June 26 2006

Newport Chapter Oregon That Is

by Surfrider Foundation

Newport Oregon, population 9,500, home of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Hatfield Marine Science Center (OSU extension), one of Oregon's largest commercial fishing ports and Oregon Surfrider's oldest Blue Water Task Force has created its own chapter. Thanks to all those longstanding water testing volunteers and supporters the Chapter has more capacity than most burgeoning chapters. The group will continue work in a pollution solution workgroup with city councilmembers and the public works department, a BWTF program in collaboration with the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and numerous other issues. The Aquarium will receive an upgraded lab thanks to Surfrider and Aquarium staff efforts and funds from the recent west coast Packard grant. The BWTF has been Newport's rallying campaign and these funds have helped to secure this Chapter. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.