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
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: or 541.332.0627

December 7, 2009 | No Comments

Dave Lacey is the Walrus


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 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!

November 15, 2009 | No Comments

Beach Access at Memory Lane, Brookings

The Curry Organizers are weighing in on the right to access the beach at the end of Memory Lane in Brookings, Oregon. If you have ever gone through the pedestrian gate at the end of Memory Lane then you know how awesome the beach is north of the jetties. Even if you haven’t but are concerned with the idea that you may not ever get the opportunity to go down to that beach then write to the city of Brookings and let them know that you support them in their fight to keep the beach access open.

What is happening is some of the folks that live down past the gate are concerned with the public littering and burning fires down at the north jetty beach. They are building a new gate and don’t want to put another pedestrian gate in that would allow the rest of us access to a wonderful stretch of beach at Chetco Cove. If you haven’t been there it’s worth the short walk past the gate and you might want to do it now just in case you don’t get another chance.
The Curry Organizers are going to draw up a simple plan of quarterly beach cleanups for the community to organize around to at least dispel the argument about the littering problem. If the concerned home owners don’t accept the cleanup plan then we know they just don’t want any of the public that doesn’t live behind the gate to enjoy a classic piece of Oregon beach and that’s plain wrong.

So write your letters and let the city know your concerned. Tell them you have been down to that beach, let them know that you would like to be able to continue to access that beach and that you are in support of the city and their fight to allow beach access at Memory Lane. See you on the beach,

Write to city manager:

Gary Milliman

City of Brookings

898 Ellk drive

Brookings, Or 97415

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