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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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February 20, 2018

Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Open House Rescheduled to March 5th

As most know, the previously scheduled Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Open House scheduled for February 5th was cancelled. That did not stop Surfrider and our partners from organizing a press conference with elected officials, coastal tribes, and industry to say no to this ridiculous offshore oil and gas drilling proposal. The BOEM Open House has been rescheduled for March 5th from 3pm-7pm in Olympia at the Red Lion. Our coalition of partners is excited to announce that we once again plan to host a People’s Hearing in conjunction where oral comment can be given and we can show that the people of Washington do not want offshore drilling off of our coast. 
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February 14, 2018

Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Phase Out Bill Clears Senate with Bi-Partisan Support, Calls Needed to Your State Representatives!

Last week, the Washington State Senate passed SB 6086, a bill to phase out Atlantic Salmon Net Pens within Washington state waters, by a wide margin with strong bi-partisan support. The bill now heads over to the House of Representatives, where it appears that some are more interested in political theatre, rather than bringing the bill up for a vote. Now is the time to pick up the phone and call your State Reps!
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February 6, 2018

Washington Local, State, Tribal & Fishing Leaders Unite to Speak in Opposition to Offshore Drilling

Yesterday, Surfrider Foundation and our partners from Resource Media organized a press conference, held in Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s office, to send the message that our coastal communities, our jobs and livelihoods, our Washington way of life, and clean water are put unnecessarily at risk by the dirty offshore drilling proposal put forward by the Trump Administration.

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February 5, 2018


We learned today that the venue where the offshore drilling Public Meeting, press conference and Day of Action were to be held tomorrow, February 5th, has regrettably cancelled all events in that space. This means the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Public Meeting will no longer take place tomorrow.
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January 31, 2018

Offshore Oil Public Meeting and People’s Hearing Announcement

By now you are probably aware of the dangerous proposal from the Trump administration to open up over 90% of the nation’s coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling. There will be one presentation in Washington, February 5th, from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on this proposal. Follow the link below for more information on the day, ways to make your voice heard, and contact information to get involved. Make plans to attend on Monday for a strong showing that says no to drilling off our coast. 
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