Report Details

16 people and 3 dogs were enjoying the beach on this last day of the Memorial Day weekend. One dead sealion was providing meals for turkey vultures. Sand seems to be building up in one area but dune face is retreating both north and south of that area. The condition of existing riprap was recently assessed by Oregon State Parks and reports will be sent to the landowners.

Conditions

Temperature: 58 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 5.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 16. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 13. Playing in sand: 3.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

5 turkey vultures dining on a dead sealion. Some smaller birds as well.

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Sealion at high tide line, present for several days.

Driftline Content

Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces.

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Newly exposed roots/trees falling.

Actions & Comments

High wrack line was thin but heavily populated with small (most less than 1 inch in greatest dimension) pieces of colored plastic (green, pink, blue, white). In one area sand seemed to be building up, but just a few hundred feet north and south the dune face had markedly eroded, grass and tree roots were exposed and slumping down. At the Neskowin Community Association meeting yesterday (5-30) it was announced that Oregon State Parks this month assessed the condition of all riprap in Neskowin and will be issuing a report to individual land owners.

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Mile 254

December 17, 2023

see previous box for the most salient observations!

Heidi Heidenreich

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Mile 254

October 1, 2023

One cannot help but notice the 120+ large clumps on entangled kelp all along mile 254.

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Mile 254

July 16, 2023

The north half mile of 254 (after the end of the rip rap )has experienced serious erosion.

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Mile 254

June 4, 2023

There is a marked difference between the 1/4 mile of rip rapped beach with its gentle slope and 2' shelf of sand blown against the rocks AND the north 3/4 mile where the dunes are receeding and are eroding in height.

heidenreichh

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Mile 254

January 29, 2023

It has been two months since my last observation and, of course, there have been many storms, a great deal of rain and high winds in that time.

heidenreichh

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Mile 254

November 20, 2022

One dead sea lion which I understand is all too common at this time  on the Oregon Coast.

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Mile 254

October 4, 2022

This is my first observation for mile 254.

MatthewsE

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Mile 254

September 18, 2022

About 1/2 of my mile, north of the rip rap,  is experiencing significant erosion.

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