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February 6, 2018

Washington Local, State, Tribal & Fishing Leaders Unite to Speak in Opposition to Offshore Drilling

Yesterday, Surfrider Foundation and our partners from Resource Media organized a press conference, held in Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s office, to send the message that our coastal communities, our jobs and livelihoods, our Washington way of life, and clean water are put unnecessarily at risk by the dirty offshore drilling proposal put forward by the Trump Administration.

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February 5, 2018


We learned today that the venue where the offshore drilling Public Meeting, press conference and Day of Action were to be held tomorrow, February 5th, has regrettably cancelled all events in that space. This means the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Public Meeting will no longer take place tomorrow.
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January 31, 2018

Offshore Oil Public Meeting and People’s Hearing Announcement

By now you are probably aware of the dangerous proposal from the Trump administration to open up over 90% of the nation’s coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling. There will be one presentation in Washington, February 5th, from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on this proposal. Follow the link below for more information on the day, ways to make your voice heard, and contact information to get involved. Make plans to attend on Monday for a strong showing that says no to drilling off our coast. 
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January 29, 2018

Pacific County’s Shoreline Master Plan – An Interview with Kelly Rupp, Part 2

This post is the second part of our interview with Kelly Rupp regarding the Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) update process in Pacific County. For more background, see the first post as well as our earlier intro to SMPs. And now we’ll pick up right where we left off…
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January 23, 2018

Pacific County’s Shoreline Master Plan – An Interview with Kelly Rupp, Part 1

Pacific County recently finished upatding their Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) and received the necessary approvals from the Department of Ecology, which is a big achievement culminating a nearly three-year effort. The previous plan was approved in 2001 and was in need of a broad rewrite to reflect new science and evolving community sensitivities to the importance of shoreline protections. It can be challenging to get excited about SMPs but they are a very important tool that allows for smart and strategic development while protecting critical shoreline resources, encompassing policies and direction for permitted actions and uses in streams and ocean areas under shoreline jurisdiction. For a deeper dive into the nuts and bolts these plans, see our previous blog post on SMPs.
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January 21, 2018

Washington Register’s It’s First Ocean Friendly Restaurant

Surfrider volunteers are constantly giving their time to improve beach access, water-quality, and reduce the unsightly and harmful garbage we find on our beaches. A relatively new program to the Surfrider network, Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR), looks to reduce pollution, such as single-use plastics, at the source before they meet the waste stream. The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean. 
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January 11, 2018

Trump Administration Announces Plans To Open Washington Coast To Offshore Drilling, It’s Time to #DefendOurCoast

Last week, the Trump administration announced plans to expand offshore drilling on over 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf along America’s coastline, including our wild and rugged Washington Coast. This new drilling puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill. Included in this post are an array of actions that can be taken in the near future to speak up and help #DefendOurCoast.
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January 10, 2018

Atlantic Salmon Net Pens in Washington Need to be Phased Out

Since August—when over 160,000 non-native salmon escaped into Puget Sound— there has been an outcry of public concern over the threat Atlantic salmon net pens pose to our already struggling wild fish populations and the complex ecosystems they rely on and support.
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January 8, 2018

2018 Washington Legislative Session Begins, Will There be Coastal Victories?

This week, State Legislators convened in Olympia for the start of the 2018 legislative session. Being an even numbered year, this will be the short 60 day session, rather than the 105 day session of odd numbered years. There are a number of important issues that will be considered, including several bills that are important for our ocean, waves and beaches as well as the Washington Environmental Priorities Coalition. Below is a run down on a few of the issues, and ways to help you as a citizen find your voice in the important legislative process. 
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December 22, 2017

2017 Annual Recap: Solid Victories, Leadership Development, and Campaign & Program Advancement

2017 was a banner year for Surfrider Foundation in Washington thanks to the dedication of our chapter leaders. Together, we achieved 5 coastal victories in Washington that resulted in improved access, water quality, and protection of our coastal quality of living. We also saw great progress in some of our long running campaigns and programs, including the Surfrider Leadership Academy on the Washington Coast. Check out some of the highlights, and get fired up for more action in 2018!
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