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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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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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