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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.
 CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Offers Portland Talks
Fawn (center), teaching at shoreline science workshop. Photo by Michael Coe
A lot of CoastWatch volunteers (not to mention prospective future volunteers) live in the Portland Metro area, and one of our new year’s resolutions was to increase the opportunities we offer to learn about CoastWatch, citizen science and shoreline science in Portland and other inland areas.
Fawn Custer, our CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, has acted quickly on that resolution, scheduling two Metro-area talks on Wednesday, February 11, for lunch hour and happy hour.
Both presentations will focus in particular on Oregon’s rocky shore ecosystems—Fawn will explore tidepool life through slides and displays. But on each occasion, she will also provide background information on the full range of citizen science projects in which CoastWatch participates, and explain how to get involved, whether you live on the coast or inland.
The public is invited. Please invite along others who might be interested. Fawn will be glad to explain CoastWatch to any newcomers who are interested in adopting a mile.
The first of Fawn’s talks takes place noon to 2 p.m. at the Lucky Labrador brewpub’s Multnomah Village location, 7675 S.W. Capitol Highway in Portland. Food and drink are available from the Lucky Lab (on your own). Enjoy a bite or a beverage, make it lunch if you like, or just come to slake your hunger and thirst for coastal natural history.
The evening presentation takes place at the Green Dragon, 928 S.E. 9th Ave. in Portland (in the “grow room”), from 5-7 p.m. Both food and drink are available from the Green Dragon (which is hosting us free—so thanks to them).
For more information about the events (or anything else you want to know about CoastWatch), contact Fawn at (541) 270-0027.

 Comments Filed on LNG-related Water Issues
Leading a broad coalition of groups working to prevent development of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility on Coos Bay’s North Spit, Oregon Shores and the Crag Law Center, working together as the Coastal Law Project, filed comments with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, citing the many ways in which the development could adversely affect the region’s water quality and related resources. The ... MORE 
 King Tide Project Rises Again in February
High water disturbs seal haulout on Salishan Spit. Photo by Linda Reid.
The final round of this year's King Tide project is coming up soon. This is the fifth year that CoastWatch has helped to sponsor the Oregon branch of an international volunteer effort to trace the year’s highest tides by means of photography. Documenting the highest reach of the tides tells us something about areas of the natural and built environments which are subject to erosion and flooding now. It tells us even more about what to expect as sea level rises. Our co-sponsors this year are the state’s Coastal Management Program, the Surfrider Foundation and the MidCoast Watersheds Council.
This year the project focused on three sets of extreme tides: Dec. 21-23, Jan. 19-21, and Feb. 17-19. The first two sequences are over, but we're gearing up for the final effort. We're asking everyone who can get to the coast with a camera to help us document these tides on Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 17-19. You will find more information on this handout. You can help by printing it out and posting it or passing it along to others who might be interested. NOAA has produced a "story map" tracing worldwide participation.
We’re asking volunteer photographers to take shots at the highest point of the tide on those days. These photos can focus on any feature. Those that show the location of the tide in relation to the built environment (roads, seawalls, buildings) are especially useful in demonstrating impending threats. The ideal photo would be taken from a location where the photographer can return later at an ordinary high tide to take a comparison shot.
CoastWatch is making a special effort to organize photographers to document the reach of the King Tides in the vicinity of the new marine reserves (Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua and Redfish Rocks). If willing to help with this citizen science project and seeking directions to areas we would particularly like to document, please let us know.
Participating photographers are asked to post their photographs on the project’s Flickr site, Those who don’t wish to use Flickr can e-mail their photo files to
More information about the project, including links to tide tables and suggestions for posting photographs, can be found on the King Tide website, For more information about the technical aspects of the project, please contact Meg Gardner, NOAA Coastal Fellow, at the Oregon Coastal Management Program in Newport: (541) 574-4514 or
At the conclusion of the project, a celebration will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln City. The best of the King Tide photos will be shown, photographers will be on hand to comment, and there will be brief talks on waves and erosion, and on the Oregon State University Envision project. The event is free and open to all (some refreshments provided, beer and meals available from the Roadhouse).
For information about the project, and about participating in the special effort to document the King Tides in the marine reserve areas, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027,

