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July 8, 2007

Georgia Pacific Update

The Oregon Dept of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is working to review and update the NPDES wastewater permit of the Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo in response to scientific and legal arguments presented by Surfrider. On Sept 9, 2006, Newport Chapter filed a Petition of Reconsideration with DEQ over the terms of the Georgia Pacific permit. The petition advocates for improved monitoring and use of additional pollution prevention technology. The GP mill releases an average of 10 million gallons a day of wastewater off Nye Beach in Newport. DEQ staff have had three formal meetings thus far to address the range of technical concerns raised in the Petition and reconsideration is expected to be completed by early 2008. Thank you to the members of Surfrider’s Oregon Environmental Issues Team (scientists, attorneys, permit afficianados, etc) who volunteered their personal time for this campaign. Also, major thanks to CRAG and NEDC for providing pro bono support.

June 29, 2007

Public Input: Marine Reserves

Governor Kulongoski has recently renewed his commitment to establish a network of marine reserves in Oregon’s Territorial Sea to help preserve Oregon’s ocean heritage for future generations. On July 16-17, the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will meet in Tillamook to discuss ecological and socioeconomic criteria to be used to evaluate potential sites. Following identification of criteria, a six month public process will begin for nomination of sites. It’s important that Surfrider members participate as this public process moves forward. For more info on how to get involved contact Pete pstauffer@surfrider.org For info on OPAC agenda: http://www.lcd.state.or.us/LCD/OPAC/index.shtml

June 27, 2007

Water Quality Success!!

Great news – the Oregon Legislature has just passed Senate Bill 737 which provides Oregon with a roadmap for reducing toxic pollution in our rivers, streams and Pacific Ocean. The bill will require the Dept of Environmental Quality to prepare a priority list of the most dangerous toxics that are accumulating in sediment, fish and human tissue, and produce a report for the legislature identifying the sources of this pollution, the levels entering the environment, and steps that can be taken to prevent, reduce or eliminate these toxics. While the bill is not as strong as originally written, it’s a major step towards stronger implementation of the Clean Water Act in Oregon. Thanks to all of you who participated in the Action Alert, sent letters, and testified in Salem! Thanks also to our coalition partners Sierra Club and the Riverkeepers. You all rock!

June 26, 2007 | 1 Comment

Ecosystem-Based Management

On June 21, Surfrider hosted a workshop Advancing Ecosystem-Based Ocean Management in Oregon in partnership with Oregon Ocean, Oceana and COMPASS. The workshop was attended by scientists, agency staff, elected officials, and other non-profit organizations. The workshop addressed how Oregon may transition to a more integrated approach to ocean governance that focuses on the health of the entire ecosystem (e.g. protecting biodiversity, habitat features, land-sea connections, ecological functions, etc) rather than a sector-by-sector approach. To read a draft vision statement on EBM in Oregon by four groups, please see first comment to this post

June 18, 2007

International Surf Day – June 21 & 23!

Come out and celebrate International Surf Day with the Newport and Portland Chapters of Surfrider Foundation. Three Oregon events are lined up and sure to be a lot of fun and a great benefit for our oceans and surfing. The first event takes place on the actual “international surf day”, June 21st. An evening beach cleanup and paddle out will occur at South Beach State Park from 6:00-9:00 on Thursday June 21, 2007. Also on Thursday, is the Todd Hannigan concert at the Aladdin Theater (see http://www.surfrider.org/portland/index.html for details). The blow-out event is on June 23rd at the Rogue Brewery in South Beach from 5:00-9:00: “Art of Surfing”, featuring surf/skate photography and art from around Oregon, food, drinks, raffle and door prizes, all ages welcome: $3 admission. Proceeds from this benefit will be split between the Newport and Portland Chapter to fund water quality, beach preservation, beach access, and special places campaigns. Come on out to have fun and learn how Surfrider is working for you!
June 12, 2007

Kenny Doubt Memorial – June 16th

Come check out last year’s tow in contest and help support an Oregon local. Proceeds from this viewing will be donated to the family of Kenny Doudt, an Oregon surf legend. Kenny died surfing his favorite break in Kauai, HI on May 5th 2007. Saturday, June 16th, 7:00 pm – Chinook Winds Golf Course Aces Sports Bar…see flyer for details.

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