flood capacity, recreation, and aesthetic values to all who live near or visit them.

Sep 19 ~ Olive Park
9:00 am – noon. Meet at live Park footbridge. Near 105 Olive Street. On-street parking. Contact Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or

Sep 19 ~ Roseland Creek Cleanup
9:00 am – noon. Meet at Pear Blossom Park, 2850 Pear Blossom Drive.

Contact Alistair Bleifuss at 543-3845 or All children must be accompanied by an adult for all events. FREE parking will be available for the Family Fun Day event at the City Hall Parking Lot (100 Santa Rosa Avenue, located across the street from Prince Gateway Park) and at Parking Garage 12 (555 1st Street).

Sep 19~ The Friends of Gibson Creek, Ukiah
Contact Linda at for more information.
Friends of Gibson Creek, Ukiah 

Sep 26~ The Upper Russian River Clean-up
9:00 am Taylor’s Tavern, 6951 East Rd, Redwood Valley. For more information contact Deborah at Last year, we removed 3 tons of trash and recycling from the river. Come out in sturdy closed-toed shoes and leather gloves. Mendocino County Resource Conservation District

Sep 15 ~ 4th Annual Petaluma Watershed Fall Trash Cleanup
9:00 am – noon (arrive at 8:30 to sign in and get geared up) Meet at 260 H North Water Street To participate in the event, you will need to sign a liability waiver and anyone under 18 will need their waiver signed by a legal guardian. Register at


Ongoing Cleanups

Prince Memorial Greenway (ages 5 to adult)
10:00 am – noon. Meet at Olive Park. On the first Saturday of every month help take care of restored Santa Rosa Creek flowing through the heart of downtown. The Greenway provides a home for river otter, kingfishers, egrets, and steelhead trout as well as parks, public art, and recreation along the six mile creek trail. Clean-up supplies provided.

Park-A-Month Volunteer Program (family friendly)
9:00 am – noon, rain or shine. 2nd Saturday of the month from March to October. Discover a new park every month. The Park-A-Month Volunteer Program offers fun, family-friendly events where residents can make a difference in their parks.

Laguna Keepers
Saturdays, 9:00 am – noon. Volunteers assist in willow sprigging, exotic plant removal, native plant and tree planting, trails construction and maintenance, and restoration project monitoring. Little or no experience or knowledge is needed, training is provided. Only heavy rain cancels. Snacks are on us, but do bring gloves, water, and a friend!  No RSVP required. For locations contact John Guardino at (707) 527-9277 x108 or email

The Coastal Commission runs a year-round cleanup program called Adopt-A-Beach®. Help us keep the California coast debris-free all year long.

Schoolyard Cleanups
Want your students to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day but can’t get them out on a field trip to a beach or local waterway? Want to show them that environmentally responsible behavior can begin at their school and in their own neighborhood? You can organize a Schoolyard Cleanup and accomplish all of these

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris Cleanups
Join us in helping to clean up tsunami debris! We have mobilizing people all along the California coast to clean up debris that was washed away from Japan during the March 2011 tsunami. Cleanups have taken place in all coastal counties.

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival – Sept 12 & 13

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For the last 39 years, music festivals have been a vital part of the Russian River community, and Omega Events is proud to have owned the festivals for the last 10 years. Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville offers a picturesque venue that rests along the beach of the Russian River, only a few miles from over 100 wineries. Music lovers have enjoyed a stellar history of acts, including the Doobie Brothers, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Etta James and many more.