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March 11, 2015

MRC Leaders Converge in Olympia

Leaders from Coastal and Northwest Straits Marine Resource Committees (MRC’s) recently got together in Olympia for a forum with several key legislators to highlight some of their good work, and to discuss ways to collaborate more effectively as a unified voice for marine stewardship in Washington.
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March 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

Will Washington’s Leaders Protect our Coast & Communities from Big Oil?

The landscape for oil transportation is changing rapidly along our shores and within our communities. Washington State increased from zero shipments of oil in 2011 to 700 million gallons in 2013. Today, we receive approximately 19 unit trains a week, each carrying as much as 3 million gallons of Bakken crude, which is then in turn mostly put into smaller barges and vessels destined for refineries in other locations throughout Washington and California. If the proposed facilities in Grays Harbor and the Columbia River are built, and if refinery expansions happen in the Puget Sound to accommodate rail imports are permitted and fully built over the next few years, the weekly unit train number could jump to 137 or more. Concerned yet?


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March 2, 2015 | 2 Comments

Join HANDS on May 16

Hands Across the Sand is an international grassroots event that brings people together to oppose new offshore oil drilling and promote a clean energy future that will help end our dependence on fossil fuels. Surfrider Foundation is an official sponsor and the event is a cornerstone of our Not the Answer campaign opposing offshore drilling.
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February 24, 2015

2015 Chapter Annual Planning, A Framework For Success

Chapter leaders come together around a new year and breakdown what went well and what obstacles need to be overcome. Recently, chapters gathered in a variety of locations discussing a range of issues that they view as important for access and water quality in 2015. The list is long and the goals are big but they are obtainable with the active support & engagement from our grassroots network.
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February 18, 2015

Grays Harbor County Shoreline Master Program Update Public Outreach Program

Marine Resources Workshop

How should the Grays Harbor County manage marine resource areas through its Shoreline Master Program?  Come share your ideas about this important topic at an upcoming public workshop on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:30 PM, at the Montesano City Hall Banquet Room, 112 N. Main Street, in Montesano. 

Marine resource areas in Grays Harbor County include the estuary and ocean environments.  These environments support a rich natural ecosystem that plays a vital role in our local economy and cultural heritage.  State law requires local Shoreline Master Programs to manage future uses and structures in the marine environment in a manner consistent with the Shoreline Management Act.
The workshop will begin with a brief overview about state requirements for addressing marine resources through the Shoreline Master Program.  The workshop will then focus on a facilitated discussion for citizens to share their ideas and concerns about marine resources management.  The ideas and concerns collected at this workshop will help guide the Grays Harbor County Shoreline Planning Committee in updating your Shoreline Master Program.

While these workshops will focus only on those shorelines that are outside of the cities in the county, the county invites all Grays Harbor citizens who own property, live, recreate, or work along these shorelines to attend this workshop.

The Shoreline Master Program plans for future development activities in the water and 200 feet upland from shorelines along ocean beaches, sections of rivers and streams with a mean annual flow 20 cubic per second or greater, lakes 20 acres or greater, and wetlands associated with these waterbodies.

The county’s Shoreline Planning Committee is a group of citizen volunteers appointed by the Board of Commissioners who have the responsibility to draft an updated Shoreline Master Program for county consideration.

To find out more information about the county’s Shoreline Master Program and the update
process, go to the project website at www.ghcsmp.org.  Citizens who have questions about the upcoming workshops or the update

February 11, 2015 | 1 Comment

Blue Water Task Force in WA: A Maturing Program

Water quality monitoring under the Surfrider Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is a deeply rooted program in the Surfrider community. Volunteers become citizen scientists, testing water at their local beaches to make sure it is safe for recreation, and to solve any problems if persistent high readings are occuring. Over the course of the last year this program has seen a dramatic increase in the number of locations chapters are testing, as well as increased sophistication of the programs by expanding partnerships and working with various entities. 
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January 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

Oil & Water Don’t Mix…Help Protect Washington Waters From Increased Oil Transport

Oil transportation- whether via rail or on our waterways- has been getting a lot of attention lately. With proposals on the table for new export terminals in Grays Harbor and the Columbia River & other refinery expansions, both of which result in major increases in vessel traffic and increased probability of an accident, it’s time for the State of Washington to adopt improved safety measures to better protect our communities and the marine ecosystem from a catastrophic spill. 
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January 22, 2015

Coastal Cleanups, How You Can Get Involved

This weekend, January 24th, is one of several cleanups The Grassroots Garbage Gang holds throughout the year on the Long Beach peninsula. This group consists of local citizens who love their beaches and organizes cleanups to keep their favorite beach-going spots clean and free of debris. Also, they are always welcoming of new people whether from close to home or far away. Many people not from the area recreate on the local beaches so it serves a purpose for even out-of-towners to get involved in the cleanups. Can’t make this weekend? Read below for more opportunities and ways to get informed on other Washington coastal cleanups.
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January 21, 2015

Shoreline Public Access and Recreation Workshop

Would you like to see more public access and recreation opportunities along our county rivers and ocean beaches?  Come tell us your ideas about this important issue at an upcoming public workshop on:

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 6:30 PM

           
If you like to boat, fish, surf, walk, hunt, picnic, bird watch, camp, or simply sit along our rivers and ocean beaches, this is the workshop for you!  Grays Harbor County is updating its Shoreline Master Program and needs your ideas about how we can plan for new or improve existing access opportunities along our shorelines.  The ideas shared by citizens at these workshops will help guide the Grays Harbor County Shoreline Planning Committee in updating your Shoreline Master Program.

While these workshops will focus only on those shorelines that are outside of the cities in the county, the county invites all Grays Harbor citizens who own property, live, recreate, or work along these shorelines to attend this workshop.

The Shoreline Master Program plans for future development activities in the water and 200 feet upland from shorelines along ocean beaches, sections of rivers and streams with a mean annual flow 20 cubic per second or greater, lakes 20 acres or greater, and wetlands associated with these waterbodies.  State law requires Grays Harbor County, as well as each city in the county with shorelines, to update their Shoreline Master Programs.

The county’s Shoreline Planning Committee is a group of citizen volunteers appointed by the Board of Commissioners who have the responsibility to draft an updated Shoreline Master Program for county consideration.

To find out more information about the county’s Shoreline Master Program and the update process, go to the project website at www.ghcsmp.org.  Citizens who have questions about the upcoming workshops or the update process in general can email the county project representative at ghcsmp@gmail.com.

January 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

Recreation in Washington, It’s kind of a Big Deal

Our friends & partners at Earth Economics recently released a groundbreaking report for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office that confirms we really enjoy playing outdoors here in our beautiful state. From hikes in the desert to a ski run down a mountain side to clam digging at the ocean, Washington State residents have numerous choices when deciding what to do outside. The state’s rich outdoor recreation choices also provide jobs to many families and businesses. This study quantifies the contribution of outdoor recreation to Washington State’s economy and way of life. 
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