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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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April 18, 2016

Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve – Film Release!

The Surfrider Foundation in Oregon is a proud (and longtime) partner of the Redfish Rocks Community Team (RRCT), working collaboratively to help to protect special places like the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve.

The biological richness of Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve has supported animal and human communities for generations, fish, mammals, invertebrates, seabirds, and fishermen alike.  Check out  this unique story and some stunning footage from Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve in the new short film from the RRCT!
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April 1, 2016

Kids Learn Surf and Stewardship at Otter Rock Marine Reserve

Last week, 40+ kids and adult instructors took the surf and beaches at Otter Rock, launching a new local partnership between NGOs to promote youth leadership and growth through surfing, while educating and promoting stewardship of the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. The partnership, between non-profits Warm Current and Neighbors for Kids (NFK) in Depoe Bay, recently established a new “Surf Outpost”, providing free surfboards and wetsuits for youth within the NFK’s after school program. As part of the outpost, the partners are developing a Surf and Stewardship Program, where youth will participate in a variety of activities both in and out of the water.
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The house, just after being re-located, rests on a temporary foundation
March 23, 2016

Coos Bay Managed Retreat Success Story

It’s been nearly 2 years now since the Coos Bay Chapter first began raising concerns to address and support an adaptation strategy for a home, dangling precariously over a bluff at Lighthouse Beach. Fearing a hardened shoreline structure application such as a seawall or rip rap, and the environmental and public safety concerns of the house’s current cliff-dangling situation, appealing to the homeowner’s economic interest in the property was going to be paramount to a positive outcome. Success for the all interested parties began this month when the house was literally picked up and moved 50ft back from the cliff, accommodating both a sweet remodel to boost the property value as well as protecting the beach and public safety.
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March 12, 2016

Monitoring Marine Debris with Remote Web-Cam Technology

Join Surfrider Foundation and Hatfield Marine Science Center on March 21st, 6:00pm at the HMSC Auditorium to welcome Dr. Atsuhiko Isobe, lead researcher from Japan, for a special presentation: Remotely Monitoring Marine Debris with Web-Cam Technology. Last year, Surfrider Foundation worked with researchers from Japan and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program to install a remote marine debris monitoring camera in Lincoln County as part of a larger international marine debris monitoring project around the Pacific. Dr. Isobe will present findings from the first year of monitoring.
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