Friday, November 12, 2010

Crazy as it sounds we have fresh tarballs washing in on this onshore flow that developed today. They were dotting the beach every 10-15 feet in Perdido Key, FL. This is the exact location where we water tested on 11-4-2010. Photos included.

Water Conditions

This is smaller Quarter Sized Tarball, what worries me about this one is that it is very black and soft (not weathered at all). Therefore concievably it could be more toxic.

Larger Red Weathered Tarball size of a Dollar Coin. My size 10.5 footprint is next to it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Todays Water Testing

11-4-10 Testing Sites

I was able to test four sites today. Mike Sturdivant suggested I try to work alot of the most heavily impacted areas from the June and July blackouts.

The four sites we settled on are as follows:

Fort Morgan, AL (Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge Beach Access Site)

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Gulf Shores, AL (Gulf Shores Public Beach East Access)

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Orange Beach, AL (Cotton Bayou State Park Beach Access)

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Perdido Key, FL (River Rd Public Beach Access Site)

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Friday, October 29, 2010

First Surfrider Water Testing Starting 10-28-2010

The Emerald Coast Chapter of the Surfirder Foundation has agreed to fund a Water testing program in our area. Mike Sturdivant is the President of the Chapter and will be my contact to operate the testing progam.

We have had several incidents of "surfer sickness" during some of our swells since BP capped the well in early August. I believe we all need to have some idea as to what is going on in terms of the environment we recreate in. Unfortunately right now we just don't have any local, state of federal testing data to look at in the areas we frequent.

Today we tested two sites, Terry's Cove aka Cotton Bayou State Park and the Jetty @ Alabama Point. These are certainly our two most surfed areas so I felt like we should get some test run here immediately. Test results take 2-3 weeks to get back from the lab. I will post results and blast everyone via email.

Maps of the two sites tested

Cotton Bayou State Park aka Terry's Cove

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Alabama Point

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I will be looking for volunteers to help with the process in the coming weeks so hit me up on gmail chuckb74atgmaildotcom.

I have some photo's I'll be posting. Thanks

Monday, March 29, 2010

EIS | Foley Land Cut | Gulf Intracoastal Waterway | Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL

EIS | Foley Land Cut | Gulf Intracoastal Waterway | Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL: "Comment Period Closed
—January 23, 2010"

This EIS is being prepared to assess potential impacts associated with mixed-use waterfront development planned along the Foley Land Cut portion of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in southern Baldwin County, Alabama. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, will use this EIS in making permitting decisions under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, and NEPA. The EIS is a complete evaluation of the positive and negative effects, including the secondary and cumulative effects associated with development along the shoreline. The EIS analyzed the following major issues: hydrologic and hydraulic regimes, threatened and endangered species, essential fish habitat and other marine habitat, air quality, cultural resources, wastewater treatment capacities and discharges, drainage discharges, transportation systems, waterway capacity, hurricane evacuation, and socioeconomic impacts.

The EIS evaluated a range of alternatives to the proposed action, including the no action alternative. The no action alternative represents a continuation of current permitting activity, by the Corps. Information obtained following the public scoping meeting were considered in finalizing the array of alternatives evaluated in the EIS and included alternative methods of issuing permits, as appropriate.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival Announces 2010 Lineup Featuring John Legend, Trey Anastasio and TAB

Feb 18, 2010
The Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival Announces 2010 Lineup Featuring John Legend, Trey Anastasio and TAB
Zac Brown Band, Alison Krauss and Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas, The Black Crowes, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper And Relentless7

GULF SHORES, Ala., Feb. 18 -- The Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival announces the lineup for its inaugural year including performances from Trey Anastasio and TAB, Zac Brown Band, John Legend, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper and Relentless7, The Flaming Lips, and Alison Krauss and Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas. The three-day festival is scheduled for May 14 - 16 and will feature musical entertainment directly on the sandy white beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala. The Hangout is the first major music festival of the summer festival season. A confirmed lineup is listed below with more bands to be announced in the coming weeks.

"Watching this caliber of performers directly on the beach will truly be a unique experience. There's just nothing like it," said A.J. Niland, of HUKA Entertainment. "This will be one of the biggest beach parties this area has ever seen."

With performances taking place on four stages including two main stages on the beach, the festival hopes to bring the Gulf Coast into the national music scene. In addition, festival organizers have other activities still to be announced. Attendance will be limited to 35,000 people per day.

Festival tickets are available online at as well as at The Hangout and Surf Style stores along the central Gulf Coast. Ticket prices are $159 for a three-day pass and limited $82 day passes will be available after the schedule is announced in the weeks to come. VIP ticket packages and travel packages start at $500 and are available online or by phone at 1-888-512-SHOW 1-888-512-SHOW.

There is an assortment of lodging options surrounding the festival including traditional hotels, beach-front condos and camping at the local state park. Visit for more information.

WHEN: MAY 14 - MAY 16

CONFIRMED ARTISTS: Trey Anastasio and TAB, Zac Brown Band, John Legend, Ben Harper and Relentless7, The Black Crowes, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Gov't Mule, The Flaming Lips, Ray LaMontagne, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Funky Meters, Blind Boys of Alabama, Matisyahu, Girl Talk, Guster, Brett Dennen, Keller Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, North Mississippi All-stars, ALO, The Whigs, Ozomatli, OK GO, Orianthi, Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam, Pnuma Trio, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, Toubab Krewe, Mat Hires, A.A. Bondy, Rachel Goodrich, Moon Taxi, El Cantador, Kristy Lee, Roman Street

For more information, please visit

Source: The Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival