From Oregon Coast Alliance
Yes, certainly an article about the political torpedo created to approve this golf course. But there's a lot of opposition to it, and the play is not yet done…
At the Corvallis Parks Commission meeting I spoke with Bob Johnson, the Bandon Dunes real estate consultant, in the hall for a few moments. He said he "thought the water problem would work out." I don't know what that meant exactly. But I suspect that Biota would sell off the cranberry bogs they own in the area, and keep the water rights for the golf course, and/or apply for transfers on other water rights Keiser may hold in these area.
That will cause a longterm water problem, as there is no more available than exists now. In the long run, there would probably be water shortages in the area as more and more goes towards this golf course, related development and whatever Keiser builds afterwards, probably in the same neighborhood. It will likely mean that farming/ranching would have no margin of being able to get extra water when needed, either.
If you can send an email to the Parks Dept. about the Commission's actions thus far to give preliminary approval to the golf course, please do. Deadline is this Friday, Dec. 6th. Email: OPRD.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter from Watchdog in Bandon
I am a land owner and cranberry farmer who is in the process of converting this farm into the first ODF@W licensed Hybrid Striped Bass live export aquaculture facility in Oregon. Johnson Creek, a salmon stream runs through our property. This creek has been earmarked by Mike Keiser along with a group of cranberry growers and the City of Bandon for the future expansion of their water shed. This dam project would be approximately 93 foot in height and would cut off fish passage to the Pacific.This group is on record threatening to use eminent domain to expedite this project if adjacent land owners whose land is affected do not comply with this proposed expansion.I am vehemently opposed to Mike Keiser's brand of capitalism as shown in Grant & Coos Counties.I do not like how this creek has been written off as a non salmon creek.We have gone to great lengths to safe guard Johnson Creek from any problems which could jeopardize the salmon runs and I feel Mr. Keiser should be held to the same level of responsibility.Mr. Keiser's plans are far reaching and by allowing him to proceed invokes a type of domino expansion I don't believe Oregonians are in favor of.Thank you very much.
88804 Windhurst Ln.
Bandon, Or. 97411
ODPR---land trade between Bandon Biota & Oregon Dept. of Parks & Recreation
OPRD---Public Comments on State Park Lands Desired for Gold Course
The Nature Conservancy---Live Event with Mark Tercek Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Federal Register taking comments on hunting in The Bandon Marsh
The Nature Conservancy---Oregon Grasslands: Crucial for Wildlife Survival
The Bandon Marsh Mosquito Farm
Department of Interior---Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations AKA The Coquilles
USFWS---Bandon Marsh Expansion Meeting Friday August 30, 2013
OPRD---Bandon Dunes Exchange Proposal Meeting August 16, 2013