Sailing to Sacramento

water warriors

Sailing to Sacramento
by joey racano

Mother Ocean, we are humbled
by your might and beauty

And so we do our sacred duty
to leave you as we found you

With your salt, spray and foam
and a shining star to guide us home

The ocean is hurting, but a broad spectrum of folks are fighting back. The hope is that by declaring a series of Marine Protected Areas, we can bring it back from the brink. And now it’s showtime.
Morro Bay Harbor Department wants to bring an old silted-in boat marina back to life in Morro Bay Estuary, right next to an SMR, which is a Marine Protected Area with the highest level of protection. You see, Harbor Department gets paid by the boat slip rent, so that’s why they want to ignore the Marine Protected Area rules!
But I’m ready to rumble baby. I got the science on my side, I got the law on my side -and thanks to the waterboard, the previous precedent- and I got karma on my side! I had to fight just to get a meeting with the powers that be, but John Laird, Secretary of Resources of the State of California, made sure I got one. It’s in Sacramento on July 10th.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger, now Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant wants the Fish and Game Commission to get rid of Point Buchon State Marine Reserve, right next door! It finally leaked out (poor choice of words!) that the nuke plant was built on 3 earthquake faults, and Diablo wants to do some very destructive seismic test-pounding at 240 decibels!
So, now the first two State Marine Reserves are both already being challenged! Oh, stay tuned folks ’cause this is only gonna get bigger and better. Hold on fishies- joey’s gonna put the ‘can’ in Racano!

Photo of Joey Racano and Clinton’s Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit, 2000 at Belmont Shores PierĀ  (photo by Mary Stampone)

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