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A clean ocean starts with clean rivers! Join Portland Chapter as we paddle across the Willamette River on Sept 8th to raise awareness for a clean watershed. Bring your surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks or canoes and join us! We’ll meet at 12pm at the public dock underneath the SE side of the Hawthorne Bridge. There is parking available on SE Morrison St where it dead ends into the river trail. Guest speakers, prizes, refreshments and food will be provided. And, you’ll have the chance to learn more about Surfrider’s and other water quality groups’ campaigns, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities.
This Paddle Out will draw attention to Surfrider efforts to address water quality and storm water issues from the City of Portland to the mouth of the Columbia and north coast. Water quality issues in Portland, that may be seemingly unrelated to the coast, are in fact intricately connected via rivers and streams that transport urban water quality issues to our beaches and coastlines. Specifically, the Willamette River is the conduit for millions of gallons of water, sediment, and unfortunately, pollution each day. Surfrider Portland and other groups will be discussing their programs and highlighting federal legislation (Beach Protection Act 2007 and Raw Sewage Overflow Community Right To Know Act) that would benefit river and coastal water quality monitoring and awareness. They will also be highlighting and distributing free copies of Surfrider’s State of the Beach Report 2007, published in Portland with the theme of water quality.
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