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November 30, 2006

Surfer Health Study


Dr. Anna Harding from Oregon State University is conducting a research study on surfer health in Oregon. In the coming months, a web-based survey will be administered via the internet to surfers who frequent Oregon beaches. The results will provide valuable information on surfer behaviors, perception of risks, and exposure characteristics. The Oregon Chapter of Surfrider will be working Dr. Harding to promote participation in the survey to meet the enrollment goal of 500. More info soon…

November 29, 2006

Nye Creek Partnership

Surfrider is partnering with City of Newport, Oregon Coast Aquarium and other partners to monitor, source, and reduce bacterial pollution in the Nye Creek watershed. On Nov 6, Newport City Council unanimously passed a motion in support of the city participating in this unique collaborative effort with Newport Chapter. Partners are currently researching options for DNA analysis of pollution sources, as well as education initatives and best management practices (BMPs) for addressing non-point sources. Blue Water Task Force testing has indicated consistently high bacterial contamination of Nye Creek and Nye Beach. Thanks to Newport City Council/Staff for their leadership on this important effort.

November 22, 2006

OPAC in Depoe Bay

On Tues, Nov 28, the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will convene in Depoe Bay to discuss Marine Reserves, Wave Energy, and the Governor’s proposal for an Oregon National Marine Sanctuary. On Mon, Nov 27 smaller OPAC workgroups will meet to discuss planning efforts on these topics. 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, shoreline access, and habitat protections! For more info http://www.lcd.state.or.us/LCD/OPAC/index.shtml

October 31, 2006

Oregon Field Coordinator Job Opening Announcement

We are searching for an Oregon Field Coordinator. I am resigning as of 12.31.2006. The following is the job description. This is a full time position with benefits. If you are interested please follow the instructions below.

Oregon Field Coordinator–JOB DESCRIPTION
Responsibilities:
Work under the supervision of the Director of Chapters to support and build the chapter network, volunteer programs and membership within the state by the following:

  • Coordinate the statewide efforts of chapters within the region
  • Grow statewide membership
  • Facilitate and train local chapters volunteers in campaign planning and program implementation.
  • Represent Surfrider Foundation at administrative hearings and other public events.
  • Facilitate the needs of the chapters with direct assistance.
  • Assist with national and regional campaign planning and regional implementation and coordination of campaigns.
  • Work with the regional chapters to develop & implement realistic regional funding opportunities/plans.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Development, develop and maintain positive relations with regional funding community.
  • Collaborate with the Oregon Policy Coordinator on joint issues, campaigns and relative grant deliverables.
  • Coordinate the chapter-volunteer based water quality monitoring program.

Qualifications:
We are seeking candidates who have the desire and skills to work on exciting and demanding grassroots organizing issues. Candidates must be goal-oriented with leadership skills, organizing experience and project management with an emphasis on direct action organizing techniques and implementation. Strong interpersonal skills; Ability to work independently and follow national work plans under the guidance of Director of Chapters; Ability to travel regularly throughout the state and willingness to work a flexible schedule. Candidates need to be team players, able to recruit, train and motivate a wide range of people.

Salary & Benefits:
This is a full-time position based in the State of Oregon with medical benefits; long-term disability insurance and 401 K Plan with partial employer matching. Surfrider Foundation offers a salary that is competitive with other national, not-for-profit conservation/environmental organizations for this position. Opportunities for advancement are available.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Surfrider Foundation
Attn. Director of Chapters
P.O. Box 6010
San Clemente, CA. 92674-6010
FAX 949.492-8142 or Email: Emazzarella@surfrider.org
Deadline for receiving resumes is November 27, 2006
The Surfrider Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

October 26, 2006

Catch Basin Marking – Saturday

Can you spare a couple of hours Saturday morning for clean water? Saturday morning will be the final Catch Basin Marking Event of 2006 and it looks like the weather will cooperate. Join as at 10:00 to noon on Saturday October 28th. We’ll meet at the northeast corner of Woodstock Park (SE 50th Ave. & SE Steele St.) As always, this event is open to all so bring friends & family … anybody interested in clean water. Thanks to you volunteers, we have marked over 200 catch basins this season, plus however many we mark this weekend. I thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm! (fyi – if it rains, the event will be cancelled. feel free to call if unsure) Thanks!

John Thompson
Storm Drain Coordinator
503-936-8052

October 26, 2006

Socioeconomic Study

Surfrider is partnering with Oregon State University on a project to assess socioeconomic issues associated with establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Oregon. The project will identify effective strategies to address and minimize impacts on Oregon’s coastal communities from protecting ecologically important ocean habitats. The investigation will include interviews with fishermen and elected officials to identify their values, concerns, and recommendations. The final product will be a roadmap for the state to effectively address social and economic factors in MPA planning, including guidelines for: a) socioeconomic assessments, b) public and stakeholder input, c) integrating ecological and socioeconomic criteria, d) potential mitigation and/or compensation.

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