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Oregon DLCD Tsunami Land Use Guidance Released

January 17, 2014

“Preparing for a Cascadia Subduction Zone Tsunami: A Land Use Guide for Oregon Coastal Communities” prepared by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), was released on January 15, 2014.
 
This tsunami land use guidance was developed by DLCD in partnership with a diverse and capable advisory committee comprised of representatives of local government and state agencies facilitated by Cogan Owens Cogan, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm.   Advisory committee members from local governments included representatives from the cities of Cannon Beach, Coos Bay, Depoe Bay, Lincoln City, Manzanita, Seaside, Waldport, Yachats, and also included Coos County.
 
The purpose of the guidance is to assist vulnerable communities as they incorporate tsunami resilience measures into their local land use programs. The land use guide is designed to be tailored by communities to address their individual tsunami risk and location, and provides comprehensive information focused on land use planning approaches to reduce tsunami hazard risk and implement important land use resilience measures.
 
The guidance includes sample tsunami related comprehensive land use plan text and policies, information on needed map amendments, a tsunami hazard overlay (THO) zone model to implement resilience measures, tsunami land use strategy financing and incentive concepts, tsunami evacuation route plan assistance, information relating to pre-disaster community land use planning for a Cascadia event tsunami, and web links to other helpful information.   The guide’s model comprehensive plan, zoning code and other provisions are designed to be used with the new Department of Geology and Mineral Industries Tsunami Inundation Maps (TIMs).  The guide is web based with links to other resources. 
 
The department will begin assisting communities implement the guidance in early 2014. 
 
Laren Woolley, DLCD’s Coastal Shores Specialist indicated that “The Japan earthquake and tsunami are what we can expect here in Oregon. This is a serious threat to our coast and we need to prepare now.  We should have a sense of urgency!  This information should be at the core of community preparation.”  Mark Barnes, Planning Director for the City of Cannon Beach, added, “This is useful guidance for any coastal community; highly recommended.”
 
“Preparing for a Cascadia Subduction Zone Tsunami: A Land Use Guide for Oregon Coastal Communities” is available on DLCD’s website by clicking here.  More information about the DLCD tsunami land use guidance may be obtained by contacting Laren Woolley at (541) 514-0091 or emailing laren.woolley@state.or.us. 
 
Financial assistance was provided by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Catch A Tide - King Tides Come to the Oregon Coast

January 17, 2014

The final phase of the King Tides photo project is coming up January 29 through 31, 2014. This is the Oregon branch of a worldwide project in which anyone with a camera can help document the reach of the year’s highest high tides, often called “king tides.” Everyone is welcome to participate, they just need to Pick a place, Click a photo and Share it on Flickr. 
 
King Tides occurs several times a year when the moon and sun enter into a special alignment with the Earth. Such tides last for several days and are anywhere between a few inches and several feet above normal. Although king tides aren’t caused by climate change, they offer a snapshot of what rising sea levels could do to coastal areas in just a few decades. Areas affected by these king tides are susceptible to higher water levels from increased wave heights, winter storms and changes in sea levels.
 
Helpful king tide photos will show water levels adjacent to a fixed feature like a piling, seawall, road, or bridge abutment. Including fixed features will allow actual water levels to be documented and tracked over time. Photos should include the location, the date and time the photo was taken, and the viewer’s direction for each picture. The ideal photo would be taken from a location where the photographer can return later at an ordinary high tide to take a comparison shot.
 
Participating photographers are asked to post their photographs on the project’s Flickr site, http://www.flickr.com/groups/oregonkingtides/. Those who don’t wish to use Flickr can e-mail their photo files to orkingtide@gmail.com. More information can be found on the website: www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides.
 
The Oregon King Tides project is sponsored by the Coastal Management Program of Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development, and co-sponsored by CoastWatch (volunteer program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition), the Oregon chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and the Mid-Coast Watersheds Council.
 
At the conclusion of the project, a celebration will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31, at the South Beach location of the Rogue Brewery in Newport. The best of the King Tide photos will be shown, photographers will be on hand to comment, and John Bauer of the Wetlands Conservancy will be there to show and discuss recent aerial photos of Oregon wetlands taken during the last king tide event. The event is free and open to all (some refreshments provided, beer and meals available from the Rogue).
 
For more information about the project, please contact Meg Gardner, NOAA Coastal Fellow, at the Oregon Coastal Management Program in Newport: (541) 574-4514 or meg.gardner@state.or.us.  For information about the final celebration, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org. 
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