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 Eagle perched on Sand Lake spit, by Jim Hauge.

Update on Hearings for New State Park Announced

Eagle perched on Sand Lake spit. Photo by Jim Hauge. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has updated its plans for a second round of public meetings concerning the new state park to be developed on the Sand Lake spit. State Parks is working on a plan for what will be known as the Sitka Sedge State Park on the former “Beltz Farm” property, acquired for...Read more
Photo of "No Pipeline" banner in front of coastal forest.

Opponents Hope to Block Dredge-and Fill Permit for Jordan Cove

One potential Achilles’ heel for the LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal proposed for Coos Bay’s North Spit is the need for dredge-and-fill permits from the state. The project, including its associated pipeline, will have a massive impact on the Coos Bay estuary, due to dredging for both the terminal itself and the pipeline crossing the bay. Oregon Shores has been battling the dredging...Read more
Photo of Rental house threatened by erosion in Rockaway, by Scott Gilbert.

Rockaway Planning Commission Hears Appeal of Riprap Decision

Rental house threatened by erosion in Rockaway, after recent storms. Photo by Scott Gilbert. A controversial proposal for a major riprap installation in Rockaway came back into public view Jan. 12 when the city's planning commission held a public hearing. Developer Tai Dang applied last year for permission to armor the shoreline to protect his rental house from...Read more
Jordan Cove LNG terminal, artist's conception.

Decision Awaited on Jordan Cove LNG Land Use Approvals

Jordan Cove LNG terminal, artist's conception. A Coos County hearings officer received testimony on an application for land use approvals from the Jordan Cove Energy Project on Friday, December 18. Oregon Shores had already filed its pre-hearing testimony, opposing the application. For the hearing itself, we filed additional comments. Now we wait for the...Read more
Photo of rocky shore near Cannon Beach by Mark Stalcup.

Oregon Will Revisit State’s Rocky Shores in 2016

Rocky shore near Cannon Beach. Photo by Mark Stalcup. Responding to a proposal put forward by Oregon Shores at its December 3 meeting, the state's Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) created a new working group tasked with revisiting Oregon's policies regarding rocky shore protection. Robin Hartmann, Oregon Shores' Ocean Policy Advocate, will chair the new "...Read more
Photo of Robin Hartmann.

OPAC Settles on New Ocean Policy Priorities

Robin Hartmann, Oregon Shores' Ocean Policy Advocate, on her CoastWatch mile. Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) met in Tillamook on December 3 and reached consensus on selecting three “new” ocean policy areas to focus on over the next two years: marine debris, ocean acidification, and coastal resilience. In addition, OPAC members will continue their...Read more
Photo of King Tide flooding at Netarts Bay, by Tracey Schmidt.

King Tide Project Surges Again

Netarts Bay shoreline during recent King Tide series. Photo by Tracey Schmidt. The second round of this year's King Tide project took place last week with the high tide sequence from November 24-27. The first round took place in October, and photos have been posted. But there is still plenty of opportunity to participate. Get out your cameras and visit the...Read more
Photo of students examining scientific speciments, courtesy of Ocean Inquiry.

Plan Now for ‘Sharing the Coast’ in 2016

ocean_inquiry_voyage.jpg CoastWatch collaborates each year with the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) in sponsoring the annual Sharing the Coast Conference, which offers a wealth of information to those monitoring the coast (CoastWatchers) and those teaching about it and interpreting it for visitors (NAME members, who may well be...Read more
Photo of coastal property south of Lost Creek, by Sara Schreiber.

State Parks Approves Riprap Application Despite Objections

Stretch of shoreline south of Lost Creek to be riprapped. Photo by Sara Schreiber. It is no surprise to learn that the riprap application for a lot south of Newport, which had aroused the concern of some CoastWatchers, was approved by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Those interested in seeing the approval and the conditions imposed can find...Read more
Photo of entrance to the Jordan Cove proposed LNG export facility.

Temporary Victory on Jordan Cove Land Use Appeal

Entrance to site of proposed Jordan Cove LNG export facility. Photo by Lisa Readel. For the time being, at least, Oregon Shores has succeeded in thwarting the would-be developers of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility at Jordan Cove on Coos Bay’s north spit. The Jordan Cove Energy Project (a branch of Canadian corporation Veresen) had sought to “...Read more