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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org For info on OPAC agenda: http://www.lcd.state.or.us/LCD/OPAC/index.shtml
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!
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
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.