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September 23, 2014

Coastal Adaptation Resources for a Changing Climate & Washington Coast

Climate change is happening. As coastal residents, beachgoers, and ocean users we have an important role to play in raising awareness about the decisions we make and how the associated impacts affect the resources that we care so much about. While there is no silver bullet to solving the challenges ahead, through our collective actions we can have a meaningful impact by adapting to this change and planning ahead for our future generations and creating more resilient coastal communities.
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September 17, 2014

International Coastal Cleanup

Looking for a nice excuse to get outside this weekend? The International Coastal Cleanup is happening this Saturday and our partners at Washington CoastSavers are organizing cleanups across the coast with Surfrider BBQs to reward your efforts in La Push, Hobuck Beach, and Westport. The weather is looking great so take advantage of the sun while you still can!

CoastSavers, which is a representation of a broad spectrum of interested parties including Surfrider, is renowned for their April Earth Day cleanup drawing thousands of coastal users to remove winter and spring debris from our coastal beaches. Surfrider is an active partner in the organization and for years has provided BBQs at various locations on the coast for those who volunteer.

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3 Rivers BBQ and Registration at the Fire Station in La Push

Building off the success of the April cleanup CoastSavers continues to promote International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) day which has it’s origins with another coastal focused group, The Ocean Conservancy. With the goal of expanding cleanups around the globe, CoastSavers is hoping to expand locations, number of volunteers, and debris taken off Washington beaches by organizing a Washington coastal cleanup during ICC.

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Surfrider will once again be an active partner in this event happening September 20th 2014 by providing BBQs in La Push, Westport, and at Hobuck beach. It’s always a great time and we are hoping for a good turnout and another fun event this year. For any questions or if you are interested in volunteering please contact WA Field Manager Brice Boland.

September 17, 2014

International Coastal Cleanup

Looking for a nice excuse to get outside this weekend? The International Coastal Cleanup is happening this Saturday and our partners at Washington CoastSavers are organizing cleanups across the coast with Surfrider BBQs to reward your efforts in La Push, Hobuck Beach, and Westport. The weather is looking great so take advantage of the sun while you still can!
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September 9, 2014

13th Annual Clean Water Classic Set For Oct. 3-5

The biggest surf competition in the state of Washington is under four weeks away. The 13th annual Clean Water Classic will have all the fixings you’ve come to know from great surfing to evening entertainment. The big difference this year is obvious, a change in date to October with hopes for better waves and weather.
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August 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

WA Rec Use Survey & Marine Spatial Planning

Washington’s Pacific coast is home to a world-class marine ecosystem and communities where people’s livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean. Now, with a proliferation of new proposals from shipping oil to exploring offshore energy, we are headed for a traffic jam in an increasingly crowded ocean. Through Washington’s Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) efforts, we can tap local knowledge and the best available science to determine how our ocean is used and protected. We can protect our coastal resources and jobs, and maintain our important recreation areas, along with other traditional uses like fishing, crabbing, and shellfish farming that define Washington coast’s cultural and economic heritage.
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August 26, 2014

Will the State of Washington protect our coast and marine ecosystem from a massive oil spill?

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, you’ve probably noticed a fair amount of media attention on the subject of oil transportation in our state. By rail, by pipeline, by vessel…there is a massive amount of oil coming into Washington from other regions and unfortunately we are not adequately prepared in the event of a major spill. 
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August 20, 2014

Updates on the Elwha Dam Removal & Restoration

The final section of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River is about to be blasted away, completing the largest dam removal project in US history. It’s pretty amazing to see the large scale restoration of a major river happening right here in our backyard, a project many of us have been anxiously awaiting for many years. Check out some of the latest media on the project…
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August 14, 2014

New Washington Policy Manager is on board

Greetings Washington Chapter Members! My name is Gus Gates and I recently joined the great Washington staff to fill the Policy Manager position. Some of you may recognize my name, I previously served as the Oregon Policy Manager with Surfrider Foundation over the past 6 years. I’m looking forward to working with all of you on our statewide campaigns, and hearing what issues get you fired up to protect your local stretch of coast! Below is a little bit about me…
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August 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

A short film on marine spatial planning

Last year filmmakers Chris Hannant and Gillian Montgomery interviewed Surfrider volunteers and staff, business owners, and MRC members as they travelled the state’s rugged coastline. The short film explores the opportunity to protect Washington’s Pacific coast through marine spatial planning. You may recognize a few of the individuals in the video as important community leaders. 


“I love the coastal region, I love the coastal estuaries and everything that makes this thing different than some place else. It’s a wonderful thing and we have to preserve it. If we don’t we’re gonna lose one of the most important things in life” -Brady Engvall, Owner Brady’s Oysters


“Marine spatial planning sounds a lot more complicated than it really is. It’s really just about being smart about how we use our oceans…and there’s a bunch of emerging and new uses, increasing uses- the ocean’s getting crowded.” -Chad Nelsen, Environmental Director Surfrider Foundation


“As we move from 7 billion people to 10 billion people there’s gonna be a lot of increased pressure for development out here and I think it’s important to control that development- there will be development- but it’s important to use those resources wisely and to preserve what we can of the ecosystems that we have.” -Doug Kess, WCMAC Chair

Watch the video here for some gorgeous footage of the coast and more heartfelt interviews. Please share this video if you know of someone who could benefit from learning about the opportunity of public involvement in marine spatial planning.


July 30, 2014

PNW Registration Deadline August 1!!!

The deadline to register for the annual PNW conference is right around the corner so act fast!!! August 1st is the last day to register for a great weekend of learning and fun in beautiful Yachats, OR August 15-17. If you are seasoned Surfrider vet or new to the organization and want to learn more and get more involved this is a great venue for you. For more information or questions contact Brice.
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