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December 23, 2015

Surfrider Oregon: 2015 Year In Review

It’s been a big year for all our chapters, volunteers, supporters and partners across the state and we want to be sure we take the time to reflect and celebrate all our accomplishments and hard work. Every water quality sample, every piece of debris from cleanups and every individual volunteer action represents our powerful grassroots foundation and the passion and dedication that fuels our organization. Thanks to all of you who helped protect Oregon’s ocean, rivers, waves and beaches in 2015, we are only as strong as your support!
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December 20, 2015

Scouts Seek Merit in Golf Course Development at Cape Lookout

Boy Scouts of America’s Cascade Pacific Council is considering leasing 200 acres of property for a golf course development just south of Cape Lookout and adjacent their Meriwether and Camp Clark facilities. The informal scoping and negotiations have been going on for a couple of months now, and the council has excluded any public input and considerably limited the input of their own members in town halls thus far, favoring financial merit of the project over Boy Scout values. But that hasn’t stopped scout members and troop leaders from internally organizing, reconsidering their contributions to BSA, contacting donors and initiating a petition to demonstrate their strong opposition.
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December 7, 2015

Advisory Council Sets Priorities for Oregon’s Ocean

The Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) met this past Thursday in Tillamook, Oregon, devoting the majority of their 7-hour meeting to visioning new priorities for Oregon’s ocean. As a broadly represented group of stakeholders, appointed by the Governor’s office to inform and support ocean policy and planning in Oregon, OPAC did surprisingly well at honing in with strong commonality on the arising ocean issues impacting our coastal resources in need of statewide priority. Coastal and Ocean Resilience, Ocean Acidification and Marine Debris all rose to the top of the “new” priorities with informal working groups established for each while Territorial Sea Planning and Marine Reserves remain as “continuing priorities”for the Council.
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December 3, 2015

Columbia River vs. Big Oil: Showdown in Vancouver

Tesoro Savage has proposed to develop the largest oil terminal in North America on the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver. If built, this facility would handle 360,000 barrels of crude oil per day, arriving via 4 trains (each train over 1 mile long) per day, and leaving via one large tanker vessel per day down the Columbia and onto the Pacific Ocean. Now just because it’s happening across the river doesn’t make it Washington’s problem, so wake up Oregon to what’s happening up here, it’s our Columbia river and Pacific Ocean too!
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November 9, 2015

3rd Annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium Nov. 20th

Join us for the 3rd Annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium, November 20th in Yachats, Oregon at the Commons, doors at 5pm, keynote begins at 5:30. A free event for all, RSVP now! This year’s event will kick off with an update on the Ocean Science Trust from Senator Roblan and Representative Gomberg and follow with our keynote speaker Laurie Weitkamp who will be presenting on “The Blob vs. El Nino”. Full program, participating organizations and student posters, read on.
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October 31, 2015

Exploring Oregon’s Marine Reserves: ROVs, Video Landers and SMURFS!

This fall, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Reserve Program released their Ecological Monitoring Plan for Oregon’s 5 marine reserve sites along our coast. As it generally goes, agency plans aren’t something we all like to saddle up to in our spare time for a good read, but this plan has some style and pop and is as much about discovering and seeing our ocean world through a whole a new and exciting suite of technologies as it is about the core research for marine reserve evaluation. What do “SMURFS” and “video landers” have to do with all of this? Dive in to learn a bit more.
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