Emerald Coast Chapter

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May 20, 2011 | 9 Comments

Help Surfrider Test the Beach- Navarre May 22nd

Join us on Navarre Beach  Sunday May 22nd at 7pm.  We’ll meet in the pier parking lot and then head to the beach to dig trenches and spot for oil under UV light.  We could really use your help and you will be contributing to important research.  (Use our contact link at the top of the page to let us know you will be participating, that way if the time or location changes, we’ll be able to let you know! )

9 thoughts on “Help Surfrider Test the Beach- Navarre May 22nd

  1. renae moyers says:

    Is the Navarre Beach Oil testing event May 22, or 29th? I would like to help.


  2. Emerald Coast Surfrider says:

    Thanks for the tip Renae! Helps if we get the date right… this Sunday May 22nd.

  3. Trisha James says:

    Hey Michael. Glad to see you’re hitting Navarre Beach. I would love to meet and help. One thing I need to warn you is that the pier area has been covered and cleaned. I live on the west end about two streets from the entrance to the Gulf Islands Wildlife Preserve. That’s where I’ve been photographing and finding lots of tar mats. I’ll tag you on my last walk and you can see the white beaches are no longer white. I have also found tar balls and dead sea life. BTW, there is an access point there should you decide to come over. I’ll still hook up with you since this is “my neighborhood.”

  4. Emerald Coast Surfrider says:

    -Thanks Trisha, We’ll see you Sunday. If you can help target a buried tarmat nearby, we’ll be glad to sample it.

  5. Mindi says:

    Thank you for doing this, but please remember to fill in the holes you dig after you document what you find. Turtle nesting season has started.

  6. Emerald Coast Surfrider says:

    -Thanks Mindi. We do take care to fill our holes. The UV makes spotting turtles and other sea life rather easy. We also try to pre spot the area in daylight. We would welcome your help and any local knowledge of known nesting sites. As you may know, the research we are doing has serious implication for our Turtles. Buried oil can obviously have toxic effects on the eggs. Also, turtle eggs are affected by very minor changes in temperature. Buried oil could potentially change the sex and otherwise effect the embryo.

  7. Dan says:

    I’ll bring a shovel, a GPS, some light and a garden trowel. See you soon. Are we still meeting at the pier? I kiteboard near the national seashore and can confirm that there are still patties everywhere. That may be a good target.

  8. Mindi says:

    Thank you so much for your efforts and everything you are doing to document the lingering presence and effects of the oil spill. Unfortunately, I am unable to make it tonight because I have to get up very early for work tomorrow. However, my husband will be there to help, and he knows our beaches as well as I do 🙂

  9. Emerald Coast Surfrider says:

    Thank you everyone who came out to Navarre Beach and helped us take samples! Trisha, Dan, Patrice, & Trisha, you rock! The worst of what we saw in Navarrre was the poor sand quality and erosion as a result of “beach nourishment”. If anyone is on the fence about the dangers of dredge and fill beach nourishment, go try and run your fingers through the sand in Navarre. I actually cut my finger on the debris mixed in the sand. Further down the beach, the large grain size has caused steep beach angles and rapid erosion. We did find a small amount of dispersed oil in the sand and areas with tarballs on the surface. The tarballs appear to be falling out of the eroded high dunes and re-entering the swash zone, then are carried along the beach with currents. This is bad news regarding the erosion, better news regarding where are the tarballs coming from -as it is likely old oil being re-introduced rather than new oil making it’s way to shore.