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331 alkarbeck 03/21/2021

This was the start of Spring Break but there were very few people on the beach. It was only 45 degrees around noon which may have been why the beach was almost vacant.

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219 YHONA 03/21/2021

Walked the Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach stretches of coastline within the park, and observed various park visitors interacting with the resource safely and respectfully. Observed various different types of trash washing up on both beaches, and while no singal piece was large, there was a large quantity today (shards of plastic, plastic bottles, pieces of cloth, etc.). 

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226 gsmeyer 03/20/2021

As in other reports, the primary human activity on or near mile 226 was people stopping at the Lookout area to observe the ocean from several hundred feet above sea level.  There were probably several people fishing off the rocks just beyond the north end of the mile.  (Note that the shoreline of mile 226 is essentially inaccessible from the landward side except for the extreme south end at very low tide.)  Nothing notable was observed in that very small amount of driftline that was visible with the tide at plus three feet on this cliffed shoreline.  No man-made or natural physical changes were observed to the shoreline, not even in the rockfall deposit just north of the Lookout that I have been observing for a number of years.

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261 beattieb 03/20/2021 View full report 2
116 alaingamerica 03/20/2021

I didn't do a complete survey today. But wanted to say more than I could in a dispatch.  I was at the Southern tidepools 3 days ago for Sea Star Observation Survey Training and we found 24 stars, one Mottled Star and one Ochre Star that seemed to have a lesion. I  returned today to see if I could find any in a worse condition. I  did not. Rain and hunger chased me away before I walked the whole mile. I spent an hour and a half in the tidepools and though the water level was higher,  I went further than on Wednesday.  Out of 29 Ochre Stars observed,  none had lesions and only one looked suspicious to me. I saw some interesting things and have learned how much gets overlooked if you don't slow down. 

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116 alaingamerica 03/20/2021

I didn't do a complete survey today. But wanted to say more than I could in a dispatch.  I was at the Southern tidepools 3 days ago for Sea Star Observation Survey Training and we found 24 stars, one Mottled Star and one Ochre Star that seemed to have a lesion. I  returned today to see if I could find any in a worse condition. I  did not. Rain and hunger chased me away before I walked the whole mile. I spent an hour and a half in the tidepools and though the water level was higher,  I went further than on Wednesday.  Out of 29 Ochre Stars observed,  none had lesions and only one looked suspicious to me. I saw some interesting things and have learned how much gets overlooked if you don't slow down. 

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338 Randy and Beth 03/19/2021

We experienced a very windy walk on our mile. Looking it up later at home, winds were predicted at 35 mph gusts coming from the south. The beach was pretty clean from debris and only saw very few sandpipers at the water line.

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239 mlbutowitsch 03/17/2021

Very lovely day.  All people seen were at the Mo's section of our mile.  None on the Salishan spit during our walk.

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262 Linda Fink 03/17/2021

Beautiful sunny day with few people enjoying the weather and the beach. Most significant change was the natural sinking of the north side of the big dune creating access to vehicles (judging by the tracks). No signs prohibiting such activity.

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339 edjoyce 03/17/2021 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.  

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184 simmonsk 03/17/2021

A great almost springlike, sunny day at Ocean Beach.  There were quite a few rock hunters out combing through the giant rock fields that are covering most of the beach.  The debris line contained much more plastic than I observed on my last visit.  Also noted more driftwood again present along the bluff up and down the beach.  Because the tide was so low, I was able to see many sea stars at the north end of the beach.  They were large and looked healthy.  There are stil more rocks present than I have observed in years past at this time.  The cave at the north end of the beach was filled with large pieces of driftwood on this visit.  The sand shrimp are also out and about creating great designs in the sand.  The trash I noted last month has been removed and the trashcans emptied.  Thanks Park Service!  Please remember to pack out your trash if the trashcan is full.  

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182 mj6dolphin 03/16/2021

Nothing unusual in drift line. Damage of dunes is still apparent from the King Tides .There is still  more larger logs on the beach than usual. See photos. People walking and rock collecting on the beach. Dogs on leashes.

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199 seagazer 03/14/2021 DISPATCH

This is a late report. This year's King Tides have had major effects on our beaches this year. Wakonda Beach is no exception. My last dispatch showed some of these significant changes on parts of mile 199. The subject of dispatch the remnants of a vehicle that was exposed by the scouring actions of the waves during King Tides. The history of it is that it is a 1954 Chevy panel-delivery that got there in 1975. The driver was wreckless eventually oversteering causing it to roll throwing out the driver and another while two were still in it. It landed on its top. The last time it was observed only the tires/wheels were visible. It was surprising to see it exposed again - especially when it was some time and somehow turned back upright. The following images are from February 9/10. An inspection of the beach on March 13th found no evidence of the vehicle.

