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August 15, 2017

The More You NOAA: Spotlight on a few of the Programs that Enhance our Coastal Quality of Life

On the heels of Pete Stauffer’s recent coastal blog post highlighting the national view of the NOAA budget process currently being considered in Congress, we’re taking a deeper dive into the waters of Washington State to get a clearer sense of the importance of NOAA programs to the state’s communities and quality of life.
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August 3, 2017

August 12th, Get Into Your Sanctuary Day!

As a travel destination, few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System, which protects America’s most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. We are so fortunate to have the spectacular Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary right here in our backyard!
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July 11, 2017

2017 Surfrider Leadership Academy – Washington Coast

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Surfrider Leadership Academy – Washington Coast officially launches today! This is the second year of the full program following the 2015 pilot. It is a truly cutting edge leadership program that will prepare participants as they grapple with the current and emerging threats to our coastal resources.
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July 10, 2017

Marine Renewable Energy Seminar Series

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant, and the Skagit, Jefferson, and North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committees are hosting a seminar series around North Puget Sound and the outer coast focused on marine renewable energy in August.
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July 6, 2017

Taking the Advisory Signs Down at Larrabee State Park

There are plenty of stories from Surfrider’s 20-plus year history of running a volunteer water testing program of chapters asking for signs to be posted at the beach to warn the bathing public when new pollution issues are discovered.   It’s not so common, however, for a chapter to be able to achieve an end result and be able to successfully report that the local sources of pollution have been identified, fixed, and water quality conditions improved…..And thus witness the removal of an advisory sign.  
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June 26, 2017

Tacoma Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance Effective July 12th

The South Sound chapter based in Tacoma, WA worked effectively with community members, organizations, and the city on researching, developing, and passing the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance on July 12th, 2016. As per city rules and the makeup of the ordinance, it required one year for implementation. That time has come and the South Sound chapter is once again working with the city to assist with the rollout of the new policy.
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May 25, 2017

A Budget Proposal That Would Trash Our Oceans

The Trump administration released their proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 earlier this week and it isn’t pretty. Numerous programs have been targeted for elimination and others would see steep cuts if the budget were adopted. It is apparent that protecting water quality, coastal communities, ocean health and funding science to better understand our aquatic ecosystems and climate is not a priority.
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May 18, 2017

Surfrider WA Goes to Washington

Chapter members from the Northwest Straits, Olympic Peninsula, and South Sound chapters took part in a day on the Hill discussing key environmental policies and programs with the Washington congressional delegation. In coordination with the bi-annual Blue Vision Summit, there was a wave of ocean advocates in D.C. advocating for adequate resources for our oceans and coastlines. 
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May 16, 2017

Washington Surfrider Chapters Launch Citizen Science Partnership with Dept. of Natural Resources for Ocean Acidification Monitoring

The Northwest Straits, South Sound, and Capitol Chapters recently launched a partnership with the Aquatic Assessment & Monitoring Team (AAMT) at the Washington Department of Natural Resources to serve as Site Guardians for ocean acidification monitoring stations. This collaborative effort is a hands on way for citizen scientists to get actively involved in some of the research happening within their local waters. 
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April 28, 2017

A Quick Intro to Washington’s Shoreline Master Program

Perhaps you’ve heard someone talk about Shoreline Master Plans, or the Shoreline Master Program (SMPs). And you’ve probably thought that shoreline planning sounds like a good idea, but what is it? In Washington State, any county or city that has a shoreline is required by state law to develop a plan to manage those shorelines in order to preserve ecological functions, offer public access, and ensure businesses that require water access aren’t squeezed out. Over the last decade all counties and municipalities in Washington State have been required to update their plans.
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