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Arnold is a member of the Clallam County Marine Resource Committee (MRC) and Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. He has surfed the Olympic Peninsula since the early 1980’s and frequently uses local beaches for walks, birding, watching sunsets. His intimate knowledge of the Olympic Peninsula combined with his passion for clean waters and a healthy ecosystem has made him a vocal supporter of the Surfrider mission to protect oceans, waves, and beaches for our enjoyment. Additionally, through the Clallam MRC Arnold works to educate and inform the public and officials about eelgrass beds, ocean acidification, and bluff erosion. He has also been involved in oil spill prevention and has responded to three local oil spills.
Surfrider members like Arnold are hopeful that through empowerment and education we can change the behavior of all beach goers to be more socially and environmentally responsible. The Olympic Peninsula Chapter has been carrying out the Surfrider mission by taking action at several beach access points. The chapter provides sanicans at a few surf spots where sanitation was an issue and local residents were frustrated because there were no toilets. These sanicans enable the public to leave the beach clean when there is no access to a public restroom. Arnold believes, “As a chapter we do a good job of developing partnerships; we built a shower at the La Push campground with the support of the Quileute Nation and everyone that uses it appreciates it.” Though not all surfers are Surfrider members, all still benefit from the public outreach that Surfrider chapters perform. Surf etiquette signs are set to be put in place at Westhaven State Park, one of our most popular breaks, to educate the many beginners who surf there, improve safety in the water, and reduce conflict between water users. These local actions promote responsible beach behavior and have resulted in a variety of partnerships with local and state parks, private land owners, and tribal nations.
We agree, Arnold. Let’s protect and conserve what we love. The Olympic Peninsula Chapter, as all Surfrider chapters, welcomes you to join the conversation and help solve our challenges by taking action at your local beach. You can see the Olympic Peninsula Chapter’s website here; get involved by attending a monthly meeting or beach cleanup! Surfrider also invites all coastal recreational users to take a survey to provide information for coastal planning efforts- please go to our state website here to learn more and find the survey.
You know how the beaches look after 4th of July festivities? Covered with fireworks litter and party remnants; not so great for making our beaches beautiful and waters clean. Please come join us for a beach clean at Westhaven State Park this Saturday, July 5, 10am-2pm, rain or shine. You can see event details on our coastal blog and come kick off the unofficial first day of summer sunshine in the Northwest. Or if you’re headed to Long Beach, join the Grassroots Garbage Gang for their July 5th cleanup.
The Surfrider Foundation will host a beach cleanup from 10am-2pm at Westhaven State Park on July 5th. Registration will be in the parking lot and the majority of the efforts will be focused around the jetty, but adventurous volunteers will be encouraged to patrol beaches to the south for marine debris.
A considerable amount of debris is strewn across Washington beaches following the customary pyrotechnics used to celebrate our Independence Day. A surge of marine debris in the last few months has deposited plenty of plastics and foam as well. Collectors may find debris ranging from buoys to glass bulbs to rubber duckies, but the majority will be plastic, foam and fireworks shrapnel.
If you’re traveling to the Long Beach area for the weekend, you can join the Grass Roots Garbage Gang (ourbeach.org) for their annual July 5th cleanup.
See you on the beach!
If you missed our Ocean Acidification and Sea Level Rise workshop on April 8th, don’t fret! You can access pdfs and youtube videos of the presentations here. In Todd Sandell’s presentation, he walks you through the use of sea level rise projections in a few coastal areas to open up discussion about how we can use these projections to plan for the future.
Fortunately, more and more resources are available to help coastal communities plan for the future while incorporating these environmental changes. Through the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange you can submit your own community’s case study, read about other success stories, and find many planning tools.
Two websites have a mapping tool that can help you visualize the combination of sea level rise and flood risks: Surging Seas and NOAA. Play around with the mapping tool to see multiple scenarios of what areas might be underwater in your community- is it farmland? Hotels? Estuaries?
Many reports on local climate change impacts are also available for you:
June 20 is our favorite holiday- International Surfing Day! These events are all about building community, having a good time, learning about Surfrider’s work in your neighborhood and fundraising for these efforts. Raffle prizes are always highly anticipated as well! Check out all the options at the ISD website or our statewide events calendar.
Washington Sea Grant’s newest staff member, Kevin Decker, is a Coastal Outreach Specialist based in Aberdeen. As a beach goer and diver, he is not only a recreator, but through the Idaho Wildlife Federation he also has a background in recreation advocacy. He has an academic background in economic development and has His current doctoral research in environmental science is focused on the economic value of conservation.
Kevin will be doing outreach and education about marine spatial planning to support the public’s involvement in the process and also to share the mapping tool at http://msp.wa.gov. He will also be applying his background in economics to the Washington coast to help communities identify growth opportunities. At Surfrider, we are looking forward to working with Kevin through marine spatial planning.
If you’d like to meet Kevin, his office is at Grays Harbor College, and you can reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-538-2521.
Wow, it’s June already and that means it’s World Oceans Month! Surfrider has so many ways for you to celebrate your love for the ocean; come join us in Tacoma, Seattle, or Port Angeles at an International Surfing Day event coming up next week. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to surf at any of these events!)
If you are out enjoying your favorite beach next weekend, enter the My Special Place contest. Upload your coolest beach pic on Instagram and make sure to tag it with #ISD14 and #myspecialplace to be entered to win a surfboard, wetsuit, and other sweet beach gear.
The environmental review process is currently underway for two proposals to expand crude oil processing facilities in Hoqiuam. The scoping period is currently open until Tuesday, May 27- see Dept of Ecology’s announcement here.
Many are concerned about the public safety and environmental costs of oil trains due to the recent uptick in derailments and explosions that have caused deaths and toxic spills across the United States and Canada. A New York times article earlier this year brought attention to these dangers to communities and the environment. The current proposal in Grays Harbor would include the export of Bakken crude from North Dakota as well as tar sands oil from Canada. According to the Washington Environmental Council, Bakken is “highly volatile, the train cars being used are old and unsafe, and a safe way to transport it has yet to be found”. The proposals for facilities in Grays Harbor would increase the transport of crude by rail through the state- from Spokane to Hoquiam.
Want to take action?
Citizens for a Clean Harbor is raising local voices against these proposals.
Sierra Club has provided a script addressed to Dept of Ecology which you can personalize.
To submit an original comment go here.
We launched a survey this week to document the recreational use of Washington’s coast, which will help determine its value to the state’s economy.