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211 Chad101 03/13/2021

My last previous report was at the end of 2019, but the changes over the last year are typical of Mile 211, including rockslides or boulder falls, rockfields covering parts of the beach, and a new drainage pipe.  A fairly large number of people were enjoying the beach on a nice rain-free Saturday afternoon, engaging in typical Mile 211 activities such as dog-walking, playing in the sand, fishing, and rock hunting.

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293 stu and barb 03/12/2021

A lot of people and dogs as it was a warm and calm afternoon.  Shoreline modifications were the result of strong winds and high tides in mid Jan.  Some riprap (1 1/2 to 1) will require repairs. The 2 to 1 riprap held up well, but a lot of the accumulated sand and dune grass was eroded. Picked up a wide variety of human derived drift line debris including plastic rope, toys, kites, styrofoam, shoes, a broken clam shovel, a few cans, and one mask.  Dropped off a cardboard box, a sheet of hard plastic, and a galley counter from a boat at the wayside...the rest went in our garbage.  Overall, we've seen a lot worse.

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203 Nancy Thomas 03/11/2021

The most noticable change was the fact that the dunes are almost washed away from wave action.  There are many cut out areas and logs thrown into vegetation.  Vegetation near shore is uprooted and the wrack is pressed up against the remaining dunes. Some very large kelp was washed up to the beach. The beaches are flattened. No sure how it will affect Snowy Plover nesting this season.  The areas nearest the vegetation are flooded from rain water more this season as well.  There was some beach ar

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200 bluemoonjoanie 03/11/2021

Calm sunny morning with an incoming tide.  The sand dunes were noticibly eroded. 

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129 [email protected] 03/10/2021

Foredune erosion.  Ocean action is carving "cliffed" areas out of the foredunes, at times as much as 6' tall, 90 degrees to the beach.

Increased bird life - young/small turkey vultures and sandpipers.  1 Pacific Red-tailed Perch caught.

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171 oldMGguy 03/09/2021

Stunningly beautiful sunny morning for a beach stroll.  Light east wind has pushed the usual sea/beach haze well offshore, making for unusually clear views north to the Heceta Head Lighthouse.  There is a heavily scavanaged harbour porpoise (I think) carcass on the high beach about halfway between the Siuslaw River North Jetty and the Driftwood Shores resort complex.  On earlier beach walks over the past two weeks, there have been surges of Moon and Pacific sea nettles washed up, along with a few days of finger-sized pyrosoma strandings.

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294 dmachuca 03/06/2021

Quiet day at the beach. Most people seemed to arrive by walking up from Rockaway/Nedonna. Harsh appearing step to the bluff that looked new (maybe from King tide earlier this year) but I will check again next visit. Plenty of driftwood driven high up on the shoreline.

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234 dwhite 03/04/2021 DISPATCH

A large concrete retaining wall collapsed last weekend (~Feb 27) endangering the stability of one home with others also vulnerable to further erosion. See photos.

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204 Jon French 03/04/2021 DISPATCH

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved PacWave South, OSU's long-planned wave energy collection project. As I reported in June of last year, the project will install and test wave energy collection devices six miles off the coast between Waldport and Newport, with seafloor transmission cables coming ashore underneath Driftwood Beach. In the Driftwood Wayside parking area, the seafloor cables will connect underground to terrestrial cables which will proceed underground via "horizontal directional drilling" to an OSU facility just east of Highway 101, where the electricity generated will be transmitted to Central Lincoln PUD. Although the project will generate electricity, its primary purpose is to test different wave energy collection devices along with the infrastructure necessary for such a project. Construction in the Driftwood Wayside parking area should begin later this year. Details can be found by searching "PacWave South"

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315 tabeag 03/04/2021

A rare rainy, windy winter day with no activity on the beach.  Unsuccessfully attempted to clean up wet sand microplastics with a strainer, but the strainer grid was too small.  It is difficult to clean wet sand.

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194 tietjenl 03/04/2021

A blustery day on the beach today. No concerns or significant changes noted, but as I'm new to CoastWatch, I'm still taking note of the normal baselines. I spotted one Black Oystercatcher on the south end of the mile. Also noted a pair of Killdeer at the north end. Picked up a small bag of litter, notably marine versus land debris. Finished the mile watch just before the rain started to fall; thank you for the accurate prediction, NOAA!

