Coos Bay ChapterThe Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
Bastendorff is a special place for our Surfrider chapter, it’s the place we all go to take our dogs to run free, surf (every now and then it’s good), camp and connect with the ocean. Keeping it clean was the inspirational action that led to the development of our chapter and continues to be a focal point today. Bastendorff is unique in that it is one of the few easily accessible spots in Oregon where you can camp for free on the beach – a feature that, while in the spirit of Oregon, comes with a series of challenges.
This December, the Coos Bay chapter teamed up with Bandon High School and science teacher Trent Hatfield to expand geographic coverage of the their Blue Water Task Force program (BWTF) and launch a Surfrider QUAD Youth Club. The goal behind both of these is to increase youth engagement in the BWTF program and local water quality issues. The program kicked off with a training for students on how to collect, prepare and test water quality samples.
The 2014 Stand UP! For the Bay was a smashing success! Over 60 participants showed up to celebrate the South Slough, Oregon’s largest estuary (completely within state lines) and the sixth largest along the Pacific Coast. In addition to connecting with their local watershed, paddlers enjoyed live music, local fair and helped raise over $1800 for the Coos Bay Surfrider Chapter! Proceeds from this event will be used to support their local projects including water quality testing at eight locations through the Blue Water Task Force program.