Coos Bay ChapterThe Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
After meeting for nearly 18 months, the Coos Bay Marine Reserve Recommendation Committee has come forward with a range of different scenarios for potential marine reserves and marine protected areas within the Cape Arago/ Seven Devils region and is seeking input from the public. The scenarios can be viewed at: www.portofcoosbay.com/marineres.htm During December 2010, the Recommendation Committee is hosting public comment town hall meetings in Reedsport, Charleston and Bandon on the proposed options. Following the town halls, the Committee will meet again to review public comments and finalize a recommendation for the Port Commission, which would then forward a proposal to the state Ocean Policy Advisory Council. The public meetings will be held in the following locations:
Bandon, December 8, 2010 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bandon High School Cafeteria – 550 9th Street SW, Bandon
Charleston, December 9, 2010 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology – 63466 Boat Basin Road, Charleston
Reedsport, December 13, 2010 – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Reedsport High School Cafeteria – 2260 Longwood Drive, Reedsport
The Committee would like to hear from you about your thoughts on establishing protections for this ecologically rich area. Check out the different scenarios and plan on attending one of the meetings, or submit written comments here. Comments are due by noon on Monday, December 20th.
Surfrider Foundation’s south coast blue water task force program is getting ready to launch seasonal beach monitoring along popular recreational beaches on Oregon’s south coast and this year we’re expanding! In years past we’ve partnered with the students from Pacific High School, but this year we’re starting a peer to peer program, bringing middle school students from Driftwood Elementary into the mix. This Thursday and Friday, along with our partners from the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, we’ll be setting up the lab and introducing the kids to the program through a series of 8 programs to 4 different classes. We’re excited to bring the peer to peer learning element into the program this year to get more kids involved and make better connections between the Port Orford Stewardship Area, Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and nearshore water quality. Wanna volunteer, get more involved or just learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Redfish Rocks Community Team will be leading a hike this Saturday along Humbug’s old coast Hwy providing information and answering questions about the Redifish Rocks Marine Reserve while offering spectacular views. Please join the team to learn about this amazing natural resource in our local community.
Saturday, April 3rd social hour with Ninkasi brew on tap from 4:00-5:00 at the Savoy Theater in Port Orford, followed by a screening of Sipping Jetstreams, a film by Taylor Steele. “With a sense for whit and an eye for natural beauty, this romantic surf novel unfolds throughout the world’s most untouched destinations with todays best surfers, period.” Proudly sponsored locally with killer sandwiches by the Surf Shack and Ninkasi brews. This is a 21 and over event, tickets $7.00 at the door.
Thanks to all of the volunteers that helped make this take back a success. There were quit a few folks who brought in old prescriptions, vitamins, and needles. Many of the folks who filled out a survey mentioned that they would like to see a regular drop site in their town. Port Orford already has a regular drop off at their city hall.
From all three cities we gathered approximately 100 pounds of prescription drugs that could have ended up in the hands of our kids or been disposed of in the toilet which has been shown to affect the wildlife in the watersheds where this happens. Lets work at keeping our kids and water clean and drug free. Thanks to all the folks who brought in their drugs and to the folks who helped make this take back a reality. Happy Spring!