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Annual Siletz River Clean Up: Saturday, April 13th, 2019 9 AM to 2 PM at Hee Hee Illahe Park, Siletz

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Join Siletz Watershed Council, MidCoast Watersheds Council, and partners for a day on the water removing trash during the Annual Siletz River Clean Up on the Saturday, April 13th.

This is a family-friendly event, with opportunities for trash pickup both by boat and by foot to support the health of this special river system.

With a river length of 67 miles from its’ headwaters in the Coast Range to where it meets the Pacific just south of Lincoln City, the Siletz River Watershed drains a total area of 197,120 acres. The cities of Siletz, Toledo, Newport, and Seal Rock all obtain water from this system. In addition, the river supports vulnerable populations of coho salmon, summer steelhead, and spring chinook, as well as winter steelhead, fall chinook, chum, and cutthroat and rainbow trout, and is a popular recreational fishing destination.

River users from the Central Coast and the Willamette Valley recognize the importance of this watershed. During the 2017 Clean Up, 20 volunteers in four boats collected over 1,000 pounds of garbage from the river and banks. In 2018, the event was delayed a month back from its usual date due to high flows and bad weather. But even with this change in schedule, over 25 volunteers in five boats collected over 1,200 pounds of garbage.

These collections include a range of trash, from smaller items such as plastic bottles and food containers, to larger items like car tires and even car bodies. By working with local boat owners, we are able to remove much more trash—and much larger pieces of trash—than would be possible with just land-based coverage.

Prior to divvying up volunteers into teams, coffee and donuts may be enjoyed in the morning, thanks to donations by Starbucks and JC Thriftway.

After all the hard work is done in the afternoon, a BBQ lunch and raffle takes place. Prizes may include items from: Logsden Store, Siletz Roadhouse, Noel’s Market, Larry’s Old Place, Englund Marine, Newport Marine, Little Chief Restaurant, Harry’s Bait and Tackle, among others.

Other sponsors and supporters include: Siletz Shuttle Service, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Dahl Disposal, SOLVE, City of Siletz, and Local Fishing Guides.

Bring your friends, gloves, waterproof boots, and dress in layers to take part in this long-term effort.

Registration is not required, but preferred, at the following link: https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I00000Gu7wd

Hope to see you 9 AM at Hee Hee Illahe Park in Siletz on Saturday, April 13th!

 

 

Ocean acidification and hypoxia: What Oregon is doing to understand, adapt to, and mitigate the impacts

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Since the early 2000s, low-oxygen—or hypoxia—has been observed in Oregon’s coastal waters. In 2006, Oregon was one of the first places in the world to observe the direct impacts of ocean acidification. Since then, both ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH) events are intensifying.

There are now signs that these events are undermining the rich food webs of Oregon’s ocean and estuarine ecosystems, putting iconic fisheries and coastal communities that depend on them at risk. Join the MidCoast Watersheds Council at our monthly Community Meeting, as Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Resources Program Manager, Dr. Caren Braby, presents information on OAH and the work of the Oregon Coordinating Council on OAH, which she also co-chairs.

To provide guidance and recommendations to the state on how to respond to this issue, Oregon Senate Bill 1039 created the Oregon Coordinating Council on OAH in 2017. Consisting of state agencies, academic experts, stakeholders, and tribal interests, the OAH Council submitted their first report to the State Legislative Assembly this past September. Work continues as Oregon's OAH Action Plan will be completed later this year and become part of the growing number of similar plans globally.

