Sand Management Planning in Oregon

by John J. Marra, Oregon Department of Land, Conservation and Development, Newport, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


Under Statewide Planning Goal 18 dune grading or sand movement necessary to maintain views or prevent sand inundation is allowed only as part of an area-wide foredune management plan. However, despite Goal 18 restrictions. ad-hoc alterations of the foredune area by individual property owners is a continuing management problem. Ocean-front property owners continue to grade illegally for a variety of reasons: Frustration with the vagueness of policies: prohibitive costs for acquisition of the required technical expertise; and the lack of local enforcement and/or inadequacy of enforcement ordinances. A variety of efforts have been undertaken to remedy this situation. Informational materials detailing what must be considered and included in a foredune management plan have been prepared. Increased technical assistance in the preparation of foredune management plans has been provided. Volunteer community groups have been formed to spearhead foredune management planning efforts, assist in the collection of baseline data, and carry our monitoring and maintenance programs. Improved reporting procedures and model enforcement ordinances are being developed. In addition to foredune management planning under Goal 18, a sand capture and stabilization program is being developed for an area suffering from wave-induced erosion. Borrowing from elements of the foredune management planning process, sand capture and stabilization programs provide an alternative to riprap revetments as means of shoreline stabilization and protection.

Subject Headings: Oregon | United States

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