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July 8, 2016

Monitoring Ocean Acidification in Oregon’s Marine Reserves

Researchers and community groups are teaming up on a new project along our coast to help monitor pH for detecting and characterizing the progression of ocean acidification in Oregon’s Marine Reserves. The collaboration, spearheaded by Oregon State University (OSU) and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), is teaming up with marine reserve community groups up and down the coast, including Surfrider’s Newport Chapter, to not only fill geographic gaps in scientific monitoring, but to also engage citizens in making measurements in their local coastal ecosystems to better understand this complex issue.
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July 1, 2016

The Land of the Free from Firework Debris

Traveling to the coast this weekend for the 4th? NOAA’s Marine Debris Program recently posted a great blog post on keeping “land of the free, free from debris”, and we’ll hope you’ll abide this holiday weekend…be a bro, not a schmo! Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the 4th, but they can also have unintended consequences in the marine environment and sensitive ecological areas. From noise disturbance to toxins from firework debris, our oceans and fireworks don’t exactly mix. Go have fun on the 4th, and if you plan to light it up, here’s a few things to keep in mind:
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June 15, 2016

Take the Oregon Coast Values Survey!

A research team at Portland State University is conducting a survey of Oregonians to better understand how residents use and value the coast and ocean. The Oregon Coast Values Survey asks about opinions on marine management activities, and preferences for future management and also includes an online mapping activity, allowing those who take the survey to indicate places on the coast that are important to them, and to recommend changes in management of areas. For recreational users, this is an important opportunity to speak to the places that are important to you!

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June 8, 2016

The Moiser Oil Train Debacle – A Serious Wake Up Call

It’s been less than a week since eleven cars from a 96-car Union Pacific train derailed in a National Scenic Area next to the iconic Columbia River (less than 0.13 miles away), and trains are already rolling on down the line, right through the middle of the cleanup operation and just feet from the derailed and destroyed cars. Hopefully this incident will serve as a serious wake up call to the general public and decision makers who’ll be deciding the fate of proposed future oil export terminals in the PNW.
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May 31, 2016

Surfrider Releases National Clean Water Annual Report

Surfrider Foundation just released our 2015 Nationwide Clean Water Annual Report, combining the Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) and Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) program reports into one document to better communicate the great work our chapters are doing to protect public health and clean water at the beach! In addition to all the national highlights, this year’s report also features some of the great local work of our various Oregon Chapters! As Oregonians gear up to head to the beach this summer, learn what Surfrider volunteers and activists are doing in communities locally and around the country to protect public health and clean water at the beach. 
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May 1, 2016

Updating Oregon’s Recreational Water Quality Standards

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is revising standards for coastal recreational water quality contact in response to the new mandates handed down from EPA and changes in the federal BEACH Act program. These new standards, separate from the new beach advisory levels, provide clarity in bacterial pollutant criteria for some recreational activities, but further complicate water quality enforcement for our beaches – particularly around the highest polluting freshwater sources where children and beachgoers recreate most.
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