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The most severe low-oxygen ocean conditions ever observed on the West Coast of the U.S. have turned parts of Oregon’s ocean into a “dead zone”, a new survey shows. According to researchers at Oregon State, this is by far the worst such event since the phenomenon was first identified in 2002. Levels of dissolved oxygen are approaching zero in some locations, functioning to suffocate marine life on a massive scale. The cause of the “dead zone” is believed to be strong upwelling winds which have allowed a low-oxygen pool of deep water to build up near shore. For more info: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2006/Aug06/dieoff.html
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.