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On Tues, Jan 30, the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will convene in Port Orford to discuss Marine Reserves, Wave Energy, and the Governor’s proposal for an Oregon National Marine Sanctuary. On Mon, Jan 29 smaller OPAC workgroups will meet to discuss planning efforts on these topics. Monday evening there will be a reception sponsored by the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) with presentation on Surfrider water quality lab by Pacific HS students. All meetings are open to the public with opportunity for public comment. It’s important that Surfrider members particpate in these meetings to speak in support of clean water, beach access, and habitat protections! For more info http://www.lcd.state.or.us/LCD/OPAC/index.shtml
We now have an action alert to quickly allow you to take action on issue below. In 30 seconds, you can have an email out to your state reps telling them you care about protecting Oregon’s sandy beaches! Please do so and let know you care about the beach. Legislative Session starts Jan 8th and they need to hear from you! http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/oregon_beachbill
In 1967, the historic Beach Bill was passed by the Oregon Legislature which protects public access and enjoyment of our ocean beaches. Unfortunately, these beach protections are now threatened by an unanticipated consequence of Measure 37 which may allow coastal property owners to file claims to develop beach dunes or recieve financial compensation for not doing so. On July 31, a beachfront property owner in Cannon Beach filed a Measure 37 claim to construct a motel on top of beach sand dunes long protected by the Beach Bill. Several Cannon Beach volunteers have helped develop written comments urging mayor/city council to deny claim. You can help protect the Oregon Beach Bill by letting your state representatives know that you care about public access to the shoreline and protection of Oregon’s sandy beaches. Send a letter or email urging your state representative to reform Measure 37 legislation to exempt our beaches. Legislative session starts Jan 8 so please do this SOON. Sample comments and representative info can be found in first comment to this post. Mahalo
On Dec 18, Newport Chapter members presented formal recommendations to City Council members for addressing bacterial pollution of Newport beaches. These included stormwater “best management practices” (e.g. downspout disconnect, porous pavements, etc) and options for identifying pollution sources. Council members/ city manager were receptive to some of these suggestions and workgroup members plan to collaboratively develop proposed modifications to Newport’s City Code. Hope to make this happen in winter 2007
Oregon Surfrider has established two new water quality laboratories. Portland Chapter has partnered with West Linn High School to establish a lab for testing Willamette, Clackamas rivers and ocean beaches. In Port Orford, Surfrider has a established a lab in partnership with Pacific High School and the commercial fishing fleet. Water quality monitoring in Port Orford will increase from the current level of 3 testing locations to a total of 6 locations, including 2-3 freshwater sites. Big thanks to all who have helped make this happen – stay tuned for opportunities to help out.
On Dec 15, the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) submitted its status report to the Governor on the National Marine Sanctuary proposal. The report expresses concerns over fisheries management issues and federal involvement in state waters. OPAC members have expressed stronger support for the Governor’s June 2005 directive to move forward with planning for a network of marine reserves in state waters. Oregon Surfrider is looking for coastal residents who are interested in representing “ocean recreation” interests in your communities as this planning moves forward coastwide. Contact Pete