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June 12, 2018

International Surfing Day 2018

It’s back for another year! The always festive International Surfing Day (ISD), officially June 16th, is a time to celebrate the enjoyment part of the Surfrider mission as it relates to our oceans, waves and beaches. With chapter events in Tacoma, Port Angeles, and Westport, it’s a perfect way to start your summer off and connect with your local chapter. 
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May 31, 2018

Washington State Leaders & Natural Resource Agencies United in Opposition to Offshore Drilling

Following the surprise proposal by the Trump Administration in January to open 90% of our nations coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling- including our Washington coastal waters- local and tribal communities, ocean users, state agencies and elected officials have joined a loud and growing chorus in efforts to defend our coast from this un-necessary threat to our coastal quality of life. Check out some of the comments and ways that you can get involved in this on-going campaign. 
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May 3, 2018

Projecting the Future of the Grays Harbor Coastline

For the past couple of years, researchers with the Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) and the Oregon State University have been using advanced computer modeling to estimate what the shorelines of Grays Harbor County may look like in the future. This project, aptly named “Grays Harbor County Coastal Futures,” used stakeholder input and a large data set to produce maps and other information that project the fate of the coastline.
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April 30, 2018

Ocean Acidification in the News & Washington State’s Continued Leadership

Washington State has continued it’s international leadership in addressing the challenge of changing ocean chemistry, more commonly known as Ocean Acidification. With the recent release of the Addendum to the original 2012 Blue Ribbon Report: From Knowledge to Action, our local actions continue to garner attention in addressing this global challenge. Here is some of the latest coverage.
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April 24, 2018

Washington Chapters Celebrate Earth Day and Ocean Friendly Restaurants

All five Washington chapters and the Western Washington University club celebrated Earth Day with cleanups, parties, and rollouts of emerging programs like Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR). While all chapters have begun to promote OFR, several have taken steps in registering local businesses. Chapter’s, in partnership with OFR businesses, are hosting cleanups and post-celebrations much like what the Northwest Straits chapter did for Earth Day with Aslan Brewing. 
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March 31, 2018

An Intro to Coastal Resiliency in Washington

Coastal resiliency is getting a lot of attention on the Washington coast these days. Last year the Ruckelshaus Center conducted a “Washington Coast Resilience Assessment” and published a report in May. Recently, the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) began reviewing that report and is in the process of considering what recommendations they can take action on. The term “coastal resiliency” however is a bit fuzzy and different people may have very different ideas about its meaning.
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March 23, 2018

Governor Inslee Signs Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Phase Out Into Law, Victory for Water Quality Advocates!

On March 22nd, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed HB2957 into law, an act that will effectively ban the practice of open-water Atlantic salmon aquaculture in the state of Washington. The Governor’s signature comes on the heels of bi-partisan support in the state legislature, passing the House by a vote of 67-31 and the Senate by a vote of 31-16. 
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March 14, 2018

Washington Residents Speak, Will Zinke Listen?

Washington residents took to the podium to voice their concerns on March 5th as part of a People’s Hearing organized by Surfrider and coalition partners. Following the cancellation of the first Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) “Open House” the event was rescheduled to Olympia with Surfrider and other organizing partners once again planning for a People’s Hearing. All wanted to allow Washingtonians to voice their frustrations publicly about a plan that would open up our coast to offshore oil and gas drilling, putting our jobs and environment at risk. 
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February 27, 2018

Washington Coast United Against Offshore Oil Drilling

We live in a time that is highly divisive and with few issues that draw support across the political spectrum. But on the Washington coast there is unity as numerous elected officials, city councils, and advisory bodies have officially voiced their opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to expand offshore oil and gas exploration that include Washington waters.
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February 21, 2018

Washington Chapter Leaders Represent at Ocean Recreation Hill Day in D.C.

Representatives from all 5 Washington Surfrider Foundation chapters joined forces with over 80 chapter leaders, industry partners, and staff from around the country to focus their advocacy around federal priorities as part of the Ocean Recreation Hill Days in Washington D.C.
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