Mile 264 Report

August 22, 2009
by rbourke

Location:
Tillamook
Tierra Del Mar
Conditions:
Saturday 11:45 AM
Humans / Pets:
People:
44
Dogs:
6
Activities:
Walking / Running:
23
Playing in surf:
2
Playing in sand:
8
Sitting:
9
kite boarding 2
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
large quantities of horse manure at tideline
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
A commercial horse riding company has been doing business on mile 264 and 265. They have set-up a corral on Roma Street, cut a 6 ft. wide trail to the beach and have been selling rides to the general public. In the last month, we have noticed very large quantities of horse manure on the beach, mostly at the high tide line. The manure begins in the northern quarter mile of mile 264 and extends northward. Instead of washing away with the tide, the manure is accumulating so that there are piles every 3 or 4 feet for an extensive length of the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Large quantities of horse manure at high tide line extending into mile 265
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Not sure what action to take, but this seems to be (or should be) illegal activity and a health hazard since families and children actively use this section of beach.
Summary:
Large quantities of horse manure at driftline, piles every 3 or 4 feet for an extensive length of the beach, extending into mile 265. We find such a large quantity of horse manure troubling and worry about the effect on human health and recreational activities in an otherwise pristine area of the Oregon coast.
  • Kids digging in the sand within a few feet of piles of horse manure
    Kids digging in the sand within a few feet of piles of horse manure
    Mile 264 Tierra Del Mar
    August 22, 2009
  • child's footprints with manure in tide line
    child's footprints with manure in tide line
    Mile 264 Tierra Del Mar
    August 22, 2009
  • Tierra Del Mar Mile 264
    August 22, 2009
  • Sign offering beach horse rides on Roma Street, Tierra Del Mar
    Sign offering beach horse rides on Roma Street, Tierra Del Mar
    Roma Street, Tierra Del Mar
    August 23, 2009
  • debris including horse manure in high tide line
    debris including horse manure in high tide line
    Northern quarter of mile 264
    August 23, 2009
Other Mile 264 Reports (10)

2011

May 28, 2011 - rbourke
All in all the beach was pretty clean.

2010

April 4, 2010 - rbourke
The big change was the addition of new riprap that covers the ocean frontage on about 10 lots, most built.

2009

October 17, 2009 - smish73
There were 2 boats close to shore speeding. Within the hour a 2-3 foot juvenile salmon shark washed up bleeding with a prop cut that severed it's tail. cause of death most likely suffocation and...
March 8, 2009 - rbourke
Only remarkable change is the large number of jellyfish washed up at tideline.

2008

October 25, 2008 - rbourke
About normal for this time of year. Less dune erosion than in some previous years.
July 3, 2008 - rbourke
As is usual, the beach is quite clean. Even after the Labor Day weekend, there was no litter to be seen.

2007

September 9, 2007 - rbourke
Beach was very clean and uncrowded.
May 7, 2007 - connierbruce
Did not notice anything unusual this visit. Tide as far out as we have ever seen it, lots of rocks exposed, shorebird flocks in migration, no dead birds or marine mamals.
April 28, 2007 - rbourke
very little to note. Beach was very clean. Thank you SOLV!
February 18, 2007 - rbourke
Due to the bad weather, very little human or bird activity. Extremely large piece of a ship, barge or dock on north end of mile 264. This could present a danger if anyone was close and it was hit...