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Mile 234 — Lincoln County, Lincoln Beach 
Dick and Colleen — This low tide, summer report is fairly unremarkable. Fishing rock continues to show signs of aggressive erosion. For the first time, we noticed a significant number of cormorants on the cliffs of ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Tue Jul 26, 10:00 AM   Erosion at Fishing Rock
Aggressive Erosion at Fishing Rock
Location: Fishing Rock
 D River Alert Underscores Importance of Beach Water Testing
Water quality warning sign. Photo by Gretel and Tom Oxwang.
The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory July 19 for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at D River Beach, located in the midst of Lincoln City. Update: The advisory was lifted on July 21. Water samples indicated higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria. While the advisory was in effect at D River Beach, visitors were warned to avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even with no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.
Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets, and wildlife.
The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) website at or call (971) 673-0400, or (877) 290-6767 (toll-free).
This episode, along with another advisory concerning freshwater entering the ocean at the Nye Beach turnaround, underscores the importance of testing ocean waters on our beaches. Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor selected Oregon beaches (generally, those most frequently visited) and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.
OBMP samples16 beaches on a rotating basis using the current “beach action value” (BAV) of 158 colony forming units of bacteria per 100 milliliters (cfu/100 mL); BAV is the action level at which advisories are issued and lifted. Details about monitored beaches, sampling locations and schedule can be found on OBMP’s webpage here.
The recent episode also underscores the reality that far too few beaches are tested. This is, of course, a funding issue.
You can subscribe to the OBMP listserv for the north, central or south coast areas, or all three, and receive weekly water quality alerts. To put yourself into the pipeline for information, contact Tara Chetock, program coordinator,

 Tsunami Tree Washes Up at Nye Beach
A strong reminder that tsunami debris, possibly freighted with non-native organisms, is still floating to our shores, arrived on Thursday (or Wednesday night) of the past week. A beachwalker reported that a tree covered with mussels and other life had washed up at Nye Beach in Newport. Scientists from the nearby Hatfield Marine Science Center quickly investigated, and found that it did indeed ... MORE 
 Keep Watch over Snowy Plovers as Nesting Season Begins
Restrictions designed to protect the threatened Western snowy plover went into effect March 15, and will last through Sept. 15. All beachgoers are urged to help in ongoing efforts to restore the Oregon population of this beach-nesting bird by respecting restrictions and being careful not to disturb the birds and their nests. CoastWatchers who miles include plover habitat can play a valuable role ... MORE 
 Join Fawn Custer on Friday for a Birthday Walk
The beach at Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic Viewpoint. Photo by George Mazeika.
Oregon Shores is about to celebrate the organization’s 45th birthday. Our volunteer coordinator, Fawn Custer, will mark the day in the appropriate way, by taking a walk on the beach. She invites you to join her for a guided tour of the shoreline, with special attention to natural sea wrack and artificial marine debris, this Friday, July 29, 10 a.m. at the Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic Viewpoint (93520 Hwy. 101) in northern Lane County. Fawn expects the walk to last until about noon.
The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition was formed by veterans of the campaign for Oregon’s pioneering Beach Bill, which gives us access to Oregon’s entire shoreline. The bill was initially passed in 1967 (note that date), was amended in 1969, and survived a court challenge. Advocates for protection of these public beaches then set about creating a new watchdog organization, which became an officially recognized non-profit corporation on July 29, 1971.
We haven’t engaged in a lot of hoopla over our 45th anniversary, because we are already focused ahead on a truly major milestone: the Beach Bill’s 50th anniversary, coming up next year. You will be hearing a lot more about that soon.
But we didn’t want to let our birthday go by completely unnoted, so Fawn is doing the honors by inviting CoastWatchers, other members, and anyone else interested in the shoreline and its natural history to join her to explore a stretch of that public shoreline we’ve been defending for the better part of five decades.
Fawn will concentrate on the natural history of the driftline. However, one of the ways that CoastWatch helps to protect our shoreline is through monitoring and cleaning up marine debris, so Fawn will also discuss this less welcome component of the wrack and explain CoastWatch’s marine debris survey project. She will also be glad to answer any questions about CoastWatch—bring your questions, and also bring along prospective CoastWatch volunteers.
