Progress continues in the development of Washington’s Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) for the outer coast, with expected completion by the end of the year. Now is a great time to get involved to help protect special places before they’re threatened by development. The upcoming Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) meeting happening on April 20th is one of many ways to plug in. 

The Washington Coast is a special place with a variety of habitats and human uses.

The Washington Coast is a special place with a variety of habitats and human uses.

Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners Chambers, 111 S. Wooding St. Aberdeen, WA

Agenda: 4 20 16 WCMAC Agenda Draft 5

Recreational Rep Profile: Surfrider Members and recreational ocean users are fortunate to have Casey Dennehy (Surfrider WA Coastal Program Manger) representing our stakeholder interests with a seat at the table on WCMAC. Check out this cool little profile on Casey and some of the reason’s why he views this process as being very important. Want to learn more, or share thoughts or concerns with Casey? Shoot him an email today.

How did we get here?

The good folks at Rhode Island Sea Grant, in partnership with Washington Sea Grant, recently published a case study on the Washington Marine Spatial Planning Process. This document provides a pretty accurate assessment of the founding legislation, motivating drivers, and accomplishments to date. A snipet of interest: “Arguably, Washington’s MSP practitioners and stakeholders are engaged in the most difficult phase of the process – they’ve put in the lion’s share of the required effort, and are justifiably fatigued, yet have many more miles to cover before the finish line.”

Read the full document: WashingtonCoastMSP_FIN