Action

LNG Rally. | Photo by Allen Hallmark

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.  Some significant new opportunities are listed below, along with some ongoing ways to get involved. 

Speak to Protect the Nehalem River

Marsh at the Nehalem River south jetty. | Photo by Allison Asbjornsen.
Marsh at the Nehalem River south jetty. | Photo by Allison Asbjornsen.

The Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection encourage you to come speak up for the protection of the Nehalem River at a public meeting on Thursday, September 6th from 5:30p.m. to 7p.m. at the Astoria City Hall (1095 Duane St, Astoria). 

A 17.5 mile segment of the Nehalem River is being considered for designation as a State Scenic Waterway. The proposed segment begins at Henry Rierson Spruce Run campground, and ends at the confluence of Cook Creek, near Cougar Valley State Park. 

The Advisory Committee is not meeting, but Oregon Parks & Recreation Department is having an open house to review the nonbinding draft management plan for the Nehalem, and to take public comment on the plan. You don't have to be a resident of Clatsop County to make a comment.  

Check this site for upcoming details on this matter.

If you are interested in carpooling to this meeting, please contact [email protected].

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in Portland

Photo courtesy from Oregon Just Transition Alliance

The Oregon Just Transition Alliance and 350PDX invite you to join their Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in Oregon event on September 8th, from 12p.m. to 4p.m. at Glenhaven City Park (NE 82nd Avenue & Siskiyou Street, Portland). This event is free and open to the public.

Across the country, and around the world, over 80 countries will Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. Participants will rise for climate action to communicate to global and local leaders that a strong US climate movement exists and to tell everyone in the US that the time has come to hold our leaders accountable.

350PDX is focused on 100% renewables (and the price of solar power keeps hitting record lows). They are also focused on stopping the build out of new fossil fuel infrastructure (and just last week came the news that yet another court has ordered yet another new review of Keystone XL). 350PDX continues to focus on stopping the flow of money to the fossil fuel industry as well. 

Oregon Just Transition Alliance (OJTA) is a project of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Beyond Toxics, Pineros y Campesinos el Noroeste (PCUN), Rural Organizing Project, and Unite Oregon. This organization focuses on opposing construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, opposing hateful policies like Measure 105, but supports frontline leaders developing solutions that change the rules and draw down wealth and power, like the Portland Clean Energy Fund. 

Click here to RSVP to this event. 

33rd Annual International Coastal Cleanup

Plastic straws, leading components of marine debris.\Photo courtesy of The Last Plastic Straw.
Plastic straws, leading components of marine debris. | Photo courtesy of The Last Plastic Straw

On Saturday, September 15th, the 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) will commence as the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to fight ocean plastic pollution. This day was originally created by the Ocean Conservancy, but there are many non-profit stakeholders, such as local Oregon groups like SOLVE, that particpate in this annual event. Many of our Oregon Shores Members and CoastWatchers particpate on this day as well. Whether you live on the coast or in the middle of Kansas, you can find a clean-up near you (or start your own cleanup!) on the Ocean Conservancy's website, suituptocleanup.org

Since the ICC’s inception, coastal volunteers have kept hundreds of million of pounds of trash from reaching the ocean. #Suituptocleanup on September 15th, and you can help keep more than 20 million pounds of marine debris out of the ocean. From 2.4 million cigarette butts to 1.6 million plastic beverage bottles and more than 750,000 plastic grocery bags, the amount of trash out there is massive, but participating on this day could make the impact even greater. 

Whether you #SuitUptoCleanUp in your favorite beach outfit or even an ocean-inspired costume, know that you will join thousands of volunteers across the globe on September 15th. Will you accept the #SuitUpToCleanUp challenge?

Fight Offshore Drilling in Oregon

Offshore oil drilling.
Offshore oil drilling. | Photo by Documentary Lab

Following the theme of sacrificing the public’s favorite natural areas for the benefit of oil and gas companies, the Trump administration has just announced plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean. This drastic proposal puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill. Even without a massive spill, new drilling would include deafening seismic blasts during exploration, which could harm and even kill innocent marine wildlife like whales and dolphins.

There will be a volunteer speaking that the Portland City Council meeting at City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Ave) on August 22nd to request that the City Council passes a Resolution to oppose Offshore Oil Drilling in the state of Oregon.

If you support this effort, please attend the City Council Meeting on August 22nd at 9:30am and wear your Surfrider Oppose Offshore Drilling shirts, or if you don't have one, please wear black. 

Tell the ODFW Commission to Prevent the Extinction of Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

Marbled murrelet in flight. | Photo by Harold Moses
Marbled murrelet in flight. | Photo by Harold Moses

Last month, under pressure from the logging industry, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission made an unprecedented move to reverse an earlier decision to uplist the Marbled Murrelet from threatened to endangered. This reversal demonstrated a blatant disregard for science, state wildlife law, and the continued survival of this imperiled seabird. It leaves the murrelet on a path towards extinction in Oregon.

You could help to urge ODFW to do better to protect this amazing seabird that nests in older forests and forages at sea. 

