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On Friday, June 23, the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will meet in Astoria at 9:00 am at the Holiday Inn Express, 204 West Marine Drive, Suite 200. Convened by Governor Ted Kulongoski, the OPAC is charged with recommending a network of marine reserves for Oregon. It’s important for Surfrider members to participate at each meeting. The OPAC is accepting public comments from 11:30 a.m. to noon and again from 4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. A full agenda for the day is available at the OPAC website. Please take advantage of this opportunity to speak out so we can help ensure a healthy ocean for future generations of coastal residents and all Oregonians. http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/OPAC/index.shtml.
On May 26, Newport News-Times published 2 articles on Surfrider’s challenge to the terms of the proposed wastewater permit for the Georgia-Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo. The primary outfall for the facility is located off Nye Beach in Newport. The Department of Environmental Quality is (DEQ) is scheduled to issue an updated permit in the coming weeks. Surfrider is advocating for a permit that includes a) better monitoring program – especially of sediments and marine life near the outfall b) smaller “mixing zone” for achieving water quality compliance c) better public disclosure of processed waste imported from other counties. Articles can be viewed http://www.newportnewstimes.com/articles/2006/05/26/news/news10.txt
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
June Catch Basin Marking Event
The meeting place will be at the entry to the Safeway parking lot in the Woodstock neighborhood
SE Woodstock St. and SE 45th Ave.
We will be placing placards on storm drains to educate people that waste and run-off drain directly into the streams and rivers. Materials are provided by the City of Portland.
Please try to arrive about 15 minutes early so we can have a short instructional class in Curb Marking 101. Wear comfortable clothes. All volunteers are welcome, so feel free to bring friends and family.
Since the adhesive we use can be affected by water, the marking will be canceled and the rain date will be Tuesday, June 27th if rain is forecast 12 hours either side of our meeting time.
If you have questions or need directions, please feel free to call John Thompson, StormDrain Marking Coordinator 503-936-8052 (c)
Westport, WA (June 4, 2006) The Clean Water Classic surf contest was a great sucess, raising over $8,500 for Surfrider Chapters in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Over 120 surfers participated in 8 Divisions, enjoying fantastic wave conditions (saturday at least!). Once again, the Tofino, BC crew dominated with Peter DeVries and Noah Cohen taking first and second respectively in the Pro-Am Division, to the enjoyment of 600 plus spectators. All contestents received a Surfrider membership thanks to support of Global Surf Industries sponsorship. Full results for all Divisions can be viewed http://www.cleanwaterclassic.com/. Thanks to all sponsors and volunteers who made this event such a great sucess!!
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!