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222 FlaningamM 01/17/2022

A mostly nice day at the beach, other than the trash. Seeing sanderlings is always a treat. 

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288 SchankK 01/17/2022

It was great to see two separate families picking up beach trash/debris in the driftline from the most recent storms including in Mile 288!  The banks had eroded since late December 2021 and there was a signficant increase in woody debris from the recent storm surges.  I noticed a lot of jellyfish between the surf and high tide line.  I observed seven bald eagles on the spit while walking to Mile 288, and two types of shorebirds within the Mile.  There were the usual variety of clams and a large number of razor clam shells along with a couple of sand dollars.  It was a beautiful day and many visitors were enjoying the area (30 vehicles when I returned to the parking lot).

 

 

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308 John Markham 01/16/2022

Unusual number of fresh logs, some very large, some still bearing bark. Photo provided of erosion. 

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254 heidenreichh 01/16/2022

It has been 2 months since I walked this mile of beach.  In the meantime, there have been two sets of king tides, one tsunami warning and many storms.   At the end of the rip rap,  there is considerable erosion of foredunes extending for about 1/3 mile.  

Oddly I saw no birds.  There is evidence of oil on the beach below Neskowin Crest. 

 

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264 rbourke 01/15/2022

There was a tsunami advisory for aprox. 8:40 in the morning.  I didn't witness the waves, but it seems that it came up almost to the dunes and included a large amount of micro and larger plastic along with many pyrosomes, sea pickles. Photos attached.

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285 Charyl285 01/15/2022

Very calm afternoon despite the "tsunami warning"!

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203 Jon French 01/15/2022 DISPATCH

My cell phone beeped this morning with a Lincoln County emergency advisory for a distant origin tsunami, not The Big One but a tsunami nevertheless. I went to a neighbor's house, near the beach but safely back in the dunes, and for the next two hours we watched from her deck. The waves were beautiful and high, breaking far offshore and with a sneaker wave warning already in effect, but no tsunami came, which was fortunate because people who probably heard they should avoid the beach had of course come down to the beach to watch, some with small children (see photos). There may have been a few disappointed tsunami watchers today, but on the other hand everyone survived.

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339 edjoyce 01/12/2022

Lots of winter storm erosion - see photos.

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184 simmonsk 01/09/2022

An almost summer like day with a calmer ocean brought lots of people out to Ocean Beach.  The majority of people present on the beach were actively rock hunting.  There were several groups at the picnic tables above the beach and two groups picnicking on the beach.  I noticed several rock hunters were also collecting trash.  There was much less styrofoam present than on my last visit.  I noted several large jellies in the sand and on the rocks.  I was unable to walk to the north end of the beach because of the tide level.  The entire beach with the exception of the area at the bottom of the stairs is covered with rock fields.  

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116 alaingamerica 01/09/2022

After a week of heavy rain, it was a lovely sunny January day at the South Cove. The rains softened the trail up enough to form foot "steps" down to the beach. A couple saw some land slide, said "it wasn't bad", but they did decide to relocate their picnic. I did not see a lot of wildlife, nor did I find the carcass of the beached sea lion I saw last time. I wanted to see how the cove was impacted by the king tide series, and expected to find lots of plastic litter. There was an increase, but not as much as I expected. I collected very little, as I am convalescing from a recent rib injury, but the couple I shared the beach with filled a plastic grocery sack and said there was more they couldn't fit in the bag. I did note some erosion below a tree along side the access trail that may have shifted a bit.

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26 hobbins 01/08/2022

There was a lot of trash on the beach. I was only able to walk 3/4 of a mile of it due to the trash beg I was carrying was full. I needed two more at least to finish cleaning the beach. Lots of styrofoam and plastic bottles! I need to get back there to finish cleaning the beach!

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222 FlaningamM 01/08/2022

This is my first CoastWatch report, and I hadn't seen the standard report form prior to my visit to mile 222, so I expect this report to be lacking compared to future ones. I only walked the northern 1/2 mile, as the relatively high tide made it not safe to walk a narrowed beach/rock area. Generally speaking, the beach is fairly drastically different than 3 months ago, as there is much more exposed rock, and Wade Creek is larger and shifted south about 10-20 feet. No marine life seen, including no gulls, and no tide pool life. Moderate amount of trash, most noticeably styrofoam and plastic bottles (16 of the latter); found a couple interesting examples of man-made debris: boat rope/floats based out of the central California valley, and a plastic water bottle from China, bottled in 2018. 

