Testing Pollution Hotspots in Pillar Point Harbor – May 21st

Join the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Foundation for a Presentation by the Blue Water Task Force on “Testing Pollution Hotspots in Pillar Point Harbor”

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm, 214 Princeton Avenue

Capistrano Beach in the area of the nearby outfall pipeline in Pillar Point Harbor has been notorious as one of the most polluted beaches in California for more than 30 years. The Half Moon Bay Yacht Club Foundation’s mission is to foster and promote interest in, and improve community access to boating education, water safety and environmental stewardship. As part of those efforts the Foundation is sponsoring a presentation on May 21, 2017 at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club at 6:00 pm which will present an overview of the sources of pollution feeding into Capistrano Beach (the area just west of Barbara’s Fish Trap Restaurant). We would like to invite you to attend this presentation which will help raise public awareness of the pollution and support efforts to pinpoint and eliminate the sources of pollution.

The presentation will be given by two members of the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club.  Keith Mangold has 13 years of experience in monitoring water quality in Pillar Point Harbor under programs organized by the Surfrider Foundation, the Resource Conservation District, and NOAA.  Ed Larenas is the former chair of the San Mateo County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and is currently an elected member of the San Mateo County Harbor District.  Their presentation will examine:

  • the effect of the tides
  • watersheds flowing into the harbor
  • how testing is performed
  • the results of publicly available testing performed to date
  • the history and infrastructure of the area around Capistrano Beach
  • a testing plan to attempt to determine the source of the higher levels of contamination at the Capistrano outfall

The public is invited to attend the presentation. We anticipate the presentation will last for 45 minutes with a question and answer period to follow. Donations will be accepted to help fund a targeted program of testing to locate the source of the most severe contamination affecting the Capistrano outfall leading to the beach. We are asking for a suggested donation of $10 per person. Our goal to fund the testing is $1,500.

The presentation will take place at the Event Facility at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, located at 214 Princeton Ave. (at Vassar Street) in Princeton, CA 94019. There will be a no host bar available at the Yacht Club for members and guests attending the presentation.

If you have questions about the event, please email Constance Malach at connie@mctv.com. Thank you very much and I hope to see you at our event.

Very truly yours,

Constance J. Malach
Board Member

P O Box 52
El Granada, CA 94018