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March 28, 2006

Portland Pint Night, April 11th


In place of the normal monthly meeting, the Portland Chapter will be hosting a Pint Night on Arpil 11th as a fundraiser. This will take place on Tuesday April 11th, 2006 from 7PM till 12AM (midnight) at the A&L; Sports Bar (5933 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97213 (off 60th and Glisan). Pints will be on sale for $4.50.

Kona Beer and the movies Step Into Liquid and the North Shore will be featured.

Click the image to enlarge the poster.

March 19, 2006

2006 Clean Water Classic

Registation is open 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 also to all of our sponsors!

March 13, 2006

Florence Rip-Rap Update

The Lane County Board of Commissioners recently approved a zoning change that will permit the construction of rip rap in Shelter Cove – along the north shore of the Siuslaw River near the Siuslaw River jetties. The shoreline hardening project is intended to protect several houses that were built approximately 40 feet from the coastal bluff in the early 90′s (the legal set back is 160) feet. Because the applicants have not supplied a detailed project description or drawings, it is unknown if the proposal would affect nearby waves. Several Surfrider members in the area were active in opposing this zoning change through writing letters, submitting comments, and attending the Lane County hearing. Although the Board of Commissioners did approve the decision, some consideration was given to mitigating impacts of the project: the rip rap will be installed entirely above water and limited in volume and extents. Nevertheless, the approval represents the latest example of a poorly conceived development project triggering the “need” for shoreline hardening, and interruption of Oregon’s natural coastal processes.

See Surfrider comments submitted at: http://www.surfrider.org/oregon/2006/03/florence-rip-rap-comments-from.html

Surfrider Foundation – Oregon Chapter was contacted to become a co-applicant onto a Land Use Board of Appeals appeal to the zone change approval. Florence-area Surfrider Foundation volunteers have declined that offer and the Oregon Chapter will therefore not be an applicant in zone change appeal. Florence-area Surfrider Foundation volunteers would like to offer their personal and organizational expertise toward designing a cliff stabilization plan that will preserve property owners’ homes and recreational, tourism and ecological interests.

March 8, 2006 | 1 Comment

Access to Doug’s Beach Threatened

The BNSF Railroad Company has received approval to place a siding at Doug’s Beach, located just east of Lyle in the Columbia River Gorge scenic area. This is expected to eliminate half of the parking at a state park that is filled to capacity during summer weekends. It will also cause long delays for visitors exiting and entering the park. Parked trains will ruin the view in a manner that opposes the intent of the Gorge Scenic Act. Construction will extend pilings into the shoreline and will close the park for half of this year’s windsurfing season.
for further information on how you can get involved:
http://windsurf.gorge.net/cgwa/dougs_news.htm
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SaveDougsBeach/

Click here to view public comments from Surfrider Foundation Oregon Chapter.

March 6, 2006

Website changes

You may have noticed slight changes in the main news page. We’ve converted to a blog-driven system for posting news articles.

For users of the site, the changes should be slight, but do provide some useful features:

  • articles from 2006 forward will be archived a little differently (but past articles are still available at the same URLs or via links at the bottom of this page);
  • each article has an “email to a friend” button after it;
  • it’s possible to post your own comments, which will be moderated by volunteers.

The new system will allow volunteers and contributors to quickly and easily post articles directly to the Surfrider Foundation – Oregon Website. If you are a regular contributor of news articles and have not yet received an invitation, please email the admin.

If you find any problems with the new page, please email me.

March 6, 2006

Mother Jones report on the Ocean

The upcoming issue of Mother Jones Magazine contains a report released collaboratively with a few organizations, including Surfrider. The issue is devoted to articles on ocean issues (pollution, over fishing, etc).
http://www.motherjones.com/news/featurex/2006/03/oceans_index.html

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