Can we protect our favorite beaches for future generations? Yes, we can!┬áToday 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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Photo credit: Mike Coverdale

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.┬áThis 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.