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Oregon Chapter is currently working to develop a Statement on Wave Energy in Oregon that can be shared with state agencies, local governments, energy companies, and other interested parties. The statement will communicate the interested role of surfers and other recreational ocean users in local planning efforts, as well as articulate principles that should be applied when evaluating potential projects. The intention is to ensure that local Surfrider members have a strong voice in guiding what happens off their coast. While we all recognize that renewable energy may have tremendous upsides, we need to make sure that projects that move forward happen in the right way, and appropriately address potential impacts to the environment, public safety, ocean recreation, aesthetics etc. The first comment to this post is a draft statement that has been developed through the input of nearly 50 of our members and activists around the state. Please take a moment to review and provide feedback. You may do so through posting additional comments to this blog or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org direct. Mahalo!
Join us this weekend in Westport, WA (June 1-3) for 2007 Clean Water Classic! The Clean Water Classic is Surfrider’s annual surfing contest that raises crucial funds for our chapters in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Weekend will feature silent auction, raffle, surf movies, campaign info and collection of some of the coolest folks in PNW. Some openings remain in women’s and juniors divisions. Every surfer that enters receives free Surfrider membership! Register today before it fills up at http://www.cleanwaterclassic.com/. Also, volunteers still needed to help staff event. Volunteer meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Friday at Islander Hotel or just show up Saturday and we’ll put you to work:) Thanks to Global Surf Industries and the rest of our sponsors. See ya there! (photo: Pro-Am finalists from 2006: Peter Devries 1st (right), Noah Cohen 2nd (left)
The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) with support from the Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Conservation Council, and Ecotrust is leading an effort to establish a “Community Stewardship Area” on the south coast of Oregon. The goal of the Stewardship Area project is to protect the rich marine ecology of the region while also promoting sustainable fisheries for the local fleet. Development of the Stewardship Area is being facilitated through a local process that involves commercial fishermen and other stakeholders in planning efforts. Parallel to this process, POORT and project partners are working to identify policy space, assemble scientific expertise, and build the necessary support at the state level for such a designation. The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team is a local non-profit that involves commercial fishermen in the science, management, and marketing of its local fishery. Surfrider has been testing water in Port Orford since 2003, and maintains a water quality testing laboratory at Pacific High School in partnership with POORT.
This summer, Surfrider is partnering with Northwest Women’s Surfcamps to educate surfers about the ecology of Oregon’s sandy beaches. Oregon’s beaches provide a home for a variety of critters including worms, crabs, and clams, and serve as a foraging and reproductive grounds for fishes, land animals, and birds. Beach ecology presentations will be held in Seaside on Teen Girl Day Surf Camp on July 28th and Women’s Week Surf Retreat on Aug 21. For more information: http://www.nwwomenssurfcamps.com/
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
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)