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For those of you who are interested in environmental science and the oceans, EPA will be conducting free tours provided by scientists from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (including myself) at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan, Amphitheater Monday, June 13th, Tuesday, June 14th, Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th from 10am – 4 pm.

Tours are open to the general public. (If bringing a group of 10+, please contact Jennifer May at [email protected]/ 212-637-3658 so that we can schedule a private tour for yo...u.) Be sure to wear sensible shoes onboard the vessel (no heels). Women are advised not to wear a skirt or dress since there is stair climbing involved during the tour. Go to to learn more about the ship.

The tour takes place on the ship, but the ship does not leave the dock during the tour.

Directions: The closest subway is the 1 train at 145th Street in Manhattan. 145th Street is also served by the A, C and D subways and M4, M5, M11, and Bx19 buses. Enter the park at 145th St. and Riverside Drive. Follow the main park path to the river, passing the carousel on your right. Take the elevator or stairs to the amphitheater level.

So if you can't make it to Rock, Stock and Barrels, or if you have free time on Tuesday and Friday, hopefully you can come up to Northern Manhattan instead. 

Just saw this, and was pretty amazed.  There is evidently waste coming out of the landfill, which has created bottle beach at the base of the landfill where it meets the water.   Nathan Kensinger has some cool photo essays on the not so glamorous/industrial side of the New York area as well.


I am moving to Hawaii for work at the end of the month (awesome)!  I'll be missing NYC and r0ck...but on to warmer waters.  So a room will be available on March 1 in our apartment in Bay Ridge.  It really is a sweet location for parking space in the back with plenty of patio space and easy access to a huge basement to stow your boards and other toys.  Plus it is a 3 minute drive to either the Belt or the Verrazano Bridge.  The apartment is large and it is a new building, and the rent is reasonable.  The room is a little smallish (10'*10' + closet), but there is plenty of space in the place.  I think it is a sweet deal.  Please PM me or give me a call at 551-358-0756 if you are interested.

Here is the Craigslist spiel about the place:

My roommates are looking for a responsible, non-smoking professional male or female to share a 6 yr old ground floor 3-Br 2-Ba apartment in a triplex.  You will have your own bedroom and share one large bathroom. The room that available is 10'*10' and includes a closet. You can bring your own furniture, the rest of the apartment is nicely furnished and fairly spacious. There is a living/study room, a spacious modern kitchen with a dining area which has marble countertops, dishwasher, and stainless steel appliances. What definitely sets this apartment apart from others is that there is a huge, airy basement where you can store your stuff and includes our own washer and dryer.
The apartment is located on a quiet, clean and very safe residential street close to great shopping, restaurants, a park, tennis courts and a public golf course. 2 min drive to the I-278 on-ramp and 7 blocks to the express bus to downtown and midtown and R line plus half a block to Brooklyn buses.
The two roommates are a professional male early 30s and a professional female mid-20s.  We are fairly outgoing, social, try to get outdoors a fair amount on the weekends, we are also not too loud and pretty laid back.
Shared expenses include Heat/Electric, Cable TV and Internet, and bi-weekly maid service (app. $150/mo). The room will be available February 1st. New roommate will sign one year lease.  Credit and background check required ($50). We will give preference to individuals who are able to visit the apartment.

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I have no idea what is going to happen, and it seems that there is the potential to be the worst fire of all time.  It will play out over the next few days.  Anyway, my brother's family and a lot of friends are evacuated, and it is hard to figure out what is going to transpire.  He lives in San Elijo Hills in San Marcos, in an area where there is not much fuel for fires closeby, but burning embers could spark a fire anywhere.  Just saw the evacuation area...freaking ginormous.

Anyway, my fingers are crossed.

Just looked at the forecast and the cam...looks very weak.  Plus high tide is at 9 PM.  But I am itching to get into the water, and rumor has it that week's forecast was just endorsed by Agent Zero (aka Gilbert Arenas).

Do you think that R*** is longboardable this evening, or should I just go watch the Simpsons movie?

A pretty good article, especially compared to the New York Times hachet job on Hamptons surfing printed two weeks ago.  And it got front and center on the website.

I just got word from Norman Chan with Partnership for Parks that they are conducting community meetings in association with the City's PlaNYC2030.  Jill Weber will be involved, and this would be a great opportunity to get our voices heard.  If you do plan on attending, please RSVP first.  I hope that we have a good number of people attending this:

Community Listening Sessions

Regarding Future Plans for the Rockaways

Sunday, June 24, 2007
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007
 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

 Peninsula Hospital
Meditation Room
51-15 Beach Channel Drive.
Rockaway, NY 11691

RSVP at 718-318-4000 or
[email protected]

Marioville! Sports, Politics, Humor and more... / Why MTV Sucks
« on: May 17, 2007, 05:49:49 PM »
Why can't MTV get back to just playing videos rather than broadcasting one farcial reality show after another that stereotype people according to their own lame, pseudo-hip, corporatized view of the world?

Please share with me why you think MTV sucks.

I came across this and thought it was pretty telling.  Evidently, there needs to be a lot more outreach and education of the public regarding water quality issues.  Even thought the survey was for the Long Island Sound area, one would assume that the level of information/ignorance should be similar in Southern LI and coastal NJ.  The bottom line is that as water lovers we need to inform friends, neighbors and family that excessive fertilizer use, not picking up dog poop, and littering is adversely affecting those who go into and enjoy the water.

