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August 8, 2006

Pacifc Rim Pulp Mill Fight

Surfrider Foundation is concurrently fighting three pulp mills in the Pacific Rim. One is here at home. We need volunteers to help. If you have a comuter, are literate and willing to help, we can use your assistance.

For surfers and environmental activists in Newport, Oregon, Cobquecura, Chile and Northern Tasmania, enough is enough. They are joining forces to share knowledge and resources in their fight to protect and preserve our oceans, waves, beaches and watersheds….more on the blog.

July 31, 2006

Volunteer Training Sat. Aug. 19

All interested individuals are welcome to attend the August volunteer training. We’ll be discussing Event Planning 101, volunteer opportunity creation and delegation practices.

Location will be NEWPORT. Port Dock 1 Newport Port Dock One – 325 SW Bay Blvd. Upstairs in the back room. Across the street from Ripley’s. (541)265-2911.

We’ll begin at 11:30 until about 4:30. Depending on number of attendees lunch and dinner will be paid for by Surfrider.

July 30, 2006

Newport Chapter Meeting Tuesday Aug. 1

Surfrider Newport Chapter Meeting
Where: South Beach State Park Day Use Area
When: Tuesday 8/01/06 @ 7:00 PM

Discussion items posted soon…

If you’re in the area, please attend to find out what’s happening in your area and how you can
help your ocean.

July 18, 2006

Georgia Pacific: New Permit

On July 14, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued an NPDES permit for the Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo, OR. This updated permit contains substantive changes from the permit previously proposed by DEQ in the fall of 2006. These changes address (among other things) the size of the mixing zone for the outfall off Nye Beach and monitoring requirements for GP, and were based on public comments received by the agency. Surfrider’s Oregon Environmental Issues Team (EIT) is currently reviewing to determine a) extent to which Surfrider recommendations were incorporated b) elements that may not comply with Clean Water Act c) recommendations to Newport Chapter for further action (if any). This assessment will be posted on Oregon Surfrider website as soon as its available.

July 16, 2006

Port Orford Forum: Big Success!

On June 30th, over 175 people packed the historic Savoy Theater to attend the first community forum of the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT). Co-sponsored by Surfrider Foundation and our partner organizations, the event highlighted research and stewardship efforts of Port Orford’s commercial fishing fleet, as well as ongoing efforts of POORT’s project partners. Leesa Cobb, Director of POORT (and Surfrider member) served as emcee for the evening and introduced a diverse panel of speakers. Markus Mead, Surfrider Field Coordinator, presented information on Surfrider’s ongoing water quality testing in the community and plans to establish a water quality lab at Pacific High School. Other highlights of the evening included project updates from fishermen, a short film by Greenfire Productions, and presentations by Pacific Marine Conservation Council, Ecotrust, ODFW and Moore Foundation staff. In addition to water quality work, Surfrider staff have been working with the fishing fleet to formalize POORT’s community-based structure, as well as secure state-level recognition of the POORT process.

June 29, 2006

Open Letter to Oregon Federal Reps

The Oregon Chapter of Surfrider Foundation strongly urges you to oppose H.R. 4761, which would reverse 25 years of bipartisan offshore drilling protections and put our country’s billion-dollar coastal economies at risk. Offshore oil and gas drilling is a slow, dirty and expensive way to produce energy. Opening our coasts to destructive drilling would do little to lower prices at the gas pump, but it would threaten our beaches with pollution and potential oil spills. An offshore spill could easily be carried by ocean currents to neighboring states, with disastrous results. Tourism, property, and commercial and sport fishing wrecked in the wake of a huge oil slick could impair millions of jobs and weaken our coastal economies. We simply do not need to sacrifice our beaches and coastal waters to meet America’s energy needs. Cleaner, faster and less expensive energy solutions like energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy could start saving consumers and businesses money today and protect our beaches, marine waters and coastal economies. Again, I urge to protect our nation’s beaches and coastal areas by voting NO on H.R. 4761 and supporting clean energy alternatives.

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