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The Salmon-Drift Creek Watershed Council will present the movie Common Ground: Oregon’s Ocean on Tuesday May 8 at 6 PM at the Friends Room at the Driftwood Public Library. Produced by Greenfire Productions, Common Ground is a documentary that addresses the issue of marine reserves in Oregon’s waters. The film features beautiful footage of the underwater world off Oregon’s coast and presents perspectives from marine scientists as well as from fishermen and others who rely on the ocean for their livelihoods. The 30-minute film will be followed by a Q & A session afterwards. Public is welcome
If you surf in Oregon, please participate in a short survey on surfer health (link below). Dr. Anna Harding and Dr. Cathy Neumann of Oregon State University are conducting this research with support from Surfrider and funding from Oregon Sea Grant. The results will provide valuable information on surfer behaviors, perception of risks, and exposure characteristics. Active participation from the Oregon surfing community is really important as the study enrollment goal is 500. If you surf in Oregon, please take a few minutes to participate. You’ll definitely find it very interesting. Thanks! http://www.stat.oregonstate.edu/surfersurvey/
The Joint Ways and Means Committee is expected to take action the week of April 30 on House Bill 2924 Territorial Sea Mapping. Please call your state representative and senator and ask them to support funding for this important effort. The Bill would provide funds for detailed seafloor mapping of geologic and habitat features in Oregon state waters (0-3 miles offshore). Such mapping would help inform planning for establishing a network of marine reserves and tsunami disaster preparedness. Presently, less than 5 percent of Oregon Territorial Sea has been mapped. In 2006, over twenty Oregon-based marine scientists signed a Scientific Consensus Statement for Mapping the Oregon Territorial Seafloor. Please let your state representatives know that you support HB 2924. For more information see http://dusk.geo.orst.edu/3mile/consensus_statement.pdf
Come drink some Cold Beer for Clean Water! Join us at Satyricon (125 NW 6th) at 7pm on Tues, April 24th. Entertainment includes Oregon surf films by ASV Productions and a performance by the amazing surf band – the Verbtones. Portland Chapter is proud to have Kona Brewing as a sponsor, and patrons will recieve a free pint glass with Kona and Surfrider logo with each beer purchase. All proceeds support Blue Water Task Force – Surfrider’s volunteer water quality testing program. There will also be info on Surfrider campaigns and volunteer opportunities. $2 cover. Doors open at 7pm. This is an all-ages show, pints with valid ID only. For more info on Verbtones www.theverbtones.iwarp.com For more info on ASV Productions: www.awesomesurfvideos.com See you there!
On Wed, April 18, the Marine Reserve Workgroup will meet to discuss Goals and Objectives for a network of Marine Reserves in state waters. On Thurs, April 19, the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will convene to discuss Marine Reserves and Wave Energy. Both meetings are open to the public with opportunity for public comment. It’s important that Surfrider members participate in these meetings to speak in support of clean water and habitat protections! For more info: http://www.lcd.state.or.us/LCD/OPAC/index.shtml
A public hearing on Senate Bill 737 has tentatively been scheduled for April 24 by the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. The Bill would direct the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to phase out the discharge of bioaccumulative toxins into our rivers and ocean at levels that may be harmful to aquatic or human health. The hearing is scheduled to take place at 3pm in Room B at the State Capitol (900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301). Demonstrating public support for reducing toxic discharges into our waters is critical to moving the bill forward, so please consider attending the hearing. Or alternatively, PLEASE participate in Action Alert below. Fyi hearings may be subject to schedule changes so feel free to confirm with Pete email@example.com before you go.