An apocalyptic walk into the Jetty Creek Watershed

By Bob Atiyeh
Cannon Beach Gazette
September 14, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

This is the sad tale of a watershed on the north Oregon coast. Jetty Creek is a small coastal stream flowing into Nehalem Bay that provides drinking water to the small communities of Rockaway Beach, Twin Rocks and Nedonna Beach. In the late 1990’s the forest canopy in the Jetty Creek watershed was healthy and intact and the stream ran clear and cold. Over the past 20 years, this corporate-owned 1,340-acre watershed has suffered a 90% loss of its forested canopy due to intense timber harvesting, and is now one of the most extensively logged watersheds on the Oregon Coast. …Private timber companies own almost 50% of the watersheds in western Oregon supplying drinking water to downstream communities, and almost 60% of the drinking water systems tested in Oregon had detectable levels of pesticides in their water.

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