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May 9, 2014

WA Coastal Recreation Use Survey launches

Can we protect our favorite beaches for future generations? Yes, we can! Today marks the launch of our Recreational Use Survey and we couldn’t be more excited to share this opportunity to shape our shorelines with you.

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The goal of this survey is to find the dollar value of coastal recreation to our state as well as document prominent locations of coastal recreation; this spatial data is needed as Washington state, coastal tribal nations, and collaborating federal agencies move forward with a process called marine spatial planning. A similar study by Surfrider Foundation in Oregon found that four million permanent residents take 27 million individual trips to the coast annually and spend about $2.4 billion on the Oregon coast. This is impressive data that gives recreation a voice in coastal planning, but to gather that information we need your help. This survey is for all of Washington’s coastal beach-goers- paddlers, surfers, divers, sand-castle builders- if you enjoy the beaches here, then we want you to take the survey HERE.

FAQ? Get more info under our Rec-Use tab.

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