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Year’s highest tides to hit next week
Written by Kaci Poor, Times Standard   

8.8 foot high tide predicted Thursday




12/6/12



Humboldt County’s lowest-lying areas are likely to get wet next week, with a second round of “king tides” scheduled to hit the coast.

Streets in King Salmon were submerged, cow pastures were flooded and shorelines on Indian Island were inundated last month when the unusually high tides — caused by solar and lunar gravita­tional pull at times of the year when the moon is closest to the Earth — struck.



The tides are expected to be even larger this month, reaching their peak at 8.8 feet Thurs­day afternoon, ab­out three inches more than the highest tides seen in November.



National Weather Service spokesman Troy Nicolini said the good news is the tides aren’t expect­ed to cause serious coastal flooding.

“We really get into trouble when we have these astro­nomical tides plus a storm surge,” Nicol­ini said. “Right now we aren’t predicting any surges, like last week’s storm, that would cause really big flooding.” Nicolini said the conditions could always change, so residents should remember to check weather advisories again next week.



Margaret Smith, a King Salmon resident for over 45 years, said although Thursday’s 8.8 foot tide has her a little concerned, she knows she’ll be fine.



The 83-year-old said she is used to her yard looking like a swimming pool, and that it’s been happening as long as she can remember.



“I’ve been through the floods before,” she said. “We have sandbags lined up against the garage just in case, but I have never seen water come into the house. Heck, I’m not too worried. I have a boat.”

Humboldt Baykeepers Executive Director Jessica Hall said local volunteers will again be joining forces with federal, state and non­profit agency volunteers to capture images of coastal areas across California flooded by high tides.

More than two dozen local volunteers turned out last month to document the effect king tides had on Humboldt County.

By capturing images of the high water events, volunteers and environmental agencies across the state hope to provide insight into how rising sea levels will impact coastal areas in the future.

The grassroots effort, the King Tides Initiative Program, began in the Bay Area in 2009 to help educate the public about the coastal shoreline and rising sea level.

“We were really excited about the turnout we had in November,” Hall said. “We got some amazing shots. We are hoping people will grab their cameras and come out to help us out again next week.”

King tides

Extreme high tide events that occur when the solar and lunar gravitational forces reinforce one another at times of the year when the moon is closest to the Earth.

For those worried about their proper­ty flooding due to the high tides, the National Weather Service offers free sandbag training. For more information call 443-6484.

 

GET INVOLVED:

The next round of king tides are expected Dec. 12-14.

If you have a camera or smartphone, and would like more information on how to get involved with local documentation efforts, contact Humboldt Baykeepers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 268-8897. Humboldt Baykeepers asks that volunteers remember to be safe and smart when taking photos.

Photos can also be uploaded directly to the California King Tides Flickr group at www.flickr.com/groups/cakingtides/.

 

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King tides spark wave of interest
Written by Kaci Poor, Times Standard   

Volunteers across California gain insight into sea level rise by documenting the year's highest tides

11/16/12

When a “king tide” hit the local coastline Thursday — an unusually high tide caused by solar and lunar gravita­tional pull — the result was submerged streets in King Salmon, flooded cow pas­tures and inundated shore­lines on Indian Island.




National Weather Service spokesman Troy Nicolini said the lowest areas in King Salmon could be hit again today, with especially strong southerly winds pushing water onto the shore.




“The wind pushes water onto the coast, which exacer­bates the astronomical tides,” he said.

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More than $100K in grants offered
Written by Times Standard   

10/18/12

Do you know why the eelgrass beds of Humboldt Bay are so important to the Pacific Coast? Thanks in part to the William Adrian and Lillian Robinson Memorial Fund, you can find out while enjoying a free guided tour onboard a 25-foot Boston Whaler.




Launching most weekends through the summer and fall, trained Humboldt Baykeeper volunteers share the maritime history and ecological information about Humboldt Bay with neighbors, students and friends. This was just one of many programs funded throughout the region with a “Field of Interest” grant.

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Explore the bay this summer
Written by Times Standard   

7/5/12

Humboldt Baykeeper offers free, natural history tours of Humboldt Bay every weekend this summer.

 

Bay Explorations tours are informative excursions on Humboldt Bay led by knowledgeable volunteer docents trained in the ecology and history of the local watershed. The Baykeeper, a 25-foot Boston whaler, fits about six participants for these hourlong adventures.

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New app to feature beach information
Written by Times Standard   

5/31/12


California swimmers, surfers and beachgoers can now check their smart phone for the closest, cleanest beaches in their area.


The new app, available through the Waterkeeper Alliance, will also help beach-goers determine if the water is safe for swimming, according to a Humboldt Baykeeper press release. The Swim Guide also allows people to share their adventure with friends and families via social networks, according to the release.

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