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214 MatthewsE 01/03/2022 DISPATCH

King Tide 10.5 feet No way able to do a beach walk today...arrived about 20 minutes after high tide. Water just going over road on the South Jetty.  Logs and debris up to the small dunes and vegitation  zone....foam up to the vegitation zone....unwalkable! But was able to go to the start of Post 61 and take pictures of the aftermath. No one on the beach and 2 cars parked in the South Jetty parking space.

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293 Mary and Zio 12/31/2021

A relatively calm day before the first King tide of 2022. Lots of folks out milling about enjoying the sunny day. Several sections of rope were found intertwined in kelp piles. Large pieces of styrofoam and then smaller pieces likely from those larger ones found. Very little wildlife observed. Just a few moon jellyfish. 

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11 sandy beach 12/31/2021

Last day of the year, a holiday, and sunny skies got more people than usual out to mile 11. Most at House Rock Viewpoint were taking in the view but 3 folks at Cape Ferrelo got quite a show. 3 spouting whales were very close in around some stacks. They and the people stayed for at least a half hour.  Crab boats took advantage of the good weather, holiday or not, and added to the scenery. 

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 12/31/2021

The beach was very clean. There was some industrial trash on the rip rap of the dock and other highway trash on the slope above. 

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 12/31/2021

The beach looked good today. Not much litter or storm debris. The previous high tide packed down the sand all the way to the boulders so it was easy walking. A few unique objects: an office chair at the foot of the dunes, a stuffed animal on a rock, and a wood pallet in Hubbard creek

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183 Sandy Watch 12/30/2021

Photographed for documentation on five landslides on Rock Creek Beach. A large amount of Styrofoam was found on Rock Creek Beach as well. I removed Styrofoam enough to fill the back end of my car, there's still quite a bit of Styrofoam on the beach.

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183 Sandy Watch 12/30/2021

Photographed for documentation on five landslides on Rock Creek Beach. A large amount of styrofoam was found on Rock Creek Beach as well. I removed styrofoam enough to fill the back end of my car, there's still quite a bit of styrofoam on the beach.

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212 dougdawson 12/29/2021 DISPATCH

New sections of beach cliff slides

 

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261 beattieb 12/29/2021

General increase in erosion, including under the boat ramp on the south side of the ramp.  

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244 Victoria 12/28/2021

Crab fishing gear on the beach. A rare sighting of Santa Claus the Mrs.

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307 Bald Eagle 12/28/2021

There were 7 people on mile 307.  Six were walking.  One was surfing.

The driftline contained kelp, wood pieces, shells and styrofoam.  Other than a small amount of these materials the beach was very clean.

There was nothing unusual or exciting occuring on the beach.

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240 mulholland 12/27/2021

This was the day we had snow in Lincoln City so it was cold.  People were out walking dogs or just walking on the beach.  Did not observe any issues with litter.  The only unusual thing I saw was significantly more jelly fish on the beach than usual.

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184 simmonsk 12/27/2021

It was a windy, snowy day on Ocean Beach but the rock hunters are out!!!  In addition to the rock hunters, there was a huge amount of trash on the beach.  Lots of large chunks of styrofoam, two rugs, lots of plastic bottles and lots of pieces of plastic in the debris line. I removed some of the trash. I noted more large kelp on the beach than I have previously observed.  There were two places along the bluff that showed evidence of landslide.  The rock fields are now present all along the beach and the agate hunters are finding fist sized agates.  The surf was rough.  That and the higher tide prevented me from getting to the north end of the beach to assess that end.  King Tides this weekend!

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204 Shema 12/27/2021 DISPATCH

I did not see any additional erosion or water damage from the few yards I accessed

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243 garretta 12/25/2021

Christmas Day, 2021, quiet, partly cloudy with rain promised. Signficant amount of styrofoad packing pieces, easily enough for a couple of large trash bags, lots of plastic, bottles, caps, wrappers, mystery pieces of plastic. This has been apparent the last couple of weeks and continues. Large dead sea lion next to cliff between Nordic Inn and NW 15th street, there more than 10 days. Significantly more dead birds than usual these last couple of weeks. Easily 20 or more on the mile today. No fresh bodies. 

