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Of the seven wave energy development proposals on the Oregon coast, the Reedsport project is farthest along. Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) is hoping to secure necessary permits to install 14 buoys about 2.5 miles off the coast of Gardiner within the next year or so. Ultimately, OPT hopes to expand to an array of 200 buoys. Surfrider has a formal seat in the state sponsored settlement process that is helping guide how the federal permitting process moves forward. Our priorities include addressing: environmental impacts, conflicts with ocean recreation, public safety, and aesthetics. Recently, Surfrider submitted written arguments for stronger research and monitoring for electromagnetic fields (EMF) that would be produced by project. OPT has already agreed to conduct some field monitoring based on this memo, and discussions are ongoing to determine what field research might be conducted. To read the memo, see first comment to this post. Thanks to Kristen and Stiv for all their support on this!
Don’t Miss “The Art of Surf” Thursday October 4th at 6:00 pm at Visage Arts on 1046 NW Johnson St. in the Pearl. The art show is a benefit for Surfrider Portland Chapter celebrating opening on the first thursday event. Featured artists include: Spencer Reynolds (see image), Nellyda Anslow, John Holm, and Kristian Hargis. Food, drinks and surf films will accompany the opening so please come out and join us and support some great artists and the ocean! Also, Surfrider table with information on our campaigns and volunteer opportunities. Major thanks to chapter host Stiv Wilson for organizing this event!
On Sept 24th-25th, the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will hold meetings in Pacific City on Marine Reserve Planning and Wave Energy Development. On Monday, the Marine Reserve Working Group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, with public comments taken at 11:30. On Tues, the full OPAC will convene from 8:30 – 5pm with public comments at 1:30 pm. All meetings will be held at Pacific Coast Bible Church, 35170 Brooten Rd., Pacific City, OR. 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. See you there! For more info: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/OPAC/docs/workinggroups/MRWGagenda092407.pdf
Please participate in the action alert below to let your federal representatives know you support enhanced water quality monitoring for ocean beaches. The BEACH Protection Act of 2007 would increase federal funding support for water quality testing and require the EPA to adopt rapid analysis methods to provide water quality data within hours of sampling. The Act would also promote actions to identify and clean up sources of pollution. 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. Please let Congress know that you support the Act. After all, it’s your beach! Click here to take action: http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/beachact_2007
Oregon Surfrider recently partnered with a number of fishing groups, scientists, and environmental organizations to develop a consensus statement on Oregons ocean. The statement addresses the current health of Oregons marine ecosystem, as well as the role of management tools such as marine protected areas (MPAs) and marine reserves. The effort represents an important collaboration between a range of different stakeholder groups and demonstrates promise that diverse interests in Oregon can work together on issues like marine reserve planning, wave energy development, and watershed stewardship. Signers to the statement include: Portland Audubon, Northwest Steelheaders, Oceana, Five Star Charters, Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, Berkley Conservation Institute, NW Guides and Anglers, Pacific Marine Conservation Council, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, and others To read the full statement see first comment to this post.
On Aug 29, the Clatsop County Planning Commission rejected the advice of two staff reports and voted (4 to 3) in favor of land use amendments that would allow development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project at Bradwood Landing by developer NorthernStar Natural Gas Co. The Planning Commission will meet again on Sept 21 to draft their formal recommendation to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners. The decision represents a setback in the campaign to opposed LNG development in Astoria; however, there are still a number of hurdles that the Bradwood Landing project would have to clear (at the local, state, and federal level) to receive necessary permits. A number of concerns about LNG have been raised including threats to: water quality, shoreline access, public safety, local economics, salmon populations, etc. Bradwood Landing is one of four project proposals to establish import LNG terminals in the Astoria area. The other proposed sites include Tansy Point, within the City of Warrenton, and the east and west banks of the Skipanon River mouth. On Sept 18, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a public hearing on the Oregon LNG project proposed on the Skipanon Peninsula. Surfrider volunteers on the north coast are working to oppose LNG in the Astoria area. If you are interested in getting involved in this campaign contact email@example.com. For more info on the proposed project see http://www.co.clatsop.or.us/index.asp