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283 CherieE53 03/03/2021 DISPATCH

Some of the trees were damaged. Lighthouse was closed. I saw some Horned Puffins (2 pairs), 3 pairs of Common Murres, many Western Gulls  and Mew Gulls. There was also Pelagic Cormonant and Double Crested Cormonants. I did not see any stranded animals.

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184 simmonsk 03/03/2021

It was a quiet day on Ocean Beach.  Unfortunately, today I observed more trash in the parking lot and on the beach than I ever have.  I documented this and reported it according to the guidelines provided by CoastWatch.  I'd like to note that when visiting a beach, if you find the trash receptacle full, please pack your trash out and dispose of it at the next available trash can.  I also found two abandoned crab traps.  I found no markings or tags on them.  The extensive rock fields that I observed in February are still present.  Lots of agates and jasper.  I also noted driftwood embedded in the bluff close by the waterfall.  

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307 Bald Eagle 03/03/2021

I was the only person on the beach.  There was one bald eagle flying south and one flying north.

Some kelp was washed up on the rocks.  The sand area was very clean.

There was a landslide with a few trees on the north end of Mile 306.

 

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247 jayenhollytag 03/03/2021

We surveyed Mile 247 over two days, March 3 an4 4, 2021.  Although this beach receives very little activity, since there is no easy access, it still has considerable plastic and other trash that probably comes from boats or from upstream on the Salmon River.  There was also evidence of King Tides affecting the dunes. 

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213 PaulJulia 03/02/2021

We usually access the beach via an entry at Surfland which hasn't been easy in the past.  Now it's taped off.  Went to South Shore to see if could access the mile that way; now gated.  Went to South Beach Park and worked our way down to at least half of mile 213.  High sand dune reported by another miler made accessing the beach difficult and especially difficult in return.  Will have to explore area south of the mile to see if another access can be found.  Due to the pandemic and our living in the Mid-Valley, we haven't been able to monitor the mile until now.  We were unable to go too far beyond Henderson Creek to the previous beach entry now closed.  Could see lots of trees/logs in that area plus the tide was beginning to come in.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 03/01/2021

No significant changes in the bluffs this winter.  Some sand has moved off the beach as is common this time of year and exposed some gravel patches.  The recent high tides have washed much of the debris off the beach.

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239 ORbeach 02/28/2021

A cool, mostly sunny day, with a chilly wind from the southwest.  Lots of driftwood on the beach - not surprising considering the stormy weather and high tides the last couple months.  No significant erosion in this section of the Salishan Spit, but further south houses are threatened and a restoration rip-rap project is ongoing. Spotted a group of sandpipers running along the edge of the waves.  No harbor seals in their regular resting place at the tip of the spit, but several were spotted in the water.  Not a lot of trash; we collected about 1/2 bag, mostly bottles, caps and plastic pieces of various sizes.

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245 lvoelker 02/28/2021

Gorgeous day.  The ocean currents have brought the sand back.  Continued erosion of the upraised cliffs near the end of the mile; the face has been washed by the recent storms.  The roots of the snag atop the basalt outcropping (bald eagle perch) have a tenuous hold.

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234 jessejones 02/28/2021 DISPATCH

These photos were taken by Fran Recht, CoastWatch volunteer. The site is one of intense erosion. 

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214 AnnaB 02/27/2021

A busy day at mile 214! Low wind and a little sunshine brought families out to play in the sand. Recent storms/ high tides pulled in large wood as well as marine debris (styrofoam, ropes, etc). 

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292 highamm 02/24/2021

Large amount of errosion to the coastline, logs and trees have been moved around due to our recent King Tides and High surf.

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129 [email protected] 02/24/2021

Unusual quantity of amber (Sea Nettles?) jellyfish.

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182 mj6dolphin 02/23/2021

The King tide had left a lot of debris in the picnic area. The path to the beach has been filled in with rocks to stabilize the path and make it more safe. A few pieces of a sand dune had fallen onto the beach but nothing significant to report. There continues to be erosion of the dunes during the king tides.

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210 mrkopplin 02/20/2021

Recent storms and high surf have removed a lot of sand from the beach, especially the southern end of mile 210. This has exposed a lot of rock and pebbles. Consequently, we have been seeing a lot of "rock pickers" looking for agates, etc on the beach. All friendly, by the way. 

