King Tide Tracking: December Results

At about 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, volunteers from nine docks checked yardsticks to see the height of the king tide. Tracking the rising water is a project of the FHA Environmental Committee, and we mounted yardsticks on 4x4s, just below the top decking, to measure distance down to... Read more

How High: Seeking Volunteers to Track Tides

Your tide app or chart predicted a 6-foot tide at 8 a.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 19. But maybe you noticed the water seemed higher than that. What’s going on? Longtime dock residents are well aware that winter storms plus high tides mean predictions may be off by many inches. That’s... Read more

Recycling Odd Items & Hazardous Waste

Recycling paper, plastics, glass and metal is more or less straightforward. But what about the next level of recycling: batteries, light bulbs, left-over paint and solvent, and appliances? These ordinary household items are classified as hazardous waste, by virtue of the chemicals or metals or materials they contain. Keeping these... Read more

A Load Off Our Hands

Our community is a half-ton lighter after the FHA-sponsored e-waste collection day on October 13. That’s how much electronic junk was collected by the Conservation Corps North Bay for recycling. All those old computer parts, TVs, and household appliances will now be kept out of the landfill. The Conservation Corps... Read more

Bay Oyster Forum Oct 27

Last year we reported on a movement to bring back native populations of oysters. They are vital to the health of San Francisco Bay. Olympia oysters filter algae and sediments so underwater plants can grow, and they help create habitat for fish, crabs and birds. Oysters also contour the bottom of the... Read more

3rd Annual e-Waste Collection – Sat Oct 13

It’s time to gather any old electronics you’ve been meaning to get rid of and recycle them. Tossing these items in the trash contributes to our volume of landfill with the added injury of leaching heavy metals into the soil. The FHA environmental committee makes it easy: bring your e-waste... Read more

Dozens Clean Up Shoreline

On a sunny, windy Saturday, 26 volunteers came out to pick up trash as part of California’s Coastal Cleanup Day. This year, floating home residents were joined in the effort by locals who enjoy the one-mile stretch of the multi-use path near our community. Despite the observation that the shoreline... Read more

COAL + ICE Exhibit Exposes Visitors to Climate Change

We may read in the news about droughts, hurricanes, and the suffering of refugees and coal miners from the comfort of our floating homes. But it’s quite another thing to immerse yourself in the story of what burning fossil fuels is doing to Earth. Climate change effects are made real... Read more

Sept 5: Evolving Shorelines – Of Marsh and Men

Evolving Shorelines – Of Marsh and Men: Staying Above Water at Bothin Marsh Marin County Parks Event When: Wednesday, September 5, 7 – 8:30pm Where: Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley What: Laurel Collins explores man’s impact over time on the upper Richardson Bay shore in the vicinity... Read more

Coastal Clean Up Day: Volunteer!

Want to make a difference to the beauty of Richardson Bay? For a second year, the FHA Environmental Committee is hosting a Coastal Cleanup team to take care of our waterfront, from West Pier to Commodore. Join us Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. to pick up waste along... Read more