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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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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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