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315 tabeag 02/18/2021

Quiet on Crescent Beach today, no one else there but me.  Picked up trash - 34 bottle caps, 19 tube ends, 6 plastic ?, 1 plastic bottle, and 1 intact light bulb.

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203 Nancy Thomas 02/17/2021

The most noticible change was the retreat of the dunes toward the shore.  The beach has become very flat and many of the dunes are gone or deeply cut.  The rack line rests on the remaining dunes and against the vegetated banks.  The debris has also collected against these banks.  Plastics, ropes, 2 buoys, and a large container of blue fluid that the Ranger, Doug Sestrich picked up for disposal.  Thank you Doug!!

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129 [email protected] 02/17/2021 View full report 1
339 edjoyce 02/17/2021 DISPATCH

Dune face angles are steep reflecting winter conditions.  Nothing unusual to report.

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220 Hillsideshack 02/17/2021

Rainy/cloudy/sunny day on 220. First time I've seen so many small sized Vellela vellela, I usually see the larger ones washed up. Lots of marine debris/land debris on 220 today. Most of the sand has been pulled off the beach in the northern section of 220 by storms. Quite a bit more erosion and bluff falling. The long black drainage pipes continue to be more exposed out from the cliff (3).

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220 DKPowell 02/15/2021

   I was suprised there was anyone on the beach--between the rain and wind gusts of 20 mph. NOAA had forecast a surf height of 16-20 feet. There was also a weather warning about sneaker tides. I didn't go to my usual "Keyhole" location as it was already obstructed by tide.

   There has been major cliff ersosion. A fast catalog of pipe in cliff changes is 3rd Pipes-southern no longer visible due to slide, but an even more northerly set found. The 4th Pipes has reappeared. And a new set of pipes (5th Pipes) has appeared just south of NW 68th entrance to the beach.

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219 YHONA 02/13/2021

The most important observations were the large but superficial rock slide at Quarry Cove and the relatively high concentrations of jellies and pyrosomes in the wrack line.

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323 TiffanyBoothe 02/13/2021 View full report 4
204 Jon French 02/13/2021

Months of winter storms and King Tides have transformed last summer's welcoming Driftwood Beach. The smooth sand entrance onto the beach from Driftwood Wayside has been scoured out, and foredunes have been sheared off into perpendicular faces. The huge 100 year old driftwood log I photographed in October south of Buckley Creek is now 100 yards to the north. More of Buckley Creek's sand bluff has sloughed off, and the impressive driftwood lean-to I began photographing last June is gone. It's a different, wild but very beautiful beach.

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194 tietjenl 02/13/2021 View full report 4
37 iggydog 02/10/2021

We have been consistently checking the erosion for the last two months - it continues now at a much slower pace than last month, but it's visible.  

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240 mulholland 02/10/2021

Heavy driftwood accumulation on the Taft beach; makes for difficult walking from access points to beach/water. 

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291 JGarcia 02/10/2021

In general, a nice day at the beach.  There weren't many people out.  Surprisingly little man-made debris along the wrack.  The most obvious change since the new year is the beach erosion and erosion of the foredune by the January King Tides and storm surge.  There are many, many large logs washed over the face of the foredunes and pushed up 50 yards in places.  

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308 John Markham 02/10/2021 View full report 0
311 jessejones 02/09/2021

Beautiful low tide left a very wide and clean beach on a bright and cold afternoon. Not a lot of wildlife observed unfortunately. I saw one sea star with obvious wasting disease and will report it to MARINe's Sea Star Observation Log. Photo attached. 

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23 Bob Harvey 02/09/2021

Well used beach today..9 people and lots of footprints since the last high tide ~6hours ago. The loss of foredunes as evidenced by clumps of sand and dune grass lying along base of remaining dunes. The marine garden on the monoliths at north end of the mile are rich in healthy orange seastars and purple seastars visible below the mussel beds and within the anemone beds. Lots of large woody debris high on the beach.

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189 gailrobbw 02/09/2021 View full report 9
244 Victoria 02/09/2021

This report focuses on erosion and drainage pipe issues. The drain photos are numbered from north to south starting at Roads End State Park. With the sand and cliff erosion, more pipe drains are evident on the beach. The sand has shifted west so that the southern end of Mile 244 at Wecoma beach (access point #42), at today's low tide I paced for 1050 feet which is more than the usual distance. The high tide line has routinely reached the base of the cliffs and has caused erosion this season.

