Report Details

By the first of the year much of the sand accumulated over the summer had left the beach and shortly thereafter rock started moving in, a lot of it relatively small. The sand eventually was removed down to the underlaying mudstone some of which froze in January, then separated into inch or so thick sheets on thawing. For a while now the large amount of rock that came to the beach has moved towards the bluff and in some places is piled 5 feet high against the wall. This rock won't leave the beach until we have a heavy surf capable of moving it. Beach gradients: North end 10 feet in 40 yards due to the large amount of rock piled against the bluff. South end 6 feet in 40 yards. There were 2 places of significant bluff erosion near the middle of the mile. One was due to water coming down a creek bed washing out underneath the sandstone leading to its collapse. The other was failure to properly handle surface water runoff resulting in the bluff under the back yard of a house enlarging the cave in the sandstone under the back yard. This has been some time in forming. The owner doesn't live there and may not know what is happening. I told the builder about it but no change has occurred.


Temperature: 57 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 4.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 14. Walking or running: 6. Other Activities: 2 w/Boogy Boards.


Cars/trucks parking: 12.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 4. 1 fulmar, 1 gull, 1 white-winged scoter, and 1 common murre

Driftline Content

Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Wood pieces. Listed in "General Comments" below

Actions & Comments

Itemized Drift Line Content:Wood pieces 44; Glass/ plastic bottles and cans 5; Litter, 5 pieces; Rope, 1 small bundle, 1 piece; Styrofoam, 1; Buckets, 2 small; Broken commercial crab pots 1. There was a second pot nearby last week that was good and I was able to get it to the owner; Plastic chair, 1; Beach fire, 1

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Mile 209

February 12, 2023

It was a nice, sunny and mild day today.


Mile 209

December 31, 2022

There was more litter on the beach after the recent storm.


decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 209

December 18, 2022

10 people, 1 dog, three sets of vehicle tracks on beach (ATVs ?


Mile 209

July 19, 2019

Beautiful day with a lot of human activity.


Mile 209

May 29, 2019

Pretty usual day.


Mile 209

April 24, 2019

Nothing of concern viewed during this visit.


Mile 209

March 20, 2019

15 people observed, all walking along beach, some with dogs.


Mile 209

March 20, 2015

More re-work on riprap construction under permit BA-687-13.