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Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), Surfrider Field Coordinator and Intern are collaborating on a multi-variate correlation analysis to determine potential factors affecting marine bacteria pollution. Factors such as tide, wind, proximity to stream mouth, precipitation, and percent urban area in the watershed will be used to identify possible correlations. The results will be mapped and detailed in an article hopefully to be presented at the 2006 Beach Conference. This collaboration is important because DHS administers the BEACH Act in Oregon and is responsible for managing the state’s marine water testing program; the Beach Monitoring Program. Surfrider Foundation and DHS have been successfully partnering for the past few years, and this analysis strengthens that relationship. For more info contact Markus Mead
Some spots remain in all divisions for the best surf contest in the Pacific Northwest! The Clean Water Classic is an annual event that raises crucial funds for the Pacific Northwest Chapters of the Surfrider Foundation, including Blue Water Task Force lab supplies. The 2006 Classic will be held on June 3rd and 4th, 2006 in beautiful Westport, WA. For more information go to: http://www.cleanwaterclassic.com/ Big thanks to Global Surf Industries and the rest of our sponsors!
May 25, 2006, 10am-Noon, Waldport City Hall. Hosted by the Community Issues Forum of South Lincoln County and aimed at local port commissioners, coastal decision makers, and interested citizens. Common Ground: Oregon’s Ocean 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 with a panel of scientists, fishermen, conservationists, ocean resource managers and the audience. Public is welcome
The Portland Chapter is hosting a concert benefit at Fez Ballroom on Thursday, May 18th from 8pm – 1:30am. Bands include the Decliners, Bad Goat, American Roulette, Rambling Rose, and two DJ’s Stray and El Rubio. Musical styles range from punk to funk, and reggae to country. There will also be a raffle, with items including surfboards, a snowboard, wetsuits, rash guards and much more. All proceeds raised from the event will support Surfrider Foundation’s water quality testing program – the Blue Water Task Force. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at http://www.surfrider.org/oregon/shop.html or by visiting the Urban Flora Store. “This is going to be one of the most diverse and rockin’ events of the year,” says Bad Goat guitar player Jason Wasserman. Click here or on the poster to view the full size version.
Newport, OR (April 25, 2006) The Oregon Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation today sent a letter to Senator Charlie Ringo, Chair of the Environment and Land Use Committee, stating concerns over the terms of the proposed wastewater permit of the Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo. The seven page letter details legal issues raised by the renewal of the permit as currently proposed by DEQ. These issues relate to an unlawful increase in the size of the mixing zone, as well as the failure to require adequate monitoring. The letter also addresses the lack of public information regarding the importation and disposal of leachate from the North Marion County Disposal Facility. The goal of the letter is not to shut GP down, but rather to push for a better permit to protect human health and the marine environment. (letter is posted under first comment).