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On Jan 29, Pacific High School students presented their Blue Water Task Force program to 60 + audience members at an Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) reception in Port Orford. The event was sponsored by the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) and was attended by OPAC members, elected officials, agency staff, and community leaders. The presentation described how student water quality monitoring at Pacific High School is linked to the local fishing fleet’s ocean management efforts. With establishment of a lab at PHS, sampling in Port Orford has recently increased from 3 testing locations to 6, including 2-3 freshwater sites. The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) has engaged as formal partners in this effort, and data collected is integrated into POORT’s nearshore monitoring program. Special thanks to Michael Smith (PHS) Christi Watson (PHS) and Leesa Cobb (POORT).
Mark your calendars! The 2007 Surfrider Clean Water Classic will be held June 1-3 in Westport, WA. The event is the longest running surf contest in the PNW and raises crucial funds for Surfrider chapters in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. For more info check out website http://www.cleanwaterclassic.com/ See you there!
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