Coos Bay Chapter

The Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
July 13, 2009 | No Comments

Beach Safety and Tidepooling 101

Friday July 10th the Brookings grade school summer Kaspar program got a quick beach safety rundown including a lesson in tidecharts and then we moved on to browsing the tidepools at Harris Beach State Park. The kids saw crabs, anemones, various marine plants, stars, snails, mussels, clams and more. We had a great time and it was nice to see so many kids stoked at the beach. Couldn’t have a better day at school than school at the beach. Many of the kids found plastic in the high tide line and it directly related to our discussion earlier in the week on plastics in the ocean and conservation. Aloha.
July 7, 2009 | No Comments

Brookings youth get plastics education

Brookings youth saw how turtles choke on plastic, how dolphins get entangled in “ghost nets” and got a general feeling for why plastics in our ocean is a very serious predicament. The summer program got a quick overview of what Surfrider Foundation is and what we do and then we tackled the problem of plastics in our ocean. We viewed the “Synthetic Sea Story” from Algalita Marine Research Foundation and had a discussion on the movie and what we can do to help. The kids seemed genuinely concerned and understood the importance of keeping trash out of the ocean. These bright kids are the true stakeholders and I think with our guidance they will handle this very important issue and the many others that they will face as they gain maturity. I wish them all the luck in the world!
July 7, 2009 | No Comments

July 5th cleanup

Greetings, The Curry Organizers and SOLV had a cleanup on July 5th to help alleviate some of the left over trash from the Party at the Port in Gold Beach. The High Schoolers did a good job of cleaning the party site and we finished off what they missed and cleaned the road to the Rogue river mouth and finished off the parking area overlooking the river. With only three volunteers we managed to gather 3 bags of garbage! Thanks for all of your help Cheryl and Sarina.
June 15, 2009 | No Comments

Port Orford Storm Drain Marking and BBQ

On Saturday June 13th, we had a BBQ to celebrate the Storm Drain marking at Battlerock beach park in Port Orford. If visitors were willing to listen to a quick spiel about surface water runoff, they were rewarded with locally caught fresh fish, bratts and hotdogs! The BBQ ran from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and we served at least 30 people. A big thanks to the Eagle III crew who caught the halibut and deep water red and to Aaron Longton for the highly coveted salmon! Thank you to our cooks for feeding our hungry visitors (Charlie with the dogs and bratts and Darrell with the fish)! Thanks for all your good work Briana. To see Briana’s pictures of the painting and the BBQ visit :

http://picasaweb.google.com/oceanresourceteam/BattleRockStormdrainPainting#

June 12, 2009 | No Comments

Rogue River Cleanup May 30th

This years Rogue river cleanup was a great success. The Curry Organizers took the Rogue river mouth while volunteers from the Lower Rogue Watershed, SOLV, the Trash Dogs and other kids and volunteers removed rubbish from the rest of the lower Rogue river via jet boat assistance. This year we had 17 boats, over 50 students and dozens of adult volunteers who collected 20 cubic yards of trash and numerous tires from gravel bars and along roads of the lower Rogue river.

We also helped to feed 100 hungry trash collectors at a BBQ at Quosatana Campground. This is a classic example of community effort that is changing the way kids and the town thinks about our river, trash and stewardship of our natural resources. It really is every ones responsibility to help clean up our planet.

Thank you to Maggie and the Lower Rogue Watershed Council and to all the volunteers for your time and support, see ya next time!

Dave Lacey

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