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The latest goings-on at the MidCoast Watersheds Council

Monthly Meeting, December 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Sea Level Rise Double Feature: King Tides and Landward Migration Zones

Thursday December 7th, 2017 6:30 PM 

Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Dr. Newport, OR 97365


Regular high tide (left) and a King Tide (right) at Siletz National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: C. Moffett)


If you have been keeping an eye on our local bays and the ocean, you may have noticed some very high tides lately. What do these high, or King Tides, mean for the short term and what could sea level rise mean to the areas of the coast where we live, recreate and enjoy? The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend two presentations, by Fawn Custer and Fran Recht, on December 7th, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The talks will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

King Tides- Documenting the Impacts on our Communities with Photos- Fawn Custer- CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator

Fawn Custer will give a brief introduction to CoastWatch describing the various opportunities for volunteers who love the Oregon Coast to help document changes.  King Tides will be the focus of this talk, and their impact on our shoreline and infrastructure.  Fawn will explain the guidelines for the photos needed to document these events and how best to get involved.

Fawn has taught in both classroom and informal settings for more than 25 years. Her primary teaching focus has always been marine science. Notably, she spent 14 years as an educator at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.  Since 2013, she has been the CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator, working with over 1,300 amazing volunteers along our coastline and leading tide pool programs for school groups and private parties.

The Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Oregon's Tidal Marshes- Fran Recht- Habitat Program Manager, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

Fran’s presentation will describe analyses done under contract to MidCoast Watersheds Council to assess the extent of inundation in Oregon coastal estuaries under different sea level rise scenarios. This includes implications for survival and upslope migration of estuarine marshes.

Fran Recht is the habitat program manager for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Fran Recht is a Depoe Bay resident and one of the founding board members of the MidCoast Watersheds Council.

Come learn more about sea level rise and King Tides on December 7th.