The Beach in March

World Water Day

March 19, 2017 Comments Off on HAZWOPER journal


In May of 2015, an oil pipeline ruptured near Refugio Beach, just west of Santa Barbara. I know this beach well. I learned to surf here. It was a place that bridged time for me, from the early days to just two years ago, my last visit. It would not be an exaggeration to say that I grew up on this beach, this one and a few others. This was a home to me as I was going through the wonder years, in a way that is as soulful and intimate as it is impossible to explain.

FullSizeRenderWhen I saw that beach soaked in oil, it made me mad. I saw how people who were trying to help were being turned away because they lacked the training to be of use in that environment. I resolved that if it ever happens again, I would not be in that position. I had hoped that others came away feeling the same way.

If the overflow class at yesterday’s HAZWOPER training is any indication, I was not the only one spurred to action.

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