Deer Creek @ Experimental Forest Research Station

Otis, Oregon

What is an Experimental Forest? Come explore the Cascade Head Experimental Forest and find out for yourself...or review this synopis from the US Forest Service on this unique designation.

"The 11,890-acre Cascade Head Experimental Forest was established in 1934 for scientific study of typical coastal Sitka spruce-western hemlock forests found along the Oregon Coast. The forest stands at Cascade Head have been used for long-term studies, experimentation, and ecosystem research since then. In 1974 an act of Congress established the 9,670-acre Cascade Head Scenic Research Area that includes the western half of the experimental forest (see map), several prairie headlands, the Salmon River estuary to the south, and contiguous private lands. Direction for the Scenic Research Area encourages scientific study while promoting a sensitive relationship between humans and their environment. The combination of the two areas has resulted in a more diverse and coastal related research program. In 1980 the entire area was designated a Biosphere Reserve as part of the United Nations Biosphere Reserve system.

"The variety of ecosystems here are home to more than 350 species of wildlife. There are four federally listed endangered species that either use or inhabit the Cascade Head area: spotted owl, marbled murrelet, coho salmon, and Oregon silver spot butterfly. Two major prairie headlands jut out into the Pacific Ocean. The recently restored Salmon River estuary provides a critical juncture between fresh and salt water, supports numerous forms of life, and maintains staging areas for upstream spawning migrations of anadromous fish and rearing areas for juveniles and smolts. The forested ecosystems include very productive young and mature (150 year-old) stands of Sitka spruce-western hemlock and Douglas fir forests with riparian areas and stream banks dominated by red alder.

"The Siuslaw National Forest and the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service manage the experimental forest and scenic research area jointly. Research partners include The Nature Conservancy, state and private universities in Oregon and Washington, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Marine Fisheries Service."

FMI: https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/exforests/cascade-head/

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 14th, 2018. Salmon Drift ​Creek Watershed Council​ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 14th, 2018 at 6:30 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Deer Creek @ Experimental Forest Research Station is sampled bi-weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

The Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council (SDCWC) has been collecting water samples since 2006. Water samples are collected by the Watershed Council with the help of volunteers. The Water Quality Program Manager oversees and coordinates the sampling and analysis along providing training to new volunteers.

Samples are processed using the IDEXX system. The water at the sample sites are tested for E.coli (freshwater) or Enterococcus (ocean or estuary) as well as dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, specific conductance, and turbidity. Water Quality Data are compared to state and federal standards as part of a baseline monitoring program. SDCWC does not issue any advisories, but information is available for public's use.

The monitoring program is variable based on funding and resources. As results become available they are shared on Swim Guide.

Monitoring Status: SDCWC follows Oregon’s standard for the monitoring of its recreational waters. This does not include such uses as shell fish harvesting and thus the results are not protective or to be used for gauging the safety of harvesting or commercial cultivation of clams or other species. That value is limited to 14 Fecal coliform bacteria per 100ml.

E. coli
A beach is marked GREEN when single sample results are less than 406 cfu per 100 mL and when applicable, a 90-day geometric mean is less than 126 cfu per 100 mL).
A beach is marked RED when a single sample exceeds 406 or the 90 day geometric average exceeds 126.

Enterococcus
A beach is marked GREEN when a single sample is less than 130 organisms per 100 ml.
A beach is marked RED when a single sample is greater than 130 organisms per 100ml.
This level is set by the Beach Action Value established by Oregon Health Authority in 2017.
A beach is marked Grey if there is no current results or no available information.

SDCWC is currently supported by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Surfrider Blue Water Task Force, and Neighbors For Kids in Depoe Bay, Oregon where their bacteria lab resides.

Links:

Freshwater Bacteria Limit: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-02/documents/wqs-oregon-bacteria-epa-approval-11-17-2017.pdf

Beach Action Value: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYENVIRONMENTS/RECREATION/BEACHWATERQUALITY/Pages/beachactionvalue.aspx

Oregon Bacteria Rule, Bacteria Criteria for Marine and Estuarine Waters (For reference only as some values are outdated): https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Filtered%20Library/IMDBacteria.pdf

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Water Quality Graph

Deer Creek @ Experimental Forest Research Station

Otis, Oregon

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 14th, 2018. Salmon Drift ​Creek Watershed Council​ updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 14th, 2018 at 6:30 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

What is an Experimental Forest? Come explore the Cascade Head Experimental Forest and find out for yourself...or review this synopis from the US Forest Service on this unique designation.

