What’s been somewhat affectionately referred to as “Mount NOAA,” the bay tailings of the big dredging to make room for NOAA’s big dock project as part of moving their headquarters from Seattle to Newport, has begun to come down a bit more. Those living on the other side of the bay and some who work in South Beach, have complained that the mountain of bay dredgings have obstructed their view of the Yaquina Bay Bridge and of the last full measure of what are routinely spectacular Central Coast sunsets.
Port of Newport officials recently put up any and all dredging materials onto the open market in an effort to flatten the mountain. The city of Newport, with its airport south of town, has a big hole on it’s northwest corner that needs to be filled in to accommodate the possible relocation of the Erickson Air Museum, currently located in Tillamook.
The infill of the recessed area of the airport has already begun. City Public Works Director Tim Gross said that the city will be taking a little less than half of what remains of Mount NOAA as infill for the airport. As for the fate of the rest of the material, it’s anyone’s guess. At the moment, the Port of Tillamook seems to have the upper hand on incentives for the Erickson Air Museum to stay in Tillamook, but no final decisions have been made by the Erickson family.