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203 JLcoasties 02/09/2021

The beach area north of Beach Access 66c had erosion of the foredunes and grassy areas eroded and flooded away by storm surges - see photos.  We found one unidentified dead bird - see photo.

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184 simmonsk 02/09/2021

It was a great afternoon on Ocean Beach.  Today saw a 9.5 ft. difference from high tide to low tide making this trip to the beach quite dramatic.  The storms and high tides have exposed numerous rock fields and formations on the beach, more than I have observed since reporting on this beach. Lots of people rock hunting for agates, jasper and petrified wood.  I observed one crab boat moving up and down the length of the beach.  Also, the stairs from Oregon Homes have collapsed onto the beach.  The waterfalls are all flowing and the resulting flows are carving up the sand on the way to the ocean.  I noted several exposed large rock formations especially on the north end of the beach.  Amazingly, there is very little driftwood left on the beach.  A small pile is still located on the north end of the beach but nothing like I noted during the King Tides.  

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265 rbourke 02/09/2021 DISPATCH

Damage to the dunes and vegitation at the north end of Sitka Sedge Natural Area was observed due to joy riding with large off-road capable vehicles. 

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295 Koptiuch 02/08/2021 Stunning to see the enormous number of logs washed onto the beach through this winter's season of King Tides and storm surge! This was my first visit to Nadona Beach since the king tides and I couldn't believe all the giant logs and pieces of wood that washed up all over the beach, especially in the 1/4 mile south of the jetty. It's now hard to pick one's way through this from the entry path to the shore. Besides some new logs, it looks like the storm surge breached and erased the first low line of foredunes and pulled closer to the sea some of the enormous log graveyard (as I think of it) up near the jetty.  Tons of logs are piled up on the sea side of the dunes now, and a sort of new strip of sand beach opened up between those logs and the older piles in the log graveyard.  All along 295 huge logs are now sprinkled across the top of or fully over the dunes. Enterprising people have built several new sea forts out of logs, the older forts having been swept away by the king tides. Fierce tides also made a sharp vertical cut into the dunes, so that now they resemble steep bluffs. All the beach entrances are now rather difficult because of sharp drops at the end of most of the sandy entry paths. In some stretches the vertical cut is about three feet, whereas before the dunes were gently sloped. In other stretches the vertical cut may be 7-10 feet high, way over my head, impossible to escape a sneaker wave by trying to scale these bluffs. In many sections of the vertical bluff, earlier sediments of washed-in logs are now visible way below the present surface of the dunes, as if the sea conducted a sort of archaeological dig, exposing layers of other earlier king tide deposits. It looks like some of the lower dunes were just completely eroded back maybe by 15-20 feet. View full report 17
154 Eugene Hikers 02/08/2021

Hikers parked at Tahkenitch CG lot, where there were 2 other cars, and accessed beach on Dunes Trail at Emergency Sign #115.  Sections of the fence on bluff blocking beach access next to that trail are down. It was cloudy, 45 degrees, with a light wind from northwest, and 5 foot tide level.  Only one gull and 3 sanderlings were observed, no people, no dogs.  On beach, there was kelp, a dead whole crab, small rocks, shells, wood pieces.  Land-based debris was collected including a shoe, tennis ball, 6 water bottles and 30 plastic caps and ocean-based debris such as dense foam piece from surf board, florescent light bulb, rope, parts of fishing nets. Hikers carried out debris from beach at Emergency sign #115A, back on Dunes Trail.  

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224 malachite 02/07/2021

Pleasant day at the beach at a low low tide (not a minus tide though. Was on the beach from about 3:40pm to 4:30pm. Number of people seen varied from 25-30 when I first started walking on the beach to 6-7 when I left the beach, it's too bad the mile report format doesn't allow for changes in the number of people noted during a one hour period on the beach. Saw very little to no litter, very few birds (only a few seagulls). Signs of erosion along various parts of the beach bluff as I walked south towards Beverly Beach, particularly, as noted, in/on/around a culvert underneath the highway about 1/3 mile from Beverly Beach. Lots of garnet sands, or heavy minerals & aluminsilicates (like garnet), amphiboles, etc., I've read there's chromite, platinum & gold particles in these sands. I see these sands mostly in the winter/spring because they're heavier then the lighter-colored sand particles & remain behind when rain/high tides transport the lighter sand sized particles.

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116 alaingamerica 02/07/2021

I'd heard about some significant tree blow downs on the pack trail,  but found the usual situation in the cove. There's always small trees and dirt sloughing off the steep cliffs. Really pleasant afternoon. Some people found the terrain more challenging than others. I did a quick survey,  but walked all of it I could. I'd say all is well.  Found a foam float and some rope wedged into a crack so tight I could not remove it. Only a few plastics, but again, a pretty quick survey. 

