Portland ChapterThe Portland Chapter of Surfrider Foundation works from the mountain watershed to the sea More Details
Despite the all the thunder and lightening, torrential downpours and frigid wind, our first Oswald West Committee action weekend was a great success! Activities included running our NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring transect/beach cleanup, a stewardship planning tour of Oswald West State Park led by Oregon State Parks and Recreation, water quality testing at our Blue Water Task Force lab at Nehalem Bay State Park and a brief stormy surf session by a few ‘brave’ individuals.
In 1913 Governor Oswald West, concerned with private exploitation of resources, established Oregon’s beach highway law, proclaiming the entire Pacific coastline to the high tide line to be a public highway, thus protecting our natural resources and beach access for future generations. Today all Oregonians can enjoy the fruits of his foresight, especially at the incredible State Park that bears his name, also known to many as “shorties”, Short Sands Beach, or Cape Falcon.
Well, the rain held off and the crew was on point for Green Streets North this month! All the gritty garbage dudes showed up, thanks Ian, Phil, Al, Tim, and Luke. Nancy out litter-cleaned-up us all, with her steady pace, laughter and ability to put up with 6 surf obsessed guys bantering constantly.
For our October Chapter meeting we have invited Dr. David L. Stone to speak about a new study he and his colleagues at OSU completed on the association between risk-based behaviors with self-reported illnesses among Pacific Northwest surfers.
Although us surfers have high incidental exposure to marine waters, no studies have investigated if surfer risk behaviors (such as surfing during advisories, near an outfall, during a rain event, or use of personal protective equipment) increase or decrease the risk of acquiring waterborne illnesses. Here is a link to the original study from 2008.
Come learn more about what is happening in our waters and to our bodies.