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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 firstname.lastname@example.org before you go.
Please take a minute to participate in Action Alert below and make your voice heard in Salem! The Oregon Legislature is considering two bills that would address point-source pollution in state waters. Senate Bill 317 (Right to Know) would require that “mixing zones” for persistent bioaccumulative toxins (e.g., PCB’s, lead, mercury) be indicated through signs and buoys. Senate Bill 737 (Reducing Toxics) would direct the Dept of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to phase out the discharge of bioaccumulative toxins at levels that may be harmful to aquatic life or human health. Please see link below and send an email to the Environment & Natural Resources Committee to let them know you care about water quality in our rivers and ocean! http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/oregon_waterqualitybills
Source to Sea: The Columbia River Swim will screen at the Savoy Theater in Port Orford on Wed, April 4th at 6pm. Admission is $5. Director Andy Norris will introduce the film and host a Q and A session following the screening. Surfrider is co-sponsoring the event and will have a raffle to benefit the water quality laboratory at Pacific High School. On July 1, 2003 Christopher Swain became the first person to swim the entire 1,243 mile length of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. His swim brought stories about the rivers disrupted ecosystems and dislocated peoples to a worldwide audience of millions.