Siuslaw Chapter

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October 13, 2014 | No Comments

2014 Fall Siuslaw River Cleanup

Come join us this  Saturday for our Siuslaw Chapter Fall River and Estuary Cleanup! Come get a little dirty and help us care for our beautiful river. You can pickup cleanup supplies at Bridgeport Market in Florence, The Caffination Station in Mapleton and at the Deadwood Market. There is a potluck afterwards so bring a little something to throw on the BBQ. El Flowious will be cranking out the tunes, so don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes too! Come on out and show us some love!

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June 18, 2013 | No Comments

Siuslaw Estuary Cleanup June 29

Come join us for our estuary cleanup this month and help keep it clean upstream, before it gets to our oceans, waves and beaches! Bring your boat, kayak, paddle board…anything you can paddle or just walk along the estuary and river.
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January 19, 2013 | No Comments

New volunteers for BWTF at Siuslaw Chapter.

Our Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) had Siuslaw High School student volunteers from the Earth club collecting water from South Jetty and processing samples at the lab in Mapleton this week. Siuslaw Chapter enjoys many partnerships and we proudly house our lab and partner with the Siuslaw Watershed Council on our BWTF Program. To view results and a map of where the chapter samples, visit our chapter’s BWTF Webpage.  It is a great thing to see people from different age groups with the same concern and care for our water quality. Great Job Siuslaw Chapter Volunteers!



October 31, 2012 | No Comments

Florence is down with OFG!

Instructor Maria Cahill, Sustainable Site Specialist with Green Girl Land Development Solutions demonstrates how to do an infiltration test outside of Sandpines.

On a rainy afternoon in late October, 32 participants attended the Florence Rain Garden workshop to learn about ways to reduce non-point source pollutants flowing off their property as part of the Siuslaw Chapter’s Ocean Friendly Gardens program. The event was generously sponsored by the Siuslaw Watershed Council and the Siuslaw Soil and Water Conservation District. Big thanks to Sandpines Golf Course for providing a great location for the event! Participants learned about what a rain garden is and how they function, how to site one appropriately by calculating drainage area and local soil infiltration, using native or climate adapted plants in your rain garden, and some tricks for siting in challenging locations. Huge thanks to everyone for their attendance and participation! Happy Gardening!!!

Here are some helpful links with information from the workshop to help in implementing your own rain garden:

Fact Sheets on Rain Gardens and other stormwater management techniques

Tutorial on Choosing Native Plants using the USDA Plants Database

Rain Garden configuration details

Rain Garden Siting (i.e. Where do I put a rain garden and what kind) Decision Tree

Excel Rain Garden Infiltration Calculator

Practically Easy Landscaping Maintenance Guide

Direct link to the pdf of Maria’s PowerPoint Presentation

October 3, 2012 | No Comments

Florence Ocean Friendly Garden Workshop 10/29

Join Surfrider Foundation Siuslaw Chapter for a Ocean Friendly/Rain Garden Workshop!

Date – October 29th, 1pm-5pm

Location – Sandpines Golf Course (Tavolo Dining Room)

Featuring: Maria Cahill, Sustainable Site Specialist, Green Girl Land Development Solutions

Participants will learn:

  • What a rain garden is, and how to design and appropriately site one effectively
  • About soils and the importance of amendments
  • Calculating impervious surfaces so the garden can handle the volume of water
  • How to construct a rain garden in difficult locations
  • About native plants of our area and which ones will work best in your garden


RSVP to: Gus Gates,  *Space is limited to the first 40 people who sign up


Support Provided By: Siuslaw Watershed Council & Siuslaw Soil and Water Conservation District


An Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) applies CPR to revive our watersheds and oceans:

C – Conservation – properly-spaced native & climate appropriate plants (fruit & veggies ok);

P – Permeability - healthy soil & mulch act like a sponge & hardscape directs water into garden;

R – Retention - directing rain water into the garden and preventing runoff.


Learn more at Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Garden’s Page

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