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Mile 291 — Tillamook County, Camp Magruder north, Watseco, Twin Rocks SW 
cemilligan — Today I was joined by my husband and dog for our scouting. It was a beautiful day on the coast so a lot of people were out enjoying the day. During the 4 hours we spent on the beach there were ...   COMPLETE REPORT  
 Sun Oct 23, 1:00 PM   Entry Point looking South
 King Tide Project Ready to Surge Again
King Tide at Nehalem. Photo by Cinamon Moffett.
The time is nearly upon us to trace the reach of the year’s highest tides. For the seventh year, CoastWatch, joined by the state’s Department of Land Conservation and Development, will sponsor the King Tide Project, the Oregon branch of an international citizen science initiative.
The extreme tidal series we’ll be photographing this winter, known as the King Tides, will take place Nov. 14-16, Dec. 12-15, and Jan. (2017) 10-12. We will be holding a wrap-up party for the project next Jan. 27 in Newport (with tentative plans for additional celebrations—watch for announcements).
Documenting the highest annual 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. We’re inviting local organizations to get involved in helping us stimulate participation in each area of the coast. We’re asking anyone capable of taking a photograph and able to get to the coast during those high-tide periods to take shots at the highest point of the tide on those days. Photographs of any tidally affected area—outer shores, estuary, or lower river—are relevant. The ideal would be to document the high-tide point everywhere on the coast. However, photos of spots where the extreme tidal reach is particularly apparent, inundating built or natural features, are most striking, and most clearly depict the future effects of sea level rise.
CoastWatch will again make a special effort to organize photographers to document the reach of the King Tides in the vicinity of our 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.
Participants will post photographs online through the King Tide Photo Initiative Site. Be prepared to include the date, description and direction of the photo. An interactive map will be available that will assist photographers in determining the exact latitude and longitude at which a photo was taken. The link is being finalized and will be up very soon.
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, [email protected].

 Watchers Can Help to Keep Marine Reserves Honest
The boundaries of Oregon’s new system of five marine reserves are largely being observed and honored, but there is a need for citizen observers to help keep things that way. That was the chief message delivered by Sergeant Todd Thompson of the Oregon State Police’s marine fisheries unit to the public information session about marine reserves enforcement that took place Wednesday, Sept. 21 in ... MORE 
 Advisories Lifted, but Summer Alerts Revealed Beach Water Problems
The Oregon Health Authority continued to issue new health advisories throughout the summer. The last major alerts were announced in August, for the Newport and Neskowin areas; the advisories for ocean waters touching the shore in these areas have now been lifted. However, the freshwater sources that are the cause of the problems remain polluted. One health advisory was declared for Nye Beach in ... MORE 
 New Marine Debris Survey Will Debut with Trainings
Hillary Burgess, COASST science coordinator, in the field.
CoastWatch conducts a marine debris survey at 11 sites on the Oregon coast, employing a protocol created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This project enables citizen scientists to gather information about debris that goes into a database used by scientists.
Now another opportunity to participate in citizen science relating to marine debris has arisen. COASST (the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team), with whom we partner in our beached bird survey, has now developed a different protocol, that seeks to gather information about marine debris with a somewhat different focus. As with the CoastWatch survey, this project involves monthly visits to the site.
COASST has scheduled two training sessions to introduce their new system to Oregon:
Seaside: Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Clatsop Community College, Seaside South County Community Center, 1455 N. Roosevelt Dr.
Newport: Sunday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Hatfield Marine Science Center – Classroom 30/32, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr.
COASST Science Coordinator Hillary Burgess will be conducting the trainings. She joined COASST in December, 2013 to facilitate the development of this marine debris program. She now works on data management and nurturing partnerships with data users for both the marine debris and beached bird surveys. She has a background in plant ecology, having worked for the National Park Service and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden before completing her Master’s degree at the University of Washington (where COASST is based).
COASST marine debris volunteers will survey local beaches and collect data on the characteristics and location of debris, data that will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris, as well as the potential harm to people, wildlife, and local coastal ecosystems. Volunteers need no prior experience, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about three-quarters of a mile) each month. The COASST protocol seeks to identify debris by size and by key characteristics, such as harmfulness to wildlife and the manner in which it drifts (how high it sits in the water, and thus how wind-driven it might be), which is of keen interest to oceanographers tracking currents.
