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March 11, 2015 | No Comments

MRC Leaders Converge in Olympia

Leaders from Coastal and Northwest Straits Marine Resource Committees (MRC’s) recently got together in Olympia for a forum with several key legislators to highlight some of their good work, and to discuss ways to collaborate more effectively as a unified voice for marine stewardship in Washington.
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March 10, 2015 | No Comments

Will Washington’s Leaders Protect our Coast & Communities from Big Oil?

The landscape for oil transportation is changing rapidly along our shores and within our communities. Washington State increased from zero shipments of oil in 2011 to 700 million gallons in 2013. Today, we receive approximately 19 unit trains a week, each carrying as much as 3 million gallons of Bakken crude, which is then in turn mostly put into smaller barges and vessels destined for refineries in other locations throughout Washington and California. If the proposed facilities in Grays Harbor and the Columbia River are built, and if refinery expansions happen in the Puget Sound to accommodate rail imports are permitted and fully built over the next few years, the weekly unit train number could jump to 137 or more. Concerned yet?

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March 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

Join HANDS on May 16

Hands Across the Sand is an international grassroots event that brings people together to oppose new offshore oil drilling and promote a clean energy future that will help end our dependence on fossil fuels. Surfrider Foundation is an official sponsor and the event is a cornerstone of our Not the Answer campaign opposing offshore drilling.
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February 24, 2015 | No Comments

2015 Chapter Annual Planning, A Framework For Success

Chapter leaders come together around a new year and breakdown what went well and what obstacles need to be overcome. Recently, chapters gathered in a variety of locations discussing a range of issues that they view as important for access and water quality in 2015. The list is long and the goals are big but they are obtainable with the active support & engagement from our grassroots network.
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February 11, 2015 | No Comments

Blue Water Task Force in WA: A Maturing Program

Water quality monitoring under the Surfrider Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is a deeply rooted program in the Surfrider community. Volunteers become citizen scientists, testing water at their local beaches to make sure it is safe for recreation, and to solve any problems if persistent high readings are occuring. Over the course of the last year this program has seen a dramatic increase in the number of locations chapters are testing, as well as increased sophistication of the programs by expanding partnerships and working with various entities. 
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January 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

Oil & Water Don’t Mix…Help Protect Washington Waters From Increased Oil Transport

Oil transportation- whether via rail or on our waterways- has been getting a lot of attention lately. With proposals on the table for new export terminals in Grays Harbor and the Columbia River & other refinery expansions, both of which result in major increases in vessel traffic and increased probability of an accident, it’s time for the State of Washington to adopt improved safety measures to better protect our communities and the marine ecosystem from a catastrophic spill. 
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January 22, 2015 | No Comments

Coastal Cleanups, How You Can Get Involved

This weekend, January 24th, is one of several cleanups The Grassroots Garbage Gang holds throughout the year on the Long Beach peninsula. This group consists of local citizens who love their beaches and organizes cleanups to keep their favorite beach-going spots clean and free of debris. Also, they are always welcoming of new people whether from close to home or far away. Many people not from the area recreate on the local beaches so it serves a purpose for even out-of-towners to get involved in the cleanups. Can’t make this weekend? Read below for more opportunities and ways to get informed on other Washington coastal cleanups.
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January 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

Recreation in Washington, It’s kind of a Big Deal

Our friends & partners at Earth Economics recently released a groundbreaking report for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office that confirms we really enjoy playing outdoors here in our beautiful state. From hikes in the desert to a ski run down a mountain side to clam digging at the ocean, Washington State residents have numerous choices when deciding what to do outside. The state’s rich outdoor recreation choices also provide jobs to many families and businesses. This study quantifies the contribution of outdoor recreation to Washington State’s economy and way of life. 
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January 6, 2015 | No Comments

2014 Recap

2014 brought serious accomplishments for Surfrider in Washington. Chapter volunteers across western Washington ran campaigns, established and grew programs, and hosted events beating the drum and making noise for protecting our oceans, waves, and beaches. See for yourself a few of the highlights that made 2014 such a successful year for Surfrider in Washington.
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The Nature Conservancy of Washington and their newly acquired property along the Clearwater River.
December 9, 2014 | No Comments

Coastal Preservation on the Olympic Peninsula & Washington Coast

Our friends & partners made some exciting news this past week with two large acquisitions of land for conservation. If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, beach going, and knowing that important salmon habitat is being protected, then get excited!
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