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February 22, 2017

Chapter Annual Planning – A Road Map for 2017

Surfrider chapters crushed it in 2016. There were milestone campaign victories, new programs, and not to mention a lot of good times at the public meetings, beach cleanups, and our networks events. Have a look back at 2016 by taking a gander at out annual review post from the previous year. With all that said, there ain’t no stopping us now. Building off of this enthusiasm all five chapters and our Western Washington University campus club took part in 2017 annual planning, a first to have all participating. 
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February 14, 2017

Marine Spatial Plan Enters the Homestretch

It’s been a long time coming, but the Marine Spatial Plan for Washington’s outer coast is expected to be fully completed in the next few months. The Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Committee (WCMAC) will be holding their next meeting on Wednesday, February 15th in Aberdeen to review the draft plan. 
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February 13, 2017

Support Oil Transportation Safety To Better Protect our Waterways

With the ever changing landscape and seascape for moving crude oil around and throughout our region, the Washington State Legislature is considering legislation to better protect our waterways from the threat of a catastrophic spill. Along with our partners in the Environmental Priorities Coalition, we are making this a top priority for 2017. 
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January 26, 2017

Care For The Cove Presentation February 2nd

The Westport area provides some of the most accessible beach access and consistent surf on the Washington coast. With Westhaven State Park on one side of the community and “the groins” on the other, there are different spots to beach walk, take in the view, and of course surf based on swell, wind, and other environmental factors. Not too long ago “The Cove” (or Half Moon Bay as it’s also called) would break fairly consistently and provided another location in the Westport area. However, in recent years that break has not worked near as well as it did in the past impacting recreation while also losing a critical sediment barrier protecting downtown Westport. 
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January 19, 2017

Environmental Priorities Coalition Announces Top 3 Issues for Olympia in 2017

The State Legislative Session kicked off last week in Olympia – and it’s set to be a long one of at least 105 days. With major state budget fights ahead, many are predicting it will go much longer.
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January 17, 2017

South Sound Chapter Continues Monthly Beach Cleanups

For over three years the South Sound chapter, based out of Tacoma, has hosted regular monthly beach cleanups. After learning about the success of other chapters utilizing regular cleanups to grow their numbers, increase volunteer opportunities, and to get trash off of local beaches, the chapter has ran and continues to run a successful program in the South Sound.
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January 17, 2017

WA Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Ocean & Coastal Resources over Oil Terminal Development

Last week, in a unanimous ruling from the Washington Supreme Court, the Quinault Indian Nation, Citizens for a Clean Harbor, Sierra Club and Grays Harbor Audubon were victorious in their legal challenge in arguing that Washington’s Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA) should be applied in the review process of coastal oil terminal development within Grays Harbor. 
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January 11, 2017

Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Expansion: Victory for NWS Chapter!

The Northwest Straits Chapter in Bellingham is celebrating the recent news from Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the recent decision to expand the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve to help preserve this special place, it’s ecology and public access for the future.
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December 31, 2016

2016 Washington Surfrider Year in Review

2016 was a banner year for Surfrider Foundation in Washington! With a number of significant coastal victories achieved throughout the state, and capacity built within our chapters for battles ahead, we are fired up to continue raising the bar as we ring in 2017!! 
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December 21, 2016

2016 Surfrider Leadership Academy Recap

Earlier this month, the Surfrider Leadership Academy convened in Ocean Shores for the group’s third and final retreat. They applied their improved leadership skill set by giving a presentation to a small group about the complexities of making sustainable locally caught seafood available to coastal communities and visitors. It was an issue that the group identified as important to the health of coastal communities and our marine resources. They decided to investigate the issue further as a group project and spent several months engaging their network to better understand the challenges and opportunities.
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