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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.
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.
Surfrider Foundation has officially established a Newport Surfrider Chapter. Hoping all of you, and a friend or two, can make it to our first meeting.
Items to be discussed will include:
* which sites will be tested each week
* determine sampling locations at each site (using GPS) for sampling consistency
* assign persons to sites
* review water sampling protocol, including how to use new sampling bottles.
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, June 27, 7pm
LOCATION: Port Dock One (upstairs)
325 SW Bay Blvd
Thanks, and hope to see you there!
On June 30th, the Port Orford Ocean Resources Team (POORT) is sponsoring a public forum “Orford Reef: Our Heritage, Our Future”. Co-sponsored by Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Conservation Council, and Ecotrust, the event will be held in the Savoy Theater, Port Orford. The evening will feature presentations on Port Orford’s marine ecosystem, an update on efforts of the Port Orford Ocean Resources Team (POORT), and a short film by Greenfire Productions. POORT is a local non-profit that involves commercial fishermen in management, science, and marketing efforts. Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Conservation Council, and Ecotrust have partnered with the Port Orford Ocean Resources Team to support their community-based ocean management efforts
On Friday, June 23, the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will meet in Astoria at 9:00 am at the Holiday Inn Express, 204 West Marine Drive, Suite 200. Convened by Governor Ted Kulongoski, the OPAC is charged with recommending a network of marine reserves for Oregon. It’s important for Surfrider members to participate at each meeting. The OPAC is accepting public comments from 11:30 a.m. to noon and again from 4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. A full agenda for the day is available at the OPAC website. Please take advantage of this opportunity to speak out so we can help ensure a healthy ocean for future generations of coastal residents and all Oregonians. http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/OPAC/index.shtml.