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July 10, 2017

Marine Renewable Energy Seminar Series

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant, and the Skagit, Jefferson, and North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committees are hosting a seminar series around North Puget Sound and the outer coast focused on marine renewable energy in August.
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July 6, 2017

Taking the Advisory Signs Down at Larrabee State Park

There are plenty of stories from Surfrider’s 20-plus year history of running a volunteer water testing program of chapters asking for signs to be posted at the beach to warn the bathing public when new pollution issues are discovered.   It’s not so common, however, for a chapter to be able to achieve an end result and be able to successfully report that the local sources of pollution have been identified, fixed, and water quality conditions improved…..And thus witness the removal of an advisory sign.  
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June 26, 2017

Tacoma Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance Effective July 12th

The South Sound chapter based in Tacoma, WA worked effectively with community members, organizations, and the city on researching, developing, and passing the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance on July 12th, 2016. As per city rules and the makeup of the ordinance, it required one year for implementation. That time has come and the South Sound chapter is once again working with the city to assist with the rollout of the new policy.
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May 25, 2017

A Budget Proposal That Would Trash Our Oceans

The Trump administration released their proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 earlier this week and it isn’t pretty. Numerous programs have been targeted for elimination and others would see steep cuts if the budget were adopted. It is apparent that protecting water quality, coastal communities, ocean health and funding science to better understand our aquatic ecosystems and climate is not a priority.
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May 18, 2017

Surfrider WA Goes to Washington

Chapter members from the Northwest Straits, Olympic Peninsula, and South Sound chapters took part in a day on the Hill discussing key environmental policies and programs with the Washington congressional delegation. In coordination with the bi-annual Blue Vision Summit, there was a wave of ocean advocates in D.C. advocating for adequate resources for our oceans and coastlines. 
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May 16, 2017

Washington Surfrider Chapters Launch Citizen Science Partnership with Dept. of Natural Resources for Ocean Acidification Monitoring

The Northwest Straits, South Sound, and Capitol Chapters recently launched a partnership with the Aquatic Assessment & Monitoring Team (AAMT) at the Washington Department of Natural Resources to serve as Site Guardians for ocean acidification monitoring stations. This collaborative effort is a hands on way for citizen scientists to get actively involved in some of the research happening within their local waters. 
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April 28, 2017

A Quick Intro to Washington’s Shoreline Master Program

Perhaps you’ve heard someone talk about Shoreline Master Plans, or the Shoreline Master Program (SMPs). And you’ve probably thought that shoreline planning sounds like a good idea, but what is it? In Washington State, any county or city that has a shoreline is required by state law to develop a plan to manage those shorelines in order to preserve ecological functions, offer public access, and ensure businesses that require water access aren’t squeezed out. Over the last decade all counties and municipalities in Washington State have been required to update their plans.
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April 27, 2017

Welcome to Erin Dilworth, New Capitol Chapter Chair!

A big thanks and welcome to Erin Dilworth who has taken the lead of the Capitol chapter committing to serving as the new Chair. Erin previously served as the Volunteer Coordinator of this growing chapter, helping place volunteers in roles associated with water monitoring and beach cleanups. Get her bio in the “more details link” and big thanks to Kendall Farely for running the show the past two years! 
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April 26, 2017

Highlighting the Important Work of Washington Sea Grant

It’s hard to believe that eighty percent of Washington residents live along our 3,000-mile coastline (outer coast, Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands, and Puget Sound) as we often take for granted the dependence we have on our healthy, productive marine and watershed ecosystems. For nearly 50 years, Washington Sea Grant has helped people understand, conserve and prosper from our state’s rich marine resources.
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April 19, 2017

Marine Spatial Plan Presentation in Port Angeles evening of May 4th

A presentation on the Washington Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) and question and answer panel discussion with stakeholder representatives will be the focus of an event on May 4th hosted by Surfrider Foundation and the NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
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