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August 6, 2007

Charleston Aug 22: Marine Reserve Workgroup

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

July 13, 2007

Cape Kiwanda Longboard Contest

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 Check the contest website for reg forms and updates.

July 11, 2007 | 1 Comment

LNG in Astoria??

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 For more info on the proposed project see

July 9, 2007

Partnering For Clean Water

In early 2007, the Surfrider Foundation was approached by the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District about participating in a joint water quality monitoring program. It was a perfect match: Surfrider already had the lab in Newport and the project funding would support other supplies needed for testing additional water quality parameters. The partners and expertise of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) made this project move forward quite smoothly. We developed a framework for cooperation bringing Surfrider Foundation Newport Chapter, Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, DEQ, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium into a formal partnership. Using DEQ training and expertise, volunteers across the Mid-Coast Basin familiar with local watersheds are able to test for different water quality parameters and engage as a community in this statewide TMDL process. This will position us very well in the coming years as DEQ defines impaired waterways and water quality standards in the Mid-Coast Basin. Follow to read the full article. Major thanks to all the volunteers and partners who helped make this happen!
July 8, 2007

Georgia Pacific Update

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.

June 29, 2007

Public Input: Marine Reserves

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 For info on OPAC agenda:

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