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WA Coast LD Group Shot
September 22, 2015 | No Comments

Chapter Activists Take Part in Surfrider Leadership Development Program

The Surfrider Leadership Program began on the Washington coast as a way to empower coastal community leaders who are actively engaged in conservation efforts.  Initially, several trainings were offered and participants had the opportunity to learn the requirements of public meetings, facilitation skills, how to run effective meetings, and how to improve communications. The positive feedback from those trainings led to an effort to assess the need for a more formal program. Driven by those favorable results a program was designed to address the needs of both the coast and the conservation community.  
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September 17, 2015 | No Comments

Massive Oil Export Terminals are #NotTheAnswer in Grays Harbor

The Washington Department of Ecology and the City of Hoquiam recently released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Westway and Imperium Oil Terminals within Grays Harbor. Between now and October 29th, we are asking Surfrider activists to speak up and help us protect this special place from dirty fossil fuel export.
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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
September 17, 2015 | No Comments

MSP Progress and WCMAC Meeting in Aberdeen Sept. 23rd

Significant progress on the development of Washington’s Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) has occurred over the past few months. With the State Legislature recently allocating additional funding to finalize this important work over the next biennium, numerous projects have also recently been completed that will be a significant help in efforts to better protect special places along the Washington coast for generations to come. 
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CWC Medals
September 15, 2015 | No Comments

14th Annual Clean Water Classic – September 25th-27th

The 14th annual Clean Water Classic is set to go off, September 25-27, 2015, in Westport, WA, fingers crossed for another year of sun and proper surf! This is the longest running Pro/Am surf contest in the Pacific Northwest and is presented collectively by the Pacific Northwest chapters of the Surfrider Foundation. 
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September 10, 2015 | No Comments

Walking in Someone else’s Waders: A Spotlight on our Partners in the Shellfish Industry

As ocean users and coastal residents, we work with a variety of stakeholders and community members on the stewardship of our marine resources. Clean water is arguably the key cornerstone of our focused work at the Surfrider Foundation, and in the state of Washington some of the strongest advocates for clean water protections come from the family farmers in the shellfish industry, this post shines a bit of light on them and the important role that they play.
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September 4, 2015 | No Comments

Put a little Salish Sea News and Weather in your Inbox and jump-start your mornings!

This September, Salish Sea News and Weather begins its 5th year of publishing its weekday news clippings. A compilation of relevant and enlightening news articles on various issues affecting the health of the Salish Sea, this free service is offered by Mike Sato. If you don’t already receive the daily email, sign up today! 
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August 21, 2015 | 2 Comments

Grays Harbor Proposed Oil Terminals DEIS Release Date

For almost two and half years Surfrider has been involved with the permitting process for two oil terminals, Westway and Imperium, in Grays Harbor. The permits, originally green-lighted by the Department of Ecology and the city of Hoquiam, were opposed by Surfrider and our partners as we firmly believe that the proposed terminals need to go through a formal environmental review process. With an appeal to the Shoreline Hearings Board, Surfrider and our partners were successful in making the environmental review process happen.  
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August 11, 2015 | No Comments

OFG in the 253 Part 3

The final touches were recently put on a rain garden installation that saw education, site planning, and a hands-on workday featuring members from the South Sound chapter. For the full story, see the article about the site consultation, followed by the story of the site planning/visit day. Below, learn more about the garden and what the growing Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) program is up to in Washington.
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2015 Cascadia Group Shot
July 30, 2015 | No Comments

2015 Cascadia Conference

Surfrider conferences rarely let you down and 2015 did not disappoint. Converging on the town of Long Beach, WA activist were met with “old school” Washington summer weather with some grey and a bit of rain. During the meetings the sun broke and the spirit came out in force with passion for our beaches and astounding WA coast displayed on the faces of the attendees from WA, OR, and BC. 
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July 16, 2015 | No Comments

Marine Resources Advisory Council to further work on ocean acidification in WA at upcoming meeting in Port Orchard

The Washington Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) will hold their next meeting on July 22nd, from 10am to 3pm at the NOAA Manchester Research Station in Port Orchard to discuss recent updates and review progress on adaptation and remediation strategies of ocean acidification in Washington.
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