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Community Presentations

The first Thursday of each month the MidCoast Watersheds Council hosts a community meeting with a program presented by researchers, professionals and/or project collaborators. On this page you will find information about past presentations and a link to download presentations that we have received permission to post.

Presentations from the Siletz Watershed Council quarterly meeting will also be available here.

February 2nd, 2017

The National Flood Insurance Program and the Endangered Species Act

Matt SPangler, Department of Land Conservation and Development

Matt’s presentation provided a summary of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recent Endangered Species Act Biological Opinion (BiOp) on the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon.  It covered the background on the process leading up to the BiOp, how implementation of the recommendations in the BiOp may affect development and management of floodplains in Oregon communities, and the possible implications for salmon recovery.  

January 5th, 2017

Newport Surfriders foundation, the blue water task force

vince pappalardo

Vince’s presentation focused on the work done by the Newport Surfrider Foundation testing local water quality, cleaning up beaches and shaping local marine policy.  There was an emphasis on the water quality testing work in terms of what is tested, where tests are done, and the current state of water quality at the 5 to 10 sites tested weekly.

December 1st, 2016

Care and Pruning of shore pines

Rennie Ferris, co-chair midcoast watersheds council

Rennie Ferris is the vice-chair of the MidCoast Watersheds Council. He has spent his life working in the nursery and landscape business here in Newport. He started working in local nurseries at age nine, and from 1975 to his retirement in 2010 his work focused on coastal landscaping. His lifelong interest in growing and caring for trees on the coast has included leading plant pruning workshops with the Lincoln County Extension Service for 12 years. He wants to share this expertise with all of you, so everyone can have beautiful, healthy and nicely sculpted tree specimens in their yards.

November 17th, 2016

Update: Pacific Salmon Treaty

Ethan Clemons, Oregon DepT of FIsh and Wildlife

Ethan Clemons, Chinook Manager and Analyst with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife joined our tech team meeting with a very informative update on the Pacific Salmon Treaty. 

October 6, 2016

Forested wetland and spruce swamp restoration on the Oregon Coast

Jake Robinson, Yankee Creek Forestry

Estuaries and wetlands along the Oregon coast have been altered during the past 150 years by diking, draining and conversion to agriculture or development. Over 90% of tidal marshes and swamps have been lost in the process. These areas are vital habitat for countless species and also dampen flood and storm effects, trap sediment, sequester carbon and provide nutrients to lower estuaries and the ocean.

Jake’s presentation focused on an innovative use of forest byproducts in an ecological restoration project, and combining upland forest work with wetland restoration.

september 1st, 2016

What will it really take to restore coho on the coast?

Charley Dewberry

Imagine the days when hundreds of thousands of salmon ran up each of our major rivers to spawn and multiple canning plants lined the lower Alsea, Yaquina and Siletz rivers. This was all without hatchery production, depending on the natural productivity of healthy rivers and ecosystem.  In his talk, Charley will provide background on the history of salmon runs in our area. He will also look forward to assess what it will really take to restore coho on the Oregon Coast.

August 4th, 2016

Protecting water flow in streams for fish

Lisa Brown, Staff Attorney, Oregon Waterwatch

Her talk will provide background on instream flow protection in Oregon and how to improve the state's drought toolbox to protect streamflows and fish.

JULY 19, 2016

Siletz RIver update

John Spangler, District Fish Biologist, OR Dept Fish and Wildlife

JULY 7, 2016



In his talk David will provide background on the objectives and successes of the partnership. He will also lead a discussion with audience members on a range of restoration topics including disease and forest health issues, importance of using regional stock in restoration, climate change and stress on plants, what plants tend to succeed and which tend to fail, and best strategies for dealing with restoring areas with invasive plant species.

June 2nd, 2016

Effects of Changing ocean conditions on survival of oregon's coho and chinook salmon

Bill Peterson

Dr. Peterson’s team has been tracking physical and biological oceanographic conditions off Newport Oregon during oceanographic research cruises.  These cruises have been conducted on a biweekly basis for 21 years.  Information on zooplankton and krill, nutrients, chlorophyll, as well as depth and substrate information are measured.  Having such a long term, continuous data set has allowed the team’s data to now be used to successfully forecast the returns of salmon to the Columbia River and coastal rivers of Oregon and Washington.

The species, size and food density of copepods, the tiny crustaceans that are the chief link in the food chain between the microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and fish, can vary greatly during cold versus warm water (e.g. El Niño or “The Blob”) periods in the ocean.  Warm conditions reduce the productivity of the food chain, and negatively affect the survival and growth of many species of fish, seabirds and mammals. Dr. Peterson will discuss the nature of ocean conditions during cold vs warm periods and how this affects the prey that salmon feed on.  He’ll then show how these data are used to provide forecasts on the number of salmon returning to the Columbia River and to coastal rivers of Oregon.  Dr. Peterson will also discuss with the group how climate variability is affecting our salmon now, and how things might change in the near future.

may 5, 2016

Survival in times of change:

Climate and salmon of the Oregon Coast Range

Rebecca Flitcroft

Native aquatic species are adapted to survive in the range of environmental conditions present in their natural habitats. This adaptation reflects past survival and reproduction by members of the population. In the Pacific Northwest, few species have such diverse behaviors as salmonids. This reflects the complexity of their genetic lineage and allows them to survive in remarkably variable and dynamic stream conditions. One questions scientists are asking is how well salmonids will survive under future climates that may affect their habitats from small headwater streams to salty tidal channels. In this talk, Dr. Flitcroft will discuss the development and adaptation of Pacific salmon to Northwest stream environments, and some of the changes we may expect to see in the future.