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281 dianalt333 02/06/2021

Debris from landslide now cleared and tunnel is accessible again. Lots of rocks along shoreline. Weather was cloudy, thick fog rolled in and it started to rain upon leaving. 

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238 Cathy238 02/05/2021 DISPATCH

Caution is advised on the beach on Mile 238 due to high winter tides/sneaker waves, ongoing significant riprap projects, and constant heavy equipment movement.

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287 C Nelson 02/04/2021

A quiet afternoon on a cool, cloudy, damp winter day. Only 2 other folks were visiting and they did not stay long. The most notable observation was the extent of the erosion of the vegetated foredune and how far inland driftwood had been deposited during this winter's storms. I regret not having been able to see the surf in action - it had to have been incredibly powerful! It was a delight to see a convocation of 9 bald eagles on the beach - the largest number of bald eagles I've seen during any of my visits. 

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214 hancherclan 02/04/2021 DISPATCH

Spotted beached molting Elephant seal on South Beach just south of the jetty. Reported to Jim Rice (Oregon State University Stranding Program Manager) who identified the seal type from my photos.

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315 tabeag 02/04/2021

Quiet day, picked up lots of trash on Crescent Beach.  Lots of microplastic.

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324 angela whitlock 02/03/2021

There was a lot of standing water in the low areas of the dunes, which is usually not present. 

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232 kbayans 02/03/2021

2 people fishing beyond the barrier and 1 person feeding the seagulls bread. The grassy area in front of the barrier (full length) showing severe signs of erosion from natural causes and from people walking. A multitude of mole-type hills is scattered across this area. 

Over a dozen adult and juvenile seagulls resting on the rocks and 3 Gray whales surfacing about 5 miles out.

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143 kmwifish 02/03/2021

There was much more plastic trash this time, than when we went in October.  There was a more defined bluff along part of the beach, indicating sand had been piled up.  There was a lot of driftwood and trash on the top of the bluffs, less on the wet sand beach.  The tide line had lots of small bits of plastic and styrofoam.  I would like to know if I should have taken the full plastic bottle of black oil I found to hazardous waste disposal.  I feel guilty that I didn't think of it, at the time.  I put it in the parking lot dumpster, with the rest of the plastic trash.  We only found about 6 glass bottles (3 were hard liquor bottles I found on the top of the bluff, near a campfire ring--from a local party, most likely).  Everything else was plastic.  The amount and variety of plastic trash is truly dismaying, but it feels very good to pick it all up.  We walked farther than 1 mile, maybe 2 or 3.

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29 hobbins 02/03/2021

The beach was pretty clean. One truck was driving the beach looking for surf wood. All dogs were well behaved. Since it was low tide there was plenty of beach to walk on. 

Beach ranger came near the end of our walk.

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243 garretta 02/02/2021 DISPATCH

Photos show new, significant erosion with a drop in the sand/grass bank of more than 6 feet in places; logs that were tossed around with comparison photo from 2019 of same location; rock bed revealed that hadn't appeared this last year. And, must have been "Drive on Wecoma Beach Day" in addition to being Groundhog Day. 

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99 tbowspencer 02/02/2021

Mile 99 shows effects of the winter storms, with expansion of the creeks (Johnson on the south, and Crooked Creek to the north) and erosion of the foredunes. There is a lot of marine debris along the mile, primarily plastic and nylon boat line. Two of us collected over 30 pounds of debris, and barely made a dent in the vast amount of it. A new home was built on the bluff since last survey, with newly installed stairs down the solid bluff.

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129 [email protected] 01/29/2021

Since it was high tide I opted for a foredune walk with a drop in at the beach.

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26 hobbins 01/25/2021

We did not make the full 3 miles due to trash pick up. Our bag was full. Styrofoam was a great portion of it. Crab buoys, shot gun wads, styrofoam cup pieces . We also found a crab cage connected to a log. It was buried in the sand too far to remove. Lots of wood from large surf. Shoreline was steep. It looked like a great undertow was probably present.

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299 cpendergrass 01/24/2021

Not much population pressure on the beach...only 38 people and 9 dogs. Major storms and king tides have wrought big changes in the dunes. Many instances of waves topping the dunes have left driftwood in unusual places. The dunes themselves have been cut back severely...the most I've seen in the past 7 years I've been doing this survey for CoastWatch. They are currently unscalable in many areas. In places, the water was able to get behind the foredune area and swept the foredune away leaving only a few tussocks of dune grass strewn about. Very dramatic! 

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203 Nancy Thomas 01/23/2021

The change in the beach was the most obvious change.  There is alot more open beach.  Wrack was washed to dune area with some overflow.  Sand was carved out and channels made in dunes.  Most debris was string/rope related.  Minimal crab parts. Saw maybe 2 gulls.  Sad to see graffiti on dunes and leftover firework debris.  Many logs showed signs of charring from burns. 

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203 Nancy Thomas 01/23/2021

The change in the beach was the most obvious change.  There is alot more open beach.  Wrack was washed to dune area with some overflow.  Sand was carved out and channels made in dunes.  Most debris was string/rope related.  Minimal crab parts. Saw maybe 2 gulls.  Sad to see graffiti on dunes and leftover firework debris.  Many logs showed signs of charring from burns. 

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220 Hillsideshack 01/22/2021

A nice sunny day on 220. Got a very long piece of rope (approx 25 meters) off the beach along with trash. One LIGU, not yet tagged. So much more visible erosion this winter, seems every week it is even more pronounced. Trees, bluff slumping down towards the sea. The 3 black plastic long drainage pipes are concerning as they are eventually going to go into the ocean.

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236 Streets 01/21/2021

As I don't live here, there's a lot that I miss. However, I've been watching for some time the bluff erosion south of the Gleneden Beach State Park, from the north to south property lines of World Mark. Interesting exposure of "stuff" embedded in the cliffs. I shall attempt to send photos.

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212 dougdawson 01/21/2021 DISPATCH

Huge Sand erosion centered around South Beach Day use area.  Pertrified Tree roots exposed near Moore Creek. Grave bed exposed south of Moore Creek.

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314 FOHRAP1 01/21/2021

A quiet day on the beach, a few folks and lots of dogs.  The most noteworthy thing on the walk was the erosion of sand and dunes resulting from the storm last week.  I have walked the beach many times in recent weeks, the level of dune cut out in most of the photos was a result of the King tide last week coupled with the storm.

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313 FOHRAP1 01/20/2021

A cloudy calm day on the beach with a few visitors.  The notable observations include erosion along the dunes as a result of last weeks king tides+ storms, lots of large logs on the beach, and small pieces of plastic along the high tide debris line.

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101 GarrettSEA 01/19/2021

Rock climbing, pyrosomes, rocky beach

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202 Jon French 01/19/2021

A sunny but somber morning on Mile 202, the ocean fairly calm after last week's storms, King Tides, and beach hazard warnings. Last Friday afternoon, a local resident, Toni Goessman, age 60, didn't return home from walking her two boxer dogs on the beach, and when one of her dogs returned home soaking wet, her husband reported her missing. That night her body was found by Search and Rescue in the surf at the mouth of Alsea Bay. Her other dog wasn't found. I didn't know Ms. Goessman, but I had noticed her in the past on Mile 202, walking with her boxers along the waters edge like the people are doing in the attached photos. As one of the reports of Ms. Goessman's death stated, "Large 'sneaker waves' are common along Oregon beaches. The closer walkers get to the water, the greater the danger."

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337 Lisa Heigh 01/18/2021

It was disturbing to see so much debris/litter on this beach.  I have never seen this much on any Oregon beach in the 30 years i have been walking the Oregon beaches. 

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60 cshepherd50 01/17/2021

Large new landslide on the southern cliffs.  Large piles of driftwood at the souther most point of the mile  See pictures of both.  Note the plastic debris amoung the driftwood.  

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154 oldMGguy 01/15/2021

I hiked the 3-Mile Lake - Tahkenitch Dune Loop Trail today, starting and ending in the Tahkenitch Dune Campground trailhead parking lot.  The beach portion of the loop covers Mile 154 and southern half of Mile 155.

I met just one trail runner on the entire 6.2 mile loop.  Only notable wildlife were bunches of Rough-Skinned Newts doing their slow-motion stroll across the trail surface.  A few Pacific Winter Wrens were peeping away from the foliage, no other notable birds or critters observed, mostly due to foggy conditions on the beach.  Even though I was out on the beach 2 hours after high tide, the occasional sneaker wave would force me up against the eroded sandy foredunes.

There are debris piles at both beach access points from beach walkers picking up the worst of the marine-sourced debris, mostly plastic bottles and fishing/crab pot floats.  If you look closely at the contents of the high water wrack line, it is filled with plastic bits and pieces - bottle caps, shotgun shells, inhalers, immense numbers of dime-to-quarter sized plastic bits, and lots of nylon rope pieces and shreds.  This was hands-down the worst collection of plastic debris I've ever seen on this beach since 2007 (see photo).

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199 seagazer 01/15/2021 DISPATCH

In this dispatch, it will cover mostly visually the changes to the embankments of the eight or so private residences north of the Wakonda Beach (Beachside Beach) beach access (highway mile marker 159) from March of 2010 to January 2021. All but a few of the images were taken during King Tides in their respective years. They will show that the recent King Tides, especially in January 2020 and January 2021, have been very destructive removing so much of the embankments that the septic systems are threatened to be exposed. This has concerned Jay Sennewald, Ocean Shores Coordinator with the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, that parts of these systems could eventually end up on the public beach that he has been issuing emergency armoring permits. Some of these have then been changed to permanent permits for those mose affected after a public notification process. With the damage starting last January (2020) and exacerbated this year (01/2021) by increased damage of unprotected embankments (possibly) due to the adjacent installations of armoring. Even the recent armoring has suffered damage at the south edge where it was exposed to the high and aggressive waves. 

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197 mudslide 01/14/2021 DISPATCH

Finally, the recent storms and king tides have brought the big, persistent chunks down. 

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213 hancherclan 01/14/2021 DISPATCH

Morning after severe king tides along South Beach, OR. The sand dunes west of the SouthShore community has been eroded up to the beach grass. The sand used to provide a gentle slope from top of dunes to sea level, perhaps about 10 degrees. The drop off is now a nearly 12 feet tall cliff as seen in the photos.

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 01/14/2021

I saw something that looked like sea pickles on the shore. I have never seen them before. I found out from an episode of Oregon Field Guide tonight that they are Pyrosomes. I guess they are a new thing on the Oregon coast.

More trash and human debris than I have seen here before, probably brought in by the king tides the previous few days.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 01/14/2021

This visit was just a day after a series of king tides and heavy rain. More logs on the beach than usual and one massive new landslide. I asked a two of the few people I met on the beach about the "sea pickles" in the drift line and nobody knew what they were. As I was getting ready to write this report I saw an episode of Oregon Field Guide that mentioned them: Pyrosomes. I guess they are a new thing on the Oregon Coast

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327 sultanym 01/13/2021

Today was a welcome respite from the recent heavy rain, high winds, and stormy weather that accompanied the King tides of Jan. 11th-13th. This afternoon's walk had mild weather, little wind, and cloudy skies. With an outgoing tide, a large stretch of beach was covered in sea foam. The Del Rey beach access road experienced significant sand erosion from the sides of the road where the pavement meets the beach, and loads of woody debris (logs, tree stumps, branches) are now strewn along the road, making access not advisable. A large gate and sign block current vehicular access today. The King tides left an impressive array of debris, both natural and human-caused, along the highest wrack line that I have seen (almost at the very base of the dunes). Along with typical plastic debris (shotgun shells, lighters, soda bottles, bottle caps, single-use plastics from food packaging), I found some unusual items including a rice cooker spoon and a printer ink catridge. Two dead birds washed up on the beach: a juvenile red phalarope and an ancient murrelet. Bird identifications confirmed by iNaturalist. 

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220 DKPowell 01/13/2021 DISPATCH

Third day of January 2021 King Tides.

The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.

Any shift of my “Cliff Top” position will make the photos looking north to 68th street no longer showing the houses located there.

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214 PCTronquet 01/13/2021

The past few days of King tides have scoured the build-up of summer sand and made a 5-10 foot "cliff" at the high tide mark from south of the Day Use (61B) to North of 61A.  There is a small area of 5-10 feet between the sand cliff and the dunes to walk when the beach is not accessible, but the ocean-side edge is unstable.  35+ snowy plover have been seen on mile 214, for several months.

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220 DKPowell 01/12/2021 DISPATCH

Second day of January 2021 King Tides.

The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.

The tidal surge was mostly reaching the normal 75 ft. mark--however there was one surge that forced me to the 100 foot mark. Never turn your back on the ocean.

One other note.  I will shortly change my “Cliff Top” position. I could “feel” the surf pounding at present location. And the change of location will probably make the photos looking north to 68th street no longer showing the houses located there.

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220 DKPowell 01/11/2021 DISPATCH

First day of January 2021 King Tides.

Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.

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