JTMD Task Force Meeting

On November 14,  the Governor’s Japan Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) Task Force  held a meeting at OEM.  At the meeting, there were presentations by Chris Havel (Oregon Parks & Recreation Department),  Nir Barnea (Marine Debris Coordinator for NOAA), Gus Gates (Surfrider Foundation), Katie Gauthier (Senator Jeff Merkely’s District Aid), Gabriela Goldfarb (Governor Kitzhaber’s Natural Resources Advisor), and others.  The meeting was led by Dave Stuckey, who is the Director of OEM and the Chair of the JTMD Task Force.

The major take-away of the day came from Gus Gates.  While we should of course be concerned with JTMD, we also have to realize that there are bigger issues at play here.  JTMD is just a small part of the general marine debris problem, and marine debris is just a small part of the general problem of over-consumption.  We need policies and plans in place to reduce waste in general; the JTMD issue just contributes to that conversation.

Dave Stuckey also pointed out that we need to think about this issue relative to the Cascadia Subduction Zone event we are expecting to occur here in Pacific Northwest sometime in the near future.  We need to learn from how the Japanese responded to the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and we need to plan for the impacts that these types of events produce.  The JTMD discussion can contribute to natural hazard mitigation plans.

For more information about  this meeting, click here: http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/public_information/JTMD_PPT_11-14-13.pdf.

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About Geoff Ostrove

Geoff (MCRP, 2013, Community & Regional Planning; MS, 2012, Communication & Society, Univ. of Oregon; BA, 2010, Communication, Humboldt State Univ.) is a doctoral candidate in Media Studies at the University of Oregon. His primary focus is on integrating communication theory into the world of community planning and analyzing the political economic factors that influence our perception of land use and development. Geoff is currently working with the Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA) through the Oregon Sea Grant's Natural Resources Policy Fellowship. His masters project for the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) focused on the need to acknowledge the polyrational nature of our communities in order to implement effective public engagement campaigns. Geoff was honored with the University of Oregon's 2013 Public Impact Award, as well as IAMCR's 2013 Urban Communication Research Grant. He was also named one of Humboldt State's Emerging Scholars in 2010. His wide range of research interests include: intercultural communication, religious studies, critical theory, political economy, rhetoric/public address, and urban planning & natural resource management.

One thought on “JTMD Task Force Meeting

  1. I really appreciate learning about the details of your meetings. Consumer education programs and policies that mitigate over-consumption and natural resource degradation seem like such Sisyphean tasks in today’s economy and have historically been met with staunch opposition. I wonder what other things contribute to the overall problem of marine debris, and if learning about those things could encourage solutions to the bigger picture. Something to think about.

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