 Salmon River Jet Ski Petition Rejected, New Alternative Sought
Aerial view of Salmon River mouth, with estuary behind. Photo courtesy of USGS.
At the request of local members, Oregon Shores launched a campaign to ban jet skis on the Salmon River. We ran into an obstruction, however, as the Oregon Marine Board at its Oct. 22 in Astoria refused even to consider the petition we submitted. But we aren't taking being blown off for an answer, and along with supporters in the area, are pursuing a speed limit for all types of craft on the estuary instead.
Our petition banning jet skis entirely, drafted with the help of the Crag Law Center, our partners in the Coastal Law Project, gathered support from many individuals and conservation groups. After we submitted the petition, Marine Board staff held a Tuesday, Sept. 9 hearing in Lincoln City to gather public feedback. While a number of thoughtful voices supported our petition, a long line of jet skiers and fishermen testified that they wanted unfettered use of the river. A huge majority of those who visit the Salmon River, including those who visit the Sitka Center and Camp Westwind, and the many people who kayak and canoe on the estuary, would strongly prefer that jet skis be banned. There are thousands of people who object to the intrusion of jet skies in the estuary (including scientists who do research there), while only a relative few wish to engage in this noisy and disruptive sport, but the jet skiers drowned out more reasonable voices.
The Salmon River estuary, just south of Cascade Head, is one of Oregon’s most ecologically important. Jet skis destroy the peace and solitude of the area, and pose a threat to kayakers, canoeists and others enjoying the area when they arrive on the narrow estuary in numbers, which happens from time to time. Jet skis also disturb wildlife, create wakes that can erode the area’s restored marshes and archeological and geological research sites, and in general have a disruptive effect on an area that is an important site for both non-intrusive recreation and research. The estuary lies within the Cascade Head National Scenic Research Area, the first “scenic research area” in the country. When it was created, the intention stated in the plan was that motorized craft on the river be restricted to 5 mph, but this regulation was never put in place by the Marine Board. Jet skis, of course, habitually go much faster than this.
Oregon Shores’ petition was supported by the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, the Westwind Stewardship Group, Lincoln City Audubon, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and the Cascade Head Ranch Homeowners’ Association. But the Marine Board voted 4-1 against even starting a rulemaking process to consider the petition. Their stated reason was that none of the public agencies (such as the Forest Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) had commented on the petition. But the agencies informed us that they couldn't comment on the petition, which would be advocacy, but would comment once rulemaking started. We were therefore caught in a perfect Catch-22.
But we will continue to pursue protection for one of Oregon's most ecologically important estuaries. A speed limit, if enforced, would prevent most of the impacts of jet skis, from threatening people to disturbing wildlife to eroding the newly restored marshes.
If you care about the issue, but aren't on Oregon Shores' e-mail list, let us know and we'll keep you informed. Contact Phillip Johnson, (503) 754-9303,

 Oregon Shores Creates New Repository for Coastal Photos
As you may have noticed if you visit this website regularly, Oregon Shores uses a lot of photographs of the Oregon coast. We illustrate articles on this website, and we also use photos in newsletters and e-bulletins and in various other publications (for instance, CoastWatch handouts). We’re constantly searching for new images of the coast. Some we seek for their sheer beauty, but we have a ... MORE 
 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 ... MORE 
 Marine Debris Volunteers Needed More than Ever
The upsurge of marine debris we've been seeing this winter on Oregon’s shoreline, some of it from the Japanese tsunami and bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. CoastWatchers have turned out for a number of special rapid response efforts to clean up debris that arrived in large quantities, and we need ... MORE