Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CAPACITY CROWD QUESTIONS LNG PERMITTING AT PUBLIC MTG IN WARRENTON TUES


A capacity crowd of over 100 packed the Warrenton Community Center last night (Tues) for a  public meeting about the permitting process for the proposed Oregon LNG export terminal and pipeline project.

Representatives from Oregon DEQ, the  Department of State Lands, the Department of Land Conservation and Development and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers addressed questions relating to the permitting and certification process. 

DEQ representatives focused on 401 water quality certification, intended to ensure that work completed under the Federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Dredge/Fill permit would meet state water quality standards.

Representatives from the Army Corps of engineers declined specific comments on a pending lawsuit filed by Oregon LNG against the Corps.  The Corps says it has a permanent easement to deposit dredge spoils in the same location of the proposed terminal on the Skipanon Peninsula.  The easement, dating from 1957, could prevent construction of the proposed terminal.

Public comments will continue to be taken until February 16th.*  Comments can be mailed, emailed or faxed to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.  

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced conditional authorization for Oregon LNG to export domestically produced LNG to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.

Oregon DEQ will hold another question and answer session in a public meeting January 29th in Vernonia. 

*Comments may be mailed to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Northwest Region, Attn: 401 Public Comments, 2020 SW 4th Ave., Suite 400, Portland, OR 97201

Comments can be emailed to:
401publiccomments@deq.state.or.us, or faxed to:

503-229-6957

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN OREGGON CAN APPLY FOR GRANTS FOR PARKS AND RECREATION PROJECTS

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announces the opening of the 2015 Local Government Grant Program grant cycle for funding public parks and recreation projects.

Large, small and planning grants are available for cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts, and port districts looking to fund the following types of projects: planning, development, rehabilitation, acquisition, and acquisition and development.

The Local Government Grant Program is designed to help local government agencies acquire property for park purposes and fund outdoor park and recreation areas and facilities. The grants are funded from voter-approved lottery money. 

OPRD gives more than $4 million annually to Oregon communities for outdoor recreation projects and has awarded nearly $50 million in grants since 1999. 

Applications, a grant manual, application deadlines and other information are online at oprdgrants.org.



Submitted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

CLATSOP COUNTY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR BUDGET COMMITTEES

  
Clatsop County is currently inviting citizens to serve on local budget committees.
These citizen committees review the proposed budgets and make recommendations to the county commissioners. Each committee is made up of five county commissioners and five other local residents they appoint. The committees generally meet in May to review the proposed budgets.
Seats are available on the following committees:
Clatsop County Budget Committee:  One full term, ending February 28, 2018, representing District 1 is open on this committee, which reviews the county’s overall operating budget. Applicants must live in District 1 which covers western Astoria as well as Warrenton and Hammond.
Road District 1 Budget Committee: Three full terms ending February 28, 2018 and two un-expired terms ending February 28, 2016 are available. The committee reviews the district’s budget for roadwork such as cutting brush, patching pot holes, cleaning and replacing culverts, maintaining road shoulders and drainage ditches, grading and re-basing 220 miles of county roads. Applicants must live in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Monday, January 12, 2015

ODFW donates 175 tons of salmon to Oregon’s food banks

Banner runs of Pacific salmon helped feed thousands of Oregonians in 2014.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries donated more than 350,000 pounds of Chinook and coho salmon to food banks in communities across the state.

The huge donation of high quality protein was made possible by one of the largest returns of Pacific salmon in years. A record 1.2 million Chinook and 1 million coho returned to the Columbia River in 2014. Similar returns are expected again in 2015.

“The unprecedented returns salmon to our region the past two years have benefited fishermen, the economy, and helped feed thousands of people who might otherwise have gone hungry,” said Chris Kern, deputy administrator of ODFW’s fish division.

