Friends of North Cove Beach
Beach Erosion Community Action Petition
August 10, 2016
This petition is presented to renew efforts to protect North Cove Beach from the effects of flood and storm erosion. It also responds to the need to address serious ongoing environmental pollution from destruction of adjacent residences and infrastructure which have been allowed to wash unchecked into the Pacific Ocean, Willapa Harbor, and North Cove Beach for many years. This pollution includes chemical adhesives, petroleum products, Styrofoam debris, lead-based paint, PCBs, raw sewage, various metals, solvents and debris from destroyed residences.
The purpose of this petition is to bring this egregious situation to a halt by taking immediate action to slow and ultimately stop this ongoing erosion problem. We feel this can best be accomplished by securing the banks with soft or hard stabilization as has successfully and unquestionably been demonstrated by the adjacent property owner, Tumidanski/Lambert (collectively known as the "Bennett" property). This successful erosion mitigation clearly demonstrates the feasibility of permanent, high water, wintertime storm erosion control northward from this location towards Warrenton Cannery Rd and serves as the best available science to solve the problem. It also resolves the unnecessary expenditure of funds to "study the problem" or for additional "engineering" that only further delays the necessity for ACTION! Recent threatening weather conditions combined with higher ocean water levels have accelerated the loss of coastal land.
The Friends of North Cove Beach also seek to secure resources to PROACTIVELY protect adjacent State Highway Route 105, protecting the nearby low-lying cranberry bogs from salt water flooding as well as future saltwater contamination of the underlying groundwater aquifer. We believe that a fractured approach to addressing these diverse interests is a waste of resources and creates an unfair and redundant approach to the communal benefits of a comprehensive approach. We collectively request that a fair portion of any state budgetary funds allocated for Pacific Coast Beach erosion, as well as emergency highway and environmental protection funds be set aside for such an emergency effort. The situation has gone too long unaddressed by the County, State and Federal authorities (in spite of ongoing knowledge of these tragedies which are known to threaten the ocean, this fishery and the community at large).
We thank the recipients of this community outcry and look forward to a timely and successful resolution to the manifold problems unaddressed by timely lack of action.
It is time to stop looking and talking. WE NEED ACTION NOW!