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338 Randy and Beth 12/25/2021

A cold walk on Christmas morning that started out with hail and a moderate north wind, and ended with sun coming through the clouds. The beach was scattered with medium to small size rocks (mostly smooth). Well rounded jelly fish, about 6 inches in diameter, were seen along the mile. 

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325 Anonymous 12/23/2021

Beautiful rainy afternoon. Not many people out. Recent beach erosion from high tides.  

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288 SchankK 12/23/2021

There was clear indications of active foredune erosion with visible cutbanks (see photo) and significant debris.

 

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226 gsmeyer 12/21/2021

It was fairly cold, rainy, and windy, so there was no human activity save for two vehicle parked for a short time at the Lookout and another on old Hwy. 101 well away from the shoreline access point.  Occupants of vehicles parked at the Lookout quickly took in the view and left.  I did not observe any occupants of the vehicle on old Hwy. 101.  I only observed three cormorants, finding it unusual to see so little shoreline wildlife.  There were no recognizable physical changes, a fact that is common here along the resistant-to-erosion basalt sea cliffs.

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219 YHONA 12/20/2021

During this survey, I walked the length of Quarry Cove and Cobble Beach within Yaquina Head. It was raining heavily and the tide was exceptionally high. There were a high number of jellyfish washing up on Cobble Beach, but this did not appear to be abnormal due to the heavy wave action of the high tide. 

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180 lectricriderone 12/17/2021 DISPATCH

Mile 180 is looking like it's usual natural state.   The tide comes all the way up to the cliff and loose logs roll around at times.  Cliff erosion continues.  

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181 lectricriderone 12/17/2021

It appears that the normal pattern of beach evolution is happening at mile 181.   Erosion, large waves, high tides and wind.    I see Blowout Creek is higher than my last visit.   Large logs are apparently moving around at high tide leaving bits of shredded wood in the tide line.  Heavy rains, sneaker waves, and logs rolling on the beach at high tide make the beach dangerous at times for people and animals...making for fewer visitors.  The Covid19 virus also keeps people inside more.   

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245 TerryH 12/16/2021

Much litter in the wrack line, including bait labels and white styrofoam.  Also, an abundance of plant or animal pods the size of rice grains.  No dead birds.  A couple of fishing boats hugging the northern boundary of the Cascade Head Marine Reserve, most likely crabbers.

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236 Streets 12/15/2021 DISPATCH

A relatively dry afternoon; maybe three people besides me. More sizeable driftwood (logs over five feet) than I'm used to seeing on this beach. Am watching bluff erosion at World Mark; monitoring ongoing riprap placement north of Laurel Street; I've walked this three times in the past four days. Have seen no beached wildlife. Sanderling flock and a few gulls. A pileup of bull kelp at the foot of Wallace Street; several places where runoff is creating streams across the sand due to heavy rains

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339 edjoyce 12/15/2021

As the photos show, the tide was very high - not a good time to walk the mile.  I was able to walk about 80% of the mile while viewing the remainder from a distance.  On coming waves kept me from properly walking the beach.

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297 NehalemBay 12/12/2021

A blustery, mostly cloudy day on this long beach.  The sand has been swept up from the gradual beach to reduce most of the elevation to the first dune.  Only some pieces of wood of various sizes are still sticking out, and no wrack.  5 people were about, none with dogs and two actually biking.   A few shore birds were feeding, plus a couple of flocks wheeling by.  Two dead birds were recorded, both Northern Fulmars, one a dark morph, the other a fresh white morph.  Most notable is the amount of debris -- plastic bottles and styrofoam -- littering the whole mile. Some has been blown high onto the dunes.  Most of the bottles have been in the water for awhile.

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210 mrkopplin 12/12/2021

Although I said "partly cloudy" for the weather, we saw rain, clouds, sun and constant wind the entire 30 minutes we surveyed Mile 210. It was very changeable. There was significant debris on the beach; most appeared to be from boats: rope (line), a broken fish box, empty bait containers, water bottles and lots of busted up styrofoam.

