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On Sept 24th-25th, the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will hold meetings in Pacific City on Marine Reserve Planning and Wave Energy Development. On Monday, the Marine Reserve Working Group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, with public comments taken at 11:30. On Tues, the full OPAC will convene from 8:30 – 5pm with public comments at 1:30 pm. All meetings will be held at Pacific Coast Bible Church, 35170 Brooten Rd., Pacific City, OR. It’s important that Surfrider members attend to speak in support of Oregon’s marine reserve planning process and responsible practices for wave energy development. See you there! For more info: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/OPAC/docs/workinggroups/MRWGagenda092407.pdf
Please participate in the action alert below to let your federal representatives know you support enhanced water quality monitoring for ocean beaches. The BEACH Protection Act of 2007 would increase federal funding support for water quality testing and require the EPA to adopt rapid analysis methods to provide water quality data within hours of sampling. The Act would also promote actions to identify and clean up sources of pollution. In Oregon, the Act would directly support the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program, which is administered by the Department of Human Services and Dept of Environmental Quality. The program monitors beaches from Astoria to Brookings for fecal bacteria, and reports elevated levels to the public. Please let Congress know that you support the Act. After all, it’s your beach! Click here to take action: http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/beachact_2007
Oregon Surfrider recently partnered with a number of fishing groups, scientists, and environmental organizations to develop a consensus statement on Oregons ocean. The statement addresses the current health of Oregons marine ecosystem, as well as the role of management tools such as marine protected areas (MPAs) and marine reserves. The effort represents an important collaboration between a range of different stakeholder groups and demonstrates promise that diverse interests in Oregon can work together on issues like marine reserve planning, wave energy development, and watershed stewardship. Signers to the statement include: Portland Audubon, Northwest Steelheaders, Oceana, Five Star Charters, Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, Berkley Conservation Institute, NW Guides and Anglers, Pacific Marine Conservation Council, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, and others To read the full statement see first comment to this post.
On Aug 29, the Clatsop County Planning Commission rejected the advice of two staff reports and voted (4 to 3) in favor of land use amendments that would allow development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project at Bradwood Landing by developer NorthernStar Natural Gas Co. The Planning Commission will meet again on Sept 21 to draft their formal recommendation to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners. The decision represents a setback in the campaign to opposed LNG development in Astoria; however, there are still a number of hurdles that the Bradwood Landing project would have to clear (at the local, state, and federal level) to receive necessary permits. A number of concerns about LNG have been raised including threats to: water quality, shoreline access, public safety, local economics, salmon populations, etc. Bradwood Landing is one of four project proposals to establish import LNG terminals in the Astoria area. The other proposed sites include Tansy Point, within the City of Warrenton, and the east and west banks of the Skipanon River mouth. On Sept 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a public hearing on the Oregon LNG project proposed on the Skipanon Peninsula. Surfrider volunteers on the north coast are working to oppose LNG in the Astoria area. If you are interested in getting involved in this campaign contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info on the proposed project see http://www.co.clatsop.or.us/index.asp
On Wed, Aug 29, Surfrider is sponsoring an open forum from 7-9pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Entitled Marine Reserves: What YOU Need to Know, the forum will feature presentations from members of the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) on Oregon’s public process to establish a network of reserves in Oregon’s Territorial Sea. The evening will also feature the short film: Common Ground: Oregon’s Ocean, produced by Greenfire Productions, as well as opportunities to get involved at the local and state level. Food and Beverages will be provided. All are welcome. See you there!
On Aug 13, Surfrider filed a Motion of Intervention with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the proposed wave energy project off the Florence South Jetty. The motion is an administrative action that will secure “party” status for Surfrider in the permitting process. Surfrider is not opposed to wave energy development in Oregon and we recognize the value of renewable energy. However, there are some unique concerns regarding this particular project, including the proposed location and form of technology. In short, the goal of the motion is to position our local membership to have a greater influence in how permitting process moves forward. To read full motion, see first comment to this post.