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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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September 5, 2017

International Coastal Cleanup September 16th

Get warmed up for the Clean Water Classic by joining your local chapter at one of the several cleanups happening in coordination with Washington CoastSavers for the September 16th International Coastal Cleanup. Surfrider chapter’s have committed to helping with the cleanups and by providing food for volunteers at Hobuck, Westport, and in the La Push area. Contact your local chapter for specifics and carpool options. 
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August 25, 2017

World Class Ocean Exploration Happening Off the Washington Coast – Live Interactive Event Monday at Grays Harbor College

The Nautilus EV is currently exploring the sea-floor off the Washington Coast. It is the second year in a row that this cutting edge research has ventured into the depths of our coastline. Many of these areas are still mysterious and not well known. What truly makes this effort stand out from others is how open and interactive it is. The Nautilus is set up with all the high tech bells and whistles available today, most notably, the technology that allows their crew to broadcast their exploration live. Even better, they have experts on hand that describe what they’re seeing and even answer questions that are posed by viewers.

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August 24, 2017

Clean Water Classic Registration Opens Monday, August 28th

Registration for the 16th annual Clean Water Classic will open Monday, August 28th at 9am. Contestants will be available to signup for their preferred division on the events website and Facebook page. Entry to each division will be $35 (plus processing) and does include a Surfrider membership. Act fast before all the divisions fill up!
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August 23, 2017

Massive Net Pen Aquaculture Expansion in the Strait? A Disaster Waiting to Happen…

Did you know there is currently Atlantic Salmon being raised in net pens within the Harbor in Port Angeles? The company that owns this operation is claiming that they’re getting squeezed out, and proposes a major expansion and relocation just offshore of Green Point. This issue is moving fast, and comments are still being accepted by the Clallam County. It’s also worth noting the company that is proposing this project also owns the facility off Cypress Island that broke apart this past weekend, releasing thousands of non-native Atlantic Salmon into the Salish Sea.
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August 15, 2017

The More You NOAA: Spotlight on a few of the Programs that Enhance our Coastal Quality of Life

On the heels of Pete Stauffer’s recent coastal blog post highlighting the national view of the NOAA budget process currently being considered in Congress, we’re taking a deeper dive into the waters of Washington State to get a clearer sense of the importance of NOAA programs to the state’s communities and quality of life.
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