The unidentified bird was in the southern part of the mile about 50 ft from the tide line.

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143 kmwifish 12/09/2021

The only time we saw other people was at the entrance to the beach, by the tsunami number sign.  It was a blissfully deserted beach day.  I picked up the usual large bag of trash and dragged a couple of floats back to the dumpster at the Umpqua dunes parking lot.

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36 hobbins 12/05/2021

The king tides had pushed most of the debris up close the the highway wall of vegetation. I need to go back and collect the garbage. Below are the pictures of the whale and bird carcasses and debris.

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287 C Nelson 12/05/2021

The highest of December's king tides coincided with a cool, calm, dry, pleasant day on Mile 287. I did not witness the dramatically high water levels I had expected with the king tide, however. While there was very little beach between the high water tideline and the foredune, the water still was not high enough to reach the foredune (see photo). There was evidence that previous high tides had recently overtopped the foredune in a couple of the low-lying sections at the northern end of the mile, but there was no obvious erosion of the dune anywhere on the mile. Of note, there has been considerable sand accretion since my last visit; the driftwood root ball I have been using as a marker of sand depth was almost completely buried.

There were a number of folks and their dogs enjoying the beach and one couple picnicking in the dunes. There was very little debris visible on the beach and most of that was related to fishing and crabbing (bobbers, crab bait containers, bouys, lines, etc.) - and only one plastic bottle.  All that needed to be removed was one medium sized bag of trash, which was less than usual.  

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200 KFunk 12/05/2021

On Thursday, I looked for a safe place to watch the King Tide on this part of the beach. I found a path that leads to the top of the dunes and is accessed from a pullout on 101. I was able to observe Thursday's 9.2 feet tide and watch the ocean periodically roar up to the base of the dunes. I came back today to this same path to start the walk of the mile. On the beach near this path, there was a section of the sand that was very dark in coloration. There were many areas where the beach grass roots were exposed on the fore dune. There were also large logs protruding from the fore dune which appeared to have been this way for a while. As I walked along the base of the dunes, there were quite a few slippery spots. I determined it was moon jellies buried in the sand. In fact, most of the beach debris was buried in the sand. I only saw one dead bird and very little trash. I did notice some handmade stairs made from sticks leading up the side of the dune. After walking north on the east side of the beach to Patterson Creek, I turned south and walked near the ocean. The cold morning didn't deter walkers and joggers from enjoying the beach. The latest tide line contained broken shells, some seaweed mixed in with sticks and what looked like dune grass stems and roots. I also saw some pieces of wood and larger sticks. At the south end of this mile is a drainage pipe which I make sure to check every walk. This morning, it had just a trickle of water coming out.

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202 Jon French 12/04/2021

I don't often walk the beach when it's so windy, but I wanted to get in a final walk before my hip replacement on Tuesday. I got on the beach shortly after the morning's King Tide, which wasn't that high. The Windfinder station on Oceania Drive recorded gusts to 30 mph, but on the beach the wind had to be considerably higher. The early ethnographers wrote of an Alsea (Äl-si') village here, "Kyã-mai'-su," meaning "the wind comes from the ocean." The village has been replaced by vacation rentals and European Beachgrass, but the wind remains. Hundreds of gulls sat hunkered down beside the bay, and the wintering Snowy Plovers, with nowhere to shelter, moved about in the blowing sand. The sea was rough and choppy, but a few crab boats were working despite the weather. As in past years, now that the commercial crabbing season has begun, we see the boat lights out on the ocean at night, our holiday lights.

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184 simmonsk 12/04/2021

King Tide on Ocean Beach!  I observed the beach from the parking lot and from the base of the stairs.  The reported tide at 10:37am was 9.8 feet.  I did not walk onto the beach.  I did note that there didn't seem to be the usual amount of driftwood during this tide.  A crab boat was observed offshore.  It was a spectacular event!

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324 jessejones 12/03/2021 DISPATCH

Gorgeous day for documenting the king tides, which were mild because of very little rains this week. Sunny, a few shorebirds, a lot of brown sea foam (diatoms) left from receding tides. Picked up as much trash as I could without a bag (forgot to replenish beach trash bags in my car!). 

