A Vital Nehalem River & Bay

The Port of Nehalem was established in 1909. In Oregon, ports are special districts governed by ORS 777 and have broad powers as development authorities.

The mission of the Port of Nehalem is to build and support an economically and environmentally sustainable Nehalem River; optimally manage the assets of the port; provide residents an efficient, well-run port district; enhance the health, safety, navigability and accessibility of the Nehalem River for residents and visitors; serve as a catalyst for local economic development.

Channel marking, maintenance and dredging are key issues for the Port.

Next Regular Board Meeting:

September 22, 6:30 p.m. Due to local COVID prevalence this meeting will be a teleconference.
Join the audio call: Dial (617) 691-8126. When prompted, enter 8324, followed by pound (#).

Informational Meeting on
National Marine Fisheries Service
Biological Opinion Policies

How They Could Effect Property Owners in Our Area
Thursday, September 23, 3-5 p.m., online or via phone

The Port of Nehalem will host Tillamook County Commissioner David Yamamoto and Tillamook County Department of Community Development Director, Sarah Absher as they share critical information on the pending National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Biological Opinion (BiOp) Policies. The NMFS BiOp will impact many Tillamook County residents, farmers, businesses, and public entities.

As currently written, the BiOp directs the FEMA National Floodplain Insurance Program (NFIP) to impose severe restrictions and bans on future development, redevelopment or repair in floodplains statewide to protect fish habitat (salmon and steelhead). In Tillamook County, communities like Nehalem, Tillamook, Pacific City, and more exist within these highly restricted areas and would be severely impacted.

The goal of this meeting is to expand community awareness about the BiOp, look at specific examples of the BiOp’s critical impacts to the region, and what our residents, businesses, and public entities’ next steps might be.

Microsoft Teams meeting
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Or call in (audio only): Call 1 971-254-3149, enter Phone Conference ID: 318 561 194# when prompted.

A video of the presentation will be made and when available, a link to it will be posted on the this website.