Submit Comments to ODFW Commission
This takes 2 minutes! Please click here to submit comments to the ODFW Commission to urge them to follow through on their February commitment to uplist the Marbled Murrelet to endangered. 

Use our form letter or customize your message to express your deep concern that the Commission reversed their decision to uplist. Click here for detailed talking points. 

Demand Protection for Nehalem Scenic Waterway

Nehalem Scenic Waterway. | Photo courtesy of LNCT

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission is considering Scenic Waterway status for the Nehalem River.  The decision will be made at their next meeting.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Department of Forestry has proposed widespread clearcutting of Oregon’s Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests in 2019, including large clearcuts in the proposed Nehalem River Scenic Waterway. The department also aims to open approximately 750 net acres of older forest to clearcutting, as well as to aerial spray thousands of acres.  

Eleven conservation and fishing groups asked the State Forester to further review and delay some of the most troublesome aspects of the Annual Operations Plans, which outline the management and timber harvests of state lands.

The comments submitted by the 11 groups asked for the Department of Forestry to delay the Woody Woodpecker Sale that would clearcut part of the proposed Nehalem State Scenic Waterway and to perform a biological review of the proposal to open 750 more acres of older forest to clearcutting.

Governor Kate Brown could help to protect the Nehalem and ensure the scenic, wildlife, and recreation values are protected through science-based management of our state-owned forests.

If you wish to urge Gov. Brown to protect the proposed Nehalem State Scenic Waterway and to support the conservation community recommendations to the State Forester, go here for her contact information.

Help Pass Legislation on Ocean Acidificiation

Oregon's Siletz Bay, like all estuaries threatened by acidification. | Photo by Dennis White

Keeping coastal and estuary waters healthy is important to anyone who cares about coastal environemtns. Don't sit back and watch politics harm our coastal communities. Join in taking action by asking your Member of Congress to cosponsor new legislation addressing ocean acidification in estuaries and coasts.

Shallow coastal waters are vital, productive habitats for fish, bivalves, crustaceans, birds and other wildlife. People relax and work in these areas, too. Fishing, boating, oyster farming, swimming and more attract people to these recreational and economic powerhouses.  But these coastal areas are where many human and natural processes come together, sometimes intensifying ocean acidification.

Recently, a bipartisan group of Members of Congress introduced the National Estuaries and Acidification Research (NEAR) Act of 2018 (HR 6270). This act will direct the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene experts that will evaluate what we know about acidification in estuaries and coasts, how other processes intensify it, and how we can close knowledge gaps with targeted scientific research in the coming years. This will help communities better understand and prepare for ocean acidification.

The NEAR Act HR 6270 represents the cutting edge of policy that will bring together good management and good science for our ocean. And you can help it gain traction by urging your Member of Congress to cosponsor it.

Stop LNG Pipelines

 LNG pipeline under construction.
LNG pipeline under construction.

Oregon Shores is active in attempting to block development of the Pacific Connector pipeline that would cross southern Oregon to feed the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export facility that would be built on Coos Bay's North Spit, which we also oppose.

Pipelines are an environmental problem nationally, and there is a national movement against them.  To learn more about this, and find out how to sign petitions and take other actions against pipelines carrying oil and gas, see the website: http://www.stopthepipelines.org/

A useful source of information about how to get involved is a series of webinars on anti-pipeline and anti-fracking activism offered by Halt the Harm: https://halttheharm.net/services/webinar-series/#past-webinars

Adopt a Mile of the Coast

Nye Beach in Oregon at sunset.
Nye Beach in Oregon at sunset. | Photo by Linda Cochran

One way to take action now, for those who are not already CoastWatchers, is to adopt a CoastWatch mile.  One of our goals for CoastWatch's 25th anniversary year, 2018, 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

Volunteers at work on a COASST survey.  Photo by Melissa Keyser.
Volunteers at work on a COASST survey. | Photo by Melissa Keyser

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.

Ditch Single-Use Plastic Straws

Ditch The Straw. | Photo by Chanel Hason

Plastic straws are among the most common items found at Portland Chapter Surfrider cleanups – both on the Oregon coast and in Portland! They are not biodegradable, which means that every plastic straw created is still around in some form. Plastic has a huge impact on our ecosystems, wildlife and people, and it is the chapter’s goal to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment.

In August 2017, the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation launched the DitchTheStrawPDX program in the Portland-Metro area. The mission of the program is to assist businesses in reducing the number of plastic straws used by their customers. The chapter provides support to these businesses who agree to go straw free for an entire month as a pilot program demonstrating that paper straws are a sustainable, cost-effective alternative.

Surfrider Portland's Ask: Join their movement to reduce plastic straw pollution by piloting a straw-on-request program for one month. Eliminate plastic straws by only providing paper straws upon request.

Are You a Business Interested in Participating? 

Click Here & Help Be Part of the Solution

Are you an individual that wants to participate?

Next time you’re out, simply ask for no straw, post a photo and tag (@SurfriderPortland) and #DitchTheStrawPDX on social media! They need your help to spread the word and the message.

Interested in supporting this program as a volunteer? Contact [email protected]