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194 tietjenl 12/03/2021

Notably warmer weather this December than last year [no gloves or knit hat necessary]! Clear, mostly sunny afternoon after a 9.6ft high tide this morning around 11a. No obvious cliff/bluff erosion. More empty mussel shells than usual. And the great news is no litter other than one tennis ball! Enjoyed watching a flock of surf scoters and a few seals in the surf. On the rocks were black Oystercatchers, black Turnstones [also observed in flight], one cormorant posed while drying its wings, and plenty of gulls. 

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330 LEWI 12/03/2021

All is well.

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204 Jon French 12/03/2021

I walked down to Driftwood Beach about an hour after the morning's King Tide. The water hadn't run up too high on the beach, but as always there was evidence of previous strong tidal surges--a concrete block in the sand, bull kelp in Buckley Creek where it enters the beach, new driftwood logs and stumps. With the continued closure of Driftwood Wayside for the PacWave South wave energy project, hardly anyone was on the beach to enjoy a beautiful December day. Despite the recent wet weather (my rain guage measured a total of 21.5" for October and November), work continues on the PacWave South project both at Driftwood Wayside and east of Highway 101. For the most recent updates and photos from PacWave, see:

https://pacwaveenergy.org/constructionupdates/

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214 MatthewsE 12/03/2021

A much busier day on the beach than yesterday. 18 surfers! King tide day! No beached birds or other wildlife found. Five snowy plovers up on the bare/veg zone. Sunny day!

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214 MatthewsE 12/02/2021

My first beach walk. I was amazed by the width of this beach from the surf zone to the wood zone....I did a lot of S-shaped walking!

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196 Pardiatthebeach 12/01/2021

Higher tides are making it up to bluff in some places but sand has not been washed our yet. Very little debris of any sort coming in. In fact no large debris at all this month.

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23 Bob Harvey 11/30/2021

The tallest dunes (~10ft) are being eroded as they are each year. Clumps of dune grass has slid down dune face. See pic.

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188 GasiorowskiM 11/30/2021

A few people and dogs were walking on the beach, enjoying the beautiful day.  Some may have been fishing.  There is graffiti at some places on the bluffs and a driftwood shelter on the south beach.  Approximately 50 seals were lounging on rocks offshore.  There were some gulls, cormorants, a few ducks, anemones, hermit crabs, and many mussels  as well.  The bluffs overlooking the north and south beaches are badly eroded in many places and may undermine the parking area and highway 101 in the coming years.  The lower bluff below the parking area is badly eroded as well. 

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254 Neskowin254 11/27/2021

Aside from the large amount of jellyfish there was not much out of the ordinary.

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193 tietjenl 11/24/2021 DISPATCH

A single dead sea lion observed on the beach at the Yachats estuary this morning. I'm a novice, but apparently an adult. There was blood around the mouth, but no other obvious damage to the body that was facing up. See attached photos. 

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219 YHONA 11/22/2021

Visitors behaving and being considerate of resource. Usual amount of plastic trash. Large amount of drift wood and logs due to rough seas. Limited beach access due to high tide at time of report. Winter beach steep slope.

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99 tbowspencer 11/22/2021

Although there has been over 9 inches of rain since October 1, both creeks (Johnson and Crooked) on mile 99 are at lower than expected levels of max depth of approx 5 inches at usual crossing spots. There is very little marine debris  (e.g. plastics, styrofoam pieces) visible along the high tide lines. The east bank of Johnson Creek has noticably more large gorse roots exposed than the last report. 

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184 simmonsk 11/22/2021

It was a quiet day on Ocean Beach.  I only observed 3 other people in the time I was there.  It looks like winter weather has arrived on the beach.  Most of the rock fields toward the north end are exposed.  The bluffs were showing signs of erosion.  I'm assuming this is due to the recent King Tide and generally high tides of the fall.   There is also a lot more driftwood on the beach again at the north end.  Not any large trees but considerably more than on last month's report.  I also noticed quite a bit of fishing rope of different sizes in the debris line all along the beach.  

