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The Coos Bay Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is once again proud to offer a Coos County student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in an environmental/natural science field a $500 scholarship towards their first year in school. This marks the 10th year of the scholarship, now expanded to all students in Coos County.
On the heels of Obama’s slashed budget for BEACH Act programs for coastal water quality monitoring, the Coos Bay Chapter is hosting a presentation on Thursday April 3rd, 6pm at the Broadway Rock Hall (next to Sharkbites) to discuss the past and future of this important program for coastal recreational users. Oregon’s Field Manager for Surfrider Foundation, Charlie Plybon, will present on the current efforts to reinstate this funding and how it relates to Oregon’s current coastal water quality efforts along the coast, the health of surfers and beachgoers and how you can be involved in monitoring and pollution solutions.
Join us at the beautiful South Slough Interpretive Center Auditorium for this month’s chapter meeting from 5:30pm-7:30pm on February 6th. This month’s meeting will feature a special presentation from Community Outreach Director Mary Johnson from Washed Ashore, presentation to begin at 6pm.
Below is an update from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on the latest with the dock and terrible foam debris incident at Lighthouse Beach.
01/29 – OPRD update
“Dock Owner – The owners of the dock have responded and have a 4-5 person crew cutting up the concrete into smaller sizes that will be removed by an inmate crew when they are done. Their crews have also been assisting with the clean-up. Currently it is their responsibility for clean-up.
OPRD – Thus far OPRD has had 9 inmate crews working the beach clean-up. We are working with the dock owner for more crews in the near future to remove the concrete and the foam. Sunset Bay park staff have been assisting with garbage runs between the beach accesses. 160 yards of foam have been removed from the beach. We have emptied within one week three 30 yd, two 25 yd, and one 20 yd dumpsters. Of that, Washed Ashore retrieved a 20′ U-Haul truck worth of new art material.
Additional Docks – Three docks were removed from Winchester Bay and Horsfall that were also a part of this event. Those docks were removed by Mast Brothers and were easily hauled off the beach, but at a substantial financial cost.”
New Years for Coos Bay brought 50-60ft sections of a privately owned dock to Lighthouse Beach presenting homeowners, beach-lovers and natural resource agencies with criminal loads of plastic foam (polystyrene a.k.a “white trash”) within the marine and beach environment and along personal property. While OPRD and volunteers have been desperately working around the clock to remove what they can, the white trash continues to break apart into smaller and smaller fragments, being released into the marine waters and coastline like a ship spewing oil.