In her roles with ODFW, on the OAH Council, and while serving as the Governor’s representative on the Ocean Acidification Working Group for the Pacific Coast Collaborative,

Dr. Caren Braby provides strategic leadership on all things ‘ocean’ within the state of Oregon and across the West Coast. Caren and her staff build partnerships with industry, academic researchers, tribal governments, agencies, stakeholders, and elected officials to collaboratively define, and achieve, both economic and ecosystem resilience. Over the past five years, changing ocean conditions—including OAH—have become focal points for Caren’s work. She received her Doctorate from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine, though she began her career as a marine biologist toddling through West Coast tidepools at age 2.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM in Room 205 on the upper floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach, at 777 NW Beach Drive. Refreshments will be provided. A MidCoast Watersheds Council Board meeting will follow the presentation with the following agenda: Financial report, Restoration report, Technical Team report, and Administrative Team report and action items.

We hope to see you on Thursday, April 4th!

Mid-Coast Fish District Fisheries, Stock Status, and Restoration

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Curious about the standing of Mid-Coast fish populations following the low returns of fall Chinook and emergency angling restrictions put in place this past fall?

Join the Siletz Watershed Council’s spring quarterly meeting, as Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Mid-Coast Assistant District Fish Biologist, Paul Olmstead, presents an overview of fall Chinook, coho, and steelhead stock status and their fisheries in the Mid-Coast District. In addition, he’ll give updates on the restoration work ODFW is currently undergoing in the Siletz Basin, and projects they’ll begin this summer.

 Olmstead is an Oregonian who has lived in the state his entire life. Raised in McMinnville, he later attended both Oregon State University and University of Oregon, worked as a wildland fire fighter with the US Forest Service, then began his career with ODFW. For 13 years, he has conducted field work and research with the agency, from as far south as Roseburg and as far north as Nehalem, including 8 years at the Corvallis Research Lab, and is currently based in Newport.

 Olmstead says, “I have always had a curiosity and passion surrounding fishing and the biology and ecology associated with salmon, steelhead, and trout in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the Oregon Coast range. I grew up spending lots of time fishing, hunting, camping, and backpacking with my family throughout Oregon and enjoy being outside on a river as much as possible.”

 The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM in Siletz at the Public Library on 225 SE Gaither Street. Light refreshments will be provided. A Siletz Watershed Council Board meeting will follow the presentation in which planning for the Annual Siletz River Clean Up will take place, as well as time for community questions and announcements.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ON TUESDAY, MARCH 19TH IN SILETZ!

Wave Energy Testing on the Central Coast

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The Oregon coast has highly energetic and persistent waves that last throughout the year.  Additionally, Oregon offers accessible ports and has a strong maritime support industry.  It is therefore an ideal location for testing wave energy generation devices, from small autonomous systems to large utility-scale grid connected devices.

Join us as Oregon State University’s Burke Hales discusses wave energy and the PacWave test facility offshore of South Beach that is managed by the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.

To help Oregon reduce its contribution to climate change, new sources of renewable energy that are complementary to existing solar, wind, and hydroelectric power are essential.  Wave energy has many attributes that fit this need: waves do not ‘set’ at night or become obscured by clouds, and they are not dependent on river discharge and drought/flood cycles.  Waves also persist in the ocean long after the winds die down.  

The PacWave test facility consists of a small existing site (PacWave North) for testing small devices, and an in-development site (PacWave South) for testing larger grid-connected devices.  When constructed, PacWave South will have four independent test berths located seven miles west of South Beach, each connected to our Central Lincoln Public Utility District grid by 5 MW-capable power transmission cables buried below the seafloor. Although this site is strictly for testing and development purposes, the power produced by a full-capacity testing operation could supply power equivalent to that consumed by 2000 homes.

Burke Hales is the chief scientist of PacWave, and a professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry. He earned degrees in chemical engineering and chemical oceanography at the University of Washington, and served as a Department of Energy Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate Change at Columbia University before joining the faculty at Oregon State in 1998. His research focuses on the ocean’s carbon cycles at its boundaries: The seafloor, the air-sea interface, and the land-ocean margins. As a testament to his technical innovation in ocean science research, Hales is the inventor of the “Burke-o-Lator,” a system that has revolutionized shore-based ocean acidification monitoring. 

