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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!
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org *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
Join us for the first annual Fall in Water event, hosted by the Siuslaw Chapter of Surfrider Foundation. Click on the image above to visit the registration page and learn more, this great family friendly event is open to all and we’re inviting you and the whole family to join us! A fun run and walk will be followed by a 1/2 mile paddle around Lake Woahink, educational activities, board demo paddling and more! Visit http://oregon.surfrider.org/fall-in-water/ to learn more about the event and register online!
Huge thanks to the 30 volunteers who came out to help clean the Siuslaw River & Estuary today! In only 3 hrs. the crew hauled in approximately 1400 pounds of trash, including over 60 tires, preventing all this rubbish from ending up in the ocean and on our beaches. The Siuslaw Chapter would like to thank our partners at SOLVE, Lane County Transfer and Recycling, and the Siuslaw Soil and Water Conservation District for all of their support, as well as the Wakonda Brewing Company for hosting the volunteer appreciation after party. Great work team!!!