About Ocean Blue Project: 5 year project
Ocean Blue Project was Founded on Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon on October 16, 2012. During 2012, Fleet and Richard Arterbury hosted our first event for "World Ocean's Day" a beach clean up on Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon.
Ocean Blue Project is a non-profit organization whose Mission is to protect and conserve the environment through education, by providing service learning projects, enhancing wildlife habitat, and reducing pollution.
OBP's goals are to empower communities and beyond by providing planning and providing technical assistance to landowners, communities, and local governments. Our main focus and goal is to improve urban water quality by using a holistic ecosystem based approach that synergistically reduces pollutants entering the river, prevents erosion, and provides wildlife habitat. Through the process of restoration, we are providing environmental education, connecting people in the community to their natural environment, and improving biodiversity.
Our Vision is to lower Nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and E, Coli from animal waste on The Ocean Cost. Our goal of restoration is to create a self supporting ecosystem that is resilient to perturbation without further assistance.
Working together, we can truly make a difference in the nonprofit sector, and for the lives of the individuals and communities we serve. We would love your partnership and support to help keep our dream alive. Together Ocean Blue Project and Draper Richards Kaplan, can power our volunteer team to protect over 5 thousand acres of rivers that supply over 3 million Oregonians, with clean drinking water.
Summary of Request
Ocean Blue Project respectfully requests the support of Draper Richards Kaplan to support programs for conservation of wildlife and stream, river, ocean habitat restoration planting project., for funding for Ocean Blue Project to restore native plants and native trees along a urban stream to lower water temperatures and restore native wildlife habitat
Ocean Blue Project’s Willamette River Project
will restore point source runoff of urban streams to provide habitat for endangered and threatened species as well as address a major public health concern that is directly impacted by (this tributary of both) the Willamette River and the Columbia River - our community’s drinking water.
Ocean Blue Project will be focusing on community engagement, water safety, invasive species, pollution runoff, metal, and hosting litter clean up events., i.e.: building ecological infrastructure, such as bio-retention cells/rain gardens to alleviate environmental stress caused by toxins carried to the stream from polluted urban street storm water runoff; -and/or- removing invasive plant and animal species such as <insert invasive plant/animal species here> before adding native plants that will provide habitat for threatened native animal species and naturally filter, or remediate, toxic urban stormwater runoff)
Ultimately, through riparian restoration Ocean Blue Project takes action now for the sake of an entire ecosystem in jeopardy of survival.
Need: Water is our most important resource, that has became threatened, and Ocean Blue Project is taking responsibility for the quality of our potable water, which is essential for drinking and agricultural production.
Over time, our drinking water continues to become compromised since streams and rivers have been depleted from urban pollution. Stormwater from rain and melting snow runs from roofs and streets with pollutants, such as toxic chemicals, sediments, trash and disease-carrying organisms. All that pollution goes into streams and rivers, where our drinking water comes from. Climate change adds to the problem by heating the polluted water which produces algal blooms.
Another major problem occurring is the loss of fauna habitat, which is essential for a functioning ecosystem and production of food in small or large plantations. For example, bees and bats are exceptional pollinators for food production and ecological succession to happen. Without habitat, these species can not survive.
A sustainable environment is very important for our cultural, social, and economic survival. When we address the health of our urban streams and rivers we raise economic value throughout cities which gives back and puts money back into consumers hands so that companies like yours receive the support you deserve.
Restoration Project Objectives and Goals: Ocean Blue Project, Inc. is a state registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates innovative ways to help solve these major societal problems. We are cleaning the ocean one stream at a time by addressing the main sources of pollution to the ocean.
Our mission is to foster connections between communities, science and nature, so that together we can protect urban streams, rivers, and ultimately, the world's oceans. Outreach Activities: We have more than 50 volunteers for each event and over 1,200 annually and Ocean Blue is providing service learning projects to keep up with the demand to volunteer.
The main activity of each event lasts around three hours. Students, community, and partners will learn many aspects of urban stream, river restoration, and the importance of becoming Oregon Stewards to protect Wildlife projects that will create lasting positive change as our key goal for Ocean Blue Projects.
Conservation goals/outcomes: The goal of this project is to restore habitat for threatened riparian animal species by improving water quality and stream stability with an ecological restoration approach. Native plants will be established throughout 50% of the stream section after removing invasive species such as Reed Canary Grass. Through partnership local schools, cities, and neighbors in community capacity building service learning project.
Scientific goals/outcomes: Pre-implementation includes invasive species removal and establishing 50% native plants. The completion of the project follows with post-implementation water quality monitoring and project effectiveness, including weekly water samples for three years, frequent plant monitoring, and using strategies to maintain consistent water temperatures to improve survival rates. With Oregon State University interns, OBP tracks animal species through waterfowl counts and amphibian counts using frog traps. Project methodology: The restoration and protection of natural watershed process is the foundation of achieving watershed health. Since natural watershed processes have been eliminated, altered or reduced in many areas, habitat restoration activities are the primary method for reintroducing the necessary functions to watersheds that have been altered due to past management practices and/or disturbance events. This includes, but is not limited to improving water quality, water quantity, habitat complexity, floodplain interaction, vegetation structure, and species diversity.
Healthy trees, healthy Cities, equals, healthy Communities for Oregonians: OBP will be using provided funds to implement watershed and wildlife enhancement of our community service learning projects for the community. The restoration of rivers, where we will enhance not only our community but the economic value of Corvallis, Oregon in many ways, by planting trees and green spaces in urban areas provide more than aesthetic benefits. Where there are trees, there are reduced energy costs, decreased stormwater treatment costs, increased property values, increased spending at stores, increased employee satisfaction, and lower healthcare costs through cleaner air and increased recreational opportunities.
Investing in beaches rivers streams and creeks, as a strategy to lower pollution. Restoration projects will enhance economic value for the city's, community, and beyond. Evidence is proven, from academic research and first-hand experience of community leaders and government officials who have found that urban stream restoration protection does not “cost” but rather “pays.”