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Surfrider Oregon continues to be involved in a settlement process with federal and state agencies, conservation groups and Ocean Power Technology (OPT) to agree on a precautionary approach to wave energy in Reedsport. Negotiations have developed a draft settlement agreement that includes an adaptive management strategy. This strategy includes several study plans that OPT has agreed to conduct to identify any potential adverse effects from the first and second phases of the wave energy project. The company hopes to install one buoy and then ten buoys before a potential build-out to 200 buoys. Adaptive Management ensures that parties reassess implementation of the project at each phase to avoid or minimize degradation to aquatic resources. Initial phases will include studies on aquatic species such as marine mammals, sharks, fish, plankton, and migratory birds. OPT will also study effects of wave energy buoys on recreation, public safety, crabbing, fishing, and cultural resources. Surfrider intends to remain engaged throughout the process to help ensure that adverse effects are addressed appropriately and efficiently.
An amended proposal to reauthorize the federal BEACH Act(Beaches Environmental Assessment & Coastal Health) is now being considered by Congress. The bill would provide $40 million for states to monitor water quality at recreational beaches and encourage states to perform source-tracking studies. In Oregon, the Act would directly support the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program, which is administered by the Department of Human Services and Dept of Environmental Quality. The program monitors beaches from Astoria to Brookings for fecal bacteria, and reports elevated levels to the public. If you haven’t already, please participate in the action alert below to let your federal representatives know you support enhanced water quality monitoring for ocean beaches. After all, it’s your beach! Click here to take action: http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/beachact_2007
On January 7-8, the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will hold meetings in Astoria on Marine Reserve planning and Wave Energy development. On Mon morning, the Marine Reserve Work Group will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m, with public comments taken at 11:30. On Mon afternoon, the Wave Energy Work Group will meet from 1pm to 4:30pm with public comments taken at 4pm. On Tues, the full OPAC will convene from 8:30 – 5pm with public comments at 11:30 am. All meetings will be held at the Loft at the Red Building (20 Basin Street, Suite F, Astoria, Oregon). It’s important that Surfrider members attend to speak in support of Oregon’s marine reserve planning process and responsible practices for wave energy development. For more info how to get involved email email@example.com See you there! For OPAC agenda:
In a phone conversation recorded on November 25, 2007, long time Oregon surfer and board shaper Lanny Shuler and Pete Stauffer, Oregon Policy Coordinator, discuss the nature of Surfrider and its various activities around the state of Oregon. Lots of different topics covered including the Georgia Pacific campaign, Blue Water Task Force, marine reserves, wave energy, LNG, dredging issues, and of course, surf culture and community in Oregon. Sorry if we ramble a bit! We’re going to try to do more of these so ideas and feedback is encouraged. Thanks to Lanny for helping make this happen! To access podcast click here: http://web.mac.com/shulersurf.mac/Shulers_Site/Home.html
Florence-area coastal activists have won a victory for public access. The Lane County commissioners, responding to considerable pressure, rescinded the $3 day use fee they had imposed simply for taking in the view at Harbor Vista County Park, known popularly among locals as Chicken Point. For many, frequenting the point is a daily morning ritual, and the view allows surfers, fishermen, and other ocean users to check conditions at the jetties and Siuslaw River Bar. Area residents and Surfrider activists responded swiftly by gathering over 250 signatures on a petition to eliminate the fee, as well as providing crucial public testimony to the Lane County Board of Commissioners. West Lane Commissioner Bill Fleenor championed the cause and quickly instructed park staff to remove the user fee sign from the viewing area. Big Ups and Massive Respect to all those who signed the petition, and helped gather signatures. Many thanks to Gus for leading the charge, and Mark, John, Scott, Seth and Charlie for giving public testimony to the board, and cheers to our friends at The Sportsman and Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition CoastWatch program for all their help in this campaign victory!
The nascent Snowrider Project in Oregon is in motion. The 07-08 snow season will see us tabling regularly at Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, producing a Public Service Announcement multimedia project for use at Mt. Hood Ski & Snowboard camps, working to create long-term partnerships with key stakeholders, and enthusiastically organizing creative fundraising opportunities. On October 14 six Snowrider volunteers and 2 dogs visited four sites near Government Camp with the Zig Zag Ranger District’s Bill Westbrook and Kathleen Walker: Summit Snowpark, Summit Airstrip, Trillium Lake and West Leg Road plus the new Jeff Flood Still Creek Basin chairlift at Timberline. From the pet waste in the wetland adjacent to the Summit Snowpark to the dispersed camp site overuse at the Summit Airstrip each area we visited provides a unique opportunity for environmental action. It makes the head spin to ponder how much can be done on the mountain with partnerships, well thought out programs & campaigns, fundraising and volunteer support. Much more later. Please stay tuned or contact Snowrider Coordinator Michael Halle to learn how to get involved firstname.lastname@example.org.