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February 27, 2008

Beach Cleanups Are Coming March 29!

Please let us know if you’d like to help us volunteer or captain a clean up site for the annual event on Saturday, March 29th!

Surfrider Volunteer Contacts for Captain and Volunteer Coordination:

North Coast: Jocelyn Gary at garyjocelyn@gmail.com

Mid Coast: Beth Wiley at wileybe@onid.orst.edu

Yachats to Florence: Gus Gates at ggates@surfrider.org

For more information on the SOLV Spring Beach Cleanup:
http://www.solv.org/programs/spring_beach_cleanup.asp

February 22, 2008

PORT ORFORD WATER FESTIVAL

The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team and Surfrider Foundation present the Port Orford Water Festival 2008! The first annual Water Festival will be held on March 7-8th at the Community Center in Port Orford. Come learn about the ocean, the rivers, and the people protecting them by visiting a variety of display booths! Dissect a fish, win the scavenger hunt, and learn to fish on the mighty Elk River! Take a walk down to the dock and learn about the boats and the port. Come play with some of the creatures that live under the sea. Learn about Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force Program in Port Orford. The Festival will kick off at 6pm Friday with our keynote speaker Dr. Jane Lubchenco, who will be speaking at the Savoy Theater on her paper, ‘A New Ocean Ethic’. This is your chance to learn more about our water resources and how to protect them! All activities are free! For more information, or to volunteer at the event, contact pstauffer@surfrider.org . Click here for more info: Kid%27s_flyer.pdf

February 14, 2008

Surfrider Portland Launches Astoria Lab!

This fall the Surfrider Foundation Portland chapter moved their Blue Water Task Force to Astoria High School’s Applied Science Center. Over the course of the first semester, Astoria High science teacher Tim Roth worked to get the lab up and running and develop the program into his cellular biology unit’s curriculum. With the assistance of local volunteers, Astoria high school students will be running water quality samples for some of the most popular recreational beaches from Oswald West to Astoria. Volunteers are needed to help pick up samples! Water sampling is a fun and easy way to volunteer. Samples are collected on Monday mornings and dropped off at Cold Water Surf Shop by Noon. Contact and further volunteer information can be found at: http://www.surfrider.org/oregon/volunteers.html#PORTLAND. Major kudos to Mark “Finger” Taylor and Cold Water Surf for this great partnership!

February 1, 2008

Marine Reserves: Listening & Learning

Oregon Sea Grant is organizing an outreach effort to inform the public about marine reserves and gather feedback about the concept and the process. Public Forums are being held in coastal communities this month and a complete schedule is on our event calendar. The results will be compiled and forwarded to OPAC for use as they finalize an Oregon Marine Reserve Policy guidance document later in 2008. During Phase 1 (Jan-March) Sea Grant will conduct listening and information-gathering in communities on the Oregon coast. One desired outcome is the formation of local working groups to further study the issue and, if they choose, nominate areas in their regions as potential marine reserves. During Phase 2, (April-June) Oregon Sea Grant will support local working groups and assist OPAC and the state in communicating with the public about the marine reserve nomination process. Be sure to check out the website http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/outreach/reserves.html for more info on how to get involved. And please email marinereserves@oregonstate.edu to provide your input – make your voice heard!

January 29, 2008

GEORGIA PACIFIC UPDATE

On Jan 22, Surfrider’s Environmental Issues Team (EIT) met with staff from the Oregon Deparment of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to discuss the agency’s reconsideration of the NPDES wastewater permit for the Georgia Pacific Pulp Mill in Toledo. The four hour meeting was a follow-up to DEQ’s acceptance of Surfrider Central Coast Chapter’s 2006 petition to formally reconsider the terms (e.g., monitoring requirements, effluent standards, etc.) of the GP permit. DEQ declined to provide a specific date for completing the permit reconsideration, but emphasized it is a ‘high priority’ to get it done. DEQ agreed with Surfrider’s argument that Marion County landfill leachate is not an appropriate waste stream under this permit, and indicated that their reconsideration document will reflect this (good news!!) Unfortunately, agreement on many of the other issues was harder to come by. Still, DEQ staff indicated their willingness to consider science-based resources provided by Surfrider in the reconsideration process. We are currently working to develop several memos, including recommendations for additional monitoring. The Georgia Pacific mill releases an average of 11 million gallons a day of treated wastewater through an ocean outfall located 3,800 feet off Nye Beach in Newport.

January 24, 2008

FOCUS THE NATION

Surfrider is partnering with the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport to co-sponsor a ‘Focus the Nation’ forum on climate change on Jan 31st from 5pm to 6:30pm. The event is part of a national teach-in on global warming solutions on the imperative for taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We all know that large volumes of carbon in the Earths atmosphere is having effects on the worlds climate. You probably know that global climate change is affecting sea levels and ocean temperatures. Did you also know that this excess carbon is absorbed by the ocean? The Jan 31st event will be a great opportunity to learn more about global climate change and what you can do to help. Thanks to Noelle and Beth for help with this. See the official press release at: http://www.newportnewstimes.com/articles/2008/01/25/news/news11.txt

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