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September 10, 2006 | 2 Comments

Newport Mayors Workgroup

August meeting of the Mayor’s Workgroup on Water Quality went well. Group is collaborating with Newport City Council on public education campaign on local water quality issues. This includes a 1pg insert on stormwater written by Newport Chapter that will go out in the city’s monthly water bill. Still openings for more Newport Chapter volunteers to participate! Next month’s mtg on Sept 25th, 4pm Newport City Hall will include Surfrider presentation on options for addressing land-based pollution in the community.

August 22, 2006

Clean Water Paddle: Willamette River


A clean ocean starts with clean rivers! Join Portland Chapter as we paddle across the Willamette River on Sept 9th to raise awareness for a clean watershed. Bring your surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks or canoes and join us! We’ll meet at 12pm at the public dock underneath the SE side of the Hawthorne Bridge. There is parking available on SE Morrison St where it dead ends into the river trail. Guest speakers, prizes, refreshments and food will be provided. And, you’ll have the chance to learn more about Surfrider’s campaigns, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities. See you there!
Click here to download the fullsize flier.

August 22, 2006

Georgia Pacific: Campaign Update

The campaign for a stronger wastewater permit for the Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo continues (outfall is off Nye Beach). On Aug 1st, the Newport Chapter voted to file a Petition of Reconsideration with DEQ to present formal legal and scientific arguments for the agency to reconsider the terms of the July 14 issued permit. This represents the last administrative option for Surfrider to advocate for improved monitoring and additional pollution prevention technology implementation. Thank you to the nearly dozen members of Surfrider’s Oregon Environmental Issues Team (scientists, attorneys, permit afficianados, etc) who are volunteering their personal time to help pull this document together under a 60 day deadline. Also, major thanks to CRAG and NEDC for providing pro bono support to make this happen. You all ROCK!!

August 19, 2006

LNG in Coos Bay?

Residents in the Coos Bay area are currently grappling with a proposal to establish a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in North Bend. Under the proposal a terminal for large ships would be established in Jordan Cove, as well as a 30 mile pipeline to Klamath Falls. As part of the permitting process, an application is being prepared for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Despite extensive testimony and inquiries at recent public forums, the Coos County Board of Commissioners and North Bend City Council have thus far refrained from taking a position on the issue. Concerns expressed by the public have included environmental, safety, aesthetics, etc. Stay tuned for more info…

August 18, 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, and state wide campaigns. 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. Hope to see you there!

August 16, 2006

Portland/Newport Common Ground Screenings

Common Ground will screen in Portland on September 12, 2006, 7-9pm at Audubon Society of Portland’s Nature Night. For details and directions: Click here.

Screening of Common Ground for the Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee http://www.mpa.gov that will be meeting in Newport on October 10-12, 2006. Their meeting is open to the public and there will be opportunities for public testimony at the meeting.

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