The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM in Room 205 on the upper floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach, at 777 NW Beach Drive. Refreshments will be provided. A MidCoast Watersheds Council Board meeting will follow the presentation with the following agenda: Financial report, Restoration report, Technical Team report, and Administrative Team report and action items.

We hope to see you on Thursday, March 7th!

 

Twenty Years of Monitoring Stream Habitat and Salmon

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For the past 22 years, the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (LSWCD) has been monitoring stream habitat conditions and the populations of salmon and steelhead on our central coast. Please join us for a presentation about the work of the MidCoast Monitoring Project (MCMP) and what has been learned from this long-term work.

The MCMP undertakes Aquatic Habitat Inventories and salmon and steelhead Spawning Grounds Surveys all over Lincoln County from the southern end near Yachats, up to the northern boundary in the Salmon River Basin. The Spawning Ground Surveys for adult Chinook, coho and chum salmon are conducted from late August to the end of January. From February to the end of May, steelhead and lamprey spawning grounds are surveyed.  Typically 50 stream miles are covered for Spawning Grounds Surveys. From June to mid-August salmonid habitats in the Central Coast are surveyed by conducting Aquatic Habitat Inventories on differing streams to document their conditions and changes over time.  Typically 10 miles of Aquatic Habitat Surveys are conducted annually.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by LSWCD Biosurveyor Mark Stone that will take a look at the past, present, and future activities of the MCMP and LSWCD, including beautiful images he’s gathered from some of the special places this work has taken him. Mark has worked with LSWCD since 1996, initially joining as part of the Hire-the-Fisher Program. His over two decades of experience working firsthand in the streams of this region have given him insight into on how stream habitat and salmonid populations have changed over time.

The presentation will take place in Room 205 on the upper floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach, at 777 NW Beach Drive. Refreshments will be provided. A MidCoast Watersheds Council Board meeting will follow the presentation with the following agenda: Financial report, Restoration report, Technical Team report, Administrative Team report and action items.

We hope to see you on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 at the Newport VAC!

Introducing Ari Blatt

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Hi All,

I’m Ari Blatt, the new Restoration Program Assistant with the MidCoast Watersheds Council. I just wrapped up my first week here this past Friday and am glad to have already met some of you at the Administrative and General Board Meetings on Thursday. For those of you who I have not yet met, here's a bit about me:

Californian-born but Corvallis-raised since age 3, I count myself lucky for growing up with access to the forests, mountains, and waters that make Oregon so enchanting to transplants and natives alike. From this place grew a desire to gain a deeper ecological knowledge of the world around me.

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With this in mind, I obtained my BS in Environmental Science from Western Washington University in Bellingham in 2016. Being situated on the shores of the Salish Sea, I focused my studies on salmon and their environment, and received an emphasis in marine ecology, along with a minor in American Indian Studies. I stayed in Bellingham for a year after college to work with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, a non-profit similar to MCWC in their goals to recover salmon populations through restoration actions and community outreach.

Upon return to Oregon, I spent several seasons with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sampling recreational fisheries and conducting salmon spawning grounds surveys. At the same time, I worked as a writer at the independent newsweekly the Corvallis Advocate, writing stories within the intersection of environmental science and society. I am excited by the opportunity to combine my love of salmon, restoration, and writing into a single position in my favorite spot on the coast.

In my free time, I am thrilled to surf, ski, cook and read. I am looking forward to getting to know all the members of this community, so say hi when you can!

 

Ari Blatt

ari@midcoastwc.org

Orcas of the Oregon Coast

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Killer whales, also known as orcas, are perhaps the most widely recognized type of whale in the world. With their distinctive black-and-white coloring, tall dorsal fins, and reputation as top predators, most people know what an orca is and how they live – or do we?

There is a lot more happening beneath the waves than first meets the eye. The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by Colleen Weiler on Orcas of the Oregon Coast and their connection to our watersheds on January 10th, 2019 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The meeting will be held in room 205 (upstairs) at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach, 777 NW Beach Dr., Refreshments will be served.

