|In Oregon, the beaches belong to the people. As part of Oregon's tradition of environmental stewardship, the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition serves as the guardian of the public interest for our coastal region. Oregon Shores is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystems and landscapes of the Oregon coast while conserving the public's access. Oregon Shores pursues these ends through education, advocacy, and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon coast.|
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| May 20 NEW Newest Oregon Shores Board Member Brings Wealth of Experience|
"Bob Bailey."At its meeting last week, the Oregon Shores board voted to appoint Bob Bailey to their ranks. He will stand for election to a full term at the annual meeting next fall.
Bailey, who grew up in the Coos Bay/North Bend area, brings a considerable store of relevant experience to Oregon Shores. Until his retirement in 2011, he was manager of the Coastal Services Division of Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), and directed the state’s Coastal Management Program. Prior to that he was DLCD’s Ocean Program Administrator, and still earlier in his career coordinated the agency’s outer continental shelf program. He has led Oregon’s planning for its ocean resources (the “Territorial Sea Plan”).
Bob is a familiar figure to anyone who has taken a serious interest in coastal planning issues in Oregon over the past several decades. Oregon Shores staff, board and activists have frequently encountered and worked with Bob, and sometimes even found themselves bumping heads with him in his official role, and as a result we have good reason to know that no one has a more extensive fund of knowledge about coastal resources and how to plan for them, and no one has a deeper concern for making our land use laws work to protect our coastal heritage.
Even in his leisure time, Bob Bailey has pursued his planning interests. He served on the planning commission and then as a city commissioner in Oregon City while he lived there, and currently serves on the budget committee for the city of Salem, where he now resides. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust and the Coastal States Stewardship Foundation.
Adding Bob to our board is a coup for Oregon Shores, and we look forward to tapping his experience in many ways.
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| Sun Apr 26 NEW Register Now for CoastWatch's Summer Shoreline Workshops|
Registration is now underway for CoastWatch’s 2015 Shoreline Science Workshops. These three-day, intensive encounters with coastal natural history and science are the best opportunity we offer each year to gain a great deal of information about the coastal environment in one concentrated dose. While the workshops are designed to be particularly helpful to volunteers (or prospective volunteers) ...
| May 1 Rally Brought Anti-LNG Message to Salem|
Anti-LNG rally in Coos Bay. Photo by Richard Knablin.Oregon Shores is one of many groups endorsing a rally that took place on the steps of the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 26. The goal was to persuade Gov. Kate Brown to take a stand against LNG and the many deleterious ways in which it could impact Oregon. Oregon Shores has been involved in the efforts to block LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminals proposed for both Jordan Cove, on the North Spit of Coos Bay, and for Warrenton (Oregon LNG) on wetlands near the Columbia estuary. Both are proposed for unstable areas of high habitat value located in earthquake and tsunami zones, and both would be used to sell fracked gas to China and elsewhere in Asia.
The rally and march featured speakers including tribal leaders and landowners whose property would be crossed by the pipelines bringing the gas to the LNG terminals. Keynote speaker was Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of the Waterkeeper Alliance.
The LNG projects, if approved, would become the largest sources of greenhouse gases in Oregon (once the Boardman coal plant closes in 2020). Methane, which is lost into the atmosphere throughout the cycle of extracting and shipping gas, converting it to LNG and shipping it, and eventually burning it, is a potent greenhouse gas. Construction of the pipelines associated with the projects would trample the rights of property owners, and the projects if built pose catastrophic public safety risks. Oregon Shores also opposes the projects for a reason much closer to home—the damage they will do to vital estuarine and wetland habitats.
| Jan 25 2014 Volunteers Sought to Join Marine Debris Monitoring Teams|
The recent upsurge of marine debris we saw this spring on Oregon’s shoreline, some of it from the Japanese tsunami and bearing potentially invasive organisms (such as the boat recently found off the Oregon coast and towed to Newport, where it was found to harbor live non-native fish), is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. We want to ramp up ...
| Sat May 23 NEW Oregon Shores Appeals County Decision on Jordan Cove LNG Plant|
Coos Bay's North Spit and Jordan Cove site. Photo by Alex Derr.Citing a wide range of errors and oversights, Oregon Shores has appealed Coos County’s administrative approval of dredging and filling for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility on the North Spit, among many other issues decided by the county in favor of the would-be developers and challenged by us. Oregon Shores’ testimony was submitted by attorney Courtney Johnson of the Crag Law Center, our partners in the Coastal Law Project. We were joined in the appeal by local resident Jody McCaffree.
