The chapter launched this campaign to protect their prized Commencement Bay and associated marine environment. Running the list of grassroots tasks to raise awareness and gain support, they not only worked toward a significant policy advancement, but also grew their numbers and stature in the community. Down the stretch the chapter did not let up, continually appearing and providing public comment at community forums, Tacoma City Council subcommittee meetings, and the two council meetings where the ordinance was discussed.
The council meeting where the vote was taken was filled with twist and turns. Ken Campbell, former South Sound Chapter Chair and Director of the Ikkatsu Project, recently wrote a summary of the evening that well depicts the closeness of the vote despite the final total being 8-1. When a substitute ordinance looking to not eliminate plastic bags but instead place a 5 cent fee on them was introduced it looked to have the votes despite a large majority of public speakers supporting the original ordinance. However, following a second wave of public comment the substitute was voted down 5-4 and the original prevailed by an 8-1 vote.
The South Sound chapter would like to thank everyone for their commitment to this campaign. The chapter not only was successful in the end with the passage of the legislation, but also saw its numbers and notoriety in the community grow. With monthly beach cleanups, water quality testing, and new programs ready to take off it’s a perfect time to get involved with the crew in the Tacoma area. Please contact the chapter or visit their website for more information on ways you can protect and enjoy your favorite beach in the south Puget Sound.