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Surfrider and Global Ocean Health held a workshop yesterday about ocean acidification and its impacts on the WA coast. Over 50 people attended with experts from the OA field, shellfish industry, coastal advisory boards, and other entities. The discussion was collaborative and dynamic with many questions brought up about OA impacts and potential measures to address unwanted issues. Stay tuned for a recap of the workshop and learn how you can get involved with future events.
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If you are as excited for sunshine and warmer weather as we are then we have some great opps in April to get outside and get involved. Surfrider hosted and associated cleanups are currently scheduled for La Push, Neah Bay, Westport, Tacoma beaches, Bellingham areas, and Seattle all happening in April! Contact your local chapter to see what beach cleanup is happening in your region.
Last Tuesday, the Seattle Chapter packed the room at the Mountaineers Hall to watch the film Stand. The film is a powerful documentary about the local lives affected by a proposed oil pipeline in the Great Bear Wilderness in BC. Here is a great recap from Alec Ilstrup documenting the night’s festivities.
The Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) recently held its quarterly meeting and Surfrider Washington is happy to report that the Council has officially adopted the goals and objectives that will drive the upcoming Marine Spatial Planning Process (MSP)!
This milestone could not have been completed without the support of our members and partners in Washington. As you likely know, we have been working on a long time to provide comments and feedback to the development of the MSP guiding documents. We have been involved in multiple stakeholder workshops, in particular two full-day seminars presented by Washington Seagrant, and we also had over 30 participants at our NW Chapter Summit in Westport in September.
All of this preparation led to a great response in the public comment, and Surfrider members and partners had more comments than anyone else in the State!
One of the biggest provisions added to the MSP Goals and Objectives was specific language that added “protect and preserve existing sustainable uses” to the planning document. These words had been highly debated in previous WCMAC meetings, but in the end our comments led to a specific change in the MSP process that will hopefully directly lead to environmental conservation and recreational access protections on the ground.
In addition, Washington Pacific Coast Coordinator, Casey Dennehy, was instrumental in his role on the WCMAC and also as Chair of the Grays Harbor MRC. Through his leadership, we were able to connect with many stakeholders through the region and ask for these important changes to the goals and objectives.
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Looking to get involved with Surfrider in your local community? There’s lots going on from beach cleanups in the South Sound, movie screenings and events in Seattle, water quality programs in Bellingham, to the upcoming Earth Day cleanups at locations such as Hobuck Beach. Check out the Washington Chapters page to connect with your local chapter on all the good work thats being done at the local level.
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It’s been a very busy month in Olympia and we are working hard to secure critical oil transportation safety measures to protect our local coasts.
The Oil Transportation Safety Act - House Bill 2347 has made it out of the House Environment Committee and Appropriations Committee and is now being reviewed by the Rules Committee. If all goes well, and HB2347 is voted out of the Rules Committee, the bill will receive a vote by the House of Representatives. This vote will take place by February 18, at the latest.
(Westport. Photo: J.Carben/Surfrider)
The main provisions of HB 2347 currently are:
It’s been a bit of good and bad news of late with the Oil Transportation and Safety Act (OTSA). This week HB 2347 passed the state House Environment Committee but is currently held up and not getting the needed support in the Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications Committee. Please let your local senator know that you support the OTSA as the legislation will enact more safety measures and protection from oil spills and accidents in our oceans, waves, and beaches. For questions on how to engage or for more info contact Joel or Brice.