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May 19, 2016

Surfrider Leadership Academy – Washington Coast

We are excited to announce that the 2016 Surfrider Leadership Academy – WA Coast officially launches today! The academy builds off last year’s successful pilot program and will run a full 6 months with additional training sessions.
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May 18, 2016

GPT Bites the Dust

The country’s largest proposed coal export terminal has met it’s end after a long, drawn out fight. The result brought a major victory for Surfrider and all those who made up the coalition opposing it. Surfrider was an active opponent from the start as the information slowly came together on the breadth and threat this proposal posed to the health of local waters and the world class recreation the Bellingham area provides. 
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May 17, 2016

MSP Spatial Analysis Workshop 5/26 in Aberdeen

Progress continues thru the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) to develop a marine spatial plan for the outer coast. The upcoming mapping workshop will take a deeper dive into some of the data layers that will be used developing the plan.
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May 16, 2016

GHC MRC Speaker Series Event May 24th

Join the Grays Harbor County Marine Resources Committee on May 24th at Grays Harbor College for the latest speaker series installment. The featured speaker for this event will be Wendy Beeghley, fish biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She will be discussing the methods used to manage the recreational salmon fisheries off of Grays Harbor.
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May 10, 2016

Stand Up for Grays Harbor

Surfrider, along with several other partners, is an active member of a coalition making their voice heard about the threats of dirty fossil fuels to our oceans, waves and beaches. As in past years, we are promoting Hands Across the Sand in an effort to get more publicity and to coalesce with other concerned citizens and groups around this issue. We are asking for volunteers to take part in Hands Across the Sand this Saturday, May 21st, at noon at Westhaven State Park right on the beach. 
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April 25, 2016

2016 Cascadia Dates Determined

This year’s annual Surfrider Cascadia Chapter Confrence will be held in Newport, OR, a spectacular and special place to gather and share some Surfrider stoke! The 2016 conference, August 26-28,  will offer a wide range of presentations and break-out sessions led by chapters and Surfrider staff on current campaigns, programs, important issues, and organizational best practices. (Stay tuned for a full conference program) Our goal is that attending activists will bring back new skills & fresh ideas to their chapters! There will be plenty of time for the enjoyment aspect of our mission too!
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April 14, 2016

Marine Spatial Planning Progress & Upcoming WCMAC Meeting

Progress continues in the development of Washington’s Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) for the outer coast, with expected completion by the end of the year. Now is a great time to get involved to help protect special places before they’re threatened by development. The upcoming Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) meeting happening on April 20th is one of many ways to plug in. 
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April 13, 2016

Plastics Dominate Debris on State’s Coastal Beaches

Good article today in the Seattle Times highlighting the amount of plastic debris on coastal beaches. This has been a particularly bad year as the extra stormy winter has pushed a lot of debris ashore, much of it plastic and chunks of foam. You can see the slurry in this pic recently taken at Westport.
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April 5, 2016

2016 WA Coastal Cleanup Set for April 23rd

The annual CoastSavers Earth Day cleanup is scheduled for April 23rd. With four Washington chapters taking part it’s a great opportunity to spend a day, or the weekend, at your favorite coastal beach. Register via the link above or contact your chapter to see where they will be helping out and for more information.
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March 21, 2016

Upcoming Forum on Tacoma Reusable Bag Ordinance

The South Sound chapter began campaigning for a reusable bag intiative in Tacoma almost three years ago. Their efforts are now in the home stretch with a public forum on the ordinance scheduled for next week. Since kicking off the campaign, chapter members have been very active in promoting this policy. Members have given public comment at Tacoma city council and committee meetings, while also having individual discussions with each council member. Additionally, chapter members have written letters to the editor, helped gather supporting petition signatures, and shared the importance of joining other Washington cities who have taken important steps to reduce single-use plastics in their communities. 
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