The public hearing on the appeal will take place on Friday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Coos County Courthouse Annex, 225 N. Adams in Coquille, in the Owen Building Large Conference Room. Citizens can submit written comments as well as testify at the hearing; e-mail comments to email@example.com; or mailed or hand-deliver comments to the Coos County Planning Department, 250 N. Baxter, Coquille, OR 97423.
The applicant, Jordan Cove Energy Project, actually requested seven land use determinations from the county which would have smoothed the path toward development. However, we argue that the county made a fundamental mistake in deciding the issues at this point, because the basic project has never been fully reviewed and approved. The county approved the land use plans for the original Jordan Cove proposal, in 2007, for an LNG import facility. It is our strong contention that the county must start from the beginning with its land use review of the current proposal, now that it is an export facility. Our appeal lists a large number of differences between the original project and the current version, many of which pose substantially greater environmental and public safety risks. We note changes in everything from more ship traffic, to greater releases of potentially flammable vapor, to increased water quality impacts.
Most fundamentally, we argue that Jordan Cove has failed in its burden to demonstrate that the project provides a public benefit that would override its impacts to the environment, and that the applicant has not made the case that the facility needs to be built on the North Spit, rather than in another location that would not cause damage to an important estuary.
You will find the appeal notice and related documents, including our pre-hearing testimony, on the Coos Bay Planning Department’s website,
http://www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/Planning/2015Applications.aspx (you’ll find the documents in the middle of the stack under Applications: 2015, under AP-15-02 Johnson). Courtney Johnson will be delivering more extensive testimony on our behalf at the hearing.
For more information contact Jill Rolfe, the county’s planning director, at (541) 396-7770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Mar 23 New Citizen's Guide to Climate Change Adaptation Released|
Storm at Netarts Bay entrance. Photo by Allison Asbjornsen.Our Climate Program has just released a new and significantly improved version of our Citizen’s Guide: Adapting to Climate Change on the Oregon Coast . The publication, available for download here, is aimed at helping citizens build their understanding of the many ways in which the Oregon coast is likely to be affected by climate change and learn how they can involve themselves effectively in community efforts to adapt to these effects.
The new version of the Guide has two parts. “A Primer” presents an overview of climate science relevant to Oregon, potential effects, and adaptation planning at local, state, regional, and global scales. “Scientific and Policy Considerations” includes technical and policy papers written by Oregon experts in science, law, and policy in 2012. The Primer includes many links to a vast amount of additional information available on the Internet related to climate change, likely effects on the Oregon coast, and adaptation planning. The Guide is intended to stimulate action by citizens and communities to address the very real effects of Earth's rapidly changing climate.
The first edition was developed as part of our pilot Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project three years ago, when Oregon Shores developed a set of background papers written for citizens interested in climate science and planning for the future impact of climate change on the Oregon coast. For this effort we recruited some of Oregon’s most distinguished scientists whose work sheds light on these issues, along with some of our most prominent land use lawyers, to produce papers on a wide range of subjects, from sea level rise and beach erosion to state law and planning tools.
This time around, thanks to a grant from the Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, we were able to engage Bob Bailey, recently retired head of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program, to draft a new section, the “Primer,” to pull together the key themes of the disparate collection of papers, provide context, and point the way toward wider sources of information. The entire volume was re-edited by Greg McMurray, presently an environmental advisor for Oregon State University’s Pacific Marine Energy Center – South Energy Test Center; previously, he worked for 25 years for state of Oregon agencies on coastal resource and policy matters.
The Citizen’s Guide is available online without charge; our goal is to provide a useful tool for engaged coastal citizens while informing the policy debate about climate adaptation. Watch for an announcement of a forthcoming print-on-demand edition, for those who would like to purchase a hard copy.
| May 16 Photographers Can Aid Effort to Compile Global Snapshot|
If you are planning to aim your camera at the Oregon coast (or anywhere else in nature) between now and May 25, you can aid iNaturalist and the National Geographic Society in compiling a “Global Snapshot of Biodiversity.” To participate you’ll need to go to the iNaturalist website and download their app. The project is a global “bioblitz,” to collaboratively document as many species as possible ...
| Dec 21 2014 Oregon Shores Co-Founds Marine Reserves Partnership|
Having campaigned for more than a decade for the creation of Oregon’s new network of marine reserves, Oregon Shores has joined forces with five other groups to found the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership. The goal of the new OMRP is to share information, promote good science and relevant research, and to engage citizens with their new marine reserves. In short, the goal is to work toward making ...
| Feb 17 2014 Shop on Behalf of Oregon Shores|
This year, Oregon Shores is asking all our members, and all those who care about protecting our coastal environment, to rally around us with support to boost us our conservation efforts. We face many threats to coastal ecosystems, and also look forward to expanding very promising initiatives in such areas as citizen science and marine reserves. We need your help if we are to succeed in our ...