Orcas aren’t just the “wolves of the sea,” they live in incredibly close family groups, have lifespans similar to ours, and are one of the best examples of culture in non-human society.  The critically endangered Southern Resident orca community, a unique population that lives off the west coast of the U.S. and Canada, faces threats from fundamental changes to their ecosystem, most vitally the decline of salmon throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada.  How are these orcas connected to Oregon, and why are healthy rivers and watersheds essential for their continued survival? 

Colleen Weiler is the Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation at Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).  Her work is to identify effective conservation strategies and protective measures for orca populations around the world, primarily focused on orca populations of the Eastern North Pacific and especially the critically endangered Southern Resident orca community.  WDC works globally through campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, conservation and field projects, educational outreach, legal advocacy, and more to develop science-based, ecosystem-wide solutions for protection and recovery of orcas.  Colleen earned a Master of Science in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University and has been active in the marine mammal field for over a decade, in a variety of roles – from rescue and rehabilitation to fieldwork, policy, and conservation.   She has lived and worked in Oregon for 11 years, after giving up on ever seeing a whale in the Great Lakes of her home state of Michigan.

A MidCoast Watersheds Council Board meeting will follow the presentation and refreshment break. Agenda: Financial report, Restoration Report, Technical Team report, Administrative Team report and action items.

Join us to learn more about how Oregonians can help save one of the most endangered whale populations in the world.

We hope to see you on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 at the Newport VAC.

 

MidCoast Watersheds Council is Hiring!

MidCoast Watersheds Council

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY

The Restoration Program Assistant (Assistant)’s role is to assist the Watershed Restoration Specialist (WRS) in advancing watershed health and public understanding of that work. The Assistant works out of the Council’s Newport office and will work under the guidance of the WRS to perform administrative, outreach, and restoration project development, management and monitoring tasks.

HOW TO APPLY Before 5pm November 7, 2018:

PLEASE send the following documents as a single pdf to Evan@midcoastwatershedscouncil.org

 A letter of no more than three pages describing how your academic, work or life experiences have

prepared you to successfully accomplish the work duties shown on page 2

 a resume of no more than two pages

 the names, titles and contact information (with phone numbers) of three references

Please pass along this announcement to anyone you think may be interested.

Update: The Blob, El Nino, and the Biological Response Across the Northeast Pacific

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Since 2014, an extended marine heat wave has been present across the Northeast Pacific Ocean.  This has resulted in dramatic changes to marine ecosystems at all trophic levels from diatoms (microscopic algae) to fish to marine mammals.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by Laurie Weitkamp on changing ocean conditions on October 4th, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The meeting will be held in room 205 (upstairs) at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

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This presentation provides an update on how the Blob and El Niño have changed the ocean and what the biological response to those changes has been, including on salmon and other fish found in our local area.  These impacts are continuing, due to biological lags and invasions of new species such as pyrosomes, commonly called “sea-pickles”. These strange looking creatures can be found in huge numbers and rockfish have been found with these indigestible creatures filling their stomachs.

Laurie Weitkamp has been a Salmon Biologist at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center since 1992.  Her research focuses on the ecology of salmon in estuarine and marine environments, including how physical conditions influence biological processes that are important for survival. This topic includes documenting the impacts of recent anomalous conditions on marine ecosystems across the North Pacific Ocean. 

Come hear about what has and is going on in the ocean with predictions for the near future.

We hope to see you on Thursday, October 4th at the Newport VAC.

Invasive Plants Threats, challenges and solutions

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Non-native or invasive species are widespread throughout the landscape; some have detrimental effect to diverse habitats. What “tools” do we have in the toolbox to fight these invaders? How can we utilize biological control agents to help us?

