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Governor Jay Inslee signs legislation to establish the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council under the executive office of the governor
The ocean is a tremendously busy place, and as it gets busier, managing the resources and uses of the ocean will become more and more complex. Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a process of mapping those uses in order to provide planners and decision makers the information they need to make wise decisions when managing resources or considering new uses.
More information about MSP can be found here:
This month, coastal Marine Resource Committees (MRCs) will be hosting a series of workshops to educate the public and solicit feedback regarding MSP. This is a tremendous opportunity for coastal communities to get a better understanding of MSP, and also to meet members of their respective MRCs.
If you have any interest in MSP, or just want to meet your local MRC, please attend one of these workshops, and spread the word to others who may be interested. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Here are the times and locations:
Tuesday, April 9th – 6:00 – 7:30
Willapa Harbor Community Center
916 West First Street, South Bend, WA
Wednesday, April 10th – 6:00 -7:30
Ilwaco Community Building
158 First Avenue North, Ilwaco, WA
Grays Harbor County
Tuesday, April 16th – 5:30 -7:30
Rotary Log Pavilion
1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen, WA
North Coast Counties
Thursday, April 18th – 5:30 – 7:30
Olympic Natural Resource Center
1455 S. Forks Avenue, Forks, WA
Monday, April 22nd – 5:00 – 7:00
4188 W SR4, Rosburg, WA
- NOAA remains the best source for information about Japan tsunami marine debris including modeling, protocols to follow for handling marine debris and frequently asked questions. Go to http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/
- NOAA is actively collecting information about tsunami debris and asks the public to report debris sightings to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov. Please include the time, date, location and photos, if possible.
- Joint states tsunami debris information website: http://disasterdebris.wordpress.com/
- Washington Emergency Management Division: http://www.emd.wa.gov/index.shtml Washington Department of Health: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse/FukushimaUpdate/TsunamiDebrisFAQ.aspx
- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/tsunami/
- Washington Department of Ecology: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html
- Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission: http://www.parks.wa.gov/
- Washington State Invasive Species Council: www.invasivespecies.wa.gov
- Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs: http://www-stage.capaa.wa.gov/news/index.shtml
Preliminary planning to export crude oil from the Port of Grays Harbor has begun. Last week, a public hearing was held in Aberdeen, and after a brief presentation from Gary Nelson, executive director for the Port of Grays Harbor, questions were opened to the public. Concerned citizens asked about the ability of the rail system to handle the additional burden, the impact to traffic in Aberdeen, noise of operations, what refineries the crude is going to, and, of course, the risk of oil spills in the harbor. The crowd also made it clear to Port officials that they want more public hearings on the topic.
Citizens for a Clean Harbor will be hosting a public meeting to discuss crude by rail at the Hoquiam High School Commons, Wednesday, February 13th at 6:30PM. Please attend if you’re concerned about this! https://www.facebook.com/events/204882579654922/
After an extended hiatus, Surfrider Foundation’s outer coast blog has returned, with a new address and a new look. Take note of the new blog address: http://surfriderwashingtoncoast.blogspot.com/
This blog is part of the Surfrider Foundation’s efforts to inform public knowledge and engagement of issues that affect ocean health and coastal communities of Washington State’s Pacific coast.
Visit this page for information on Marine Resource Committees, the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council, Marine Spatial Planning, beach cleanups, public hearings, and more!