Youth Development

OCEAN BLUE PROJECT INC

We clean up the ocean one stream at a time

Quick Facts

aka OBP

Newport, OR

Mission

Ocean Blue Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and conserve the environment through education and reducing pollution. OBP-utilizes an organic approach including mycofiltration which uses fungi in urban streams, environmental outreach, and community engagement.

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.

Ruling Year

2004

President/CEO

Richard Arterbury

Vice President

Nate Miller

Main Address

3rd street P.O. Box 1807

Newport, OR 97365 USA

Keywords

Education, Rivers, Urban Streams, Pollution, Environment, Ocean, and Research

EIN

75-3022057

 Number

3857779921

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Fisheries (D33)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Our programs

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Clean Water Projects for A Healthy One World Ocean

Beach Clean Ups

Internships

Service Learning Projects

River Clean Ups

Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Projects

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Our Results

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Number of alumni (regardless of last date of enrollment) who submit updated contact information to the alumni office within the most recent academic year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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Internships

Context notes

Ocean Blue works with many college students are graduate from university and also become Alumni by Interning with Ocean Blue. Interns have made Ocean Blue what we are today!

Number of people influenced to undertake conservation action

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Beach Clean Ups

Context notes

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!

Number of health education trainings conducted

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Internships

Context notes

We have group classes to help keep events, and our volunteers safe. Training is about how glass, and other sharp objects are dangerous if the volunteers are not aware of what tools to use and are safe

Number of parents, community members, and non-teaching staff helping to set goals for the school

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Service Learning Projects

Context notes

We are working with many schools and also working with staff like teachers to raise funding by working on grants together and adding education programs like school wildflower habitat, and bee gardens.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Service Learning Projects

Context notes

Business, school clubs, and many other groups are working with Ocean Blue to help fundraiser and hosting beach clean ups, and river clean ups together though partnerships.

Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Projects

Context notes

We are working on the entire Oregon Coast, and many rivers in the USA.

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Goals

Healthy trees, healthy Cities, equals, healthy Communities for Oregonians: The Sequoia Creek a tributary of the Willamette River, previously the 3rd most endangered river in the U.S. We remove invasive species, plant native trees, shrubs, and sedges for riparian animals, and conserve habitat for what Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has identified as strategy species. OBP will be using provided funds to implement watershed and wildlife enhancement of our community service learning projects for the community.

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, English Ivy, and Himalayan Berry Vines. 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.

ODFW plan for salmon and watersheds requires volunteer efforts from organizations like OBP that unite citizens and conservation groups to achieve healthy watersheds. Key elements of this plan are voluntary restoration actions, monitoring of watershed health, promotion of public education and awareness of watersheds, as well as strong scientific oversight for conservation of threatened or endangered animal species including amphibians and how point-source pollution runoff kills threatened fish and amphibian populations. Program effectiveness will be measured by direct mail surveys of community members to obtain capacity levels before and after enhancement project. Volunteer numbers will be measured at all activities. On average we have around 40 volunteers at each event and work with over 1200 volunteers every year.

The restoration of the waterway will enhance not only our community but the economic value of 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. A healthy urban forest can produce long-term benefits that all residents can share.

Most pollutants enter water bodies from nonpoint sources, including runoff from agricultural lands, City streets from urban areas, construction and industrial sites, a

Obtaining funding to purchase native plants, native trees, and working with volunteers to lower overhead coast for removing invasive plants, and planting natives. Education has the power to change the pollution setbacks.

We work with over 1,200 hundred students from Oregon State University, businesses, high schools, clubs and other groups.

Native plants will be established throughout 50% of the stream section after removing invasive species such as Reed Canary Grass, English Ivy, and Himalayan Berry Vines. 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.

Obtaining operation funding to open a office for our internship programs. We have been working in the field as a mobile research team.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes