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January 26, 2017

Care For The Cove Presentation February 2nd

The Westport area provides some of the most accessible beach access and consistent surf on the Washington coast. With Westhaven State Park on one side of the community and “the groins” on the other, there are different spots to beach walk, take in the view, and of course surf based on swell, wind, and other environmental factors. Not too long ago “The Cove” (or Half Moon Bay as it’s also called) would break fairly consistently and provided another location in the Westport area. However, in recent years that break has not worked near as well as it did in the past impacting recreation while also losing a critical sediment barrier protecting downtown Westport. 
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January 19, 2017

Environmental Priorities Coalition Announces Top 3 Issues for Olympia in 2017

The State Legislative Session kicked off last week in Olympia – and it’s set to be a long one of at least 105 days. With major state budget fights ahead, many are predicting it will go much longer.
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January 17, 2017

South Sound Chapter Continues Monthly Beach Cleanups

For over three years the South Sound chapter, based out of Tacoma, has hosted regular monthly beach cleanups. After learning about the success of other chapters utilizing regular cleanups to grow their numbers, increase volunteer opportunities, and to get trash off of local beaches, the chapter has ran and continues to run a successful program in the South Sound.
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January 17, 2017

WA Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Ocean & Coastal Resources over Oil Terminal Development

Last week, in a unanimous ruling from the Washington Supreme Court, the Quinault Indian Nation, Citizens for a Clean Harbor, Sierra Club and Grays Harbor Audubon were victorious in their legal challenge in arguing that Washington’s Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA) should be applied in the review process of coastal oil terminal development within Grays Harbor. 
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January 11, 2017

Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Expansion: Victory for NWS Chapter!

The Northwest Straits Chapter in Bellingham is celebrating the recent news from Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the recent decision to expand the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve to help preserve this special place, it’s ecology and public access for the future.
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December 31, 2016

2016 Washington Surfrider Year in Review

2016 was a banner year for Surfrider Foundation in Washington! With a number of significant coastal victories achieved throughout the state, and capacity built within our chapters for battles ahead, we are fired up to continue raising the bar as we ring in 2017!! 
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December 21, 2016

2016 Surfrider Leadership Academy Recap

Earlier this month, the Surfrider Leadership Academy convened in Ocean Shores for the group’s third and final retreat. They applied their improved leadership skill set by giving a presentation to a small group about the complexities of making sustainable locally caught seafood available to coastal communities and visitors. It was an issue that the group identified as important to the health of coastal communities and our marine resources. They decided to investigate the issue further as a group project and spent several months engaging their network to better understand the challenges and opportunities.
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December 7, 2016

Welcome New Chapter Chair Johannes Ariens!

Johannes is a native Pacific North Westerner who has come to the Seattle Chapter by way of the Olympic Peninsula.  Now a long time Seattle resident, he spends a significant amount of time recreating on the Washington coast as well as our many inland waterways and mountains.  As a long time member of the Surfrider Foundation, Johannes has been quietly advocating for the protection of our waterways and sees this effort as a critical component to the continued economic growth and ecological health of our region. 
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November 29, 2016

Don’t sh*t where you eat my friends

This past summer the Washington Department of Ecology proposed a federal No Discharge Zone (NDZ) for Puget Sound to protect our waterways from pathogens and bacteria like fecal coliform that exceed water quality standards and threaten human health and sensitive habitat. A NDZ prohibits discharge of all treated or untreated vessel sewage from all vessels in the Sound. More info and ways to lend your support included below.
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November 14, 2016

Grays Harbor County Speaker Series: Oyster Growing

The Grays Harbor County Marine Resources Committee is offering a free educational evening at Grays Harbor College tomorrow (11/15) from 6-8pm.  Several industry experts will talk about the oyster growing business, how it benefits the community, what types of monitoring efforts are done to keep the delicious seafood safe, and future challenges for oyster growers.
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