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239 ORbeach 11/21/2021

A pleasant day the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Only a few people on the beach.  Picked up a very few pieces of plastic trash.  No harbor seals at their usual resting place at the tip of the Salishan Spit but a few in the water at the mouth of the Siletz River.  Winter changes in the sandy areas due to storms and tides have created bluffs where there used to be gradual access to the beach.

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246 gianna70 11/21/2021

nothing new noted

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203 Nancy Thomas 11/20/2021

Most obvious was the change in the beach due to wave removal of the dunes.  The erosion of the foredune by Buckley Creek was significant. Lack of much sea plant material, mostly rocks in wrack.  One bird carcass and two short-billed/mew gulls.  Only a couple Western Gulls seen as well.

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274 rogans 11/17/2021

While there was quite a bit of storm debris on the beach, there was no evidence of overtopping.

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339 edjoyce 11/17/2021

Typcial beach for this time of year.  Dune erosion + more marine debris.

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254 heidenreichh 11/16/2021 View full report 0
303 DeborahP 11/16/2021

We observed typical post rain/storm erosion and debris. The wrack line was surprisingly clean of trash. The concrete dock is becoming buried under sand.

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220 DKPowell 11/16/2021

A cold partly cloudy day. The tide was already high enough that reaching "Keyhole" at north cliff of Yaquina wasn't possible.

The beach only had 2 persons, but I got several pictures of partial rainbows.

With chicks fledged, total bird count 50-75.

The sand was clear of microplastics, although several larger Styrofoam pieces were pesent.

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182 mj6dolphin 11/15/2021

China creek and Big creek with large amounts of water in them due to recent rainfall. There are numerous pieces of jellyfish everywhere due to recent ruff seas. There continues to be undercutting of the dune on Muriel Ponsler.I will attach photos.

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197 mudslide 11/13/2021

Another beautiful day on the mile, warm and calm, after a couple of days of heavy rain. The beach was very clean, and the wrack line mostly consisted of small pieces -- pine needles, sand crab molts, some crab parts, etc. I didn't see much bull kelp. About 38 people, including 4 children, were walking on the beach, along with nine dogs, two on leashes. One young man stripped to his shorts and galloped into the shallows but didn't stay very long. A fairly large set of chunks had recently fallen from the bluff within the first half-mile south of the campground, and a couple of minor ones farther on. The majority of campsites were occupied.

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281 dianalt333 11/13/2021

A beautiful November fall day at Oceanside Beach, weather was mostly sunny and comfortable.  Winds approx. 5mph. High tide had just occured shortly after I arrived. Lots of folks enjoying the day and I haven't seen this many dogs on this beach before, it was nice to see.  Where there is normally mostly sand, the beach was blanketed with small rocks, pebbles, and bits of shells.  Made for a good day of rock hunting for people.  Clouds rolled in early afternoon.

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143 kmwifish 11/11/2021

The day was uneventful, the garbage not as plentiful as other times.  I picked up one big plastic bag of trash.

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183 Sandy Watch 11/10/2021

Not much access to southside of Rocky Knoll do too tide level. Trail erosion due to rain at Rock Creek and south access trail at Roosevelt Beach. Both trails are still accessible.

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306 jkcornelius 11/08/2021

These observations were made over the last 3 months walking the beach at different times of day but not keeping a record which I will try to start.

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204 Jon French 11/08/2021 After the weekend's King Tides and wind, rain, sleet, hail, thunder and lightning, sun breaks, and beautiful cumulonimbus sunsets (with NOAA predicting 55 mph gusts for tonight), Driftwood Beach was sunny and calm this morning. The King Tides had run up to the dunes fronting the sand cliffs, depositing big clumps of Bull Kelp and washing away what little had remained of the seasonal mid-beach rolling dunes. Over the ocean, long lines of geese were flying south. Away from the beach, work continues on PacWave South's wave energy project, with drilling originating from Driftwood Wayside progressing towards the installation of undersea cables which will bring ashore the wave energy collected offshore. At the Wayside and across Highway 101 to the east, preparations are being made for a half mile or so of underground horizontal drilling to run transmission cables from the Wayside to PacWave's "Utility Connection and Monitoring Facility" on Wenger Lane, where the electricity generated offshore will feed into Central Lincoln PUD's electrical grid. View full report 10
49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 11/06/2021

All in all it was quiet, cloudy weather probably keeping people from visiting - that and there were more action-packed places to see the King Tide in action. We didn't spend too much time because we were going to hit Mile 48 and knew the tide was coming in fast. As noted in the debris section, the "pocket beach" on the north side of Battle Rock had a lot more trash than the rest of the Port Beach, far too much to clean before the tide rushed up. 

