Mon | Day 13 – Kill the Spill in the Media

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Here are a few articles covering the surf community’s grassroots efforts:

1.  LA Times 11.18.07  “Spill Guerillas Hit the Beach”

2.  Surfline 11.13.07:  “KILL THE SPILL San Francisco surfers take cleaning Ocean Beach into their own hand”
– article by Marcus Sanders, with quotes from Proof Lab and Surfrider SF:

3.  Surfer Magazine: “SEEPING THROUGH SAN FRAN: Oil Spill Ravages OB, Mavericks Next?
– with quotes from Grant Washburn

4.  Santa Cruz Sentinel 11.18.07  – “San Francisco surf spots on lockdown after oil spill; Santa Cruz beaches safe for now.”
– with quotes from Wise Surfboards’ Dave Alexander

Mon | Day 13 – Fistful of OB Oil from Sunday

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From OB resident, Ben Garcia: “As per sunday at 10 am there was plenty of small oil blobs seen on ocean beach.  I walked a small area between fulton and kirkham and in an hour or less had a fistful of oil.”  See photo above.

Mon | Day 13 – new update for Ocean Beach

More on OB, per Darin & Kathleen of Kill the Spill:

I just checked OB [this morning, Monday] and there are signs saying the you should use the beach at your own risk.  Between Noriega and Taraval there were THREE quarter sized oil spots!  The surf looks good, overhead and glassy on the outside.” — Kathleen, Kill The Spill (KTS)

” Sunday:  [I hiked]around OB checking different spots. Even though many of the beaches in the area have been opened, I’m not so sure that I would play fetch with my dog in the surf yet or enjoy some of the nice swell that is in town.

Areas Checked at OB Area:
-Kelly’s
-Fulton
-Judah
-Noriega
-Taraval
-Sloat (first lot & second lot)
-Ft. Funston

Conditions:
Still some small oil spots here and there (very few) about a quarter or dime sized along the water line. Check any plastic or trash you see, as the oil bonds to floating objects. Surfers are reporting they don’t notice the water being oily.

[Again, it’d] be helpful is to check different parts of the coast line and [have everybody] post your results to the blog or email your info in. We have plenty of certified resources to sweep through an area now.”  – Darin Rosas, KTS

See also OB resident’s Sunday report in the comment section of the earlier Monday update.

Mon | Day 13 Update – Pacifica, Berkeley, Ocean Beach, Marin

Thank you all for your reports.  Keep them coming in, so we can let the official agencies know where to deploy more resources. 

PACIFICA:
Per Greg Cochran of Pedro Point Surf Club on Sunday:

 “We have had small amounts of oil washing ashore on all of our beaches.  The Pro Cleanup crew cleaned Linda Mar this AM [Sunday]. Very minimal amounts on all beaches. We will continue to clean as need be. Beaches will remain open, as long as we don’t get massive amounts.  All indicators point to continued small amounts coming in with the High Tides. “

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BERKELEY – Volunteers needed
Matter of Trust is sending out more hair mats to Berkeley to get oil off the rocks.  We also had word on Sunday that Berkeley needs more certified volunteers to help with the cleanup of various sites, to supplement the contractor crews’ efforts. 

If you have your card, please call Deborah,  City of Berkeley Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront  510-703-2825, to be deployed.

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OCEAN BEACH: From OB resident, Ben Garcia: “As per sunday at 10 am there was plenty of small oil blobs seen on ocean beach. i walked a small area between fulton and kirkham and in an hour or less had a fistful of oil.”“There were no clean up crews, just ahandful of both gloved and ungloved volunteers that were hoping to find an organized effort. It seems there is still plenty of oil — the blobs are just a lot smaller and harder to spot.”

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MARIN:

Per D.Harrison on Sunday: 

“I went by Cronkite today at about noon… Spoke with the Park Ranger and Park Police, word in that hood is that the O’Brien crew had been cleaning that AM (with no “need” for volunteers) and were supposed to be back and were 2 hours late… The park ranger called into dispatch for us and tried to get us cleaning access, but no luck; 1st no guide to “supervise”, 2nd no waste designation area… He than said that a small volunteer crew was at Baker cleaning, but I later found out that was mainly an O’brien/Ind. crew…

….Three Surfers in the water at Cron Sunday AM and a hiker on the coast saw a BIG Great White attacking a seal.  [The shark was] finishing the job right in the breakers… so now Cron is closed to swimmers/surfers due to the shark…But again it looks as if that Marin is still seeing fresh deposits on the beaches, Cronkite is 1/2 way open and all water access is closed due to the shark.   At least mother nature is helping us out, the waves by the way at OB today and at cron were BIG…
But there is still a lot of oil landing, half of Cron was open but both Ranger and Police agreed it was too early to open up access and there should be a lot of volunteers combing the water line and high water line… But there are not…

The word from both employees about Marin is “A big lack of thorough cohesive communication; both on a local and state level with the O’Brien/Indep. cleaners.  Multiple agencies having big issues communicating…”

I will go by a couple of beaches in the AM (Muir/Tennessee Valley) but I hope to have word about Bolinas and Stinson tomorrow as well as the others, again if anybody has heard conflicting news, please let us know.  I have heard that oil has even been found in RCA!”

