Thursday, June 11, 2015

Oregon Rain



I stand at my kitchen sink, looking out the window as I fill a glass of water. I live in Rockaway Beach a coastal community of 2,500 people, renowned for all that is epic about the Oregon coast: stunning beaches, lush forests and rich ocean and inland waters. 

I take a sip of water. Outside, targeting a nearby clear-cut hillside, a helicopter sprays a sheet of herbicide. I spectate as the chemicals float to dirt, supposedly doing its job--killing weeds that might choke out saplings. Those weeds line Jetty Creek, the source of my small community’s drinking water.  Yes, you read correctly: logging companies spray chemicals over my community’s drinking water. And under the protection of the archaic Oregon Forest Practices Act, they’re permitted to do so.

Read More on The Cleanest Line





Friday, April 24, 2015

Paradise Almost Lost: Destruction at Jetty Creek in Oregon

Check out this write up on Venturing Angler:

"A satellite view of Jetty Creek would make any angler salivate. The home to wild coho salmon and steelhead, the creek runs through Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast in Tillamook County. With lush forest, massive ancient trees, and coastal hills, this region is picturesque Pacific Northwest. But such a description no longer paints a representative picture."

Read More...HERE.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Save The Date: April 25!

Film Screening for Clean Air and Water

Join us for a FREE film screening at the Coliseum Theater on 310 Main St. in Tillamook on April 25th. Doors open at 12:00 for meet and greet. Two short films and panel discussion with Q & A from 12:15 until 2:00.

This is the second community forum presented by Rockaway Citizens for Watershed Protection and the North Coast Basin Coalition focusing on aerial pesticide spraying in the forest - a coastal air and water quality issue.
Film Screening:
·      “Drift: A Community Seeking Justice”- created and produced by U of O Environmental Leadership Program students about Gold Beach residents.
·      Film short on Rockaway Beach’s watershed, Jetty Creek, filmed with a local fishing guide.

Raffle included for great outdoor equipment!
 See how you can learn more and take action.

For more info, email rockawaycitizen.water@gmail.com; or call 503-355-2516

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Oregon's Dirty Little Secret

Kada and I in front of an old stump high up in the Jetty Creek watershed.  Notice there are no trees for miles.
Jetty Creek on the right under those trees.  That is a legal buffer in Oregon for a fish-bearing stream!
         
       My water smells like a swimming pool.  The water pouring from the tap when I turn the handle.  Water I drink. Water I give to my dog.  Water I shower in. I live on the magnificent, wild, pristine Oregon coast.  Or is it?

         From the kitchen sink in our home, you can see the edge of the massive clear cuts in my local watershed, Jetty Creek. Our municipal drinking water comes from this 1400 acre watershed, a privately owned and managed industrial forest.  Currently, approximately 82% of this sensitive area has been clear cut by two private timber companies.  They went ahead and cut right into a wetland area surrounding the creek as well as harvested all the trees on the feeder creeks flowing into Jetty Creek.  Imagine how shocked I was to find out...this was totally legal.

       And because of the massive clear cuts, the watershed has been subjected to aerial spraying with a cocktail of pesticides and chemicals.  An area that is less than a mile as a crow flies (or helicopter spraying chemicals flies) from a school and homes...including our own.  And they've been able to do so without notifying the local community.  Again....totally legal.

      How does it feel to know that Oregon, a state that touts green forests and green practices, is looking the other way instead of managing our forests properly?  Allowing toxic chemicals banned in other states and countries to be sprayed in drinking-water watersheds?

    On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Tillamook Coliseum Theater, our local citizens group, Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection, RBCWP, are hosting a FREE film screening of "Drift: A Community Seeking Justice",  a short film about Jetty Creek, and  a panel discussion about forest management and aerial spraying. 

      The purpose is to initiate change and garner support for protecting our local watersheds and protecting the coastal communities of Oregon that derive their drinking water from water flowing through private industrial forests.

If you would like to participate or offer your support through raffle item donations, please contact me!

RBCWP: Nancy, Jane, Jack, and Kada atop a stump in the watershed.
When you walk into the watershed, you walk through a 1/4 mile of woods.  The feeling is quiet, peaceful, and natural.  And then you emerge into devastation.
Jetty Creek on the left. 

