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

Photo of Cape Falcon marine reserve.

Key Marine Reserves Position Open at ODFW

Do you know someone who would be effective in helping to educate the public about marine reserves, or in organizing research on Oregon’s current reserves? Are you such a person yourself? The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is hiring for a position that has an important bearing on the success of our marine reserves. The deadline for applications is Oct. 13. The Marine Reserves...Read more
Photo of eagle at Sand Lake.

Plans for New State Park at Sand Lake Begin to Take Shape

One of our Land Use Program’s proudest moments came on the day last year when State Parks completed purchase of the “Beltz Farm” property which occupies the spit enclosing the Sand Lake estuary just north of Tierra del Mar. Our only role in the acquisition of the land for the public was to advocate for it. However, a decade earlier the property might have been turned into a golf resort,...Read more
Photo of proposed LNG plant site on Skipanon Peninsula.

FERC Hearings on Oregon LNG Plans Move to Vernonia

Opponents of the LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant proposed for the Skipanon Peninsula plan rallied on September 21 between two hearings on the plan by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds. More hearings are scheduled (see below and in the Events listings). Speakers’ slots are only three minutes long, so detailed testimony isn’t possible. Personal statements...Read more
Sea turtle caught in drift gillnet. Photo courtesy of Turtle Island Restoration Network.

Drift Gillnet Opponents Gain a Portion of Our Demands

Joining fishing groups, businesses, and fellow conservation groups, Oregon Shores signed a letter to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) asking the regulatory agency to crack down on drift gillnets that destroy a great deal of marine life. In particular, these nets threaten endangered sea turtles such as the leatherback and loggerhead, along with whales and other marine mammals. The...Read more
Photo of Snowy Plover Chicks.

Snowy Plover Nesting Season Officially Ends

Nesting season for Western snowy plovers, a federally threatened shorebird that nests on the sandy shore, officially ended Sept. 15. Beachgoers are asked to follow nesting season restrictions on certain Oregon beaches through that date to protect snowy plover eggs and young. CoastWatchers helped by paying special attention to the plover exclusion zones and keeping an eye out for violations. This...Read more
Photo of proposed Oregon LNG site.

Still Time to Comment on Oregon LNG Permit Applications

Opponents of the Oregon LNG proposed for a liquefied natural gas export facility near the mouth of the Columbia packed a hearing room for two straight evenings Sept. 2-3, urging the city of Warrenton to deny permits for the project. Oregon Shores has been actively engaged in this opposition. Working on our behalf through our Coastal Law Project, attorney Courtney Johnson of the Crag Law Center...Read more
CoastWatch intern Sabrina Ehler takes a selfie on the shore.

New CoastWatch Intern Introduces Herself to Mile Adopters

Hey all! Now that I have had the time to settle into my position as CoastWatch intern I wanted to greet everyone and invite you all to contact me. My name is Sabrina Ehler and I’m a senior at Oregon State University. I am studying fisheries and wildlife with a specialization in law enforcement. I became aware of, and interested in the CoastWatch program through a fellow student at OSU and through...Read more
Photo of water quality warning sign.

Beach Monitoring Program Announces Impending Changes

The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OMRP) is beginning a formal process to adopt a new “beach action value” (BAV) that would be used beginning in the 2017 monitoring season. The BAV is used to determine when public health advisories should be issued for beaches. Up till now, the threshold for advisories has been 158 MPN. (This stands for “most probable number,” and for beach water quality...Read more
Photo of coastline at Cape Perpetua.

Video of Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve Released

The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (OMRP) has released the second in its series of videos on Oregon’s new marine reserves. Featuring Paul Engelmeyer of the Audubon Society, the video features panoramic shots of Cape Perpetua and information about the unique habitats and creatures found there, from Sea Lion Caves (the largest sea cave in the Americas) to the marbeled murrelet, which feeds in...Read more
Photo of purple tide.

Shore Watchers Tracking Purple Tides

Numerous reports have been coming in concerning “purple water” or “a gelatinous purple mass” in the water. There have been sightings at Roads End, Neskowin and elsewhere (for example, see the latest mile report on Mile 253). We’re trying to help track this and discover what it is. CoastWatchers spotting anything purplish on the water or beach are asked to file a Dispatch or mile report if at all...Read more