Comment on Two New Beltz Planning Surveys

OPRD has created two online surveys to allow the public to make comments on the master plan for this new state park:

Beltz Web Tool

Online Mapping Tool

The Online Mapping Tool provides a place for you to comment directly on a map of the park’s existing conditions. Do you have ideas about new park features you’d like to see or an area of the park that would benefit from restoration? This tool allows you to locate your idea on the map with a pinned comment. As comments are made they will be visible to others reading the map, creating an ‘online open house’ where anyone can share their vision for the park.

Please note the map does not currently work on mobile devices.

Beltz Survey

Beltz Property Master Plan Survey

In addition to the Online Mapping Tool, we have posted an online version of the paper survey we’re asking folks to fill out at our current round of public meetings, so if you’re unable to make the meetings you can still have an opportunity to voice your opinions. Please share your thoughts on the benefits this beautiful place provides or what you might like to see there in the future.

As you answer the questions in the survey you might consider using the mapping tool to identify locations referenced in your answers.

We hope you find these tools useful and easy to use. We are looking forward to seeing your comments. The information we gather will supplement comments made at our August Public Meetings and your input will directly impact concept alternatives that will be presented at public meetings in November, so please fill out these surveys and comment on the map by September 30, 2015.

If you are having any issues with the maps or survey please contact us or comment directly on this post below.


Posted on August 5, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The concept for trails and viewing is well done and suits the site very well. The parking lot is not favorable to us personally, but I understand the design decision(s) and thank you for the fence and buffer plantings. If given the task of design, I would probably do the same with the exception of the composting toilet. I will detract from picnicking in the immediate area and affect the neighbors (us).
    The importance of the Park’s amenities pales in comparison to the potential consequences of breaching the Beltz Dike for purposes of fish passage. Such action will eliminate most of the fresh water marsh and with it most of the Sitka Sedge for which the park is now named.
    The effects of the tidal flows which will result are not fully known, and probably cannot (and certainly will not) be known until (when and if)the Dike is breached. Breaching the Dike puts the community of Tierra Del Mar at potential risk. Not all risks are known at this point, but could include elevated winter ground water levels and erosion. Elevated ground water levels will exacerbate the flooding in Tierra Del Mar. This flooding is due primarily from rain fall. Higher ground water tables will reduce the holding capacity of the sands below the community. Flooding will occur sooner, rise higher and remain high longer. This was the reality of this past winter’s rains. The uninhabited beaver dam indicated in your maps is not allowing the surface and ground water levels to reach the lowest levels possible. De-facto removal of this beaver dam will occur following the breach of the Dike. I suggest that it be removed now to provide data to the on-going ground water study. With the monitoring equipment presently installed for the study not only will the lowest ground water elevation be observable but the rate at which the water is discharged will also reveal itself. The delay of 4-6 months to develop another study to more definitively study the hydraulics of the area will probably be long enough to miss the opportunity to develop a base line of the water table in the area of the present study. The base line data is important to fully understanding the ground water flow.
    I feel that this issue is of such significance that the entire issue of fish passage should not be a part of the master plan. If this idea is not acceptable then have language in the plan requiring an additional Park’s Commission approval before undertaking the work.
    Fish passage is desirable. In order to help me make a determination that a breach of the Dike is necessary I think the following should be known:
    1. The anticipated number of fish improved passage will provide.
    2. The total number of miles of spawning habitat to be made available.
    3. Why the fish passage stakeholders feel that the only option is to breach the Dike. Their intransigence on this issue is baffling given that their decision was made in advance of complete study. Fish friendly tide gates have been successfully employed in other locations.
    4. How was the proposed re-alignment of Reneke Creek determined to be historic?
    It is known that the most recent stream bed (road ditch excluded) is through the 60” culvert near the Beltz farm house, then west and north through a culvert at the east end of the Dike, then into the lake north and outside of the dike. Returning the stream to this location should reduce the required size of the opening in the Dike. This route could be restored and improved and provide additional spawning bed. We own this property and are willing to cooperate (within reason) with this scheme. Fish once took this route. I have seen them. It was so for decades until the culvert and stream bed were choked by gravel sediment and the creek diverted itself to the shoulder of Sandlake Road in 1999.
    5. What are the stream flows? I suggest installing stream measurement equipment to collect data directly from the streams.
    In closing I truly hope that this park is successful, well maintained and a jewel on Oregon Coast without negative impact on neighbors and the adjacent community of Tierra Del Mar.
    Please include this communication in the record.


  2. Buck hits the nail on the head. By far, the most obvious and first attraction the public will encounter is the dike. It offers a separation between sea water and fresh, which in itself allows the observer the opportunity to experience the dramatic difference in the habitat of the two conditions. And, the differences can be easily understood when observed from the dike. If the dike is breached there will be an insurgence of sea water into the pristine wetlands behind the dike. In time that valuable contrast will disappear, leaving more Sand Lake like wetlands.
    It a;;ears there is little or no water flow in Reneke Creek during summer months. Since our climate is becoming warmer, there is less snow pack in the mountains which certainly affects summer stream flow. It is difficult to imagine that stream flow will increase in future years under these circumstances.
    The existing tidal gate should be repaired and left in it’s original state. If Fish and Wildlife wants to attempt to reinstate the creek for Salmon it should use Buck’s guidelines to doing so.


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