Connecting the Drops

Local Information for Port Orford, Oregon

The Port Orford Blue Water Task Force is a collaborative effort between Surfrider Foundation, Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT), Port Orford/Langlois School District 2CJ, and community volunteers.  Eight local community members volunteer one day a month to collect water samples from nine different monitoring sites.  Volunteers then bring the samples to our local school.  Students from the Port Orford/Lanlois School District 2CJ conduct the water sample testing at an in-class lab and post the results.  POORT and Surfrider Foundation staff coordinate the BWTF throughout the year and provide water sampling and lab testing presentations to the students and volunteers.  We also partner with the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve Community Team to help expand upon our monitoring efforts and provide citizen-science opportunities in and around the local marine reserve. It's a beautiful thing when people come together to learn new skills and share information for the betterment of the community and its natural resources!  Contact for more information. 


Download the Port Orford BWTF Annual Report for the 2012/2013 school year here.


Check out these photos from our 2011 BWTF training with the schools.





POORT -  POORT is a non-profit organization based in beautiful Port Orford, Oregon. At the directive of our board of five local commercial fishermen, we are dedicated to maintaining access to natural resources by people who are fishing selectively, while promoting sustainable fisheries and protecting marine biological diversity. We operate on the triple bottom line: ecology, equity and economics.

Redfish Rocks -  The purpose of the Redfish Rocks Community Team is to collaborate and develop recommendations for the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area, considering biological and socioeconomic information and to serve as liaisons to the community on matters regarding Redfish Rocks.

Port Orford/Langlois School District:

During the summer months, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality tests beach water quality for the Department of Human Services Beach Monitoring Program.  More info here.


Learn more about beach monitoring programs and water quality issues in Oregon in the water quality section of Surfrider's State of the Beach, Oregon State Report.