Discussion of Sea Level and Estuaries
Fran Recht, who among other things is a former Oregon Shores president and conservation director, will speak at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (2400 Hwy 101, about three miles south of Yachats on Saturday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Her topic: “How Rising Sea Levels Would Affect the Estuaries along the Central Oregon Coast.” The event is free and open to all; however, a day pass is required to park at the visitor center.
Recht is the Habitat Program Manager for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commision. She will describe analyses done for the Newport-based MidCoast Watersheds Council about the impacts of sea level rise on Oregon's tidal wetlands. The project she will discuss assessed the extent of inundation that would occur in Oregon’s estuaries under five different sea level rise scenarios. Maps and graphs of local estuaries will help to clarify areas of vulnerability and where and to what extent tidal marshes will survive. The question of whether marshes will be able to migrate inland and upslope as sea level rises considering constraining topography and infrastructure development will be a key planning consideration on the Oregon coast.
Her talk comes in the midst of the first round of this year’s King Tide Project, and is highly relevant to it. High tide on Dec. 22 occurs at mid-morning, so there will be time to participate in the project and still make it to this talk.
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