The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation on invasive species control on September 6th, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The meeting will be held in room 205 (upstairs) at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

Non-native plants are all around us. Some are beneficial to us; while others are potentially harmful. Jim Nechols, an insect biologist and retired professor from Kansas State University, specializes in ecology and biological control of insect pests and weeds. Biological control is the control of a pest species by the introduction of a natural enemy or predator. Jim will share a presentation on what causes non-native species to be a nuisance and what we can do to manage these invasive species. Jim will also discuss biological control on knotweed species, a common riparian invader along the coast that is very difficult to control without chemical application.

Come learn more about efforts to control non-native species, and what you can do to help us in our fight!

We hope to see you on Thursday, September 6th at the Newport VAC.

Living with Beaver: Why and how to keep beavers on your property

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Beavers and their dams create numerous benefits for salmon, water quantity, water quality and are known as ecosystem engineers. However, there is a lot of misunderstanding about beavers, and their activity can create problems for private landowners.

The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a screening of two videos from the Living with Beaver series, created by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) on August 2nd, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The meeting will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

The PSMFC has produced a series of videos about landowners working with beavers on their properties and the ecological outcomes of beavers on the landscape. These videos are meant as an outreach tool to teach the community about the importance of protecting beaver and the habitats they create. Evan Hayduk, Restoration Specialist for the MCWC, will also share the results of a pilot outreach project funded through the Alsea Stewardship Group to connect with landowners in areas that have been identified as ideal beaver habitat. Handouts and information on beavers will be available at the meeting, and we will answer any questions that people have about living with beaver.

Come learn more about living with beaver on the Oregon Coast on August 2nd.

Restoration BMPs and Oregon’s Native Freshwater Mussels

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Freshwater mussels are experiencing a dramatic decline; 72% percent of North American freshwater mussels are considered extinct or imperiled, representing one of the most at-risk groups of animals in the United States.

The decline of freshwater mussels is due to a number of factors, including construction of dams, sedimentation, pressure from human populations, stream channelization, dredging, and introduction of exotic species. This has been well studied in eastern North America but has received very little attention in states west of the Rocky Mountains. The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by Emilie Blevins, on June 7th, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The talk will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

Native freshwater mussels have immense ecological and cultural significance. As filter-feeders, they can substantially improve water quality by filtering out harmful pollutants, which benefits both humans and aquatic ecosystems. Freshwater mussels can benefit native fish by making food more visible and bioavailable to the fish. These animals can be highly sensitive to environmental changes and thus have great potential to be used as indicators of water quality. Freshwater mussels have been historically important sources of food, tools, and other implements for many Native American tribes. Native Americans in the interior Columbia Basin have harvested these animals for at least 10,000 years, and they remain an important cultural heritage for tribes today.

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Emilie Blevins, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist and Freshwater Mussel Lead for the Xerces Society will provide an introduction to western freshwater mussel biology and life history, their current status and conservation needs, and introduce freshwater mussel Best Management Practice’s (BMPs) that the Xerces Society and their partners have developed. Emilie earned her MS in Biology from Kansas State University and her professional experience includes more than 10 years working in biological research and conservation. As a conservation biologist with Xerces, Emilie has worked on a number of freshwater mussel projects that include surveying and monitoring, conducting extinction risk assessments, developing and managing the Western Freshwater Mussel database, developing best management practices (BMPs) for freshwater mussels, and conducting outreach to the public, researchers, and agency staff.

Come learn more about the history and future of freshwater mussels on the Oregon Coast on June 7th.

The Eulachon Story

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Eulachon, commonly called smelt or candlefish are a small, anadromous fish, that like salmon spend 3 to 5 years in saltwater before returning to freshwater to spawn.

The name candlefish reflects the fact that they are so fat rich during spawning they could be caught, dried and strung on a wick and burned like a candle.  That also makes them excellent prey for humpbacks, seals, and sea lions and their eggs and larvae important food for salmon and sturgeon. 

