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Integrated Stormwater Management

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What actions can we take to coexist with fish and wildlife in our towns and cities? How can we maintain healthy streams where we live as more development occurs? There is great need to be mindful of the quality and quantity of water run-off in our communities, and how development changes these conditions. Please join the MidCoast Watersheds Council at our monthly Community Meeting as Mike Broili presents on the importance of—and the techniques and tools used in—restoring site hydrology in the built environment.  

Over the past 150 years, most development has occurred without consideration of the impacts to the natural systems that sustain us. In the face of present day environmental issues coupled with the expected population growth in this region, we must collectively rethink how we develop our built environments and the impacts they have on hydrology and other supporting natural systems.

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Mike Broili moved from the Seattle area to South Beach with his partner Karen just over two years ago, after retiring from his own environmental consulting and design firm, Living Systems Design, where he focused on low impact, sustainable building and storm water management in Shoreline, Washington. Mike grew up in a fishing and logging family in Port Orford and worked in the fishing industry in Alaska. While in Shoreline, Mike also founded and served as the former Chair of the Board of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation; on the City of Shoreline’s Parks Board, Bond Advisory Committee, Arts Jury, and Planning Commission; and as the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Well Home Program Director. He is a Washington Native Plant Steward, a King County Forest Adviser, a certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and a Compost Facility Operator.

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, administrative committee report, and action items. We hope to see you on Thursday, May 2nd!

Arbor Day Potting Party: Friday, April 26th

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MCWC staff and partners from Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District will be trekking up to the Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership (NORP) Native Plant Nursery on Friday, April 26th. Volunteering our time potting plants there allows us to buy coastally-adapted native plants for our restoration work at 25% of their full cost. Even more, the other 75% qualifies as in-kind match on restoration project grants. 

The potting party will run from 10 AM to 3:30 PM at 6820 Barracks Circle, Tillamook, OR 97141. If you are looking for an opportunity to extend your green thumb to your greater watershed, consider joining us!

Want to arrive/leave on your own time? Meet us there. Please register at the following link if you choose to take this route: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/potting-party-days-tickets-53936678056?aff=erelexpmlt

Up for a full day? Join our carpool by meeting us at 8 AM at the MCWC/LSWCD office at 411 NE Avery St, Newport, OR 97365. Respond to this email if you plan to do this. 

Please dress for the weather, bring gloves if you have them, and water and food (pizza has been provided at past potting parties, but it is unclear at this time whether it will be made available). Also, because NORP works in partnership with Oregon Youth Authority, you must be 18+.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. 

Hope to have you in our company this Arbor Day, Friday, April 26th! 

Annual Siletz River Clean Up: Saturday, May 11th, 2019 9 AM to 2 PM at Hee Hee Illahe Park, Siletz

MidCoast Watersheds Council

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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, May 11th!

 

 

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

MidCoast Watersheds Council

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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

MidCoast Watersheds Council

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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

MidCoast Watersheds Council

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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

MidCoast Watersheds Council

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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.