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 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

November 2, 2009 | No Comments

Port Orford Water Festival

The video from the Second Annual Port Orford Water Festival is now available! Check it out: [youtube=]

Check the Water Festival Website to keep up to date on the Third Annual Port Orford Water Festival.

August 31, 2009 | No Comments

Impromptu, Stealth Nelly Cove Cleanup.

Who says a beach cleanup has to be planned? An impromptu sneak attack can be just as successful and in some ways more rewarding than the planned for and organized type of cleanup. This night happened on a whim and we managed to remove 4 SOLV bags of trash off of one of the most amazing beaches in Curry County. Not an easy task considering the approach and retreat of this particular beach.

Remember, the SOLV fall cleanup is coming up September 19th so get out there and help make our beaches a more pleasureable experience for everyone. Thanks for the help Gus and thanks to the Ranger for his understanding of our after hours, evening beach cleanup efforts. Get some waves!
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