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

View from the Aspmo property.  Photo by Bob Goldberg.

Vested Rights Threat Spurs Court Appeal

View from the Aspmo property. Photo by Bob Goldberg. Oregon Shores has gone to court, seeking a “writ of review” of what we consider a gravely erroneous decision by the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners voted to allow would-be developers, the Aspmo family, to build 15 houses on forested land where they would never be permitted under...Read more
Coos Bay entrance--invasive organisms in ballast water keep out!  Photo by Alex Derr.

State Will Take Public’s Views about Ballast on Board

coos_bay_entrance_by_alex_derr.jpg Oregon Shores played an active role in advocating for the state’s original regulation of ballast water back in the ‘90s, so we feel a certain proprietary interest in how these protections are administered. Water drawn on board to serve as ballast on one side of the ocean and dumped on the other side can harbor...Read more
Nearshore Ocean Strategy addresses undersea habitats.  Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Revised Oregon Conservation Strategy for Nearshore Ocean Released

Nearshore Ocean Strategy addresses undersea habitats. Photo courtesy of ODFW. Oregon has adopted its new version of the Oregon Conservation Strategy , the first update of the policy framework for managing fish and wildlife resources since 2006. The new document was unveiled at the Sept. 2 meeting of the...Read more
Polluted water from outfall crossing Nye Beach.  Photo by Cathy Tronquet.

Advisories Lifted, but Summer Alerts Revealed Beach Water Problems

nye_beach_outflow_cathy_tronquet.jpg The Oregon Health Authority has continued to issue new health advisories throughout the summer. The last major alerts were announced in August, for the Newport and Neskowin areas; the advisories for ocean waters touching the shore in these areas have now been lifted. However, the freshwater sources that are...Read more
Photo of "Oyster" wave energy device in operation.

Rules for Ocean Energy Siting Are on the Horizon

"Oyster" wave energy device in operation. All has been seemingly quiet on the ocean energy front for some years now. It was nearly a decade ago that early prospectors for wave energy sites set off a flurry of interest and concern. The state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) and a subsequent Territorial Sea Plan Working Group began to wrestle with...Read more
Storm at Netarts Bay entrance. Photo by Allison Asbjornsen.

"Citizen's Guide: Adapting to Climate Change on the Oregon Coast" is Available for Download

In 2015 our Climate Program released a new and significantly improved version of our Citizen’s Guide: Adapting to Climate Change on the Oregon Coast . The publication, available for download here , is aimed at helping citizens build their understanding of the many ways in which the Oregon coast is...Read more
Coos Bay's North Spit, looking east.  Photo by Courtney Johnson.

Coos County Ratifies Pro-LNG Decision

We have waited a long time for the official word, even though we were certain we knew what it would be. Finally, after many delays, the Coos County Board of Commissioners has affirmed most elements in the earlier decision of its appointed Hearings Officer, approving land use permits for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility, and overruling the many contrary...Read more
Developer Tai Dang's threatened Rockaway house.  Photo by Shalom Gilbert.

Rockaway Riprap Applicant Turns to Court

rockaway_house_by_scott_gilbert_2.jpg The saga of developer Tai Dang’s campaign to be allowed to riprap his controversial rental property in Rockaway may have come to an end, as far as the City of Rockaway Beach is concerned, but this is like one of those Hollywood movies that seems to have come to a satisfying conclusion, until a new twist is...Read more
Condos at Cape Kiwanda--we have questions about coastal management.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

Oregon Shores Seeks to Bolster Coastal Management through NOAA Comments

Condos at Cape Kiwanda--we have questions about coastal management. Photo by Sonja Peterson. Thanks to the Coastal Zone Management Act, states potentially have a great deal of control over their own coastal destinies. Under the CZMA, if a state’s coastal policies are accepted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal government...Read more
Photo of sunset as Seal Rock, by Alex Derr.

Benefit Coastal Conservation While You Shop

sunset_at_seal_rocks_by_derr.jpg Oregon Shores needs the support of all our members, and all those who care about protecting our coastal environment, if our initiatives in such key areas as citizen science, marine reserves, and shoreline protection are to succeed. You can help by joining or renewing your membership, and by making additional...Read more