Please show your support and like our page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/rockawaybeachcitizens


     

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The End of March, the End of a Season.

   It could be considered a New Year's resolution, but it's April.  I started off the month with two goals: write a little each day and practice yoga once a day.  Simple really.  On day four of April, I wrote.  One step at a time I told myself.  I can try a little sun salutation tomorrow.  No need to push myself.

     Now if I was literally laying around and not doing anything, you'd be suspect as to why I can't pull a little writing and yoga time out of my hat.  But, we just finished up our steelhead guiding season. And instead of laying around watching the whole four seasons of Game of Thrones (yeah, never touched that series) and unwinding, I spent the last days of March learning how to drywall.  I truly thought that although I could row a boat, catch steelhead, and be a fishing guide, I could never "hang rock". Like it was too hard for me. And besides, it wasn't even on my list of things to achieve.

    While my newly acquired constructions skills have me feeling pretty proud,  they are no match for the last few months of steelhead season and the moments of pride we had on the water with fish that amaze, impress, and inspire us:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crack Down on Deadbeat Dams



From Patagonia:   Join us in calling on President Obama to crack down on deadbeat dams, beginning with four especially harmful, federally operated dams on the lower Snake River in southeastern Washington: Ice Harbor Dam, Lower Monumental Dam, Little Goose Dam and Lower Granite Dam.
This petition was created in conjunction with the documentary film DamNation, and supporting partners Patagonia and Save Our Wild Salmon. Please visit DamNationFilm.com to learn more.  
Sign the Petition HERE.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One Very Good Reason Why The Pebble Mine is A Very Bad Idea



Last week for public commentary open.  Please weigh in, it only takes a minute:

1.    Donate online by clicking here. Your support ensures that we have the staff resources and materials to mobilize as many Americans to support the EPA’s proposed protections as possible. In addition, every dollar you donate will be doubled. Please give today.

2.    Comment to the EPA by clicking here. Tell them you support their proposal and urge the agency to rapidly finalize Bristol Bay protections.

The science, Alaskans and anglers across the country all agree: Pebble mine is a risk we cannot afford to take. We need your help to keep the momentum to protect Bristol Bay strong: donate if you can, and take action.  Comment period ends Sept 19.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

EPA Public Commentary Open


I participated in a Voices of Bristol Bay last week in time for the EPA's public commentary to open.  Please take a moment to comment on why it is important to protect Bristol Bay and your support of the EPA for closing the door on the Pebble Project.
Thank you, -k8

Every comment is important and we are offering a number of ways to comment. All forms of comments whether written or oral, will be considered equally.
Questions to consider when commenting:
  • Do you think the Proposed Determination should be recommended and finalized?    
    Why or why not?
  • Do you have additional information on potential impacts on the North Fork Koktuli River, South Fork Koktuli River and Upper Talarik Creek watersheds, and downstream reaches of the Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers resulting from mining of the Pebble deposit? 
    Specifically information about:
    • Fish and other ecological resources
    • Water quality, flora, fauna and hydrology
    • Wildlife species
    • Recreation
    • Drinking water
  • Can you suggest potential mitigation actions that could compensate for the damage caused by mining the Pebble deposit?
  • Should the discharge of dredged or fill material be completely prohibited, restricted as proposed, restricted in another manner or not restricted at all at this time? 
Submit prepared comments to EPA:
Online: You can submit your comments online by going towww.regulations.gov and enter EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505 in the search box. After getting to the docket page that looks like this, click on the blue box that says “comment now.” You can type in a comment up to 5000 characters or you can attach your comments. Be sure to include your name, address and organization in the text of your comments.
Email: You can also send your comments in an e-mail to OW-Docket@epa.gov. Be sure to include EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505 in the subject line. 
Written comments: You can send your written comments to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505
Hand delivery: Bring your comments to the EPA Docket Center in Washington, DC during normal business hours. If you use this option, especially if you are delivering boxed information, please call the Water Docket first to make arrangements at (202) 566-2426
Remember, all comments will be considered equally.
You can send questions to the project team at: R10BristolBay@epa.gov

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Camo is the New Black

A new blog created to encourage women in hunting and fishing.  Great idea!  And I love the informational graphics like this one: