Estuaries Articles

State Considering Plan to Address Ocean Acidification

waves_and_cape_lookout_dale_harmer.jpg Mandated by the 2017 Oregon Legislature, the state is in the process of developing a plan to address the growing problem of ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH). The Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH), a body composed of scientists and agency leaders, with conservation...Read more

Jordan Cove Battles Underway

Jordan Cove (middle ground to the left) from the air.\Photo by Rena Olson. The long, long struggle to prevent development of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay’s North Spit may be moving into its final year. But Oregon Shores, along with numerous allies in the no-LNG coalition, has been battling LNG schemes aimed at the Coos Bay estuary...Read more
Image of top portion of Oregon coast map, showing title.

New Oregon Coast Conservation Map Available

oregoncoastmap.jpg As part of our 2017 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, Oregon Shores collaborated with Raven Maps to produce a new large-format, high resolution map of the Oregon coast, emphasizing public lands. The map is now available for order , in time to serve as a beautiful holiday gift for your...Read more
Anti-LNG rally at the State Capitol.\Photo courtesy of Rogue Climate.

Citizens Intervene in Jordan Cove Issue

lng_capitol_rally_11-14-16_rogue_climate.jpg The battle over the proposal to build an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay's North Spit has entered another round. And the opposition is out in full force. More than 400 conservation groups (including Oregon Shores), tribes, and individals have filed with the Federal...Read more
Photo of North Spit wetlands near Jordan Cove site.  (No photo credit.)

Jordan Cove LNG Battle Will Continue

cormorants_pelagic_feeding_young_heather_roskelley.jpg Less than a week after the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) project appeared dead, having received a final denial from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the hopes of opponents, including Oregon Shores, were dashed. Jordan...Read more
Housing and Haystack Rock.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

NOAA Completes Evaluation of Oregon Coastal Management Program

haystack_rock_and_houses_sonja_peterson.jpg The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just released the findings that emerged from its review of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program. For the most part, the findings are very positive—and the biggest black mark against Oregon’s coastal program isn’t something that...Read more
North Spit wetlands near Jordan Cove site.

Jordan Cove LNG Battle Will Continue

north_spit_wetlands_north_of_jordan_cove.jpg Less than a week after the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) project appeared dead, having received a final denial from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the hopes of opponents, including Oregon Shores, were dashed. Jordan Cove announced that it...Read more
Coos Bay's North Spit. Photo by Alex Derr.

FERC Issues Final Denial of Jordan Cove LNG Export Plan

north_spit_-by_alex_derr.jpg Great news arrived today (12/9/2016). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final denial of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay’s North Spit. This may not be the final conclusion to the story, but it is a major breakthrough for the coalition that has opposed LNG...Read more
Photo of Coos Bay's North Spit -- note North Bend airport runway in the distance, pointed at where the LNG tanks would have been built, by Alex Derr.

Jordan Cove LNG Proposal Remains on Hold

north_spit_small_by_alex_derr.jpg In one sense, a lot has been going on with regard to Oregon Shores’ long-running struggle (together with many allies) to block development of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility on Coos Bay’s North Spit. In another sense, nothing has happened. All of which is to say that the news lately has been about...Read more
Nearshore Ocean Strategy addresses undersea habitats.  Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Revised Oregon Conservation Strategy for Nearshore Ocean Released

marine_undersea_habitat_odfw.jpg Oregon has adopted its new version of the Oregon Conservation Strategy , the first update of the policy framework for managing fish and wildlife resources since 2006. The new document was unveiled at the Sept. 2 meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife...Read more