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January 28, 2016

South Sound Members Voice Concern Over Proposed Methanol Plant

Joining upwards of two thousand people, South Sound Chapter volunteers publicly addressed their concerns about a proposed methanol plant at a recent public hearing in the city of Tacoma. The plant, proposed to be located in the Port of Tacoma and built by Northwest Innovation Works LLC (NWIW), would use natural gas to convert to methanol to be shipped to China to be used in the construction of plastics. The chapter voiced several concerns from extensive water usage, risk of water contamination, and threats to Commencement Bay from shipping a highly flammable substance.
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January 6, 2016

Hundreds Attend Vancouver Oil Terminal Hearing, Make YOUR Voice heard Today!

Tesoro-Savage has proposed to build the largest oil terminal in the nation within the City of Vancouver, right on the unstable banks of the Columbia River. There is an open public comment period happening right now until Jan 22nd, please participate in our action alert today to make YOUR voice heard on this important issue.
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December 8, 2015

OPC Member Recognized in Surfrider Coastal Blog

Our Surfrider activists in Washington commit hours of time to helping protect our oceans, waves and beaches. One such activist, McKenna Thompson from the Olympic Peninsula Chapter, was featured in a story on Surfrider’s Coastal Blog describing her work with the chapter and how the Surfrider network in Washington has helped grow a successful water quality testing program on the peninsula. See the full story by clicking on more details link or visit the blog post on our national page. 
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December 7, 2015

WCMAC to Meet Wednesday in Aberdeen to Further Work on Marine Spatial Plan

The Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) will hold their next meeting this Wednesday (12/9) at the Port of Grays Harbor to further develop the state’s marine spatial plan. Significant progress has been made over the past year and the advisory council is getting into the meat of the planning process with a draft plan and maps expected for public review in the near future. Now is a good time to plug in if you are interested in helping to shape the future of Washington’s nearshore waters.
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December 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Columbia River vs. Big Oil, Showdown in Vancouver

Tesoro Savage has proposed to develop the largest oil terminal in North America on the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver. If built, this facility would handle 360,000 barrels of crude oil per day, arriving via 4 trains (each train over 1 mile long) per day, and leaving via one large tanker vessel per day down the Columbia and onto the Pacific Ocean. This massive volume of oil is approximately half the volume of the Keystone XL pipeline that received huge opposition, the methods of transport for this proposal are far more dangerous, and put the ecologically important & recreationally significant corners of SW Washington and NW Oregon in jeopardy. We have the opportunity right now to convince the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) and Governor Jay Inslee that this proposed project should be denied, but we need YOU to make your voice heard…
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December 1, 2015

Tacoma Considers Reusable Bag Initiative

Over the past few years the South Sound Chapter has been advocating for the city of Tacoma to adopt a reusable bag initiative due to the impact plastics have on our waterways and marine life. Their efforts are now at a crucial point as the city is seeking feedback on such an initiative. Please submit your comments through this link telling the city you support a reusable bag initiative in Tacoma. For background on the issue and talking points, follow the more details link for a letter submitted to the city council courtesy of former South Sound Chapter Chair Ken Campbell and the Tacoma Sustainability Commission.
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November 24, 2015

Thank You Surfrider Supporters!!

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on the previous year and give thanks to those who have supported you. At Surfrider we value the contributions that our members provide daily advocating for our cause. Thank you for everything you do from all the Surfrider staff around the country and have a happy start to the festive holiday season!

Thank You From Our Staff from Surfrider Foundation on Vimeo.

November 23, 2015

Coastal Erosion, Flooding, and Sea Level Rise Science Forum

The Grays Harbor County Marine Resources Committee hosted a science forum at Grays Harbor Community College on Tuesday, November 17th.  It turned out to be one of the worst days of weather we’ve seen this year, but that didn’t stop 50+ people from attending!
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November 13, 2015

Marine Spatial Planning Featured in New Surfrider Journal

If you are a Surfrider member who’s membership or donations are $50 or more annually then you have probably received the new Surfrider hard copy journal The Drop in the mail. The document contains information on what’s happening on a large scale with Surfrider, as well as regional updates from field staff throughout the United States. If you are currently not a member please sign-up so you can receive The Drop, support Surfrider’s mission, and be part of a network of activists working for our oceans and beaches. Below is an update on marine spatial planning (MSP) featured recently in The Drop.
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October 30, 2015

Sea Level Rise, Coastal Flooding, and Coastal Erosion Workshop November 17th, 6-8pm

The public is invited to the science forum “Changing Shorelines” on Tuesday November 17th to learn about coastal hazards in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.  Top scientists will present recent studies about coastal erosion, flooding, and sea-level rise, and will bring in specific discussion of what this means for coastal Washington. This free and educational event is hosted by the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee and will allow participants to interact with scientists, learn about shoreline science, and leave with a better understanding about coastlines.  Light dinner will be provided.
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