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 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

seaturtle.jpg 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,...Read more
Photo of Snowy Plover Chicks.

Snowy Plover Nesting Season Officially Ends

snowyploverchicks.jpg 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...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

sabrinaehler.jpg 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...Read more
Photo of water quality warning sign.

Beach Monitoring Program Announces Impending Changes

waterqualitysign.jpg 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...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
Pistol River meets the sea. Photo by Mureen Walker.

Public Meetings Will Consider Mineral Withdrawal for South Coast Rivers

pistolrivermouth.jpg The headwaters of Hunter Creek, the North Fork of the Pistol River, the headwaters of the Illinois River and the headwaters of the North Fork of the Smith River (rising in Oregon and reaching the coast in California) are all threatened by proposals to conduct nickel mining on Forest Service lands. In 2014, Oregon Shores joined many...Read more
Opponents rally against LNG.

Oregon Shores Join Allies in Denouncing FERC Report

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this week issued a draft environmental review for the proposed Oregon LNG terminal (to be located at Warrenton) and pipeline that, unsurprisingly, failed to adequately address the likely impacts to public health and safety, endangered salmon, or the Columbia estuary habitat. Oregon Shores joined Columbia Riverkeeper and many other allies fighting...Read more