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As you can see we had an enthusiastic group of youthful volunteers at the February 4th beach cleanup. Oh what fun it was to comb the the south jetty beach with this crew of high school activists. Thank you volunteers!! With a total of 10 people in 2 hours we managed to fill 12 bags of trash, and haul away a load of Styrofoam and a disintegrating fiberglass boat. Our ocean is that much cleaner, keep up the good work!
Under warm sunny skies, a total of 41 volunteers came out by boat and via land for just a few hours to help cleanup our beloved Siuslaw River. In total the crew hauled in a whopping 1600 pounds! Some of the more frequent items encountered included large chunks of styrofoam, plastic bottles, tires, and plastic bags. After all of the hard work, volunteers met up at the Wakonda Brewery Tasting Room for some cool libations and a BBQ, with some great music by the local band Sun House. Thank you so much to everyone who came out and helped to keep all of this trash from ending up in the ocean and on our beaches! Extra special thanks to Siuslaw Chapter Volunteer Coordinator Melisa Buckwald for her great leadership in organizing this event! The Siuslaw Chapter has officially adopted the Siuslaw Estuary from the Siuslaw Bridge up to Cushman through SOLV’s Adopt-A-River program, the next cleanup event will be on August 27th so mark your calendars now and tell your friends! Check out a few more pics that made the front page of the Siuslaw News here
For those of you wondering what has happened over the past few months to Siuslaw member Geth Noble…well, here you go:
Congratulations to the newly elected chapter executive board for the Siuslaw Chapter! John Tipple – Chair, Ian Jarman – Vice Chair, Melisa Buckwald – Volunteer Coordinator, Jakki Todd – Treasurer and Johanna Finley – Secretary. Welcome aboard our new Siuslaw chapter leaders!
The topic of alternative ocean energy (i.e. wave energy) has been one of much interest in Oregon and among Oregon Chapters over the past 3 years. Since developing the Statement on Wave Energy in Oregon (below) and taking the administrative action of filling a motion of intervention on specific projects, Surfrider now has a seat in statewide planning processes thru their representation of recreational ocean users on the Territorial Sea Plan Advisory Committee. Non-consumptive recreational users comprise a significant stakeholder interest in planning processes due to the diversity of activities, level of participation, spatial distribution along the coast, and economic contributions to the economy of Oregon. In partnership with the State of Oregon, Ecotrust, and Natural Equity we are about to collect spatial information of various recreational uses from up and down the Oregon Coast. Your participation in this study is highly encouraged, good studies require accurate information and broad participation. Look for more info to come on this soon. A case study of a similar effort is the work this past summer completed by our graduate intern Marissa Matsler from Yale University. Marissa initiated a recreational use study for Douglas County in relation to the proposed wave energy device to be built within the Jetty. Click on the link below to read the final report.