If interested in attending, you are asked to RSVP to [email protected], or by calling 206-221-6893. There is no charge to attend the training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit. Training activities take place indoors. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more; come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training.
Hillary Burgess can be reached at 206-221-6893, [email protected].

 New Coastal Shores Sheriff Arrives (Back) in Town
Meg Gardner presenting her findings as a Coastal Fellow.
The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has said a fond good-bye to Laren Woolley, long-time Coastal Shores Specialist, who retired at the end of September. He has been a familiar figure in discussions about coastal hazards, both those immediately threatening, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and those playing out over longer terms, such as climate change and sea level rise. This position has been critical in working with local governments and state agencies (principally the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department) to carry out statewide Goal 18, the “Beaches and Dunes” goal, to address riprap, sea walls and other ocean protective structures, beach erosion, and related development issues.
The good news is that his replacement is someone Oregon Shores has worked with already and who has made a substantial contribution to shoreline management. Meg Gardner is the new Coastal Shores Specialist and will work from the DLCD Newport office. Gardner has valuable technical and policy knowledge of Oregon’s ocean shore and Goal 18 through her work as a NOAA Coastal Fellow with DLCD from 2013-2015. Her Fellow project resulted in an improved data repository for Oregon's ocean shore permitting process that can be seen in the Ocean Shores Data Viewer on the Oregon Coastal Atlas website. Her project built upon previous efforts in DLCD to identify and map coastal properties eligible for shorefront protective structures under Statewide Planning Goal 18. Meg also studied the cluster of difficult legal and policy issues associated with ocean shoreline management under current Oregon laws and policies. As a result she brings a good deal of relevant background to her new position.
She has a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management and Policy from the University of New Hampshire. Immediately prior to re-joining DLCD Gardner was the Environmental Programs Coordinator for the Oregon State Marine Board and oversaw a program to identify and remove derelict vessels from Oregon’s waterways and shores.
Meg is also well-known to Oregon Shores in another way. She worked with our CoastWatch program to coordinate the King Tide Project during her period as a Coastal Fellow. She will take on that responsibility on behalf of DLCD once again, and will be collaborating with us once again on this year’s project, getting underway in November.

 Trace Seabird Pathway through Art in Newport Talk
The Newport Visual Arts Center is currently hosting three exhibits featuring seabirds: “Wings over the Sea,” by Mimi Cernyar Fax; “Tillamook Inspirations” by Dana Hulburt; and “Continuum,” by Ben Killen Rosenberg. More information on the exhibits can be found here: A different dimension to this form of contemplating the ... MORE 
 State Parks Considers Limits to Beach Driving in Lincoln City
Oregon Shores has long campaigned to have areas where driving on the beach is allowed reduced. We haven’t been able to budge the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (aka State Parks) on this, however. Now, some citizens in Lincoln City seem to have received the department’s attention where one very limited area is concerned, although this is about parking more than driving. OPRD accepted ... MORE 
 Check in on the State of our Coast in October
The annual review of coastal science and policy, the State of the Coast Conference, is coming to the Salishan resort in Gleneden Beach on Saturday, Oct. 29. Sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant, the all-day conference brings together scientists, conservationists, community leaders, fishermen and others concerned about our marine environment. Keynote speaker for the 2016 edition will be Michael ... MORE 
  MILE 291  cemilligan — Today I was joined by my husband and dog for our scouting. It was a beautiful day on the coast so a lot of people were out enjoying the day. During the 4 hours we spent on the beach there were ...  MORE 
  MILE 14  artist — There is some new erosion on the dunes due to recent heavy rains. Also, trail between Whaleshead and Indian Sands is somewhat blocked by two small fallen trees.  MORE 
