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The 3rd hearing for the City of Newport’s license agreement for rights of way of the effluent line for the Georgia Pacific Toledo Pulp Mill was packed again and the testimony from both sides of the issue continued on. The city council announced that Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be coming to the August 4th meeting to answer questions from the council in light of all the technical and environmental concerns raised by citizens. Many, restless from DEQ’s long-awaited reconsideration of the NPDES permit, spoke in favor of forming a technical and scientific task force to investigate monitoring and wastestream treatment options. Recent local press on the issue:
While meeting in Newport, Ore. on June 28th, the Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors passed an Alternative Ocean Energy Policy that defines our approach toward renewable energy projects along the worlds coasts and oceans. The policy highlights the importance of seeking energy sources that can reduce our dependency of fossil fuels, while also adequately addressing environmental, public safety, and recreational issues. This adopted global policy was heavily based on the Oregon Wave Energy Statement that was crafted by our chapters and statewide membership last year. Click here to read: http://www.surfrider.org/whoweare7.asp Thanks to all of you who participated in developing this! Also, as a reminder, we have a wave energy blog that includes info for activists on wave energy. http://surfriderwaveenergy.blogspot.com/
On July 6, 2008, a 14-year-old boy lost his arm in Pacific City after a dory boat struck him while surfing. Other surfers were able to recover his arm and administer aid. The boy was air lifted to Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he underwent surgery to reattach his arm. Witnesses say the Dory boat approached the beach at a high speed with no warnings even though its mandated to blare the boats horn within 100 yards of the beach. A very sad incident indeed. Surfrider is following this issue closely and we hope that future incidents like this can be avoided. Surfrider Foundation chapters in Oregon have strong ties with both surfers and fishermen, and we hope this incident will not compromise the use of the area for either user group. As a grassroots organization that advocates for surfer access, we are engaged in discussions with members of the PC surf community, and willing to provide support, as needed. Hopefully we can all work within this community to better educate all users so something like this never happens again.
The Portland Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, along with Wend magazine and Kona Brewing are hosting a benefit art show for Surfrider’s ongoing programs to benefit our oceans. Hosted by Lizard Lounge for first Thursday, the show will feature seven different regional surf artists, music, and lots of free beer. (Spencer Reynolds ‘Connecting’ pictured right). Plus, a Surfrider table with info on our campaigns, programs, and volunteer opportunities! Come down, show your support for mother ocean, and check out some art. Thursday, July 3rd, 6pm 1323 NW Irving St., Portland http://www.lizardloungepdx.com/.
On June 17-18, 2008, the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) with support from Surfrider, PMCC and other partners officially launched the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area! The event was attended by over a hundred participants including the Governors Office, fishermen, marine scientists, community leaders, agency staff, and environmental groups. Jared Tarr, Surfriders Blue Water Task Force Coordinator in Port Orford, presented on local marine water quality testing conducted in partnership with Pacific High School. The goal of the proposed Stewardship Area is to protect the rich marine ecology of the region while also promoting sustainable fishing opportunities for the local fleet. The Areas boundaries encompass the communitys historic fishing grounds and adjacent watersheds, promoting an ecosystem-based approach to management. The Stewardship Area concept grew out of POORTs mission to engage local fishers and other community members in creating a natural resource management framework that makes sense for the Port Orford. POORT believes that in order to sustain local fisheries, we must be proactive, ensuring that people who live and work on the ocean play a role in their stewardship. For more info on the project please see www.oceanresourceteam.org/Huge thanks to Leesa, Alicia, Jared, Rachel, Aaron, Markus, and many, many others