In an effort to keep our membership community informed of the latest public planning and policy items, we are maintaining an informal listing of upcoming public comment periods, planning events, and notices that are important for community members of West Marin beginning in July 2019. Please note, this is an incomplete list, as we will list items where EAC engages and/or which are applicable to our constituents.
If you have suggestions of any public planning materials that are not listed on this webpage or questions about the items listed below, please reach out to morgan[at]eacmarin.org to have them added.
Community and Public Meetings:
News and Noteworthy:
May 1, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast through October 31, 2019. The quarantine started on May 1st and applies to all species of mussels that are recreationally harvested along the California coast, including all bays and estuaries. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning that can lead to serious illness, including coma and death. In addition, More information about the quarantine, PSP and domoic acid can be found on the CDPH Annual Mussel Quarantine - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Web page. For updated information on quarantines and shellfish toxins, call the CDPH Biotoxin Information Line at (800) 553-4133.
Learn More (external website)
MARIN COUNTY BEACH WATER QUALITY
Marin County Environmental Health Services (EHS) has monitored ocean, bay and freshwater sites in Marin County since 2003. The 28 ocean, bay and freshwater sites, countywide are sampled once a week from April 1 through October 31 to determine if a beach meets the California water quality standards for recreational water contact. EHS works cooperatively with other agencies to collect water samples and post advisory signage as needed at the designated sampling sites. Please check here before hitting the beach!
View Marin County Data (external website)
California Beach Report Card (external website Heal the Bay)
TOMALES BAY WATER QUALITY
Tomales Bay Watershed Council (which EAC is a member of) maintains long-term water quality trends for the Tomales Bay Watershed. This program samples water quality data of sufficient duration and representation to assess long-term shifts in water quality within Tomales Bay and its tributaries. Since 2007, the TBWC has been monitoring year-round water quality at 15 sites throughout the Tomales Bay watershed and in the Bay itself.
View TBWC Trends Data (external website)
In order to maintain a running list of public comment and policy items for our membership community, we have created specific blog posts by month that will retain the historical information for each item. Our website offers keyword searches if you are looking for a specific item. To view the posts by month, click the above button.