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June 28, 2015 | No Comments

ISD 2015, A Successful Year

International Surfing day once again brought with it good vibes and celebratations hosted by chapters throughout Washington. Parties and paddles took place in Seattle, Port Angeles, Tacoma, and Olympia bringing together water lovers here in Washington state.
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June 22, 2015 | No Comments

WCMAC Meeting Wednesday in Montesano

The Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) will be holding their next meeting to further develop a marine spatial plan for Washington’s coast. The meeting will be held in the library of Montesano High School which is in a different location than previously held meetings. 
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Water is a way of life in Washington, and our special marine and freshwater places would be damaged irreversibly by a major oil spill. Photo: Gus Gates, WA Policy Manager
June 17, 2015 | No Comments

Surfrider Leadership Program – Washington Coast

We are excited to announce that the Surfrider Leadership Program – WA Coast officially launches today!  This pilot is the realization of a concept that many of us began working on in 2014, and we have been finalizing the design of this program with community members and other partners for the past six months.
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May 28, 2015 | No Comments

Governor Inslee Declares June 20th International Surfing Day in WA!!!

The anticipation has already begun for International Surfing Day (ISD) as the celebration of surfing and ocean recreation received a proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee declaring June 20th International Surfing Day In Washington! With five chapter events happening around the state celebrating our oceans, waves, and beaches it was a pleasant surprise to receive a proclamation from the Governor recognizing coastal recreation. Events are happening throughout the week of June 20th and as always are sure to get people amped as we head into the summer months.
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May 26, 2015 | No Comments

OFG in the 253 Continues to Grow

Following the recent rain garden consultation from Stewardship Partners at WA Field Manager Brice Boland’s house, new developments have taken shape. Getting word about the consultation, the Washington State University extension in need of a training location for a design and installation site reached out and had a recent workday back at Brice’s home. Approximately thirty people attended the class, homing their knowledge and skills The day consisted of measuring soil percolation, identifying locations of pipes, and designing the plans for the garden for the next step in establishing an ocean friendly garden.
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May 14, 2015 | No Comments

Surfrider Releases Recreational Use Study for the Washington Coast

The Surfrider Foundation, in partnership with Point 97 and the state of Washington, recently completed the Washington Coastal and Ocean Recreation Study and today released the final report. The study collected economic and spatial data on “non-consumptive” recreational uses such as beach going, kayaking, wildlife viewing, hiking and biking, and surfing. These recreational uses are widely practiced along the extent of Washington’s coast (Pacific Coast & Strait of Juan de Fuca). Information from the study will be used as part of the state’s marine spatial planning process, which is a collaborative endeavor to analyze and allocate the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine environments to achieve ecological, economic, and social objectives.
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May 12, 2015 | No Comments

Hands Across The Sound

You know things have reached a tipping point when Arctic sea ice has melted so much due to climate change that Big Oil is frothing to stick their drills into the sea bed, and the government gives them a green light to proceed despite the industries shady track record, their own admission that these are the most challenging waters in the world, and unreliable spill prevention measures. There’s a buzz in the air all over Cascadia as activists are rising up in solidarity against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic
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Rain Garden Consultation South Sound
April 27, 2015 | No Comments

OFG in the 253

Stormwater is a pervasive issue in the Puget Sound. With consistent rainfall and steep hills, rain falling on our roofs finds it’s way over non-permeable surfaces to our beloved Salish Sea. A positive growing trend in the area is using home-grown tactics to mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff. Tasks as simple as installing residential rain gardens help keep the runoff in one location versus running through contaminated streets to the Puget Sound. Recently, a rain garden workshop was held at Surfrider’s Washington Field Manager Brice Boland’s home in Tacoma with several members of the South Sound chapter on hand. This workshop was based upon the Surfrider Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) program.
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April 20, 2015 | No Comments

Coming to Waters Near You?

April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite the catastrophic effects this spill had – and continues to have – on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and coastal communities, the federal government is still attempting to introduce new offshore drilling along the Mid- and South Atlantic, and now in the Arctic as well. This past week, Shell brought their massive floating rig into Port Angeles and plans to tow it to Seattle in the coming weeks to use the Port of Seattle for staging as part of their latest Arctic boondoggle.
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April 17, 2015 | No Comments

Marine Spatial Planning Progress & Upcoming Events

Significant progress over the past two years has occurred through the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) and the State of Washington’s development of a marine spatial plan (MSP). As numerous studies are being finalized, there are a number of opportunities to engage in the near future, and much work remains to finalize the plan by the end of 2016.
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