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. 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.
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)
coastal commission local government workshop(SEA-LEVEL RISE, SHORT-TERM RENTALS, LOCAL COASTAL PROGRAM)
The California Coastal Commission will be holding a joint workshop with the League of Cities and California State Association of Counties to discuss City and County issues and concerns related to interactions with the Commission on Short-Term Rentals, Sea Level Rise, and the Local Coastal Program process.
Learn More from the Coastal Commission (external website)
Watch Live July 12, 2019 (external website): Click on Meetings and then Live Stream.
COASTAL COMMISSION, FEDERAL CONSISTENCY DETERMINATION U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE FARALLON ISLANDS HOUSE MOUSE ERADICATION.
Note: As of July 9, 2019 - this item was withdrawn from the Commission Agenda by U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
CD-0002-19 (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, San Francisco) Consistency determination by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for South Farallon Islands Invasive House Mouse Eradication Project, Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles offshore of San Francisco. The ocean waters surrounding the Refuge are part of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The South Farallon Islands contain the largest seabird breeding colony in the contiguous United States, with approximately 300,000 to 350,000 birds of 13 species. Populations of five marine mammal species use the Islands for resting and breeding, and migratory birds stop on the Islands to rest and feed. Several rare species occur, including the ashy storm-petrel, the endemic Farallon arboreal salamander, and the endemic Farallon camel cricket. House mice are the only remaining invasive mammal left on the Islands, and they continue to adversely affect breeding seabird populations, native invertebrates, and native vegetation. House mouse densities exceed 490 per acre at their annual peak and are among the highest recorded for any island in the world.
Learn More from Coastal Commission Staff Report and Submit Comments
Comments Due July 5, 2019
Trust for Public Land
San Geronimo Valley Property Update
The Trust for Public Land is convening a community engagement process to invite the public to help reimagine the future of their 157-acre San Geronimo property. The Trust for Public Land envisions a landscape that is safe, inclusive and accessible-to-all. Through the engagement process, the Trust for Public Land will work to identify the best ways to protect, connect and restore an important community resource in the heart of Marin County.
Learn More from TPL and submit comments (link to external website).
Read EAC’s Program Page
POINT REYES DISASTER COUNCIL
The Point Reyes Disaster Council is a community organization that works throughout Marshall, Point Reyes Station, Olema and Inverness Park. It was created in response to the 1982 floods and mud slides which ruined property and damaged lives. The Council is working to notify residents of the upcoming Pacific Gas and Electric Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
Learn more from the Disaster Council (external website)