Congressman Kurt Schrader will be visiting several communities in Lincoln County November 1st. After a brief visit with Taft High School students in Lincoln City Congressman Schrader will motor down to Depoe Bay. Schrader will tour Depoe Bay harbor, starting at 9:30am, and no doubt will get an earful about Depoe Bay harbor filling up with silt due to huge swaths of clear cuts from private forest lands above the town. Some townspeople contend that the harbor’s filling up too fast and too often due to private forest company’s neglect to contain their soil run-off. Every time Depoe Bay is dredged it costs the taxpayers over a half-million dollars. With so much forestland silt building up in the harbor, the local commercial fishing and tourism fleet can’t get refueled except at high tide.
After his visit to Depoe Bay Congressman Schrader will head south to Newport. At 10:45am he’ll participate in the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony for the county’s new Veteran Resource Center just up-river at 123 SE Bay Boulevard, Suite A.
After lunch Schrader will tour the Newport Marina with local officials who will give the Congressman an up close and personal review of commercial and recreational fishing operations including a tour of a fishing vessel. He’s also likely to get some information on the port’s slow-to-solve problems following the departure of former Port Manager Don Mann. High turn-over of port commissioners contributed to the port losing a million dollar grant to finish up the newly constructed International Terminal. Three port managers later they’re still trying to figure out just how to balance port maintenance while trying to add international shipping services for Willamette Valley farms and industries. The commission is launching a new master planning project aimed at charting the port’s future over the next five to ten years.