On this page you will find calls to action, such as requests that you write a letter, make a call, or send an e-mail; attend a hearing or a rally; submit comments on a land use decision or policy matter; or get involved in helping to organize a campaign. There is no urgent, immediate action item at this time, but some ongoing opportunities are listed below.
Adopt a Mile of the Coast
One way to take action now, for those who are not already CoastWatchers, is to adopt a CoastWatch mile. One of our goals for the Beach Bill anniversary year, 2017, is to finally attain coverage of every mile of the Oregon coast through CoastWatch. You can help us reach this goal by adopting a mile that is not receiving regular coverage.
Participate in Citizen Science Research
Another form of action is to participate in one of our citizen science surveys, such as those for marine debris, beached birds, sea stars, stranded marine mammals, and others. For more information check out the CoastWatch section and this article on citizen science opportunities.
Public Meeting Against Offshore Drilling
The Department of Interior announced plans on 1/4/18 to dramatically expand offshore drilling in U.S waters. The plan targets over 90% of all federal waters for new oil and gas lease sales including the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Gulf of Mexico. There is at least one lease sale proposed for the Oregon/Washington Outer Continental Shelf area.
Expanding offshore drilling would damage precious marine ecosystems, as well as industries such as coastal tourism, recreation, and fishing that generate billions of dollars for our nation's economy. Offshore drilling is a polluting activity that has no place in our nation's future energy plans. The catastrophic effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill showed why we must stop drilling our ocean for oil and transition to a clean energy economy based on renewables and conservation.
There is a public meeting pertaining the Offshore Drilling off the coast of Oregon on:
Tuesday February 6th
3p.m. - 7p.m. PST
Red Lion Hotel Salem
3301 Market Street NE, Salem, OR 97301
If you are unable to attend the event, you can still get your voice heard by your elected officials through the Surfrider Foundation.
Deadline for Sea Lion Comments
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting public comments, through close of business Jan. 8, on a request by the states of Oregon, Washington, and California for permission to trap and kill California sea lions. The states want to be able to eliminate sea lions with no limit on time or place.
When commenting, identify the subject as NOAA–NMFS–2017–0126.
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife claims that California sea lions have consumed 25% of steelhead bound for the Upper Willamette basin, and 6% of the Chinook salmon headed there, and that they are having a significant negative impact on recovery. Opponents of sea lion killing, such as the Sea Lion Defense Brigade, argue that marine mammals have an essential role in the ecosystem, and that exterminating them won’t have a useful effect when the primarily impacts to salmon are human activity.
Jordan Cove Anti-LNG Rally
Opponents of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and the Pacific Connector pipeline that would serve it have planned a rally at the Oregon State Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 11, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The goal is to persuade Gov. Kate Brown to take a stand against the development proposed for Coos Bay’s North Spit, and the 232-mile pipeline that would cross the state, put major salmon-bearing rivers and hundreds of streams at risk, and run roughshod over the rights of landowners in its path. State agencies have the power the block the proposal, regardless of decisions at the federal level.
Also on this day, Oil Change International and the No LNG Exports Coalition will be releasing a groundbreaking study on the lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of the pipeline and export facility.
If interested in attending, or planning to attend, RSVP here. This will put you in the pipeline for updated information as final details for the event are worked out.
For more information, including contacts for carpooling, see the Facebook page.