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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).
Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Conservation Council (PMCC) and Ecotrust have partnered with the Port Orford Ocean Resources Team (POORT) to support their community-based ocean management efforts. POORT is a local non-profit that involves commercial fishermen in management, science, and marketing efforts. On April 7th, staff from Surfrider and PMCC met with members of the fishing fleet to solicit input on ongoing work in Port Orford and help identify a viable structure for POORT’s Advisory Council. In the coming months, Surfrider has plans to expand water quality testing in the area and co-sponsor a marine science forum in the community
This Sun, April 23, 1-3pm, WSU: Vancouver, WA. 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 program provides new and essential information for the discussion about the future of Oregon’s marine environment. 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. Film will be shown in the Auditorium Student Services Building 110, 14204 Salmon Creek Ave.
On April 6th, the first of three public forums was held regarding the possible establishment of a ship breaking facility in Coos Bay. Ship breaking is the recycling of and disposal of ships at the end of their useful life. The forum was hosted by the International Port of Coos Bay, in partnership with the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Panelists from a number of agencies and universities discussed the environmental impacts associated with shipbreaking (e.g.; PCBs, asbestos, heavy metals, invasive species), and answered questions from the public. Although no specific proposal has been offered (or site location identified), at least one inquiry has been made to the Port of Coos Bay regarding dismantling of ships from the National Defense Reserve Fleet. The second public forum (early May) will address economic and social considerations, and the third forum (June) will solicit public input on the issue. For more info, visit www.oregon.gov/DSL/SSNERR/
Pint Night at the A&L;”Pint Night” held at the A&L; Sports Bar on Tuesday April 11th, 2006 was a huge success for the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. With over 150 attendees, 144 pint glasses were sold in a short time. Through pint glass sales and raffle, the Chapter raised $324.00 towards our Blue Water Task Force. Kona Brewing and Gorge Performance gave donations of tee shirts, free Surfrider memberships, beach chairs, and other items for the raffle. We enjoyed watching “Litmus”, “The 5th Symphony Document”, and “Step into Liquid” and chatting with new and old members and friends. Pete Stauffer and Markus Mead gave updates on our current campaigns and policies and many inquiries were made about our chapter can current projects. In addition to our executive committee staff, the Portland chapter would like to thank our sponsors; Jared Moe and Jill Sinnott at Craft Brands Alliance, Bob Rueter at Gorge Performance, and Angelo Markantonatos and Marco Casteneda at the A&L; Sports Bar, and volunteers Jason Wasserman and Mike Albers for all their hard work, support and help!
Monthly meeting with Newport City Councilors and City Engineer went well. The city is adding 4 more DHS Beach Monitoring signs (Nye, Agate, etc) and will custom-create panels for advisories triggered by city data, aquarium/surfrider data, or sewage event. (State currently tests Newport beaches only during summer) Next month and beyond, the workgroup will be addressing source identification, increased monitoring, best available technologies, and Georgia-Pacific permit application. Thanks to Melinda, Sarah, Ron, Charlie, etc.