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May 17, 2007 | 1 Comment

Coastal Zone Conference 07

The Coastal Zone 07 conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, July 22 to 26, 2007. The conference is the largest gathering of ocean and coastal management professionals in the world, and will feature discussion on issues facing our worlds coasts and oceans. The conference theme, Brewing Local Solutions to Your Coastal Issues, will be highlighted in presentations and forums that use case studies, lessons learned, and success stories. Oregon Surfrider is involved in two presentations at the conference, including: Smart MPA Planning in Oregon: Developing a Framework to Address Social and Economic Factors by Darci Connor, and Implementing Community-Based Ocean Management on the South Oregon Coast by Leesa Cobb. See first coment to this post to read abstracts. For more info on the conference: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/cz/index.html

May 17, 2007

Senate Bill 737: Reducing Toxics

On April 24, Surfrider members from Newport and Portland Chapter presented public testimony to the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee in support of Senate Bill 737. The Bill was passed out of committee and is now moving to the Ways and Means Subcommittee later this month. The Bill as amended would promote the reduction of toxic chemicals that are discharged into Oregon waters. The Bill is likely to be voted on soon, so please contact your state senators and representatives to let them know you support clean water. Thanks to all of you who have already sent letters and done the Action Alert! (scroll down for more info)

May 11, 2007

Storm Drain Marking 2007

Fellow Surfriders… It is May! Sun is shining, the air is warming and a new Storm Drain Catch Basin Marking season is upon us. This is a Community Service Project sponsored by the City of Portland. The City provides all the necessary supplies to volunteers and volunteers provide the enthusiasm. Please meet us at SE Steele St & SE 50th Ave across from Woodstock Park on Tuesday May 15th at 6:30 PM The adhesive we use is affected by water so if rain is forecast 12 hours either side of the event, we will not meet. The program will be running all summer long on the third Tuesday of each month. A standard rain date will be the 4th Tuesday of each month. For the oceans, John Thompson

May 6, 2007

Common Ground at Salmon-Drift Creek

The Salmon-Drift Creek Watershed Council will present the movie Common Ground: Oregon’s Ocean on Tuesday May 8 at 6 PM at the Friends Room at the Driftwood Public Library. Produced by Greenfire Productions, Common Ground is a documentary that addresses the issue of marine reserves in Oregon’s waters. The film features beautiful footage of the underwater world off Oregon’s coast and presents perspectives from marine scientists as well as from fishermen and others who rely on the ocean for their livelihoods. The 30-minute film will be followed by a Q & A session afterwards. Public is welcome

May 1, 2007

Surfer Health Study

If you surf in Oregon, please participate in a short survey on surfer health (link below). Dr. Anna Harding and Dr. Cathy Neumann of Oregon State University are conducting this research with support from Surfrider and funding from Oregon Sea Grant. The results will provide valuable information on surfer behaviors, perception of risks, and exposure characteristics. Active participation from the Oregon surfing community is really important as the study enrollment goal is 500. If you surf in Oregon, please take a few minutes to participate. You’ll definitely find it very interesting. Thanks! http://www.stat.oregonstate.edu/surfersurvey/

April 27, 2007

Support Territorial Sea Mapping

The Joint Ways and Means Committee is expected to take action the week of April 30 on House Bill 2924 Territorial Sea Mapping. Please call your state representative and senator and ask them to support funding for this important effort. The Bill would provide funds for detailed seafloor mapping of geologic and habitat features in Oregon state waters (0-3 miles offshore). Such mapping would help inform planning for establishing a network of marine reserves and tsunami disaster preparedness. Presently, less than 5 percent of Oregon Territorial Sea has been mapped. In 2006, over twenty Oregon-based marine scientists signed a Scientific Consensus Statement for Mapping the Oregon Territorial Seafloor. Please let your state representatives know that you support HB 2924. For more information see http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/3mile/consensus_statement.pdf

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