New Carissa settlement totals $4 million to aid restoration.Byline: Winston Ross The Register-Guard
COOS BAY Coos Bay (ks), city (1990 pop. 15,076), Coos co., SW Oreg., a port of entry on Coos Bay; founded 1854 as Marshfield, inc. 1874, renamed 1944. - Oregon wildlife and recreation will get at least a $4 million boost in an effort to recoup losses from the 1999 shipwreck shipwreck, complete or partial destruction of a vessel as a result of collision, fire, grounding, storm, explosion, or other mishap. In the ancient world sea travel was hazardous, but in modern times the number of shipwrecks due to nonhostile causes has steadily of the New Carissa
The M/V New Carissa , the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced Tuesday.
The agency released its final restoration plan, describing how a $4 million settlement with the ship's owners will be spent. The plan seeks to recoup losses to natural resources stemming from the oil spilled oil spill: see water pollution. after the 660-foot cargo ship went aground a·ground
adv. & adj.
1. Onto or on a shore, reef, or the bottom of a body of water: a ship that ran aground; a ship aground offshore.
2. north of Coos Bay on Feb. 4, 1999. The ship broke in half and leaked between 25,000 and 140,000 gallons of oil.
That spill caused the deaths of hundreds of birds, say federal officials, including 262 marbled murrelets The Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) is a small seabird from the North Pacific. It is an unusual member of the auk family, nesting far inland in old-growth and mature forests. Its habit of nesting in trees was not known until a tree-climber found a chick in 1974. and as many as eight Western snowy plovers, both of which are federally listed threatened species. Thousands more seabirds, gulls and other shorebirds were also killed, and 29,000 recreation trips to the coast were "lost or diminished" as a result.
The plan calls for spending the money from lawsuit settlements on land purchases for new habitat, predator management and improvements to recreation site projects on the coast.
Last year, officials released a draft of the plan and asked for comment, which they got from county commissioners and citizens in Lincoln and Tillamook counties, worried that purchasing land and turning it over to federal agencies for management would eat away at local tax revenues. In response, the current plan promises only to transfer such properties to tribes or conservation groups that agree to pay property taxes. Other changes between the previously released draft and the final plan were minor.
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