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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.
 Public Hearing on Riprap Proposal Held in Rockaway
Site of proposed Rockaway riprap. Photo by Stuart Larson.
At the request of Oregon Shores and many of our individual members, a public hearing was held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Rockaway City Hall, on a proposal to armor a section of Rockaway shoreline to protect a currently undeveloped lot.
The purpose was to collect public testimony on an application by Dale Anderson (BA# 695-14), requesting a permit to construct a riprap revetment for the purpose of erosion control on the ocean shore. The project is located on vacant tax lots 7800, 7900, 8000, 8100 and 8200, North Pacific Street, Rockaway Beach. The application will be evaluated against the beach alteration standards (OAR 736-20-003 through 736-20-032) and reviewed for consistency with the statewide planning goals and/or the acknowledged local comprehensive plan. Five CoastWatchers were among those who participated in the hearing, along with Phillip Johnson, Oregon Shores' executive director.
Oregon Shores raised questions about the appropriateness of installing riprap to protect an undeveloped lot before the owner even has a permit to build, and about “grandfathering in” permission to install a shoreline protection structure because riprap was place on the lot decades ago, before a permitting process existed.
We are now awaiting the decision by Tony Stein, State Parks' Ocean Shore coordinator.
For more information about Oregon Shores’ position, contact Phillip Johnson, executive director, (503) 754-9303,

 CoastWatchers Asked to Search for Sea Turtle
We’ve received the following request from Dawn Harris of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: A coastal visitor found an endangered green sea turtle in Florence this week. They took a photo but then returned it to the ocean. Specifically it was initially found at Parking Lot #2, Siuslaw South Jetty. From the photos it appears to be hypothermic, but unfortunately was returned to the water by the ... MORE 
 Marine Debris Monitoring Project Prepares for Fall Storms
The upsurge of marine debris on Oregon’s shoreline late last spring, much of it from the Japanese tsunami and some of it bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. With winter storms on the horizon again, we need to ramp up our marine debris monitoring effort to be ready to respond. CoastWatch has been ... MORE 
 Help Wanted: Volunteers to Work on This Website
Looking for a way to get more involved with Oregon Shores and help us advance the cause of coastal conservation? If you have computer skills to offer, we need one or more volunteers to help keep our website up to date. This would involve learning to use the editing tools that are built into the website, then occasionally receiving information by email (article information, photos, links to ... MORE 
 Another Way to Support Oregon Shores While Shopping
Photo by Bob Berman
Amazon may dominate the retail world, but now the company is sharing a little of its largesse with non-profits through its AmazonSmile Foundation. By designating your favorite non-profit group—namely, Oregon Shores—through the program, you can assure that a small share of the purchase price of anything sold on their website will go to support our work.
Go to if you would like to help Oregon Shores the next time you shop online through Amazon. You can use your regular account, and everything else will remain the same, but .05% of each purchase goes to us. For more information about the program, go here