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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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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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