New Mapping Reveals Lost West Coast Estuary Habitat – and potential for restoration

Correigh Greene, NOAA Fisheries August 2019 An unprecedented survey has revealed the loss of about 85 percent of historical tidal wetlands in California, Oregon, and Washington. The report, published today in PLOS ONE, also highlights forgotten estuary acreage that might now be targeted for restoration. Where West Coast rivers reach the sea, estuaries serve as […]

Do Pacific Northwest tidal wetlands do their part to moderate local effects of climate change?

By Craig Cornu, Estuary Technical Group, and Coordinator of the PNW Blue Carbon Working Group November 2018 You may already know that the tidal wetlands you see fringing Oregon’s coastal bays are valued for their natural abilities to purify estuary waters, reduce storm flooding, and provide nurseries for great numbers of commercially- and recreationally-important fish […]

A new vision of West Coast estuaries — and their losses

By Laura Brophy, Estuary Technical Group Director March 2018 In October 2017, ETG Director Laura Brophy and collaborators at the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) finished new maps of current and historical tidal wetlands for the entire U.S. West Coast. The mapping methods — originally developed by ETG in collaboration with Oregon’s […]

Oregon Coast Landward Migration Zone slideshow

Landward migration zones (“LMZs”) are areas that could become future tidal wetlands under sea level rise. This slideshow explains the methods and results of the Estuary Technical Group’s mapping of potential future tidal wetlands for all the estuaries on Oregon’s outer coast.