On Thursday, May 9th at 7:10 p.m. I visited Empire Dock in Coos Bay and was surprised by the red/orange colored water. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was dense areas of WOOD CHIPS filling the bay. I have visited the dock many times and have never seen such a thing. I'm curious if this was an isolated incident or a regular occurrence. It must have washed ashore by the tide, blown from a loaded boat passing by or perhaps a spill in the water from the North Spit/Horsefall area. I was also quite taken aback at the lack of Sea Gulls in the area. Usually every day there are dozens of them. This day there were only maybe a half dozen. I wondered if it may have something to do with the wood chips that polluted the water clear out past the end of the dock and stretched as far as the eye could see down the beach on both sides of the dock. Either way, the amount of wood chips in the water concerned me. One would think the environmental impact would be grave to the sea life in the area.