For more information about this event, or anything else CoastWatch-related, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027,

 August Community Science Day Planned for Otter Rock
We’ve held two Community Science Days at Otter Rock, as the first steps toward organizing a CoastWatch Community Science Team pulling together all our citizen science projects focused on the area surrounding the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. We’re pioneering the concept here, with the hope of making this work for the other marine reserve areas as well, and eventually for other areas of the coast. ... MORE 
 Blitz Cape Perpetua for Science
Cape Perpetua viewed from Ocean View Dr. in Yachats. Photo by Susan MacKinnon.
A double-barreled “BioBlitz” is planned for the Cape Perpetua area in August, and volunteers are needed. The dual events take place Aug. 3 in Yachats, just north of the cape, and Aug. 4 at Stonefield Beach, to the south of the cape. Both will run from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
A BioBlitz is a one-time, intensive survey of a place, in which a large number of observers descend on the area and attempt to inventory the species to be found there on one particular day. These blitzes are sponsored by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (State Parks), which would like to gain more knowledge of the habitats it manages on the fringe of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. Other sponsors are the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (of which Oregon Shores is a member), Portland Audubon and the U.S. Forest Service. Volunteers are needed to augment the ranks of State Parks staff and other researchers to cover these areas as thoroughly as possible.
On Aug. 3, meet at the Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site, just south of the Hwy. 101 bridge in Yachats. And on Aug. 4, meet at Stonefield Beach State Recreation Site, just south of Tenmile Creek (about four miles south of Cape Perpetua and seven miles south of Yachats). On each day, the project will run from roughly low tide to roughly high tide. Bring waterproof shoes, binoculars, water, snacks and, of course, dress for the weather—the BioBlitz takes place rain or shine.
It will be helpful if you have a smartphone and the iNaturalist app, obtainable at You will then be able to upload your observations directly to the Cape Perpetua species list.
For more information, contact Celeste Lebo, a State Parks natural resources specialist, at (541) 563-8595 or (541) 272-9008 (cell),

 King Tide Project Dates for Coming Winter Announced
Track stars have their P.R.’s—personal records. Call this an O.R. We are hereby setting our organizational record for the furthest advance notice we have ever given anyone about anything. Flip your calendar many months ahead, because we already have the dates for the coming winter’s King Tide Project. The extreme tidal series we’ll be photographing, to preview future sea level rise, will be ... MORE 
 Seabird Watchers Invited to Contribute to Citizen Science
Birdwatching and citizen science come together in a new project initiated by the Audubon Society of Portland, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, among other partners. Volunteers are sought to help monitor seabird nesting colonies adjacent to the recently designated Cape Falcon Marine Reserve in order to better understand how seabirds may respond to the ... 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 
 Oystercatcher Survey Now Underway
CoastWatch sponsors a great deal of citizen science activity, but some of our partners in the Oregon Marine Debris Team also offer opportunities to assist in scientific observation. One of these is Portland Audubon, which sponsors a Black Oystercatcher survey and is looking for new volunteers. Participants in this project will assist researchers in studying how Black Oystercatchers use rocky ... 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 
 By-the Wind Sailors Make Beach Landings Early this Year
Reports have been flooding in since mid-March that the by-the wind sailors, known to science as Velella velella, have arrived early this year. Large masses have been reported on some beaches, in some cases already decomposing. What’s more, we’re seeing large wash-ups of young, so small they aren’t readily apparent as this organism, as the tiny creatures are just changing from medusa to polyp. ... MORE 
  MILE 234  Dick and Colleen — This low tide, summer report is fairly unremarkable. Fishing rock continues to show signs of aggressive erosion. For the first time, we noticed a significant number of cormorants on the cliffs of ...  MORE 
