Coos Bay ChapterThe Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
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: email@example.com or 541.332.0627
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!