Update on the BOC meeting January 20, 2014
The following is an update to a discussion item on the agenda at the Board of Commissioners meeting January 20, 2014.
Agenda item A. was a review of the China Creek Winter lake Project, as related by Fred Messerle of the South Slough Drainage District and Steve Denny of The Nature Conservancy.
The discussion focused on the benefits of the project and on how it would prevent the area from becoming a "Summer Lake", as inferred by Mr. Messerle. They claimed that without ODFW replacing the old deteriorating tide gates with more modern structures, the valley would flood all year round. Then they made the argument that the project would in-fact decrease the chances of a mosquito infestation occurring due to the construction of these new water barriers.
However, the maker designed the new gates to allow more water intrusion during high tides and wintertime flooding as to meet the newer federal and state guidelines for fish passage. This would also allow the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to sculpture their parcel of property so the reseeding water would leave standing ponds all year round, which could lead to the very mosquito problem they are claiming to avoid. The proponents of the project have modified the points of their proposal since the meetings they held with the public to discuss their concerns.
Unfortunately, the updated assertions did nothing to alleviate the very real worries of the people living in the areas surrounding the restoration. A question was asked about the ODFW using the restored wetland for “mitigation banking” to offset the places that are utilized for industrial purposes.
Denny and Messerly referred to Biologist Stuart Love and none of them had the answer. Mr. Love did say he would find out the answer to that question, and get right back to the board.
BOC---Coos County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, January 21, 2014
ODFW---Public Comment for Coastal Multi-Species Conservation & Management Plan
OWEB Grant Request by The Nature Conservancy 2013
Fishing Alert---The State is forcing a reduction in certain fish populations, Why?
ODFW---A bright outlook for ocean salmon seasons
ODFW---Ice fishing on Diamond Lake
ODFW---Parking permits now required at nine ODFW Wildlife Areas
ODFW---Buy hunting/fishing licenses now
ODFW---Gray whales are migrating along the Oregon Coast
Letter to Editor Eel Lake trade by Bob Main 12-07-2012
Oregon Fish & Wildlife Meeting Subject: EEL LAKE/COQUILLE VALLEY LAND EXCHANGE