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
November 6, 2008 | No Comments

Blue Water Task Force Launches at Pacific High School

After two training workshops with the Curt Gault’s chemistry class, the water quality lab is officially up and running at Pacific High School again for the schoolyear. The kids and new volunteers are excited to be participating in sampling from our usual locations at Hubbard Creek, Battle Rock, Port Dock, Garrison Lake outfall. The program is in partnership with Port Orford Ocean Resoucre Team through our collaborative effort on the community Stewardhip Area. Volunteer packets, coolers, sampling containers, and instructions are now available for pick up at the POORT office. Please email Briana Goodwin ( or Charlie Plybon ( for more information, or stop by the POORT Office.

September 16, 2008 | No Comments

Siuslaw Chapter Launch!

Congratulations to the Siuslaw Organizers for an extraordinary event kicking off their charter! In the coming weeks the Surfrider Foundation’s Board of Directors will be meeting and hopefully approving the charter request. Great work by all organizing members, especially the newly elected executive committee: John Tipple, Gus Gates, Richard Palmer, Brittany Getz and Ian and Heidi Jarman! With a fresh strategic plan and a Blue Water Task Force program on the way, the makings for a great chapter are in the works! Welcome to the Surfrider Foundation Chapter Network gang! Pictured at right is Gus Gates, delivering a welcome to the crowd at the End of Summer Bash.
August 13, 2008 | No Comments

Siuslaw Organizers End of Summer Bash

The Siuslaw Organizers just finished up there new strategic initiatives and chapter vision to officially pitch their organizing as a chapter to the Board of Directors this fall. In celebration, they are throwing a kick off/end of summer event. All members (particularly Eugene folks!) are invited. Here’s the skinny:

When: August 31st, 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Where:Honeyman State Park, West Woahink Meeting Hall on Canary Rd (after 1st bridge)
What: Music by Apple Barner, Beer and beverages by Wakonda Brewery, Silent Auction with used surf boards, surf Art from local artists, raffle BBQ and Potluck
Family friendly fun!!!

June 1, 2008 | No Comments

Summer Water Quality Testing Begins

Summer is just around the corner and I wanted to give everyone a head’s up for our summer testing dates and a call for volunteers. I’m putting together a call for volunteers to send out via press release towards the end of the month, but I wanted to go ahead and pass this information to our web viewers first. We’ll be testing our usual spots (Hubbard Creek, Battle Rock, Port Dock, Garrison lake outfall (when water present) and some additional sites on Mill creek identified by volunteers with Garrison Lake Restoration Committee. By the mid June, we’ll have a display and information at the POORT office. Volunteer packets, coolers, sampling containers, and instructions are now available for pick up at the POORT office. Feel free to email me ( for more information or drop by the POORT Office. Testing dates are as follows: June 5, June 19, July 3, July10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14, and August 21. Samples are to be dropped off by 10:30 am in the cooler outside the POORT office.
April 19, 2008 | No Comments

Florence: Oceanlinx Withdraws Application!

In August of 2007, the Oregon Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation filed a motion of intervention with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Florence Wave Energy facility proposed by the Australian company Oceanlinx. This motion (the first ever filed in the world by Surfrider) was brought about by concerns raised by local ocean users of the Florence Organizing Committee who wished to have a formal seat at the table when discussions moved forward in the planning process. Major concerns included the proposed size of platforms, their location and it’s likely impact on existing recreational uses, reductions in wave height, alterations of sediment transport, as well as impacts to aesthetics, public safety, and potential environmental impacts such as electromagnetic fields. The Surfrider Foundation supports finding new ways to harness renewable energy, as long as local needs and impacts are taken into proper consideration and steps are taken to avoid degradation of cultural rituals. After nearly 9 months had gone by since Oceanlinx had filed its preliminary permit application, and zero public outreach and stakeholder involement had been initiated, the company decided to withdraw their permit from consideration by FERC. For those who love surfing the south jetty, fishing and crabbing in the nearshore waters, or a nice stroll along the beach to view a beautiful Pacific sunset, this news was a major victory! This victory will serve notice to any gold rush dreamers that we here on the Central Oregon Coast stand ready to defend our oceans, waves, and beaches for the use and enjoyment for all people. (photo by Stiv J. Wilson)

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