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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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February 25, 2016

Crude Oil Export in the PNW – The Sleeping Giant

While the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling the Artic grew to be favorite topics for politicians on both sides of the aisle and the rallying cries for the environmental community, seemingly the only two poster children climate change in the national spotlight, a behemoth has been quietly extending it’s tendrils through the temperate rain forests and communities of the Pacific Northwest.  Crude oil export.  It’s not one single project that begs for a call to arms, but a series of them that stands to dwarf the impact of Keystone XL, both in climate footprint and potential for social and environmental catastrophe.
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Leland Wood works back in the lab to process water quality samples
February 20, 2016

Newport Blue Water Scholar to present to City Council

High bacteria readings at Nye Beach in Newport? It’s not the first time and it probably won’t be the last, but longstanding partnerships between Surfrider and the City of Newport continue to gain ground on sourcing pollution issues in this region. Bacteria is the health indicator measured in water quality for recreational contact and Nye Beach being a hub for tourism and beach recreation, local residents and the City alike have a vested interest in maintaining clean water and healthy beaches.
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February 15, 2016

DC Ocean Recreation Lobby Day Success

Last week Surfrider Foundation volunteers and staff from across the country, including 2 from Oregon, visited our nation’s capitol to help advocate for Surfrider’s 2016 Federal Priorities. Surfrider’s Environmental Director Pete Stauffer and Portland Chapter’s Joanna Malaczynski organized the DC Ocean Recreation Lobby Day event from Feb. 11-12, visiting with over 50 different congressional staff and lawmakers. The event was a huge success, bringing together Surfrider’s finest volunteers and leaders to support federal policies that protect our oceans, waves and beaches.
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Falcon Cove - Day after Christmas - Portland Chapter
February 5, 2016

NOAA and Oregon to create statewide Marine Debris Action Plan

After years of statewide heightened awareness and activity on marine debris issues from extensive volunteer cleanup efforts to marine debris policy advocacy such as bag and microbead bans and plastic reduction initiatives, Oregon is working in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program to develop the first ever statewide action plan on marine debris. This comes as good news to Surfrider Chapters throughout the state who have worked tirelessly on this issue for years, positioning themselves as leaders in volunteer cleanup efforts, data collection, rapid response cleanup protocols and advocacy for marine debris reduction policies at the local, state and national level.
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