by Richard Arterbury
Blue Whales are amazing and Ocean Blue is working as hard as possible by removing thousands of pounds of plastic from beaches and untimely our one world Ocean. This photo blog is an overview of a Blue whales lifespan with a plastic free Ocean and while the plastic in our Oceans are so large whales and other sea animals are suffering greatly. Blue Whales live between 80 – 110 years which one could see how over time how much plastic could easily be digested without a plastic free ocean.
Over 8 million metric tons of plastic entering our one world Ocean it's time we act now and lower the numbers of floating plastics in our Ocean and at the same time lower the suffering of of marine wildlife!
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by Richard Arterbury
The beauty of Tamolitch Falls (also known as Tamolitch Blue Pool)
has been a popular spot for many years. With water temperatures at almost unbearable temperatures jumping in after the long hike is not advised by Ocean Blue.
Tamolitch blue pool is a must see summer locations near Bend, Oregon. The water is extremely cold and the hike to this Tamolitch Pool is almost 2 miles and you will not want to dive in this blue pool until your body cools down after the long hike. Be sure to bring snacks and cold drinking water because the summer months can get hot and this location has no stores closes by. Read more:
by Richard Arterbury
Changing Climates are causing dry summers with flash flooding spreading pollution from land to sea. Some speak of farms being the cause of this pollution, but it's not just farms causing the setback of the water flowing into our Ocean. Who is to blame? We are all to blame, as oil drips from cars, lawn mowers, and human waste that overflow into our national rivers.
Living on the coast with the presence of hurricanes is just a fact of life, but I'm not sure why we allow our streets to be so full of trash and pollution or why we become surprised that pollution is flowing into our ocean. Large floods make it easy to see what rivers are flowing into our Ocean, but this is something that is taking place everyday and after every rainfall that occurs.
The Ocean is a mirror image of our city streets, rivers, and urban streams. If we cleaned up our land, would runoff pollution be a problem?
Support Pollution Cleanup and help cleanup our Ocean!
How You Can Help Save The Ocean
1. Refuse plastic products made from Oil.
2. Repair your vehicle if it leaks oil.
3. Volunteer with a local nonprofit.
4. Never use pesticides or herbicides on our land.
5. Noice urban streams are close to our homes and we have to take care of them.
by Richard Arterbury
Iceland has an breathtaking rock formation that looks like a huge Elephant Rock and even has a large wrinkled trunk reaching into the Ocean. You can visit this formation on Heimaey, which is the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. The rock formation was formed by volcanoes with today the Elephant Rock like formation is made out of basalt rock. This area is also known for large flock of puffins that visit during the summer months.
Elephant Rock of Iceland Video
If you have visited Oregon Coast,there are actually 5 Elephant Rocks in Oregon, the most well-known is a large seastack on the southern Oregon coast. Read more:
Cascadia subduction because the igneous rocks andesite, basaltic andesite, dacite ... Read More:
by Richard Arterbury
ODFW says they killed the right one and two wrongs always make things right!
The DNA testing was performed at the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife forensics lab in Ashland and the lab was unable to be recovered on the hiker's body but ODFW is certain they killed the correct Mountain Lion.
The facts they have are that by setting up cameras in the exact location where the hiker was attacked and monitoring the photos for one week and without seeing no other Mountain Lions this must be the correct one they killed.
Last Human Death Penalty of Oregon
On August 20, 1962 the last execution in Oregon took place. Leeroy Sanford McGahuey, a 40-year-old logger, was convicted of brutally murdering a 32-year-old woman and her two-year-old son. On Nov. 3, 1964, Oregon voters repealed the death penalty by 60 percent of the vote.
Ocean Blue would like to make this the last cougar killed by Oregon Officials and we are asking you to let us know how you feel?
by Karisa Arterbury
Ocean Blue has caught one manufacturing company doing much more to be sustainable than most, and we are really quite impressed. Halstead New England and their sister company, Metroflor Corporation, formed a sustainability team in 2016 to ensure their environmental and social responsibility is exceeding standards on every level. They recently joined hands with Ocean Blue Project for Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup 2018. As a proud Annual Corporate Member of Ocean Blue Project, the two came together to clean the beach in Manzanita on September 15th, and they’re planning to do more.
Who is Halstead-Metroflor? Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, and with offices around the world including associates in Portland, Oregon, Halstead-Metroflor has for a century been delivering to their customers a variety of interior building and design products. While associates in Oregon were cleaning up on the west coast, their headquarter office employees led another beach cleanup on the east coast for the same ocean cleanup effort on September 15th.
If we want a real ocean cleanup happening, then we have to take care of our neighborhoods where we live, work, and play. Everything runs downstream. Halstead understands this and they make investments for the long term benefit of our One World Ocean. Halstead’s vision has been to deliver products that offer consumers exceptional quality, value, design and performance. Their products blend global research and development expertise with responsible and consistent manufacturing practices. Their offices in Calhoun, GA, include a LEED Platinum-certified building, a Green-Globes certified building, and a warehouse equipped with solar panels.
Most impressively to Ocean Blue, Halstead/Metroflor have a warehouse that collects rainwater in barrels to flush toilets and for landscaping purposes. Imagine how much cleaner our waterways would be if rainwater was being used on a mass scale by businesses and homeowners alike, instead of running along oil saturated streets before hitting our urban streams and rivers. Halstead is saving water and contributing to ocean cleanup through prevention.
Halstead has also been working with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) to do so much including get Declare labels for products, including Metroflor and ASPECTA brands, as well as working hard to receive the JUST label for one of their manufacturers. ILFI are deep into getting companies to be more transparent about what is in their products through Declare and also about how they treat employees through JUST certification and more sustainable services. Halstead’s sustainability team is working to make sure they are not only joining in on employee volunteer efforts for things like blood drives and school supply drives, and caring for our earth with ocean cleanups, but also being as transparent as possible about how they treat employees, where their products come from and the safety of the ingredients they put in their products.
Ocean Blue is excited about working with Halstead employees and we are looking forward to planting Trees for Streams together in Portland. Emily French, an associate of Halstead located in the Portland area and a sustainability team member, is always seeking to make more of an impact with Ocean Blue. Her vision is to bring Halstead employees and their families out into the community to plant trees together and Ocean Blue is planning community outreach efforts in Portland to make the most of our combined efforts through our Trees for Streams program.
Ocean Cleanup Near You
Ocean Blue is requesting everyone to gather next year on April 23rd for the Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup and Awareness Day along the entire Oregon Coast! Make your commitment today by celebrating the day with Ocean Blue and saving our wave at the next Ocean Cleanup.
Annual Oregon Coast Cleanup and Awareness Day April 23rd - proclamation was signed by our Oregon Governor in 2017! Read More:
How You Can Help Our Ocean
Trash and pollution are leading threats to the health of our one world Ocean . Let's work together to keep trash in a closed loop and not in our Ocean! #wecleanbeaches Find out more at www.OceanBlueProject.org