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On Feb 5, Surfrider met with Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) and state agency staff to discuss potential recreation and public safety impacts of the proposed wave energy development off Reedsport. The meeting was a chance to provide input, present concerns, and request additional information. Most input received on the project thus far has been very favorable, but recreational, ecological, and public safety issues still need to be addressed. At this juncture, it seems unlikely that wave height reduction will be a major concern. The project area is north of Umpqua river mouth and the “wave shadow” would not overlap with prime locations for virtually any swell direction including NW. Within the “shadow”(north spit sand dunes), height reduction would not likely be significant for the full array of 200 buoys, although more info on this is needed. The issue of behavioral response of sharks to ambient electromagnetic fields was also discussed. While no available science indicates there is elevated risk for surfers or swimmers, no studies indicate that there is not. Accordingly, Oregon Chapter is making formal requests to OPT and OSU to support investigation of this important research question. Also, Oregon Chapter is participating in a science conference this spring discussing potential ecological impacts of project. For more info on ecological issues see first comment to this post. Big thanks to Stiv and Lloyd for their continuing research support on this issue.
Now is your opportunity to tell legislators to Protect the Oregon Beach Bill by reforming Measure 37 to exclude claims along our shoreline. The Joint Special Committee on Land Use Fairness is reviewing issues raised by Measure 37 and is currently accepting public comments at the Capitol on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm. Oregon’s sandy beaches are 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. If you’re interested in providing comments on this important issue, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember – it’s for the beach!!
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