"The 11,890-acre Cascade Head Experimental Forest was established in 1934 for scientific study of typical coastal Sitka spruce-western hemlock forests found along the Oregon Coast. The forest stands at Cascade Head have been used for long-term studies, experimentation, and ecosystem research since then. In 1974 an act of Congress established the 9,670-acre Cascade Head Scenic Research Area that includes the western half of the experimental forest (see map), several prairie headlands, the Salmon River estuary to the south, and contiguous private lands. Direction for the Scenic Research Area encourages scientific study while promoting a sensitive relationship between humans and their environment. The combination of the two areas has resulted in a more diverse and coastal related research program. In 1980 the entire area was designated a Biosphere Reserve as part of the United Nations Biosphere Reserve system.

"The variety of ecosystems here are home to more than 350 species of wildlife. There are four federally listed endangered species that either use or inhabit the Cascade Head area: spotted owl, marbled murrelet, coho salmon, and Oregon silver spot butterfly. Two major prairie headlands jut out into the Pacific Ocean. The recently restored Salmon River estuary provides a critical juncture between fresh and salt water, supports numerous forms of life, and maintains staging areas for upstream spawning migrations of anadromous fish and rearing areas for juveniles and smolts. The forested ecosystems include very productive young and mature (150 year-old) stands of Sitka spruce-western hemlock and Douglas fir forests with riparian areas and stream banks dominated by red alder.

"The Siuslaw National Forest and the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service manage the experimental forest and scenic research area jointly. Research partners include The Nature Conservancy, state and private universities in Oregon and Washington, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Marine Fisheries Service."

FMI: https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/exforests/cascade-head/

Monitoring Frequency

Deer Creek @ Experimental Forest Research Station is sampled bi-weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

The Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council (SDCWC) has been collecting water samples since 2006. Water samples are collected by the Watershed Council with the help of volunteers. The Water Quality Program Manager oversees and coordinates the sampling and analysis along providing training to new volunteers.

Samples are processed using the IDEXX system. The water at the sample sites are tested for E.coli (freshwater) or Enterococcus (ocean or estuary) as well as dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, specific conductance, and turbidity. Water Quality Data are compared to state and federal standards as part of a baseline monitoring program. SDCWC does not issue any advisories, but information is available for public's use.

The monitoring program is variable based on funding and resources. As results become available they are shared on Swim Guide.

Monitoring Status: SDCWC follows Oregon’s standard for the monitoring of its recreational waters. This does not include such uses as shell fish harvesting and thus the results are not protective or to be used for gauging the safety of harvesting or commercial cultivation of clams or other species. That value is limited to 14 Fecal coliform bacteria per 100ml.

E. coli
A beach is marked GREEN when single sample results are less than 406 cfu per 100 mL and when applicable, a 90-day geometric mean is less than 126 cfu per 100 mL).
A beach is marked RED when a single sample exceeds 406 or the 90 day geometric average exceeds 126.

Enterococcus
A beach is marked GREEN when a single sample is less than 130 organisms per 100 ml.
A beach is marked RED when a single sample is greater than 130 organisms per 100ml.
This level is set by the Beach Action Value established by Oregon Health Authority in 2017.
A beach is marked Grey if there is no current results or no available information.

SDCWC is currently supported by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Surfrider Blue Water Task Force, and Neighbors For Kids in Depoe Bay, Oregon where their bacteria lab resides.

Links:

Freshwater Bacteria Limit: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-02/documents/wqs-oregon-bacteria-epa-approval-11-17-2017.pdf

Beach Action Value: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYENVIRONMENTS/RECREATION/BEACHWATERQUALITY/Pages/beachactionvalue.aspx

Oregon Bacteria Rule, Bacteria Criteria for Marine and Estuarine Waters (For reference only as some values are outdated): https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Filtered%20Library/IMDBacteria.pdf

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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