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48 Skip-Jane-Legacy 11/06/2021

Couldn't get to the south end of the mile due to the King Tide waves running up too high. Risked getting cut off from being able to get back to the parking lot. Took pix down the beach from the middle. Didn't see any huge issues or concerns, other than the amount of debris that had been washed up and wondering about cleanup efforts after the series of King Tides is over. Looks like it would take a LOT of effort to clean up, and curious to know if anything is planned. We drove to Hubbard Creek access and went down on the south side of the creek (not Mile 48) but couldn't get across the creek to walk the southern section of the mile.

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129 mzlzee15@gmail.com 11/05/2021

A quiet day at the beach on a King Tide day.  Big ocean swells and short time between waves.  Low winds and partly sunny.  One seal out in the water.

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193 SKMacK 11/05/2021

Despite significant rain and wind during the night, the sun came out and the morning was quite beautiful. Probably because of that a lot of people were out with their dogs. The signage at marker 77 has apparently been washed away, but otherwise I saw no major changes in the topography of the shoreline since the stairs were replaced. I was surprised to see the dead whale again, as it had disappeared the last time I was in Yachats, presumably moved further out to sea by the tides.

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264 rbourke 10/31/2021

Unseasonably warm for late October.  Clean beach with very few people. 

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202 Jon French 10/27/2021 DISPATCH

I have reported before on the problems of erosion and sand accumulation along the southern portion of NW Oceania Drive paralleling Mile 202's Bayshore Beach. Houses on the seaward side of the street, mostly vacation rentals, are not located landward of a relatively stable dune ridge, as are houses further north, but were built atop and within an active foredune. Last Sunday, gusty Southwest winds began blowing sand in from the beaches. After three days of wind, rain, and blowing sand, the result was the sandy White Christmas shown here, not really that bad for an Oceania Drive winter storm, but this is only October.  The sand on the road will be scooped up and hauled off. As is permitted, the sand around the houses, clean in theory (see my previous report), will be scooped up and dumped over the foredune back onto the beach.

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145 Mike Mueller 10/25/2021 View full report 8
199 seagazer 10/25/2021 DISPATCH

This dispatch is an update on the continuing armoring projects taking place on mile 199 - Wakonda Beach. Last year, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department issued emergency permits for (north to south) 5290, 5304, 5318 and 5330 SW Pacific Coast Highway, Waldport due to severe loss of the embankments on their beach sides. Permanent armoring permits were issued for PERMIT # (North to South): #2973, #2974, #2975, and #2976 as on continuous project. The concern was that there was so much loss that there was a threat by the high surf to the septic systems of the properties. Another part of this report will address the question of whether it is necessary to add beach sand and beach grass over the top of the structure considering that almost all of the sand and grass has been washed off of the rock structure installed on the beach side of the four properties to the south of this new structure two years ago this month. Those addresses are 5346, 5362, 5368, 5378 and 5392 Pacific Coast Highway (first image below).

From the permit application:

"The details for the structure on Tax Lot 400 (Wiren and Ford) include poured concrete steps and a handrail for beach access to serve the neighboring properties."

From the permit issued to 5290 (Per # 2976), it includes:

"A poured concrete stairway over the riprap may be included in the project."

No stairway is evident in the project as of completion date. This would be extremely helpful if open to neighbors and renters since the Wakonda Beach access becomes washed out and completely impassable from being washed out by winter storms. It is only repaired when other beach projects are permitted that require equipment to get on the beach.

 

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238 Cathy238 10/22/2021

Some beach accesses are not presently usable. Seagull Lane/Beach Grass Lane access is being used by heavy equipment and area should be avoided. Accesses at lot 281, Circle Road, #50A and at lot 333 are dangerous drop-offs. A new access between lot 347 and 349 is usable and leads straight out to the beach. The beach has an unusual amount of debris. King tides will start next month.