Once widespread in coastal streams and nearshore waters, including in places like Yachat’s Smelts Sands Beach, their populations have dwindled in the last few decades.  This decline is of great concern due to their important ecosystem role.   Some wonder if this species be locally extinct in some of our coast streams.

Come learn about what we know about eulachon and the efforts to study and recover their populations when the MidCoast Watersheds Council hosts a presentation by Mac Barr, on May 3rd, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The talk will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

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Mac’s presentation will explore the life history as well as the ecological and cultural value of the anadromous forage fish, Eulachon – Thaleichthys pacificus.  He will discuss indications of declining abundance, its listing under the Endangered Species Act and the recently released Conservation and Recovery Plan.  Work that was piloted locally to add LED lights to shrimp trawls to successfully avoid eulachon bycatch will also be mentioned.  Mac will also discuss the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s current three-year study attempting to calculate spawning stock biomass in three coastal streams – Cummings, Ten Mile, and Big Creeks.  Unfortunately, to date, the agency has not recovered eggs or larvae in these streams, leading them to believe the local populations may be in trouble.

Following work as a marine educator with the Peace Corps in Samoa, Mac received a Master’s in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University in 2009.  He then worked as a contract research scientist at the Alaskan Fisheries Science Center with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle where he participated in diet analyses and ground fish surveys of the Bering Sea.  In the fall of 2010, Mac began his career with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife conducting spawning ground surveys for Chinook and Coho salmon.  Eventually, he transitioned to work with the Columbia River Investigation group and participated in stock assessments of White Sturgeon and tagging activities for the Northern Pikeminnow Management Program.  Currently, Mac is the project leader and manager for ODFW’s components of the Northern Pikeminnow Management Program and the project leader for a NOAA Section 6 grant: Studies of Eulachon in Oregon and Washington. 

Come learn more about the history and future of eulachon on the Oregon Coast on May 3rd.

Ocean Acidification and Estuaries: Connections Between Land and Sea

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Many people hear about ocean acidification (OA) and think about bleaching coral reefs, but what are the effects of OA on our local estuaries? Will our oyster and Dungeness crab fisheries be affected? Is there anything we can do about OA locally?  

The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by Dr. George Waldbusser, on February 1st, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The talk will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

Ocean acidification is the lowering of pH due to the absorption of carbon dioxide.  It is often thought of as an open ocean problem. However, regulators, policy makers, and scientists have realized that ocean acidification also occurs within our nearshore waters and estuaries. The dynamic nature typical of our region’s estuaries, and the fact that they are already often naturally (or unnaturally) enhanced in carbon dioxide has led many to believe increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide does not affect these important habitats. In addition to acidification from atmospheric increases in carbon dioxide, other local and watershed based inputs can also contribute to the acidification of local estuarine waters. In this presentation, George will discuss some of these dynamics and conceptual issues preventing a deeper appreciation of acidification in estuaries, as well as various proposed measures and approaches that can be taken locally to help mitigate this acidification.

Dr. George Waldbusser is an Associate Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University with an interest in human-environment interactions. His expertise is in seafloor ecology and biogeochemistry, and he conducts research on the interactions between marine and estuarine biology and chemistry. For the past decade he has been studying ocean acidifications on bivalves, including oysters, mussels, and clams, in Corvallis and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, as well as the US East Coast. He was instrumental in helping to interpret ocean acidification impacts in oyster hatcheries here in the Pacific Northwest, and works on both in basic and applied research questions including strategies for adaptation and mitigation of acidification effects. Dr. Waldbusser has interacted with shellfish growers around the country, and in France, Chile and New Zealand, and was awarded the OSU Vice Provost’s Award for Excellence in Strategic Impact in 2016 for his efforts working with stakeholders. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Shellfish Research and is an Associate Editor at the journals of Limnology and Oceanography: Methods and the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

Come learn more ocean acidification in estuaries on February 1st.