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
January 14, 2010 | No Comments

Beach Access at Memory Lane/Sea Cliff Terrace

Hello folks, there is a survey to fill out at the Brooking city website regarding the beach access isssue at Memory Lane/Sea Cliff Terrace. Check out the link at the bottom of this blog to participate.

Please take a little time to complete this short survey and if you feel strongly about the possible denial of access to the north Jetty beach by all means write a letter to the city of Brookings letting them know how important this is to you. Remember, the city is behind us with this issue and is acting in the true Oregon spirit in supporting our rights to enjoy our beloved public beaches. Write to: Dan Milliman at the City of Brookings 898 Elk Drive Brookings Oregon 97415. http://www.brookings.or/City%20Recorder/Seacliff%20Terrace%20Survey.pdf
December 18, 2009 | No Comments

Redfish Rocks Community Team

The Redfish Rocks Community Team will assist the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in creating a management plan for the Redfish Rocks Research Reserve and Marine Protected Area. The management plan will include site specific goals, biological and social/economic monitoring plans, outreach and education and compliance/enforcement. The first meeting of the Community Team was held on December 7 and we were fortunate to be joined by Representative Krieger. The Team currently has 11 members that represent a diverse array of stakeholder groups. The Executive Committee was established with Jim Auborn (Mayor) presiding as Chair, Pete Stauffer (Surfrider) as Vice-Chair and Gary Anderson (Port Manager) as Secretary. The Community Team decided to recruit more members and to focus on the following stakeholder groups: Commercial Fishermen, Economic Development Specialists, Oregon State Parks, Business Owners, Teachers, Sport Fishermen/Charter Operators. Community Team meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Council Chambers at Port Orford City Hall, with the exception of the January 2010 meeting which will be January 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Community Building. Please contact Briana if you have questions or would like to apply to join the Community Team: briana@oceanresourceteam.org or 541.332.0627

December 7, 2009 | No Comments

Dave Lacey is the Walrus

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At Surfrider, we believe the beaches belong to the public, it’s that simple. Big kudos to South Coast organizer Dave Lacey for helping us engage in the Memory Lane Access issue. For more information, click here.

November 23, 2009 | No Comments

Oregon Recreational Uses of the Ocean Study

Hello Surfriders, Oregon State is conducting the first of it’s kind study focusing on non consumptive recreational users. People who surf, dive, nature view in boats, swim, windsurf, kayak and generally enjoy the beaches.
The information gathered will be used to create a profile of these recreational communities to potentially serve as a foundation for informing policy decisions. Non-consumptive recreational ocean users need to be represented in future decision making regarding Oregon’s oceans.
As stakeholders of Oregon’s ocean resources our participation is highly valued. This is a voluntary study and is open to Oregon residents over the age of 18. Contact Chris Eardley, an Oregon State University graduate student at ceardley@coas.oregonstate.edu Please mention which ocean recreational group(s) that you belong to and provide your mailing address for receiving the questionnaire.
All information gathered will be presented as a whole, in a summarized form. No sensitive information will be sought, no identities will be made public and mailing information will not be shared with third parties. Lets get our voices heard and work together to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of Oregon’s ocean resource use.
November 19, 2009 | No Comments

Port Orford Stormwater Ordinance

On November 2, the City of Port Orford amended its stormwater ordinance to strengthen protections for water quality. The new ordinance will help protect freshwater habitat used by salmon, and keep the ocean cleaner, as well. Under the ordinance, new development and redevelopment with less than 3,000 sq ft of impervious surface area is required to have a downspout (or similar method) to direct stormwater to vegetated areas to allow for natural filtration. New development and redevelopment with greater than 3,000 sq ft of impervious surface area (e.g., commercial development, industrial development, public works projects and multi-family residences) must have engineered stormwater plans that utilize ‘best management practices’ to keep water as close to where it fell as possible and maximize pollutant removal. For more information including the full ordinance, please visit the stormwater page. Thanks to all the partners who have worked on this effort including the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT), the City of Port Orford, Surfrider Foundation, New Wave Planning, and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development!

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