Reflections by Jarl Forsman

Issaquah Dock resident Jarl Forsman is a writer, painter and long-time practitioner and teacher of the art of Tai Chi/Qigong. She’s recently discovered a new artistic direction. Exploring the nooks and crannies of Richardson bay at various times of day from her small motor boat, she began to notice the... Read more

RBRA, BCDC to Discuss Anchor-Out Timeline

Back in April, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) directed the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) to “provide a concise policy proposal that will result in removing all illegal anchor-outs from the Bay within five years.” The RBRA has called that five-year timeline infeasible—even under the best of circumstances,... Read more

Historic Algae Bloom Blankets Richardson Bay

Last week the floating homes community experienced a massive algae bloom—the largest in my 40-year residency here. The surface of the Bay off many homes began looking like a lawn, and low tide left pilings, lines and other fixtures draped in eerie green cloaks. Oddly, the local media has ignored... Read more

Latest Anchor-Out Developments

  The Marin IJ recently reported that the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency has filed its plan with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission to keep the anchorage clear of marine debris and derelict vessels. In December, the BCDC directed the agency and Sausalito to submit plans by March 31 on... Read more

RBRA Explores Anchor-Out Solutions

On Thursday, March 12, the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) had its monthly meeting at Tiburon Town Hall. The meeting was highly anticipated because of two recent requirements laid down from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Those requirements were 1) the RBRA was to remove from Richardson’s Bay... Read more

The Nine Lives of the Charles Van Damme

The IOO+-year-old ferry boat Charles Van Damme is an historic part our local waterfront. Learn about the ship’s many lives from the first car ferry, restaurant, sixties music venue to a local public exhibit on Friday February 2I at the Sausalito Library. Judyth Greenburgh and Michael Rex tell the Charles... Read more

The Roiling Sea

Sea level is not level at all. Just as the surface of the earth is not flat, the surface of the ocean is not flat. Because the earth rotates to the east and because the ocean responds slowly to the rotation* and the surface of the sea piles up along... Read more

Predicting Abnormally High-Water Events

As described previously, tide tables are merely estimates calculated by averaging the highs and lows for the last ten years and projecting them forward for the coming year(s). During periods of rain, tide tables must be adjusted to higher levels than forecast. Here is a high water level forecasting tool... Read more

Understanding Tides and Water Levels in the Bay

Sooner or later everyone who lives on the water acquires a tide chart thinking that it will forecast the tides. After a while, we realize that it doesn’t. The timing of the tides can be accurately determined from the relative locations of the moon and sun and their gravitational pull... Read more

BCDC Pushes RBRA To Remove Anchor-Outs from Richardson Bay

At its November 14, 2019 meeting, the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) presented the long-awaited mooring assessment study, conducted by Merkel & Associates of San Diego. The study examines the ecology of Richardson Bay and the feasibility of installing a mooring field to possibly accommodate anchor-out vessels. About a week... Read more