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262 Linda Fink 10/18/2021

strange bright liquid oozing out of bluff bank (photo attached), trail down bluff well used and causing erosion (photo attached)

3 of the 16 people hunting for nurdles, toxic plastic pellets, as part of a world wide catalog in October of the extent of nurdle pollution

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26 hobbins 10/18/2021

There had been some shot gun activity at this beach. lots of wads on the beach. Found two dead emaciated birds. never seen that before. 

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315 tabeag 10/15/2021

Beautiful day to hike in to Crescent Beach.  Saw gulls chasing an adult eagle by Chapman Point, a pair of hawks gliding overhead for over an hour and a half, and six black oystercatchers foraging on a rock at the end of Crescent Beach.  Tide was fairly high, so there were not many people on the beach.

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200 KFunk 10/15/2021

Entered the beach at Patterson State Park to start the mile. As I started walking south near the ocean, there were little pieces of jellyfish on the tide line. I continued walking south and saw kelp, bull kelp, feathers, some crab pieces, a few moon jellies, and a couple of pieces of wood with nails in them. Observed 2 dead birds near the tide line and 3 bird skeletons near the bluffs. Many walkers were enjoying the sunny, windless morning. Reached the end of the mile and walked back near the dunes and bluffs. One of the goals today was to look for nurdles. The strand line was obvious and it was easy to find microplastics in the clumps of sticks and seaweed. I sorted through some of the clumps looking for nurdles. Most of the microplastics were small white round little pieces that were squishy and appeared to be styrofoam. I also found larger pieces of styrofoam near them. I did find 1 small (2mm) rigid white piece of plastic, most likely a nurdle. By no means did I do an exhaustive nurdle hunt, so I suspect where there is one there are many. 
 

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185 Lfleming 10/14/2021

Florence had some rain but when we got to the mile it was just overcast and kept getting brighter.   A lot of gulls and crows were sitting on the rocks near the ocean.  Usually they are on the sand or by the fresh water coming from the creek.  This time of year the sand is leaving the beach but in the middle section it was higher than in the summer.  Very unusual.   We saw 11 species of birds, two of them were new for our mile.    The tide was high so we only saw one harbor seal that was in the water.  One orange sea star out on the rocks.

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225 CherieE53 10/13/2021 DISPATCH

The was a lot of Ball Kelp on the beach, more than you would normally see, other than that everything appeared normal. I also saw about 25 Western Gulls, 2 Harbor Seals. and 3 Pelagic Comorants.

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339 edjoyce 10/13/2021 DISPATCH

Nothing noteworthy.

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202 Jon French 10/13/2021

With the November 2nd election approaching, yard signs are up on Oceania Drive, which parallel's Mile 202's Bayshore Beach, supporting and opposing Lincoln County ballot initiative 21-203, which would restrict and phase out short term rental vacation houses (STRs) in certain unincorporated residential areas of the county, including Mile 202 and all of the Bayshore community.  Of the approximately 60 residences on Oceania fronting Mile 202's beach, Lincoln County Assessor records show that only seven or so are locally owned, more than twenty owned by out-of-staters, and the remainder owned by Oregon residents outside of Lincoln County. Meredith Lodging, an STR management company, has donated $200,000 towards efforts to defeat 21-203, and perhaps not surprisingly, there are more signs on Oceania houses opposing than supporting the measure. On the beach side of a few of the Oceania houses, I came upon the remains of some construction debris that had been dumped onto the dunes and which I reported to one of our local Beach Rangers. Otherwise, a beautiful day on Mile 202.

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1 mmcdowell 10/12/2021

High tide reaching close to vegetation (composed of European beach grass) above the waveslope. Beach condition pristine; no litter (except for a fresh half eaten sub sandwich sitting on a log). Flock of gulls at mouth of Winchuck including a couple Heerman's gulls. 

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212 PhilBSB 10/09/2021

Two locations with various degrees of erosion.  One consists of a large chunk of the bluff that broke loose and landed on the beach.  The second is erosion around a large drain pipe that extends to the beach from an unstable bluff area.

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