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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.
 Oregon Shores Seeks Jet Ski Ban on Salmon River
Aerial view of Salmon River mouth, with estuary behind. Photo courtesy of USGS.
At the request of local members, Oregon Shores has launched a campaign to ban jet skis on the Salmon River.
A petition to that effect has been submitted to the Oregon Marine Board, which has set a Tuesday, Sept. 9 hearing to gather public feedback. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m., at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Place in Lincoln City. No decision will be made at the hearing—this is simply an opportunity for the public to testify.
The petition can be found online, posted near the bottom of this web page:
The Salmon River estuary, just south of Cascade Head, is one of Oregon’s most ecologically important. Jet skis destroy the peace and solitude of the area, and pose a threat to kayakers, canoeists and others enjoying the area when they arrive on the narrow estuary in numbers, which happens from time to time. Jet skis also disturb wildlife, create wakes that can erode the area’s restored marshes and archeological and geological research sites, and in general have a disruptive effect on an area that is an important site for both non-intrusive recreation and research. The estuary lies within the Cascade Head National Scenic Research Area, the first “scenic research area” in the country. When it was created, the intention stated in the plan was that motorized craft on the river be restricted to 5 mph, but this regulation was never put in place by the Marine Board. Jet skis, of course, habitually go much faster than this.
Oregon Shores’ petition has been supported by the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, the Westwind Stewardship Group, Lincoln City Audubon, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and the Cascade Head Ranch Homeowners’ Association. Individuals can submit letters of support through Sept. 30, or can attend the hearing. Comments can also be made via e-mail to
We have outlined our arguments in favor of the jet ski ban, and also have a template for addressing letters to the Marine Board available (clicking the link will download a Word file to your computer).

 Public Hearing on Riprap Proposal Coming Up in Rockaway
Site of proposed Rockaway riprap. Photo by Stuart Larson.
At the request of Oregon Shores and many of our individual members, a public hearing will be held Tuesday on a proposal to armor a section of Rockaway shoreline to protect a currently undeveloped lot.
The hearing will be held at the Rockaway City Hall, Civic Facility Room, 276 S. Highway 101, Rockaway Beach at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26.
The purpose is to collect public testimony on an application by Dale Anderson (BA# 695-14), requesting a permit to construct a riprap revetment for the purpose of erosion control on the ocean shore. The project is located on vacant tax lots 7800, 7900, 8000, 8100 and 8200, North Pacific Street, Rockaway Beach. The application will be evaluated against the beach alteration standards (OAR 736-20-003 through 736-20-032) and reviewed for consistency with the statewide planning goals and/or the acknowledged local comprehensive plan.
Oregon Shores has raised questions about the appropriateness of installing riprap to protect an undeveloped lot before the owner even has a permit to build, and about “grandfathering in” permission to install a shoreline protection structure because riprap was place on the lot decades ago, before a permitting process existed.
Citizens who are concerned about the impact of riprap, and about encouraging development in high erosion areas, are urged to attend the hearing and ask questions of their own. Comments can also be made via e-mail until Aug. 30.
For more information about Oregon Shores’ position, contact Phillip Johnson, executive director, (503) 754-9303,
For information about the application or the hearing process, contact Tony Stein of the
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, (541) 563-8504,

 CoastWatchers Asked to Search for Sea Turtle
We’ve received the following request from Dawn Harris of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: A coastal visitor found an endangered green sea turtle in Florence this week. They took a photo but then returned it to the ocean. Specifically it was initially found at Parking Lot #2, Siuslaw South Jetty. From the photos it appears to be hypothermic, but unfortunately was returned to the water by the ... MORE 
 Marine Debris Monitoring Project Still Needs Volunteers
The recent upsurge of marine debris on Oregon’s shoreline, much of it from the Japanese tsunami and some of it bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. CoastWatch has been working with four partner groups as the Oregon Marine Debris (OMDT) team to address the debris problem. This involves scouting the ... MORE 
 Help Wanted: Volunteers to Work on This Website
Looking for a way to get more involved with Oregon Shores and help us advance the cause of coastal conservation? If you have computer skills to offer, we need one or more volunteers to help keep our website up to date. This would involve learning to use the editing tools that are built into the website, then occasionally receiving information by email (article information, photos, links to ... MORE 
 Reminder: Community Rewards Program Benefits Oregon Shores
Ocean spray. Photo by Kitty Brigham.
Coastal conservationists can support Oregon Shores and CoastWatch while shopping, without spending an extra penny.
Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program divides up $2.5 million each year among non-profit organizations whose members or other supporters designate them as beneficiaries. If you shop at Fred Meyer, please consider helping Oregon Shores to protect the coast with every purchase.
Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Oregon Shores at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number, 92817.
Once you’ve done this, every time you use your Rewards Card, you help to build Oregon Shores’ stake in the company’s annual charitable giving. The amount received by the organization depends on the amount of spending attributed to us—the $2.5 million is divided up proportionately among the non-profits in the program.
Purchasers still earn Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates—their own benefits as shoppers aren’t reduced. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information about the program, go to
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL

 Another Way to Support Oregon Shores While Shopping
Amazon may dominate the retail world, but now the company is sharing a little of its largesse with non-profits through its AmazonSmile Foundation. By designating your favorite non-profit group—namely, Oregon Shores—through the program, you can assure that a small share of the purchase price of anything sold on their website will go to support our work. Go to ... MORE 
 Ocean Policy Advocate Represents Conservation Community on OPAC
Robin Hartmann, Oregon Shores' Ocean Policy Advocate, is representing the coastal conservation community on the state's Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC). In this position, she is in a key position to shepherd Oregon's new network of marine reserves toward success, while helping to provide a conservation voice on many other issues affecting Oregon's ocean. As Ocean Policy Advocate, she also ... MORE