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Surfrider has partnered with Oregon State University to develop a Framework for Addressing Social and Economic Issues in Marine Protected Area (MPA) Planning in Oregon. Project leader, Darci Connor of OSUs Marine Resource Management Program, interviewed numerous ocean stakeholders, scientists, and agency staff here in Oregon and reviewed case studies from other MPA planning efforts around the country. The resulting report provides recommendations for enhancing Oregons planning process with respect to: a) long-term vision and funding; b) socioeconomic assessments; c) public and stakeholder participation; d) data integration. The document has been distributed to members of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to help support Oregons current Marine Reserve planning process. To read the recommendations section, see first post below.
On Tues, Oct 16, Surfrider is sponsoring an open forum from 6-8pm in Florence in Bromley room of the Siuslaw Public Library. Entitled Marine Reserves: What YOU Need to Know, the forum will feature presentations from members of the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) on Oregon’s public process to establish a network of reserves in Oregon’s Territorial Sea. The evening will also feature the short film: Common Ground: Oregon’s Ocean, produced by Greenfire Productions, as well as opportunities to get involved at the local and state level. Food and Beverages will be provided. All are welcome. See you there!
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