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September 14, 2015

14th Annual Clean Water Classic – September 25th-27th

The 14th annual Clean Water Classic is set to go off, September 25-27, 2015, in Westport, WA, fingers crossed for another year of sun and proper surf! This is the longest running Pro/Am surf contest in the Pacific Northwest and is presented collectively by the Pacific Northwest chapters of the Surfrider Foundation.
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August 30, 2015

Oregon Beach Advisory Standards to Change

The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) is entering a process to adopt new advisory level values for bacteria in accordance with EPA’s new criteria for BEACH Act grants for monitoring recreational beaches. Beach action values (BAVs), or the amount of bacteria present in a sample that would trigger an advisory, will go from 158 MPN to 70 MPN, which could lead to up to 50% more advisories on Oregon’s beaches. The process could also result in fewer beaches being monitored as the action will put greater demands on OBMP resources and staff.
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August 29, 2015

California at Oregon’s door…and it ain’t just the tourists

Drought declarations, wildfires, municipal water restrictions, beach and park fire bans, welcome to the new Oregon? Climate change skeptic one woefully may be, but Oregonians are feeling some serious change and it sure as heck has a lot to do with the climate! We’d like to think we’re immune to certain aspects of California here in Oregon, especially on the coast; but, the Golden State’s climate is creeping in, her policies are following and recreational users on the coast are feeling “out of state”.
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Toxic Sludge Fills the Animas River
August 17, 2015

What the Animas River spill can teach us – Protecting our treasured rivers in Southwest OR

The recent spill of toxic mine waste into the Animas River in Colorado has elevated the threats of mining to our precious rivers to the forefront of national news, perhaps a silver lining to the tragedy. Aside from the extraordinary conservation values of our rivers, the spill may be one of the most powerful arguments in our communities against the proposed nickel mines in Southwest Oregon. See bottom of post for ways to engage and info on September 9th public meeting in Gold Beach.

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August 4, 2015

New Marine Reserve Outreach Materials Available!

The Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership (OMRP) has opened a distribution center for people to order publications, brochures, and other documents associated with Oregon’s marine reserves and protected areas. The outreach materials were developed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, OMRP, and OMRP member organizations. To review the publications available for distribution, visit the brochure page of the OMRP website. All of the publications listed, with the exception of The Nature Conservancy Habitat Maps of Oregon’s Marine Reserves, are available for ordering.
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July 30, 2015

Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia: What to do?

Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (deoxygenation) are increasingly becoming hot topics on the ocean conservation scene. Like many climate change impacts, we’re just beginning to understand how these threats may, and already are, impacting our way of life and that of our ocean environment. Decision-makers and resource managers are quickly approaching necessary action to lessen our impact and adapt to these changes, but where does one start? The West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel has recently published Multiple Stressor Considerations, a new report that highlights these stressors and the need for coordinated action by natural resource, water and air managers and policy-makers.
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