Survey Reveals Long Island Sound Residents Not Fully Informed About Water Quality Issues

Release date: 04/25/2007

Contact Information: Robert Burg, EPA Long Island Sound Office

(Stamford, CT) Long Island Sound residents care about the environment, but are not fully informed about the primary causes of pollution affecting the Sound, according to a government-sponsored survey released today.

The survey also revealed that residents who were more knowledgeable about environmental issues were more likely to behave in an environmentally responsible way leading to improved water quality for Long Island Sound.

The survey, of 1,220 residents who live within 15 miles of the shoreline, was conducted by the Center for Survey Research at Stony Brook University in spring 2006 for the Long Island Sound Study, a partnership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the states of Connecticut and New York.

Residents show high levels of concern for the environment and support efforts to protect and restore it. About 73 percent of respondents said that protecting the environment was more important to them than encouraging economic growth. But for many, those attitudes are not linked to personal behaviors or accurate knowledge of the problems facing the Sound. About 17 percent of respondents knew how an excess amount of nitrogen is harming water quality in Long Island Sound. And less than half knew that sewage treatment plants and polluted runoff are the primary sources of nitrogen pollution to the Sound. Instead just as many people believe dumping of trash into the Sound or industrial plants are the primary sources of pollution.

The survey also suggested that people need a better understanding of basic water quality terms; for example, only about 20 percent knew that a watershed means a land area that drains into a specific body of water, and less than one-third knew that storm drains empty into the Sound and its tributaries.

But the survey showed that people who were more environmentally knowledgeable were more likely to practice positive water quality behaviors. For example, residents who understood basic environmental concepts were more likely to engage in lawn care practices that prevent the runoff of excess fertilizer. Such activities could reduce nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous from discharging into tributaries and the Sound. Excess algae, stimulated by the nutrients, lead to lower levels of oxygenated waters, which harms the Sound’s fish and shellfish.

“The survey results remind us of the real importance of Earth Day, which is to better understand the issues harming our environment so we can learn how to make a difference in improving it,” said Mark Tedesco, director of the EPA Long Island Sound Office in Stamford.

“The findings reveal a large difference in public knowledge of air and water pollution,” said Leonie Huddy, director of the Center for Survey Research at Stony Brook University. “Watershed residents are reasonably knowledgeable about car emissions and fossil fuels. But they are very poorly informed about the major causes of water pollution. Most people do not understand how their everyday behavior affects local water quality."

The survey also revealed that a majority –59 percent—participated in at least one recreational activity at the Sound in the previous summer with 30 percent participating in 3-5 activities. According to the survey, 79 percent of Long Island residents participated in at least one activity in the previous summer compared to 72 percent for Connecticut residents, 49 percent for Westchester residents, and 44 percent for Bronx and Queens residents. The primary activities of interest were passive, including shoreline activities such as sitting at the beach, having a picnic, or enjoying the view. These activities were followed in frequency of use by hiking or walking in natural areas, swimming, boating, and fishing. Proximity to the Sound was also related to usage of the Sound. Nearly 90 percent of people who lived within 10 minutes of the Sound said they took part in at least one activity.

In no region of the Sound did a majority express an opinion that water quality was good or excellent, that swimming was very safe, or eating fish and shellfish was very safe. However, the survey revealed that those who participated in a greater variety of activities at the Sound were more likely than others to rate the water quality positively and view it as having improved over the last five years.

“These results show that people value access to the Sound and enjoy its natural resources, even as they believe more needs to be done to restore it,’’ said Tedesco.

The Long Island Sound Study, a National Estuary Program, is a cooperative effort created by EPA and the states of Connecticut and New York, involving researchers, regulators, user groups and other concerned organizations and individuals to protect and improve the health of the Sound. For more information about the Long Island Sound Study and the agreements reached today, visit

The Survey is available at the Long Island Sound Study Web site at


I have been volunteering on a dam project during the past few months in Cambodia, and did a site assessment trip over there during November.  We are a group of about 10-15 engineers (and surfers) from NYC who are trying to do a cool project, and make a difference.  We have a fabulous event planned for Saturday, March 10, and I hope to see a lot of people come out, support our project, and have a good time!

Here are the details:

Engineers Without Borders, New York Chapter presents
Concert for Cambodia

Saturday, March 10 at Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge St,
on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Doors open at 8PM; minimum donation at the door is $10.

Zigmat -
Inflowential -
Meta and the Cornerstones - 
DJ Lechuga -

Proceeds will help EWB-NY complete the Balang Dam project.

In the Cambodian villages of Balang, Kantreang, and Khnar Pou, over 18,000 residents have been dealing with a severe food shortage since an earthen levee was destroyed by floods seven years ago.  EWB-NY is currently helping with the design and construction of a 25-foot dam and water gate in order to provide irrigation water for the over three thousand families in these villages.  Once installed, the reservoir will sustain the rice crop throughout the dry season as well as increase the flow of commerce across the river.

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a non-profit humanitarian organization, comprised of engineers and students, dedicated to improving quality of life and promoting sustainability in developing countries.  The NYC chapter recently completed a water supply project in Usalama, Kenya.  The chapter is currently soliciting new members from all specialties, including engineering, public health, business, international affairs and political science.

This is the fifth year of beach cleanups by Surfrider NYC Chapter!  We've had GREAT success and want to continue in our ability to create some positive change while enjoying a sunny day.  We want the beach to be clean and we need your help!!!

We will provide equipment, beverages and food (pizza) for the participants.

Location: Beach 90th, look for the Surfrider tent.

Rain Date: Sunday at 11 AM
For more information contact Alexandre Remnek at [email protected]. (or just show up!)

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