I had the amazing opportunity to do an internship at OBP as an international student at Oregon State University (OSU) from Brazil. In this internship I could learn about bio retention cells by doing an awareness map of green infrastructure at OSU. I could help in a restoration project grant writing that helped me to improve my writing skills. Finally, I learn to have more confidence, and develop interpersonal relationships by helping with the Annual Willamette River Clean Up, and doing outreach at the Corvallis Farmers Market. I could work with great people that added a lot to my personal and professional life. I just have to say thank you Ocean Blue Project !
I've been working with the Ocean Blue Project for several years and I am very impressed by the level of enthusiasm and sincere concern for the project's goals that I have seen. I have seen many, well organized, successful clean up events occur on entirely volunteer involvement. It is clear that Richard sincerely wants to leave this planet a better place for future generations and he welcomes all participants who share those goals. I am often happily surprised by the level of philosophical diversity that I see in the volunteers that show up to these events. Many different people come together, and have a good time cleaning up waterways, planting trees, and learning about the local environment and waterways that they may have never noticed if it weren't for the efforts of the Ocean Blue Project.
I had an opportunity to intern at Ocean Blue Project this summer. I got to learn about map building and making video tours using ArcGIS and Google Earth. I have also gained experience on grant writing and event outreach. Working with Richard, the founder of the Ocean Blue Project, let me understand the concept of every little parts matter. Every stream matters, doesn’t matter how small the stream is, because they will eventually flow into the ocean. If we want to clean the ocean, we have to clean the streams as well. Overall, it was a fun and meaningful experience.
Ocean Blue Project Inc. began with a dream..a dream to help keep our ocean healthy by helping our rivers and streams stay healthy. I live in Oregon near many bodies of water.. I live near and play in the ocean,lakes, rivers, streams and little creeks. I know the importance of clean water for our habitat, the fish, all animals wild or domestic, the tiniest critters and humans. Ocean Blue Inc. is giving volunteer opportunities for all to participate in for a good cause, while educating adults and children on what is important for our healthy lives. I am so proud of this nonprofit and the work they do.
It was amazing that we picked up about 6 bags of wastes include glass bottles, plastic bags, beverage cups and so on along Sequoia Creek. During the event, I learned the value and importance of the work by talking with Richard. Every Volunteer is nice and hard working and I believe the experience is meaningful.
Ocean Blue Project has welcomed my 5 year old daughter and me at every event. We have learned more than I expected and am surprised to learn about some of the issues facing urban streams, rivers and world oceans. Most importantly, I am very grateful for Ocean Blue Project's efforts to provide solutions that are essential to sustaining life on this planet and to educate the youngest members of this planet. Our children are the future and I think Ocean Blue Project has a very good understanding of this. I look forward to learning more about how to work with nature to clean up the mess we have created in our waterways.
We worked with Richard and Rosalie to install mycofiltration bags along a very polluted stretch of a local creek in conjunction with high school students doing riparian planting. Richard and Rosalie are very knowledgeable, brought everything we needed and didn't have and even left us with some mycelium! We had a very dry summer, so we haven't taken water samples yet, but we will after this winter. It was a great project and my Council loves the idea of biofiltration. Thank you Richard, Rosalie and Ocean Blue!
Coquille Watershed Association