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On December 9th, 2006, the fishing vessel Chevelle discarded 283 commercial crab pots at the Chetco River bar mouth during heavy weather. Most of these crab pots have yet to be removed, and many have drifted shoreward, threatening surf access and littering the beach. Surfrider activists on the south coast are working with agency staff and community leaders to get the problem fixed. Yesterday, we got some good news as State Parks has scheduled removal of the pots on the beach for late March. But still no solution yet for the remainder of the pots in the subtidal. Formal inquiries have been made to the US Coast Guard and Department of State Lands to determine jurisdiction for this issue. And many thanks to Surfrider members in Washington State for helping identify technical expertise and potential funding sources to support removal of this derelict gear.
The City of Cannon Beach has decided not to waive land use regulations that protect Oregon’s ocean beaches from development. On July 31, a beachfront property owner in Cannon Beach filed a Measure 37 claim to construct a motel on top of beach sand dunes long protected by the Oregon Beach Bill of 1967. While parts of the claim were accepted, the city ruled against authorizing development west of the vegation line, thus preventing construction on top of the beach. Hopefully, this decision will set a precedent for rejection of similar Measure 37 claims that threaten the Oregon Beach Bill of 1967. Thanks to our north coast volunteers who submitted written comments and/ or provided pro bono legal support. You rock!
Last week the kids at Pacific High School got there hands wet and learned how to use their new water quality equipment. PHS science teacher, Michael Smith, and students will be running the lab to learn more about the water quality around the Port Orford area. The students will be doing independent and group projects to identify water quality trends. Their efforts will also be part of a larger cooperative project to help define and better understand a marine stewardship area through the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team. Surfrider and local volunteers are needed to help collect samples on a monthly basis. Anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by CoastWatch. Lane Community College in Florence. Begins 4Pm on Friday w/ presentation by Cameron LeFollette on “Land Use 101″Friday – 9:00 to 4pm, Presentations by Nancy Steinberg, Roger Hart, Phillip Johnson, and Vicki Osis. For more info – see: http://www.oregonshores.org/
On Feb 5, Surfrider met with Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) and state agency staff to discuss potential recreation and public safety impacts of the proposed wave energy development off Reedsport. The meeting was a chance to provide input, present concerns, and request additional information. Most input received on the project thus far has been very favorable, but recreational, ecological, and public safety issues still need to be addressed. At this juncture, it seems unlikely that wave height reduction will be a major concern. The project area is north of Umpqua river mouth and the “wave shadow” would not overlap with prime locations for virtually any swell direction including NW. Within the “shadow”(north spit sand dunes), height reduction would not likely be significant for the full array of 200 buoys, although more info on this is needed. The issue of behavioral response of sharks to ambient electromagnetic fields was also discussed. While no available science indicates there is elevated risk for surfers or swimmers, no studies indicate that there is not. Accordingly, Oregon Chapter is making formal requests to OPT and OSU to support investigation of this important research question. Also, Oregon Chapter is participating in a science conference this spring discussing potential ecological impacts of project. For more info on ecological issues see first comment to this post. Big thanks to Stiv and Lloyd for their continuing research support on this issue.