The vast majority of salmon donated to Oregon’s food banks are collected after ODFW hatcheries gather enough eggs to produce the following year’s crop of juvenile salmon. Once the young salmon are reared at the hatcheries and then released, a small percentage of them will return to the hatcheries as adults after spending three or four years maturing in the ocean.

“We’re proud that our hatcheries have such positive impact on the lives of Oregonians,” said Manny Farinas, ODFW West Region hatchery coordinator. “Thanks to all of our great volunteers that helped collect, process, and deliver the fish to the various food banks.”

If forecasts materialize as hoped, 2015 could be another outstanding year for salmon returns. Preliminary data compiled in December by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington suggests Chinook returns will be even larger than 2014 while coho returns could be mixed.

“All the indicators are pointing to another good year of salmon returns,” Kern said.

submitted by ODFW


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

TALL SHIPS LADY WASHINGTON, HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN ANNOUNCE COLUMBIA RIVER TRIP

 
The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have announced an extended voyage on the Columbia River in July and August, 2015. The two vessels will visit 11 ports and offer educational programs, public sailing excursions, and public walk-on tours at most locations. Lady Washington is the official ship of Washington state, and Hawaiian Chieftain accompanies her on her voyages. The last extended trip on the Columbia River was in 2013. Here's the list of 2015 stops with public availability:

July 5: Depart Aberdeen
July 10-11: Kalama
July 15-20: Stevenson
July 22-23: Hood River
July 25-27: The Dalles
July 31-August 10: Pasco
August 13-14: Arlington
August 23-24: Rainier
August 26: Cathlamet
August 28: Ilwaco
 
Specific dates and times for tours and public excursions, including the ships' popular Battle Sails, will be announced in the spring. The ships are also working with local organizations on charters and special events. For information on chartering Lady Washington and/or Hawaiian Chieftain, visit the Charters page at www.historicalseaport.org, or call 800-200-5239.

ODFW monitoring seabird die-off on Oregon coast


Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists are investigating the deaths of large numbers of seabirds along the Pacific coast in the wake of harsh winter weather the past several weeks. 
 
Common murres and Cassin’s auklets have been showing up dead on coast beaches in greater numbers than usual. Preliminary lab results indicate the birds are extremely emaciated, likely related to exhaustion and starvation caused by exposure to cold temperatures and heavy wind. 

Herman Biederbeck, ODFW biologist in Tillamook said, quote: “The birds washing up on the beach seem to be starved and beaten up by the storms, we have seabird die-offs in the fall and early winter every year but this year we’re seeing elevated numbers”, close quote. 

Seabird mortality has been observed from as far south as California to as far north as British Columbia, leading some researchers to believe the die-off is the result of an unusually large hatch of young birds last spring, followed by harsh weather. 

Biederbeck said colored zip ties have been affixed to some dead birds by researchers from the University of Washington as part of a seabird mortality study.

People who encounter dead seabirds on the beach should not touch or move them. ODFW is asking beach walkers who find large concentrations of dead birds that have not been marked with colored zip ties to call their whereabouts in to their local ODFW field office or the wildlife health hotline at (866) 968-2600.

Monday, January 5, 2015

WEATHER RELATED TRAFFIC DELAYS IN PACIFIC COUNTY FOR MONDAY JAN 5



Washington State Route 4 is closed in both directions at Milepost 3 just west of Naselle at Youth Camp Lane.  A collapsed culvert has closed the road for several days estimated.  Local detour for small vehicles only is Parpala Road. No large trucks. The other detour is south from Naselle to Astoria Megler bridge via highway 401 then highwayt 101 through Chinook.  
South Valley Road in Naselle is closed.

Further north in Pacific County, Northeast of Raymond/South Bend: both directions off SR 105 are closed between Smith Creek Bridge (milepost 10) and Airport Road (milepost 4.5) due to a debris slide that is blocking the roadway near milepost 8. Crews will assess the conditions during daylight hours to make a determination on possible damage. At this time, there is no estimate for reopening the highway.

A slide is affecting both directions of US 101 near “A” Street in South Bend.