Coastal Conservation News Archive

A complete archive of our past news articles, beginning in Fall 2016; older articles from our previous website are available in the historical archive

King Tide fills Yaquina wetlands.  Photo by Meg Reed.

King Tide Parties Celebrate Project, Look to Future

King Tide fills Yaquina wetlands. Photo by Meg Reed. Each winter’s King Tide Project concludes with a series of wrap-up parties. These celebrate the good work that has been done, but also help to prepare us for the next year’s effort. CoastWatch, along with co-sponsors Surfrider and the Coastal Management Program, invite one and all to join one of these...Read more
Housing and Haystack Rock.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

NOAA Completes Evaluation of Oregon Coastal Management Program

Housing and Haystack Rock. Photo by Sonja Peterson. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just released the findings that emerged from its review of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program. For the most part, the findings are very positive—and the biggest black mark against Oregon’s coastal program isn’t something that coastal planners and...Read more
Clay Creek.  Photo courtesy of BLM.

Mid-coast Area Pioneers New Water Planning Approach

Clay Creek. Photo courtesy of BLM. A newly formed body, the Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership, has been convened to study the area’s water needs. The group’s meetings, open to anyone concerned about water availability and water usage, will take place during 2017 on the last Wednesday of alternate months beginning in January. The first meeting of the year...Read more
North Spit wetlands near Jordan Cove site.

Jordan Cove LNG Battle Will Continue

North Spit wetlands near Jordan Cove site. Less than a week after the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) project appeared dead, having received a final denial from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the hopes of opponents, including Oregon Shores, were dashed. Jordan Cove announced that it would start the application...Read more
Coos Bay's North Spit. Photo by Alex Derr.

FERC Issues Final Denial of Jordan Cove LNG Export Plan

Coos Bay's North Spit. Photo by Alex Derr. Great news arrived today (12/9/2016). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final denial of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay’s North Spit. This may not be the final conclusion to the story, but it is a major breakthrough for the coalition that has opposed LNG...Read more
Shoreline at Otter Rock. Photo by Kirt Edblom.

Speak Out Now on Offshore Research Priorities

Shoreline at Otter Rock. Photo by Kirt Edblom. Given the predilections of the incoming administration, the possibility of a federal push to allow oil and gas leases or mining permits in federal waters off Oregon’s shore looms larger than it has for a generation. That makes the current public comment period for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)...Read more
Rising seas at Shore Acres

Results from Climate Migration Symposium Now Available

Rising seas are only one result of climate change. Photo by Bruce Swenson. One possible impact of climate change in the Pacific Northwest, indirect but important, could be increased population due to “climate refugees.” Most projections of future climate change suggest that our region will be less dramatically impacted than many, leading to speculation that...Read more
Photo of Sitka Sedge State Natural Area sign, by Dale Harmer.

Final Chance Offered to Comment on Sitka Sedge Plan

Inner shoreline of Sand Lake spit, site of new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area. Photo by Jim Hauge. It has taken nearly a year and a half and several rounds of public hearings and comment periods, but the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission has now approved the draft master plan for the new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan just north of Tierra del...Read more
 Beached bird training.  Photo courtesy of COASST.

CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers

Beached bird training. Photo courtesy of COASST. CoastWatch has long sponsored several citizen science projects, such as the beached bird survey in which many mile adopters participate. Over the course of the past year, though, we have expanded the range of these projects. We now conduct seven citizen science projects. Through our "Community Engagement with...Read more
King Tide at Toledo boat launch.  Photo by Gregory Henton.

King Tide Project Surges Again

King Tide at Toledo boat launch. Photo by Gregory Henton. For the seventh year, Oregonians are participating in the King Tide Project, the state’s branch of an international citizen science initiative. The project is sponsored in Oregon each year by CoastWatch, along with the Coastal Management Program of the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and...Read more