  MILE 274  annjohn — It was a sunny day after a week of wind and rain. Hence a number of people were on the beach enjoying the break in the weather. Despite the predicted magnitude of the storm, little damage was ...  MORE 
  MILE 102  bandonandy DISPATCH  — We noticed these little birds in the driftwood. They blended in so well we almost missed them. I didn't count them but there were a lot. In the first picture, you can see the Coquille River ...  MORE 
  MILE 238  ORbeach DISPATCH  — I came across two of these unusual sea creatures while walking along the tide line in Mile 238. The CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator tells me, "This is an internal gelatinous pseudoconch that ...  MORE 
  MILE 220  malachite — Exhilarating time on the beach. There was enough beach to walk safely from the access near my house to NW 68th street, but storm surge made it not possible or too risk to try to get around the ...  MORE 
  MILE 262  dslinger — Many more photos of the beauty and ongoing destruction of this natural area available on my Flickr account: https:[email protected]/albums/72157673244006880  MORE 
  MILE 169  oceanwalker842 — Tide was going out. Started out with heavy mist but cleared by the end of the walk. Fog lifted slightly. Lots of molts and sand fleas (not sure what the "fleas" were.) Almost unnoticeable breeze ...  MORE 
  MILE 94  John Hull — There were no people or dogs save myself. I did find one set of canine foot prints (fox ?) on the New River side of the dunes. And also one set of human prints on the sand between the dunes and the ...  MORE 
  MILE 213  PCTronquet DISPATCH  — On October 5th, we found a blue plastic pallet that had washed in at high tide. It had marine life attached. On October 7th, John Chapman, HMSC, came to check it out to see if it could be Japanese ...  MORE 
  MILE 338  Randy and Beth — Almost no driftwood--possibly due to sand drift covering some. A Western Grebe was sitting about 30 feet from the waterline for some time, but managed to get back to the water and swim/float away. ...  MORE 
  MILE 198  bahngarten — Calm morning, beach walk completed ahead of approaching rain storm from south. 2 people, 2 dogs walking. Beach is scoured and uneven, showing recent storms and moderate high winds in last 2 days. ...  MORE 
  MILE 213  Paul/Julia — Very windy, cloudy day. Lots of crab molt throughout the mile. Wind-made small dunes going from south to north especially in the area south of Henderson Creek which made walking even harder. ...  MORE 
  MILE 193  SusanM — Overall, I did not appreciate any significant change in the amount of erosion either along Ocean View Drive, or Yachats Ocean Road.  MORE 
  MILE 214  PCTronquet — *There are very few left-over signs of summer tourists. Several "structures" have survived the tides. Surfers in the waves many mornings and evenings. *Eight snowy plover were foraging at the last ...  MORE 
  MILE 7  [email protected] Beach — A mid-week, end-of-day walk on the beach, nine people using beach, no problems observed.  MORE 
  MILE 309  spinger — Beautiful late September evening low tide. - Ochre Stars are gone again; - less varied kelp in drift; - abundant Mole Crab molt; - very low water volume at Fall Creek waterfall; - very ...  MORE 
  MILE 313  HaystackRock — There were many humans out on the beach for this usually slow time of the year. Dead birds were minimal, but still present. The wrack line was patchy and contained bull kelp, large woody debris, moon ...  MORE 
  MILE 223  Leo Poole — Initial survey of mile by this adopter. Baseline photos for future observations. Concern: bank erosion below Highway 101, south of Spenser Creek confluence (Beverly Beach State Park).  MORE 
  MILE 335  srhoads — Beautiful sunny day. Quite beach. Not much natural or human debris. Lots of seagulls. Most folks had dogs.Nice big waves  MORE 
CoastWatch, a citizen monitoring program, engages Oregonians in personal stewardship over their shoreline. Volunteers adopt mile-long segments of Oregon's coast, keeping watch for natural changes and human-induced impacts, reporting on their observations, and sounding the alarm about threats and concerns.

CoastWatch is founded on individual vigilance and responsibility for one portion of the ocean shore. But the program also links hundreds of 'mile adopters' in a coastwide network of concerned citizens taking action to conserve shoreline resources. CoastWatchers serve as an early warning system not only for the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, but also for neighbors along their miles, local government, regulatory agencies and other conservation groups.