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The Portland Chapter will be participating in the annual SOLV Spring Beach Cleanup Saturday March 25, 2006 from 10am to 1pm at Pacific City. If you are interesting in volunteering to help at the check-in booth or are willing to come pick up trash, please contact Haley Brown at email@example.com. This is a good opportunity to introduce Surfrider to the many people that will be participating with SOLV. So please join us! However, if you cannot make it to Pacific City but can make it to another location, please visit www.solv.org for other sites. Every beach is special and needs to be taken care of! Click here to download the flyer.
Surfrider Foundation is starting work on our seventh annual State of the Beach report, which will be published in mid-2006. The purpose of the project is to report on the status of the nation’s beaches and surfing areas and answer questions like: Are we losing surfing areas? Are we replacing beaches with ugly seawalls? Are we losing access to America’s beaches? Check out the online version of last year’s report at: http://www.surfrider.org/stateofthebeach/home.asp This year’s report will continue to have a heavy design influence. To that end, the Surfrider Foundation is seeking photographs of surfing areas and beaches for all of the coastal states that we are reporting on, which includes Alaska, all of the west coast, Texas, the Great Lakes, all of the east coast, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. As you well know a picture can tell a story that words just cannot. This year we are focusing on seawalls, revetments and other shoreline structures, so shots of these structures, as well as general beach, coastline and surfing shots would be greatly appreciated. Please identify the state in which the photo was taken. We would like to receive your slides or digital photos by February 28. For digital images, ideally we’d have at least an image that is 8″ x 10″ at 300dpi. If you are going to submit digital photos it would be great if you could also send along a laser print of the image(s) Thank you for your contribution towards protecting the nation’s beaches Rick Wilson Coastal Management Coordinator Surfrider Foundation PO Box 6010 San Clemente, CA 92674-6010 949-492-8170
Surfrider Foundation has completed a pollution education display at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The display announces the Oregon’s Blue Water Task Force program, lists pollutant types, sources, and includes several of the 20 Ways to reduce pollution. The display board was shaped by Bryan Bates of Seven Surfboards with the design from Ozon Digital’s Roland Hoyle, and surfboard stand construction by Fred Sickler of Oregon Surf Shop. The shaper and graphic artist used an old procedure of printing the images and text onto rice paper. However, the rice paper was a high quality, innovative fabric and the inks were special archival quality, guaranteed not to fade for 100 years. To our knowledge, this paper and ink combination has not been used before on a surfboard and several experiments had to be conducted before the board was produced. With donations from the above businesses, the cost was approximately $500 including the cost of the surfboard blank and fiberglass. This display will be at the Patagonia Portland store in the month of April 2006. Surfrider Foundation used a portion of the Patagonia Portland 2003 outreach grant budget to produce a pollution education piece at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. This piece is a surfboard, containing photos and text educating the Aquarium’s 1.5 million annual visitors regarding marine pollution and simple solution methods that everybody can complete. This board stands eight feet tall and is next to a table where youth volunteers (high school students) conduct weekly marine water quality testing activities. Click here for the full article
Wanted to provide an FYI to folks that the Coastal Atlas has pushed through some excellent improvements to our monitoring data access tool (by popular demand!)
THE IMPROVEMENTS: Now, on each beach page, you can see where ALL the sampling stations are relative to all the others. Check it out: http://www.coastalatlas.net/learn/topics/waterquality/beach/
Toggle to any beach to see all stations shown.
What: Common Ground is a documentary that addresses the issue of marine reserves in Oregon’s waters. The film features beautiful footage of the underwater world off Oregon’s coast and presents perspectives from marine scientists as well as from fishermen and others who rely on the ocean for their livelihoods. The program provides new and essential information for the discussion about the future of Oregon’s marine environment. The 30-minute film will be followed by a Q & A session with a panel of scientists, fishermen, conservationists, ocean resource managers and the audience.
When: Feb 3rd, 8:30pm at the Savoy Theater. The reception takes place at 5:30pm next door to the theater at the Wild Wind Cafe. – Q & A session to follow.
Where: Port Orford, OR, Savoy Theater
Why: This screening promises to be critical in the effort to establish protection for Oregon’s marine resources. The Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) is currently considering the issue of marine reserves. A strong showing from the conservation community at these films and OPAC meetings sends a message of local support for the protection of marine habitats and biodiversity off Oregon’s coast. Contact: For more information or to volunteer, contact Pete Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Jan 24th, the Port of Newport rejected a proposal by Bay Bridge Enterprises to establish a ship salvage facility on Yaquina Bay. The operation would have posed a significant threat to the ecological health of the bay, as well as recreational uses such as surfing, diving, and sport fishing. Surfrider members in Newport actively campaigned against the proposal through attending public meetings, writing letters, and submitting comments. On the day of the decision, members of Surfrider and Friends of Yaquina Bay met with U.S. Congresswoman Darlene Hooley for 30 minutes to discuss their concerns on this issue. Big thanks to Abby, Jean, and the rest of the Newport crew for their hard work!
For more background on Newport shipbreaking facility, read the PDF article Jean Olson. Click here to download the article.