King Tide Talk and Training

December 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM
Bandon City Library
1204 11th St., SW
Bandon, OR
CoastWatch, Oregon Coastal Management Program, Surfrider

 King Tide at Bandon's Coquille Point.\Photo by Rick Poecker.
King Tide at Bandon's Coquille Point.\Photo by Rick Poecker.

Round three of this winter’s King Tide Project takes place Jan. 2-4.  Join Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the Sprague Room of the Bandon City Library (1204 11th St., S.W.) to learn more about the project, sea level rise, shoreline armoring, and what it all means.  The event is free and open to all.

Featured speaker will be Meg Reed, Coastal Shores Specialist with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), and in this capacity, CoastWatch’s partner in organizing the King Tide Project.  (Other partners include Surfrider and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.)

Meg was a NOAA Coastal Fellow with DLCD from 2013-2015.  Her Fellow project resulted in an improved data repository for Oregon's ocean shore permitting process that can be seen in the Ocean Shores Data Viewer on the Oregon Coastal Atlas website.  Her project built upon previous efforts in DLCD to identify and map coastal properties eligible for shorefront protective structures under Statewide Planning Goal 18.  She also studied the cluster of difficult legal and policy issues associated with ocean shoreline management under current Oregon laws and policies.  As a result she brings a good deal of relevant background to her new position.  

She will discuss how erosion and efforts to combat it through shoreline armoring (riprap, etc.) are affecting the Oregon coast, and how the King Tide Project, through photographically documenting the highest tides of the year, can give us a preview of sea level rise and how these processes are likely to impact the future shoreline.  She and Fawn will also provide how-to information about participating in the project, and discuss south coast areas where photos are particularly needed.

For more information about the event and the King Tide Project, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, [email protected], or Meg Reed at (541) 574-0811, [email protected].