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In Oregon, the beaches belong to the people. As part of Oregon's tradition of environmental stewardship, the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition serves as the guardian of the public interest for our coastal region. Oregon Shores is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystems and landscapes of the Oregon coast while conserving the public's access.  Oregon Shores pursues these ends through education, advocacy, and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon coast.
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 Post-Fourth Community Science Day and Cleanup Planned for Otter Rock
Tidepools at Otter Rock, scene of upcoming Community Science Day. Photo by Alex Derr.
Our first CoastWatch Community Science Day at Otter Rock was a roaring success (see article in News, below). We already have our next special event for Otter Rock ready to go.
Join us on July 5 for another Community Science Day devoted to the Otter Rock Marine Reserve and the citizen science work that CoastWatch conducts there. We’ve scheduled this on the day after the Fourth of July for good reason—the Fourth does tend to produce a lot of litter, so we’ll combine training in citizen science with a good, old-fashioned beach cleanup.
Meet on the north side of Otter Rock (Devil’s Punchbowl) at 9 a.m. for tidepool exploration with Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, and Karen Driscoll, who is taking the lead as CoastWatch community science team coordinator for Otter Rock.
At 10 a.m., Fawn will lead the beach cleanup while explaining CoastWatch’s marine debris survey. Participants will collect and identify marine debris. And at 11 a.m., Karen will demonstrate the beached bird and oystercatcher surveys in which she is active.
We will be offering coffee, other hot beverages and pastries, but at our usual exorbitant rates—they will cost you a piece of marine debris.
The event offers fun and education (plus a cleaner beach), but our underlying goal is to continue building the CoastWatch Community Science Team at Otter Rock. Everyone is welcome to this free event, but our hope is that those participating will consider getting involved in one of our citizen science projects (if they aren’t already), and volunteer to be part of the community science team.
For information about the Community Science Day, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org. If interested in helping with the Community Science Team, contact Fawn or Karen Driscoll at (503) 435-8229, driscolke@gmail.com.
 

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 Places Remain for Shoreline Science Workshop
CoastWatch will offer one Shoreline Science Workshop this summer, instead of the usual three. This year's only opportunity for this immersive experience with coastal ecology is coming right up, July 8-10 at the Depoe Bay Community Hall (220 S.E. Bay Street). Online registration is now available. These workshops, by now a CoastWatch tradition, are led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, author of The ... MORE 
  ALERTS
 FERC Still Weighing a Jordan Cove Rerun
Artist's conception of proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal. Courtesy of FERC.
Rumors of Jordan Cove’s revival have been greatly exaggerated, at least to date.
We celebrated at the news in March that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had denied the applications of Jordan Cove (the proposed LNG export facility on Coos Bay’s North Spit) and Pacific Connector (the pipeline that would have carried the natural gas to it), determining that they had not demonstrated a public benefit that would outweigh the potential harm to landowners and communities.
Veresen (the company behind Jordan Cove) and Williams (the company partnering with Veresen on the pipeline) promptly filed an appeal to FERC for a re-hearing.
In the latest news, FERC announced that it would take more time to decide whether to grant a re-hearing. Contrary to the reactions of some to the news, FERC did not grant the re-hearing, still less reverse the denial. Confusion was created because FERC’s decision was termed a “re-hearing.” The agency had 30 days from the time the appeal was filed to make a decision, so, in order to delay, it granted a re-hearing “for the limited purpose of further consideration” of whether to conduct an actual re-hearing. This is a commonly used extension in the FERC process, and doesn’t in itself indicate anything about the agency’s leanings. At present, the denial is still in effect. It would be highly unusual for FERC to rescind its decision (although it was also highly unusual for it to reject an application for an energy development in the first place).
State agencies are continuing with their permitting processes, and Oregon Shores is very active in these. The Department of State Lands currently has an unprecedented removal/fill permit in front of it for the pipeline, and last Friday made the announcement that they are extending their
 

