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December 11, 2014

Huge storm results in more houses falling into the ocean at Washaway Beach

The combination of high surf, heavy rainfall and extreme tides caused several more houses to be claimed by the Pacific Ocean at Washaway Beach, south of Grayland.

Here’s a short video from yesterday:

YouTube link (for tablets and smartphones):

The Daily World also had an article on the front page:

As did Komo News:

December 9, 2014

SMP Visioning Workshops in Grays Harbor County

Grays Harbor County is hosting two visioning workshops to share and discuss what the future of the counties shorelines may look like in the future.  These meetings are part of the county’s Shoreline Master Program update process that is currently underway.

Make sure to attend at least one of these meetings and share your vision for a healthy and vibrant shoreline.

Thursday, December 9th, 6:30-8:30
Grayland Community Hall
2071 Cranberry Road
Grayland, WA

Wednesday, December 17th, 6:30-8:30
GHFD 8 Fire Hall
4576 SR 109
Pacific Beach, WA

December 9, 2014

Coastal Preservation on the Olympic Peninsula & Washington Coast

Our friends & partners made some exciting news this past week with two large acquisitions of land for conservation. If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, beach going, and knowing that important salmon habitat is being protected, then get excited!
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November 26, 2014

Holiday Gift Membership Package, Give & Get…Stoked!

Give a blue gift! What better way to make the holidays meaningful than a gift from the Surfrider Foundation? Choose to honor your friends and loved one with a gift membership that will have a lasting impact for generations to come. Your gift membership will support the largest network of coastal defenders – the Surfrider chapter network – to continue to protect what we love – our oceans, waves and beaches.
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November 17, 2014

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Seeks New Members

The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in 1999 to provide advice on the management and protection of the sanctuary. A community-based body, the Advisory Council, through its members, serves as a liaison to the community regarding sanctuary issues and represents community interests, concerns, and management needs to the sanctuary. The council is comprised of representatives of Indian tribes, state and local governments, other federal agencies, maritime industry, fishing, education, tourism, conservation organizations and the community at large.
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November 10, 2014

Fall is A Great Time to Get Active With Your Local Chapter

As the Summer has all but wrapped up there is much to reflect on specific to the actions and efforts made by Surfrider Chapters in Washington. The change in weather doesn’t limit those impacts but does provide a good time to reflect on 2014, and plan and prepare for 2015. See what’s happening in your area below and attend a chapter meeting to get a better sense of whats happened at your beach, and how you can get involved with 2015 planning.
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November 3, 2014

Grays Harbor “Land Meets Water” Tour to Give Residents an Insider’s Peek at How our Beaches, Dunes and Shorelines “Work”

On Saturday, November 15, Grays Harbor residents can join an interactive half-day bus tour of local sites to learn about how beaches, wetlands, and creeks play a critical dual role as unique ecosystems and engines of the local economy. Marine and freshwater shorelines in Grays Harbor are extremely dynamic and provide critical habitat for numerous species. Several scientific experts will be on the tour and will discuss coastal dune processes, the connection between wetlands, creeks and shorelines, and the birds and other wildlife that use those areas.

“This tour presents citizens with a great opportunity to see first-hand the beaches, dunes and other features of Grays Harbor County’s shorelines, which are diverse and varied,” said Casey Dennehy, Westport resident and Washington Coast Program Manager for the Surfrider Foundation. “These natural features are incredibly valuable to the community, providing protection from storms and flooding, habitat for oyster growing and fish species, and scenic beauty that draws visitors from far away.”

Those same shorelines are also highly coveted by landowners and businesses due to the natural beauty and proximity to water. Maintaining these natural features has been found to be good for both local residents and the economy. An economic study done by the University of Washington determined that 30% of the jobs in Grays Harbor County were dependent on marine resources. Protecting those jobs, community character, and ensuring economic opportunity for the next generation can be done by safeguarding shoreline resources. Local counties and cities are in the process of doing their shoreline planning right now.

Tour Details:
DATE:               Saturday, November 15, 2014
TIME:                9:30 a.m. for coffee and snacks. Bus departs at 10 a.m. Return at 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION:      Meet at the Top Food & Drug in Aberdeen (1213 E Wishkah St.)
COST:              Free
LUNCH:            Included (Choice of salad or sandwich)
RSVP:      or (and indicate your lunch choice)
HOSTED BY:   Grays Harbor County, Surfrider Foundation, Earth Economics and Futurewise

Visit for more information and to RSVP for the tour.

October 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

Clean Water Classic Recap!

Epic, rad, gnarly, sick; words often used to define some of our best surf experiences. Judging from the feedback we have received from this years Clean Water Classic, we’re pretty confident a few of those adjectives were applied. The sun wax shining and the waves were pumping providing one of the best CWC’s in history. 
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October 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

Draft Marine & Rail Oil Transportation Study Released, Public Comment Being Accepted

The Department of Ecology recently released their Draft Marine & Rail Oil Transportation Study as tasked by Governor Inslee following the 2014 Legislative Session. They also firmed up dates, locations, and times for upcoming public hearings at the end of October to accept public comment on the report. After spending the better part of an otherwise gorgeous October afternoon reading all 110 pages of the report, I can honestly say that it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to protecting our rich marine ecosystem. Coastal advocates should take the time to get up to speed on this issue and make their voice heard over the next month.
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October 7, 2014

Dropping Science at the Weekly Monster Seminar JAM @ NOAA

We are fortunate to live in an area where cutting edge ocean & coastal science is taking place, learning more about this research can only help to promote a more informed & engaged society. The Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) Monster Seminar JAM is part of the OneNOAA Science Discussion Seminar Series and takes place every Thursday at 11am, seminars are open to the public. The OneNOAA series are a joint effort by several NOAA seminar partners to pool seminars of common interest to help share science and management information and to promote constructive dialogue between scientists, educators, and resource managers. There are some great topics on tap for the Fall Series, check them out and plan to attend…
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