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May 23, 2008

Georgia Pacific – Update

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), supported by recommendations from Newport Chapter has made reconsideration of the wastewater permit for Georgia-Pacifics pulp and paper mill in Toledo its top water permit issue. ‘With this now our highest priority, we hope to have something by the end of the year, if not before,’ said Steve Schnurbusch, DEQs senior water quality permit analyst. On March 28, 2008 Surfrider submitted a report to DEQ with recommendations for strengthening the wastewater permit of the Georgia Pacific mill. The primary outfall of the mill is located off Nye Beach and the facility releases an average of 11 million gallons a day of treated wastewater (see photo). In related news, a packed house attended a recent public hearing held by Newport City Council concerning a new lease agreement with Georgia Pacific for use of the city rights-of-way for the effluent pipeline.

To see the full report and fact sheet click here:
Fact Sheet

Surfrider Science-Based Recommendations Report

May 22, 2008

OPAC in CHARLESTON

On May 21 and 22, the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will hold meetings in Charleston on marine reserve planning and wave energy development. All meetings will be held at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and include opportunities for public comment. OPAC is currently working to identify nine or less marine reserve ‘study areas’ by Jan 1, 2009. The nomination process will be supported by local nearshore action teams, comprised of coastal residents, ocean users, and other interested parties. Marine reserves are places in the ocean that are protected from human impacts, including extraction and habitat damage. Science shows that reserves almost always result in greater abundance, size, and diversity of marine organisms inside their boundaries. Reserves can also promote resiliance for ocean ecosystems to withstand cumulative impacts from human and natural stressors. Please join a coalition of ocean users that’s participating and supporting this process. For more info on these upcoming meetings: http://www.lcd.state.or.us/LCD/OPAC/index.shtml. For info to get involved pstauffer@surfrider.org.

May 6, 2008

STORM DRAIN MARKING – 2008!

Fellow Surfriders and friends of clean water…May marks the beginning of the fourth season of Catch Basin Marking (Catch Basins are the grated inlets in streets that channel water to the City’s storm drain systems). The Portland Chapter of Surfrider continues with its Community Service Project sponsored by the City of Portland. The City provides all the necessary supplies to volunteers and volunteers provide the enthusiasm. (that’s YOU!) Since we began this project, Surfrider volunteers have marked approximately 850 catch basins. Every month, we will meet on the third Tuesday and the following Saturday morning for a couple of hours (except May). I will have maps showing the locations of the catch basins in the area and all the supplies. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbors … this event is open to all volunteers!

WHERE: SE Schiller St (two blocks SOUTH of SE Holgate St.) & SE 43rd Ave.

WHEN: Tues, May 20th at 6 PM. If it looks like rain will fall 12 hours either side of this time, I will postpone the event to Sat, May 31. If you have a question about the weather conditions or anything else please feel free to call … For the Oceans …John Thompson @503-936-8052.
April 28, 2008

Clean Water Classic – May 16-18

Please join us for the 2008 Clean Water Classic to be held in Westport, WA on May 16-18! The Clean Water Classic is Surfrider’s annual surfing contest that raises crucial funds for our chapters in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Weekend will feature great surfing, silent auction, live music, raffle, and collection of some of the coolest folks in PNW. Also, there will be lots of information on Surfrider campaigns and programs and how to get involved! Open divisions include Pro-Am, Mens, Womens, Masters, Juniors, Keiki, and Stand-Up Paddle. Every surfer that enters receives free Surfrider membership! We are doing online registration this year, so please sign up soon before it fills up at the event website: http://www.cleanwaterclassic.com/. Also, volunteers are desperately needed to help us staff event. Please contact Matty Darcy at rimquiv108@comcast.net. to sign up! Thanks to Global Surf Industries, the Islander Hotel, and the rest of our sponsors.

April 19, 2008

Cinco De Mayo: Plastics Campaign Event!

On May 5 at 7pm, Portland Chapter will host Monterey Surfrider Activist, Ximena Waissbluth’s traveling presentation on marine debris and the effects of plastics in our oceans at Ecotrust Building, Billy Frank Jr. Conferenc Rm (721 NW 9th Ave). This event will mark the kickoff of Portland Surfrider’s statewide plastics campaign. Ximena’s presentation will last about 45 minutes. The purpose of the event is education and networking for non-profits and activists working in the Portland area who are interested in building a coalition for change on our state’s relationship to plastics in the environment. Much of the evening will be devoted to hob-nobbing, and Portland Surfrider will provide free Hot Lips Pizza and beer. Come and invite your friends!

April 12, 2008

MARINE RESERVES UPDATE

On March 23, Governor Kulongoski issued an Executive Order directing the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) to serve as lead agency for the marine reserve recommendation process. ODFW will work with the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to identify nine or less marine reserve ‘study areas’ by Jan 1, 2009. The nomination process will be supported by local nearshore action teams, comprised of coastal residents, ocean users, and other interested parties. Marine reserves are places in the ocean that are protected from human impacts, including extraction and habitat damage. Science shows that reserves almost always result in greater abundance, size, and diversity of marine organisms inside their boundaries. Please join a coalition of ocean users that’s participating and supporting this process. On April 21, the OPAC Marine Reserve Workgroup will meet in Lincoln City with opportunities for public comment. For more info on Oregon’s planning process http://www.oregonmarinereserves.net/. For info to get involved pstauffer@surfrider.org.

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