Oregon Chapter NetworkDedicated to the protection and enjoyment of Oregon's ocean, waves and beaches - More Details
On September 18, 2006, the Governors of Washington, Oregon, and California announced a historic agreement to collectively address ocean health off the west coast. The agreement identifies seven priority areas for action, including: clean waters and beaches; protecting ocean and coastal habitats; reducing impacts of offshore development; and implementing ecosystem-based management. Over the past few months, Oregon Chapter has been coordinating with Washington and California chapters to develop shared recommendations for the three states to advance the agreement. Oregon Chapter has also presented public comments in Tillamook and Portland, endorsing the effort and thanking the Governors for their work thus far. Sometime this fall, the Governors will release an action plan for moving forward. To read Oregon Chapter comments see first comment to this post
On Aug 22, the OPAC Marine Reserve Workgroup will meet in Charleston to discuss objectives and ecological criteria for a network of marine reserves in Oregon’s waters. This fall, a six month public nomination process for identifying reserve sites is scheduled to begin. Placement of marine reserves will need to be done thoughtfully, with a wide array of stakeholders weighing in. We need a coalition of Oregon residents, including people who use and depend on the ocean in a variety of ways, to participate in the designation of marine reserves along the Oregon coast. There are a number of opportunities to get involved with the planning process at both the local and state level. For info please visit “volunteer opportunities” section of Oregon Surfrider website. For meeting details see http://www.lcd.state.or.us/LCD/OPAC/index.shtml
The Cape Kiwanda Longboard Contest is on for August 4-5! This year, as in years prior, the contest will be held on the beach in Pacific City, Oregon. The contest is for longboards only, 9 feet and up. This is a family-oriented, community sponsored event, and will have a great raffle which will help support planning for a skate park in Pacific City. There will be live music Saturday night, food vendors at the beach and lots of good fun for everyone down on the beach all weekend. Make your plans now! Thanks for bringing it back, Bryan! Volunteers are needed – if you’re interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the contest website for reg forms and updates. http://www.capekiwandalongboardcontest.com/
Surfrider volunteers on the north coast are working to oppose development of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal, pipeline, and other facilities within the Columbia River Estuary. There are currently four different proposals to establish import terminals. The proposed sites include Bradwood Landing, located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River at approximately River Mile 38 (see photo); Tansy Point, within the City of Warrenton, Oregon; and the east and west banks of the Skipanon River mouth, also within the City of Warrenton. A number of concerns about LNG have been raised including threats to: water quality, shoreline access, public safety, local economics, salmon populations, etc. On July 17, the Clatsop County Planning Commission will accept public comments on the Bradwood Landing proposal. To read comments submitted to Clatsop County by local activists, please see first comment to this post. 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
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.