Siuslaw Chapter

Serving the Florence community and protecting our oceans, waves and beaches More Details
November 3, 2014 | No Comments

Love Your Ocean, Rivers, Dunes and Beaches? Join Our Crew!

The Siuslaw Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation covers the Florence, Oregon region. The Chapter’s work is focused on protecting and testing water quality, organizing quarterly beach cleanups, running monthly marine debris monitoring programs, and developing education and stewardship activities related to the recently established Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve.

We are a passionate (and awesome) group of people who love our ocean, rivers, dunes, forests, waves and beaches. Sound like you? We are looking for more like-minded locals to help us care for these special places.
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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

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