  MILE 329  BradHill DISPATCH  — The past several days, I have caught myself sniffing and smelling the air on Sunset Beach. I've got to say the ocean smells funny. Odd funny. At first I thought perhaps there is an oil spill out ...  MORE 
  MILE 306  Frankie DISPATCH  — Exciting news from Mile 306! An overturned boat encrusted with pelagic barnacles came ashore. A Falcon Cove Beach resident photographed its arrival. Since it showed up, scientists and state park ...  MORE 
  MILE 147  onehorse — Nothing out of the ordinary. The entrance to the beach was a little tougher than usual because of the buildup of soft sand at the end of Sparrow Park road. The tide was receding, so the return trip ...  MORE 
  MILE 169  oceanwalker842 — Busy day for this mile for being in the middle of the week. Beautiful beach appreciation day brought out visitors to an otherwise forgotten area. Few birds as usual. Very little man-made trash. One ...  MORE 
  MILE 274  annjohn — It was a cloudy, but not cold, Friday afternoon. There were just over 50 people on the beach, mostly playing in the sand or walking. The main difference since our last report is that the sand ...  MORE 
  MILE 255  bballentine — One person walking on beach, group of 10 horseback riders. A number of jellies washed up on beach, several drifts of small crab molt, large number of large crab carapaces and claws. Deposits of ...  MORE 
  MILE 118  D Bone — Thirty-seven people were observing wildlife at Simpson Reef. Another 8 were hiking the trail. Shell Island and Simpson Reef had molting Northern elephant seals, good numbers of Stellar sea lions ...  MORE 
  MILE 210  B M George — The weather was amazing with great visibility. We could see the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The beach was quite clean. We only picked up one bag of trash. We were pleased to see that the initials ...  MORE 
  MILE 171  oldMGguy — Perfect warm sunny afternoon for a barefoot stroll thru the surf edge after this morning's heavy rain squalls. The surf wash zone is heavily coated with smashed Moon Jelly pieces along the entire ...  MORE 
  MILE 184  Blue Turtle — It was a very windy day with lots of sand blowing across beach. Unusual to have such a strong south wind this time of year. But have had rain for past 2 days. More due today. Only 2 people and a ...  MORE 
  MILE 299  cpendergrass — -typical shallow beach profile of summer -very strong south wind, blowing sand, spitting rain -one kitesurfer had left his rig unattended on the beach where it was becoming inundated with ...  MORE 
  MILE 262  Linda Fink — Amazing change to the beach and dune. Tons of sand gone from the edge of the dune... it's now a cliff. Cape bluff more collapsed with lots of rocks at shoreline. Sand gone from beach leaving exposed ...  MORE 
  MILE 309  spinger — continuing concentration of moon jellies in drift line, very modest recovery of ochre stars, lone standing spruce above Hug Point is gone.  MORE 
  MILE 200  Mile200 — Mile 200 looked really good today. This is also after the Waldport fireworks. I believe the locals are really working on keeping this particular stretch of the coastline cleaned up, as it is close to ...  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Cloudy NW breezy a.m., 11 vehicles in parking lot, 12 people, 3 dogs walking or running. Beachside campground full. Driftline had moderate amounts small jellyfish parts, along with 3-4" circular ...  MORE 
  MILE 4  mtuffey — Osprey sighted by its nest. Nothing else noteworthy to report.  MORE 
  MILE 153  bebdhm — Beautiful sunny windy day at the beach. The beach closed to motor traffic plover sign was 1/4 mile south of our mile, new sign and placement. Quiet on our mile with no birds. Shrimp molt, clumps ...  MORE 
  MILE 226  Batthecat DISPATCH  — Providing a record for the first Community Science event at Otter Crest with Fawn Custer. Science Day featured Karen Driscoll, the CoastWatch Community Science volunteer coordinator, Athena Crichton ...  MORE 
  MILE 236  Streets — Beach is relatively clean, in spite of having just gone through Memorial Day weekend.  MORE 
CoastWatch, a citizen monitoring program, engages Oregonians in personal stewardship over their shoreline. Volunteers adopt mile-long segments of Oregon's coast, keeping watch for natural changes and human-induced impacts, reporting on their observations, and sounding the alarm about threats and concerns.

CoastWatch is founded on individual vigilance and responsibility for one portion of the ocean shore. But the program also links hundreds of 'mile adopters' in a coastwide network of concerned citizens taking action to conserve shoreline resources. CoastWatchers serve as an early warning system not only for the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, but also for neighbors along their miles, local government, regulatory agencies and other conservation groups.