FOSS Lunch on the Lawn membership drive
LUNCH & MUSIC ON THE LAWN
October 15, 2016
11:30 - 1:30 PM
Join us for music and lunch on the lawn at the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center sponsored by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc.,
Whether you are joining for the first time, or renewing your
current membership, the Friends of the South Slough Board Members
and Reserve staff will be on hand to answer questions and
share various demonstrations throughout the day. RSVP by calling
541.888.5558 ext. 121.
South Slough Trail & Treat
Trail and Treat 2016
5k trail run/walk
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Kids' run/walk: 9:45 am (Costumes encouraged!)
5k run/walk: 9:45 am
Where does the rain go when it drains from your roof?
If you live in the city,
your storm water probably flows down your driveway or across your sidewalk and
into a storm water sewer drain. Depending on where in the city you live, it might flow directly to a river or bay. Eventually it all ends up in the
river or bay, carrying oil and gas, trash, household and industrial chemicals,
bacteria, heavy metals, mineral salts, plastic particles and other pollutants
with it. Heavy rains can produce abnormally heavy runoff that erodes channels
and banks, floods urban streams, damages habitat, property and infrastructure,
and threatens lives.
Storm water runoff can
alter the natural flow of a river, channel or bay. Changing the flow can
drastically affect water quality and the ability of stream or bay to support
fish and other aquatic life. Fish and other aquatic organisms may respond to
changes in flow in unexpected ways. Higher than natural flows can erode and
scour a stream or channel. Lower than natural flows can concentrate pollutants
and raise water temperatures, reduce the availability of oxygen and harm or
kill fish, or prompt invasions of exotic plants and animals.
The U.S. Clean Water Act
protects aquatic life by setting standards for local governments to protect
water quality, but that might not be enough. Water quality managers are
beginning to realize that to protect aquatic life and habitat they need to
better understand how the natural flow of a stream or bay varies in space and
over time. Communities, and even individuals, can provide a great deal of
protection for aquatic habitat relatively easily by taking simple steps to
reduce the amount of storm water runoff that flows from their property. You
might be one of a growing number of Oregonians who are using some form of green
infrastructure to keep your rainwater closer to home.
Green infrastructure is a
set of cost-effective practices to reduce storm water runoff. It includes features
such as rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavements, bioswales, green
streets and green parking, and techniques such as rainwater harvesting, planting
urban trees, and open space to hold storm water in place long enough for it to
seep into the ground.
Oregon’s Coastal Training
Program at South Slough Reserve is building partnerships on the south Oregon
coast to provide green infrastructure training. For more information about
green infrastructure training, call John Bragg (541) 888-5558 ext. 129, or
Oregon Rain Garden Guide
Visit the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center
The Interpretive Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am until 4:30 pm. The Center is closed on state holidays.
The Interpretive Center will also be closed to the public on November 26, 2016, December 24, 2016, and December 31, 2016.
Trails and waterways are open from dawn through dusk.
Evaluating the Presence of the European Green Crab in the South Slough Reserve
European green crab Carcinus maenas, has invaded coastlines around the world. The
species has induced adverse impacts on native ecosystems and shellfish
Green crabs were first recorded in Coos
Bay, OR in 1998 following a strong ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) which
brought warm winter waters to the Pacific Northwest. Green crab presence in
Oregon is anticipated to increase after the 2015/2016 ENSO.
• Record the distribution and
population size of green crabs in the South Slough Reserve
• Determine the native crab species
that co-occur in local environments with green crabs
• Provide detailed baseline data for
maenas is present throughout South Slough,
from the mouth of the estuary to its headwaters.
are ideal for future research and eradication initiatives of Carcinus maenas.
abundance at Joe Ney Slough may indicate an established population. Future work
should focus on this area to assess ecological impacts.
investigation is needed to determine if there is causation between Dungeness
/green crab interactions and species specific substrate distributions. Symposium_Poster_CTW.pptx
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Noon - 6 pm
Old Charleston School in Charleston, Oregon
Don't miss the annual Octoberfish festival. The day will be filled with events for the whole
family, including dinner from the Tuna Guys! Proceeds from the event will
benefit the Charleston Food Bank and the Blue Water Taskforce community student
scholarship fund. Octoberfish is organized by a variety of community partners
including the Surfrider Foundation, South Slough Reserve, Charleston Food
Bank, Sol Coast, ORCO Arts, the Tuna Guys, and many more! Admission is
$1/person or 3 cans of food and the Tuna Guys will be offering a special $25 dinner
deal for families, $10/person.
South Slough Reserve
encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands. The Reserve supports and coordinates research, education, and stewardship programs which serve to enhance a scientific and public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved estuarine management. South Slough Reserve is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a network of 28 reserves dedicated to research, education and stewardship.
White Egrets on the South Slough - John Bragg