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December 20, 2017

Surfrider Leadership Academy – 2017 Style

You know the saying: Another year, another fantastic Surfrider Leadership Academy! Last week, the 2017 class of the Surfrider Leadership Academy gathered for their final retreat in Port Angeles. This year’s class demonstrated impressive development of their skills and ability to engage their community in the short period of time they were together, culminating in a really interesting group project that is teaming with potential. For this post, we’ll recap the journey this group followed. As a reminder, we shared a blog post recapping the 2016 Leadership Academy which focused largely on Marshall Ganz’s public narrative framework. Take a look if you need a refresher on that aspect of the program as we’ll mostly be focusing on other elements this time around.
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December 15, 2017

Keep Tacoma Feared

Over the last several years, Washington residents have fought tooth and nail against a blitz of coal and oil export proposals in the state. A state that once never seriously exported these dirty and dangerous products was in the bullseye for a major change and massive export. Due to the hundreds of thousands of public comments, public testimonies, letters to the editor, and other grassroots engagement, all of these proposals are on the verge of being prevented. Recognizing the fight never ends, a coalition of partners formed in Tacoma to take the fight to the non-traditional local industry by establishing a network who’s goal would be to prevent any new fossil fuel facilities in the Tacoma Tideflats. 
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December 11, 2017

Take Action to Protect Washington’s Waters from Atlantic Salmon Net Pens

If you read the local news regularly, you’ve probably seen all of the recent attention regarding Atlantic Salmon net pens following the escape of hundreds of thousands of fish from the Cypress Island facility back in August. Below is a short synopsis of the most recent information, locally and statewide in efforts to protect our waters from this threat. 
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December 5, 2017

December King Tides on the Olympic Coast and Strait of Juan De Fuca

Surfrider staff recently had the opportunity to participate in a flight provided by LightHawk to witness the December 4th King Tide along the Olympic Coast and Strait of Juan De Fuca in efforts to raise awareness about future sea level rise and promote coastal adaptation planning. Check out some of the cool pictures of some special places!
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November 27, 2017

Final Recommendations and Decision Expected Soon for Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal in Vancouver

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted about the proposal to build the largest oil terminal in North America within the City of Vancouver and our campaign to Protect the Columbia River. With the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) meeting soon to review the Final Environmental Impact Statement and make their recommendations to Governor Jay Inslee for the final decision, we thought it might be a good time to catch up on this important campaign.
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November 13, 2017

Practical Marine Policy in Tacoma

Update: Final Tacoma City Council vote this Tuesday, November 21st, beginning at 5pm, get more info here. This Tuesday, November 14th, the City Council of Tacoma will be presenting their initial draft regarding regulations to pause expansion of existing fossil fuel operations as well as new fossil fuel developments in the Tacoma Tideflats. The South Sound chapter has been present on this issue, providing written comments and giving public testimony asking the council to act on the recommendations of the city planning commission to issue interim regulations to protect Commencement Bay.
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October 24, 2017

State of Washington Releases Draft Marine Spatial Plan

The Washington Department of Ecology recently released the Draft Marine Spatial Plan for Washington’s Pacific Coast for review and comment by interested parties, agencies, and tribes through December 12, 2017. The draft plan provides information on ocean uses and resources and a framework for evaluating proposed new ocean uses on Washington’s Pacific Coast.
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October 13, 2017

The 2017 Clean Water Classic, One for the History Books

The 2017 Clean Water Classic delivered. It was a total package of fun ranging from the obvious gorgeous weather, to the setting and live bands Saturday night at Loge Camp, and the obvious festivities at the beach with DJ Joshua James spinning for hours on end. With almost 130 contestants and even more volunteers, spectators, and sponsors at the jetty it was a weekend all seemed to enjoy. For a look back, be sure to check out this stunning video recap from Garret and the crew at Northfork Media and read on to see a few more pics and links to the weekend stories. 
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October 7, 2017

Port of Grays Harbor Concludes that Crude Oil Terminals are Not The Answer for Washington Coast

As a state with 5 refineries within the estuarine waters of the Salish Sea, Washington is continually under threat from a catastrophic oil spill along our coastlines and in our watersheds.
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October 6, 2017

Chapter Leaders Attend Surfrider West Coast Conference

All five Washington chapters were represented at the Surfrider West Coast Leadership Conference which took place September 29th to October 1st in Marin County, CA. With a contingent of some of our strongest and most active chapter leaders gaining new knowledge and tools to advance our mission, the Surfrider WA network will be even more adept to tackle ocean and beach issues in our state. 
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