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    Sailing, Dinghys, cruising, water science and policy, meteorology, politics, ton of other shit.

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  1. @fstbttms: I might be talking a little more inside baseball than necessary, for which I apologize. The staff from the State Water Board specifically that participated in the Dec. MIACC meeting was from the NPS unit in the Division of Water Quality. That is the unit that is largely responsible for planning and managing the statewide NPS program, as you describe, but they do more than that. That's really neither here nor there though. I believe the point that I was attempting to address was in regards to the MIACC itself not having any particular authorities, a point on which you are en
  2. @fstbttms : The working group itself might not have authority on it's own to do anything, but the Coastal Commission and the State Water Board certainly do. In particular, the Nonpoint Source Program (which looks to be the program that is participating in the MIACC) could potentially do a lot. "Potentially" being the key word; I was pleased to see many very familiar names on the agenda for the December 2020 meeting and I know just how busy the NPS folks are right now, particularly given that they are developing their next 5 year implementation plan. They're a good bunch to work with an
  3. For anyone that is interested, the bill is SB 623 (Kehoe) with varying titles changing with bill version. My read on the various versions of this bill, along with the accompanying legislative analyses, is that the bill's opponents skillfully played agencies against each other on one hand while framing potential replacements for copper-based anti-fouling paints as potentially worse than the copper based paint they were supposed to replace. There were also a few key subpoints about increased overall fouling leading to marginally worse maneuvering capability as a hazard to boaters, as well
  4. Yeah, that's a real shitshow. The Water Boards have historically only focused on environmental water quality: lakes, rivers, coasts, estuaries, etc. That changed in 2014 (IIRC) when the Division of Drinking Water was transferred from the Department of Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board. There's been a lot of activity since then on drinking water, and particularly lead pipes in drinking water systems. SB 427 (Leyva -2017) required all community water systems in the state to inventory their lead lines by July 1, 2018. The bill also required that community water sys
  5. Sounds like Kyle/Aloha had an exciting last day without a forestay.
  6. As someone who works for the Water Boards, this whole conversation warms my heart, so I'm gonna go full nerd for a minute. Sailors and other boat-folk needn't feel singled out on this issue; municipal governments statewide are pissing and moaning about having to comply with new and updated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits. Those MS4s are working really hard to control runoff that carries a whole lot more than just copper. As far as industrial sites go, they not only have their own stormwater permits (the Industrial General Permit, which as a result of last year's SB 2
  7. I dork out about it and took some classes in college on it. It's an intense childhood fascination that never really went away. The folks I work with all know better than to start talking with me about the weather. I like to start from basic principles and broad perspectives before shrinking it down to the experiential level. After building a foundation of understanding basic principles and the bigger picture, it becomes easier to make connections and explain experiences. Then you re-expand back to basic principles/big picture from that experiential microscale. I would write about
  8. Aside from wikipedia, not really. I haven't done any poking around on the internet for educational resources for a little while though; most of my visuals are done on a white-board. Tropical Tidbits is great for up-to-date forecast maps. Other than that, it's just built up experience.
  9. I was actually just teaching a buddy of mine the basics of atmospheric mechanics and meteorology a few days ago. The way I went through it was something along the lines of: Basic Atmospheric Physics: Pressure, Temperature, and Volume (PV = NRT) Insolation and Primary Atmospheric Circulation: Hadley Cell, Midlatitude Cell, Polar/Ferrel Cell The Coriolis Effect: Trade Winds, High Pressure Systems, Low Pressure Systems Other Semi-Permanent Features: ITCZ, Doldrums, Horse Latitudes, Aleutian and Greenland Low, Bermuda and East Pacific High Synoptic Scale Weather Me
  10. I'm a huge wx dork and I've thought about starting a wx thread here a few times. Not sure I would have started with asperitas, but they're definitely eye-catching. Kinda like mammatus. Cirrus are the real money clouds though, IMO. Endlessly useful, and spectacular too in the right conditions. Hell, in most conditions.
  11. GFS for 18z tomorrow (11am Pacific). Could be a slow-ish first day coming out of the Gate, then off to the races: Good thing the race doesn't start next Saturday, the map just looks ugly:
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