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 coastal property south of Lost Creek, by Sara Schreiber.

State Parks Approves Riprap Application Despite Objections

riprap_lost_creek_sara_schreiber.jpg 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 this...Read more
Photo of entrance to the Jordan Cove proposed LNG export facility.

Temporary Victory on Jordan Cove Land Use Appeal

lng_jordan_cove_entrance_by_lisa_readel.jpg 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 “verify” all the land...Read more
Photo of King Tide flooding at Netarts Bay, by Tracey Schmidt.

King Tide Project Looks Toward Next Round in November

king_tide_netarts_bay_shoreline_tracey_schmidt_edit2.jpg The first round of this year's King Tide project has now been completed, but there is still plenty of opportunity to participate. Get out your cameras and visit the coast during the final two sets of extreme high tide events this year, November 24-27 and December 23-25...Read more
Photo of Mike Martin standing atop Coalbank Slough debris slide.

Battle to Assure Cleanup of Coalbank Slough Continues

coalbanksloughmikemartin.jpg The long-running saga of Coalbank Slough isn’t over yet. A year ago, we announced that we had successfully settled our Clean Water act lawsuit over a 2012 debris slide that had severely polluted the slough, a tributary of Coos Bay. It had been a long struggle to that point, over a year and a half, but we thought we had...Read more
Photo of purple water.

Cause Identified for Purple Tides Noted by CoastWatchers

purplewater.jpg Mysterious purple patches are being observed along the coast. The answer to the summer's trick CoastWatch question, "What is causing the purple water?" turned out to be "salps." Numerous reports came in over a period of weeks concerning “purple water” or “a gelatinous purple mass” in the water. It took a while to determine the cause, and...Read more
Photo of women recording beached bird data on the beach.

Beached Bird Training Available to South Coast

janedollivercoasst.jpg Those of you at the southern end of the Oregon shore who would like to learn about the beached bird survey can gain an opportunity by traveling a bit further south. A training will take place across the border on Sunday, Oct. 25, noon-5 p.m., at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Board Room, 421 Hwy 101 North, in Crescent City...Read more
Oregon's nearshore ocean from Ecola State Park. Photo by Bruce Swenson.

ODFW Nearshore Conservation Strategy Prompts Oregon Shores Comments

ecola.jpg In late July, Oregon Shores submitted a five-page letter of comment on the draft 2015 – 2025 Nearshore Conservation Strategy prepared by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Bob Bailey, Oregon Shores Ocean Committee Chair, also presented testimony to the...Read more

Next Round of Hearings for New State Park Announced

sand_lake_marsh_small.jpg The second round of public meetings concerning the new state park to be developed on the Sand Lake spit has been announced. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is working on a plan for the former “Beltz Farm” property, acquired for the public and slated to become a largely natural state park. On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016,...Read more
Pistol River meets the sea. Photo by Mureen Walker.

South Coast Mining Opponents Await Next Phase

pistolrivermouth.jpg The public comment period concerning mining proposals aimed at the headwaters of south coast rivers has ended. Now we wait for the next phase. Public meetings held Sept. 9-10 in Gold Beach and Grants Pass by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, attended by more than 400 people, were a watershed moment in public...Read more
Photo of the North Spit at Coos Bay and the Jordan Cove Site. Photo by Alex Derr.

Decision Delayed on Jordan Cove Appeal

northspit2byalexderrsmall.jpg Citing a wide range of errors and oversights, Oregon Shores appealed Coos County’s administrative approval of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility on the North Spit. The public hearing on our appeal took place May 29, we subsequently filed our rebuttal arguments to the developer's counter-...Read more