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 Rockaway Planning Commission Denies Riprap Demand
The final order is in: The planning commission for the city of Rockaway Beach, after long delay, has officially turned down the controversial application by developer Tai Dang for a riprap structure to protect his threatened rental property. The planning commission held two hearings, at the applicant's request, and then delayed while the city's attorney negotiated with Mr. Dang's attorneys. But ... MORE 
  NEWS
 No New Oregon LNG Threat Appears
Site of proposed Oregon LNG export terminal. Photo by Tiffany Boothe.
In April, Oregon LNG withdrew its application to develop an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility on the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton. Oregon LNG informed both the city of Warrenton and the state's Department of Environmental Quality that it would not continue with its appeal of the Warrenton hearings officer's decision to deny the permit on the grounds of interference with fish habitat and recreational activity protected under the city’s comprehensive plan. Oregon Shores and Columbia Riverkeeper worked together in successfully opposing the permit, and attorney Courtney Johnson, representing Oregon Shores as part of our Coastal Law Project, was taking the lead on countering Oregon LNG's appeal at the time the company gave up.
We have been watching anxiously ever since to see whether the company had something else up its sleeve, or whether it had truly abandoned the project. A new threat could still arise, but to date there has been no sign of any further activity. We will stay vigilant, but thus far, no news is good news. (However, remember those cheesy Westerns, in which someone would say "It's quiet out there...too quiet.")
Hundreds of people and many local groups have fought this LNG proposal for a decade. The outcome--if indeed the project is dead--is a remarkable victory for citizen involvement. Community activists in Astoria and all along the proposed 87-mile pipeline route can take credit for a stellar example of grassroots organizing.
Oregon Shores' role has been working in partnership with Columbia Riverkeeper on the land use and legal issues raised for the permit applications for the proposed $6 million terminal and pipeline. Columbia Riverkeeper took the lead in opposing Oregon LNG’s land use application to the city of Warrenton for the site of the proposed export facility, with Courtney Johnson, working on our behalf, providing key support. The city's hearings officer found for us on several points and rejected the application.
Oregon Shores took the lead in opposing Oregon LNG's appeal to the Warrenton city council. We would like to believe that the comments we submitted in opposition to the appeal terrified Oregon LNG into giving up....but really, while we take pride in our contribution to the cause, many dedicated people succeeded in organizing determined resistance that attacked the would-be developers on many fronts and appears to have fended off this potential environmental disaster. Oregon LNG was already facing votes opposing the project from the Astoria City Council and Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, which denied land use permitting for the pipeline.
This just may the happy end of a long, long battle. Just as well, because we still have much to do in combating the other LNG proposed for the Oregon coast, at Jordan Cove on the North Spit of Coos Bay.
 

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 Community Science Day Success Points the Way
Our first CoastWatch Community Science Day at Otter Rock succeeded on many levels. To begin with, a good time was had by all on a beautiful day on the beach. More than 70 people participated, ranging from long-time CoastWatchers interested in improving their mile-monitoring skills and getting more deeply involved, to complete newbies learning about citizen science for the first time. Plus, ... MORE 
 Here’s an Opportunity to Express Your Coastal Values
What areas of the coast do you consider most precious? Which stretches of shoreline need better protection? What do you like to do when you visit the coast? How strongly to you support marine reserves, wave energy development or ocean planning? A research team at Portland State University would like to know. They are conducting a survey of Oregonians that seeks to understand how Oregon residents ... MORE 
 Time to Re-Enroll to Benefit Oregon Shores through Community Rewards
If you are already enrolled in Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program and benefiting every time you shop, it is time for the annual re-enrollment in the program. And if you haven’t signed up to painlessly assist Oregon Shores with each purchase, there is no time like the present. The re-enrollment period runs through June 30. After that, you will be dropped from the program, although you can ... MORE 
 Photographers Invited to Help Oregon Shores Illustrate Our Work
As you've likely noticed if you visit this website regularly, Oregon Shores uses numerous photographs of the shoreline and of the entire coastal region. We illustrate articles on this website, and we also use photos in newsletters and e-bulletins and in various other publications, such as CoastWatch handouts. We’re constantly searching for new images of the coast. Some we seek for their sheer ... MORE