Anti-toxics campaign launched at Short Sands Beach

Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection (RBCWP) and their partners launched a new effort to stop the spraying of toxic pesticides around Short Sands Beach and Oswald West State Park.

Jamie Taylor of Manzanita helps launch the Save Short Sands Beach anti-toxics campaign at Oswald West State Park. Photo by Steve Perry

Group representatives said a team of over 20 experts discussed the issue with a large audience of park visitors, Sept. 24.

“We are so pleased with the extremely positive response from park visitors, area businesses and Park staff,” RBCWP’s Nancy Webster said. “We hope Weyerhaeuser is listening to the concerns of locals and Park visitors and stops the spraying.”

‘Save Short Sands’ stickers and postcards are showing up from Astoria to Pacific City and hundreds of letters have been submitted to Oregon legislators about the issue, she added.

RBCWP officials said the group will be scheduling additional educational outreach events. For more information visit