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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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With 157 miles of shoreline on the outer coast & 3,026 miles of shoreline in the tidally influenced Salish Sea & Puget Sound, Washington has an important role to play in the issue of sea level rise & coastal adaptation.
April 15, 2015 | No Comments

What’s the Latest on Ocean Acidification in WA?

Washington is a leader in addressing ocean acidification. While the challenges that we face are large, we have much to draw on to tackle this problem and it starts with an active an informed citizenry. While it’s important to recognize that this is a global issue largely resulting from the increased amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) being pumped into the atmosphere and absorbed by the ocean, it’s also important to understand that there are local actions that can help mitigate the impacts of acidification on aquatic ecosystems and regional economies and cultures. This post is aimed to serve as a synthesis of the wealth of information that is out there on this issue, look for regular updates on this blog & topic moving forward.
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March 30, 2015 | No Comments

Seattle Gets Serious About Cigarette Butts

The Seattle chapter is trying to clean up our beaches by helping people put their cigarette butts where they belong. Cigarette butts are the number one item collected on beach cleanups around the world, and though there are rules to smoking on beaches in Seattle, we continue to find them every time we do a beach cleanup! In response the chapter has begun a Hold On To Your Butts (HOTYB) committee focused on raising awareness of this issue and taking an active role in reducing the waste.

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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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