Emerald Coast Chapter

We are the beach people. The surfers, paddle boarders, kayakers, fishermen, swimmers, beach runners, and walkers. We are activists who want to protect the ocean environment, and our access to it! The ocean and beaches are our playground! More Details
November 29, 2010

New Test Results and Summary Page

We have made all the test result reports since July accessible online via pdf at https://emeraldcoast.surfrider.org/watertestingresults/. This page includes an overall summary of our program and links to the results.

November 23, 2010

Surfrider Test Results For 10-28-10 -no significant levels of PAH toxins

Test results for the samples taken on 10-28-10 have been received.  These samples were taken by Emerald Coast Surfrider members at the following locations:  Panama City Pier Park, Blue Mountain Beach, Miramar Beach, Okaloosa Pier, Navarre Pier, Alabama Point, and Cotton Bayou.

There was no Propylene Glycol or 2- Butoxyethanol detected in any of the samples.  All but one sample had no oil related compounds detected.  One sample from Cotton Bayou had trace levels of Flouranthene (.041ug/L) and  Fluorene (.044 ug/L).  Both of these compounds were just barely over the reporting limits of .041 for these substances, and not indicative of spill related contamination.

Surfrider has two sets of testing still in the lab for processing and will resume sampling next week.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it has abandoned it’s water testing program.   This, in spite of having positive dispersant findings in it’s final sample. The EPA appears to have also discontinued it’s dispersant testing in Florida.   Surfrider remains as the only known group that is regularly testing North Florida waters.   Surfrider has done more than twice as much sampling for dispersants as the entire Florida DEP program.  While we can be proud Surfrider’s efforts, we remain equally appalled at the lack of concern shown by the state and federal response.

Our recent swell has brought with it an increase in quantity and size of tarballs.  In Walton county, these appear to be older, perhaps being released from the sand by wave action.  Recent reports from the West beaches (Perdido and Orange Beach) have shown photos of oil that appears more fresh, perhaps upwelling from deeper water.  When you find oil on your beach, it is important that you document with photos and call in a report.  In Bay, Walton and Okaloosa Counties you can reach the Coast Guard officer in charge of clean-up operations at : (251) 583- 4558.

November 22, 2010

Pensacola Area Chapter Planning Meeting Nov. 29th

NEW Pensacola Chapter Planning Committee Meeting
In light of the spill and damage to the recreation community an effort is in effect to start a new chapter in this area. If you are in this area please attend to find out how you can help coordinate this effort.

When: MONDAY, NOV. 29; 7 – 8pm
Where: Sidelines Restaurant (outside coverage area)
2 Via De Luna Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561-2004
(850) 934-3660

Agenda: Meet and Greet to formulate new chapter
For additional info please contact the Regional Manager edavanzo@surfrider.org and/or RSVP on facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Surfrider-Foundation-Florida-Chapter-Network/148444545180628

November 4, 2010 | 5 Comments

Emerald Coast Surfrider November News!

We are conducting water testing today. Chuck Barnes is out in the cold taking samples from the West end beaches of Perdido, Orange Beach, and Ft. Morgan. We expect results from last weeks testing in the next 7-10 days.
We will have our monthly chapter meeting next Tuesday, 11-9-10 at 6pm in the South Walton library conference room. We are also planning a meeting in Pensacola to discuss forming a West Florida Chapter. This is tentatively scheduled for Monday November 29th – time and location TBD. Please e-mail if you would like to help out.
And as if that is not enough, we have a great event coming up in Panama City- the Clean Water Good Vibes Music Festival 11-13-10 at Spinnaker!

Surfrider has so many ways for you to participate. Water testing, beach clean-ups, school programs, tabling at concerts and festivals…Pick the part you like and dive in!