Sun | Day 12 Update

Per KTS, 403 more folks were trained on Saturday!  That brings it to well over 1400 officially trained in San Francisco.   

Ocean Beach opened up yesterday (although posted signs along the beach still say it’s closed)…but we are getting reports from that Ocean Beach may not be clean enough.  It also sounds like there’s still plenty to cleanup in Marin and East Bay.

East Bay needs help with the wildlife spotting effort (see the East Bay postings). 

REPORTS ON CONDITIONS NEEDED:
For those of you living in OB and Marin, we and our readers want to know about the conditions.  Please write in , while our contacts gather more data.  Pacifica’s Shelter Cove reported oil washing up on Saturday…Our job is still not done, since we still expect to see oil residue washing up at anytime, anywhere.  With your help, we can deploy resources where attention is needed, as KTS is working closely with government agencies.

Per the SF Dept of Emergency Management on Saturday evening:

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) and National Park Service (NPS) staff announced Friday, November 16, 2007 that the cleanup of local beaches affected by last week’s catastrophic Cosco Busan oil spill was proceeding at a faster than expected pace. Officials credited the accelerated pace to the overwhelming response by members of the public, with more than 1400 volunteers trained to help in the cleanup as of Saturday, November 17, 2007.

 

After Saturday, November 17, 2007, there are no planned deployments for volunteers to participate in beach clean ups related to the Cosco Busan Oil Spill in San Francisco.  In addition, there are no future trainings scheduled.  If there is a need for volunteer deployment in the coming weeks, information will be posted on www.sfgov.org/311.  Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information or call 3-1-1. 

BEACHES OPENED as of 11.17.07 Morning

  • Ft. Point
  • Baker Beach
  • China Beach
  • Crissy Field
  • Ocean Beach (Advisory posted)
  • Linda Mar Beach (Pacifica)
  • Rockaway (Pacifica)
  • Sharp Park Beach (Pacifica)
  • Esplande Beach (Pacifica)

View closed beaches here:  http://www.coscobusanincident.com/go/site/1641/

Sat 11.17 | Day 11: Pacifica’s Shelter Cove: Oil Found

We received an afternoon call from a Shelter Cove resident whose neighbor found oil washing up on the beach today, Saturday.  We’ve put her in touch with Pacifica contacts, and are waiting for an update. 

Shelter Cove is the private residential area just south of Linda Mar Beach.  –  ZunaSurf

friday evening update

Pacifica beaches opened back up 10am this morning .

The official post from the Dept. of Emergency Management:

11/16/07 Volunteer Update
 
Volunteer Training Opportunities:
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) and National Park Service (NPS) staff announced today that the cleanup of local beaches affected by last week’s catastrophic Cosco Buson oil spill was proceeding at a faster than expected pace. The NPS announced that many San Francisco beaches could be re-opened as early as this weekend. Officials credited the accelerated pace to the overwhelming response by members of the public, with more than 800 volunteers trained to help in the cleanup.
 
A final training at 8:00 a.m. will be offered for volunteers on Saturday November 17, 2007. THERE WILL NOT BE A SECOND TRAINING SESSION AT 1:00 P.M. The training includes mandatory instruction and safety guidelines related to handling hazardous waste materials. Please bring a picture ID to speed the registration process. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. After completing the training, volunteers will be provided a special, event-specific Disaster Service Worker identification badge for the Cosco Busan Oil Spill. Immediately following the training, there will be a final beach cleanup at OceanBeach on Saturday November 17, 2007.
 
Volunteer Training Details
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2007
 
Time: The training session begins at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive promptly for the start of this training class; to receive certification, volunteers must be present for the full training session. THERE WILL NOT BE A SECOND TRAINING SESSION AT 1:00 P.M.
 
Training Session Capacity: 400 participants maximum; first come, first served

Location: County Fair Building, Hall of Flowers
(Lincoln Way & 9th Ave., entrance to Golden Gate Park)
San Francisco, CA 94122
 
MUNI Information to the Hall of Flowers:
44 O’Shaughnessy
N Judah
71 Noriega
43 Masonic
6 Parnassus 

Deployment Site For Volunteers Who Have Attended Training
On November 17, 2007 the City and County of San Francisco will coordinate deployment of volunteers with Cosco Busan Oil Spill disaster service worker ID at the staging area at Ocean Beach. VOUNTEERS WITH EVENT-SPECIFIC DISASTER SERVICE WORKER ID CAN REPORT TO THE RED TENT in the parking lot at Lincoln Way and the Great Highway. This is likely to be the final volunteer opportunity for beach clean up related to the Cosco Busan Oil Spill.
 
Information on future volunteer opportunities related to the Cosco Busan Oil Spill beach clean up will be available by calling 3-1-1 or visiting http://www.sfgov.org/311. 
 
For information on additional volunteer opportunities to support the oil spill response efforts, please visit http://www.thevolunteercenter.net.  To make a monetary donation, please visit http://www.sfgov.org/311.