Save Short Sands from Toxic Spraying!
Submitted by Nancy Webster
For the North Coast Citizen
On Sept. 24, local residents kicked off a campaign to Save Short Sand Beach from toxic pesticide spraying with an educational event at Oswald West State Park.
The forests surrounding Oswald West State Park and Short Sand Beach were clearcut and scheduled for aerial spraying. During aerial spraying, toxic pesticides drift into the park and wash directly into streams that flow to Short Sand Beach.
The Save Short Sands campaign is demanding public notification of spray events, raising awareness about the dangers of spraying, and reforming Oregon’s outdated Forest Practices Act (the weakest on the West Coast). Hundreds of park users spoke with volunteers about the issue, visited the website, and submitted letters to their legislators demanding notification of toxic spraying and calling for reform of these dangerous practices.
Despite our efforts, on Sept. 28, Weyerhaeuser sprayed the clearcuts surrounding Oswald State Park and Neahkahnie Mountain with no public notification. Park users reported seeing and hearing helicopters, and the spraying was later confirmed by Parks staff.
A Save Short Sands Community Workshop is scheduled Oct. 22 at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave., in Manzanita. Join us at 2 p.m. to hear from experts on the issues, with networking and workshop activities anytime from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The area around Short Sands will continue to be regularly sprayed, as will many coastal watersheds and drinking water sources.
Get involved to stop the spray! Join Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection and our partners this Saturday at the workshop. Talk with experts on the issue, meet with your concerned neighbors, and take action to help stop these practices. We will be distributing educational materials, stickers and posters.
For more information and to take action, visit saveshortsands.org
For more information about the community workshop, contact Nancy Webster, email@example.com