Talk on Climate Change

September 7, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach DR
Newport, OR
MidCoast Watersheds Council

Mussels and barnacles are among key shellfish resources.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.
Mussels and barnacles are among key shellfish resources.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The projected impacts of climate change are widespread and will affect how coastal resources are managed. The MidCoast Watersheds Council presents a particular perspective on these coming changes at its meeting on Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 N.W. Beach Dr. in Newport). The speaker will be Laura Brown, who will discuss how the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians are preparing for these changes.

The talk is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Laura Brown is the shellfish biologist for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Since 2012, she has conducted research and monitoring efforts from Bandon to Astoria, starting by contracting with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to study nutrient fluxes in the Yaquina Bay. She then moved on to work with the Estuary Technical Group monitoring tidal wetland restoration efficacy; more specifically determining how groundwater dynamics, sediment accumulation, channel water salinity and temperature, channel morphology, and plant community composition shift after restoration occurs.

Brown’s current position with the Siletz Tribes allows her to represent the Tribes at a variety of marine resource interest meetings, conduct monitoring and research projects on shellfish and climate change, and engage with other organizations who have a common interest in protecting natural resources.

She will be talking about the impact of climate change on the Siletz Tribe, and how the tribe will monitor and adapt to shifts in coastal resources. Part of her focus has been on restoration of native oyster populations in Yaquina Bay, and she will share information about that project and other work by the tribe.

For more information, contact Evan Hayduk at [email protected].