How Ocean Blue is Cleaning up the World's Ocean One Stream at a time
Plastic seems to make up over 40% of litter. From streets to urban streams, into rivers, then the Ocean, one stream at a time. Study’s reflect 5 countries make up over 60% of all pollution getting into the ocean. One reason to volunteer with Ocean Blue is cleaning up the ocean one steam at a time. We remove over 10,000 pounds of litter from waterways every year, thanks to volunteers like you.
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.
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.
Vision: 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.
Healthy Trees: 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.
Rivers: The restoration of rivers, where we will enhance not only our community but the economic value of a city 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 storm water treatment costs, increased property values, increased spending at stores, increased employee satisfaction, and lower healthcare costs through cleaner air and increased recreational opportunities.
Urban Streams: Urban streams can be a great tool to filter water, if abundance of flora and fauna is thriving. Native plants and trees, can not only filter but provide a stream canopy that allows a consistent water temperature for native salmonids species. Water from urban streams flow downhill ending cup in our rivers, and then our world's ocean! By plantings trees increases the value of nearby houses, increases tax revenues, supports local businesses, decreases government spending through the natural provision of ecosystem services, decreases the cost of recreation, and creates jobs.
Investing: 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. Service learning project will are aimed to focus on engaging high schools, College Students, like Oregon State University students, the community of Albany, and communities within the United States, straighten wildlife habitat, improve public health, strengthened neighborhoods, environmental protection, that will improve the drinking water for over two million people who live downstream, and preservation of natural beauty, all of which makes communities more livable.
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.”