Had the most amazing tour today by Jim Unzicker, Maintenance Engineer, and Krista Bentow, the Retail Operations Manager, at the Batdorf and Bronson roasting facility. Being a Green Business isn’t new to them; the company received an award for Pollution Prevention & Sustainable Business Practices from the Washington State Governor back in 2002! So, it’s no surprise they easily met the criteria for our Ocean Friendly Restaurants program. We are so excited to welcome you - thank you for being ocean stewards! 👏💙🌊
Support these new Ocean Friendly establishments at Dancing Goats Espresso Bar across from Olympia’s Farmers Market and Batdorf and Bronson Coffeehouse in downtown Oly @batdorfcoffee
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We’re taking advantage of the (sometimes) sunny weather and hosting a Social Paddle with West Bay Paddleboards for our June Meeting! Join us this Wednesday June 27th from 6-8pm at West Bay Paddleboards, who has generously donated two stand-up paddleboard rentals for this event. These free rental boards are first come-first served, so get there on time! Feel free to bring your own board, kayak or canoe, or rent one there. Check out the Facebook event and invite your friends!
Our May chapter meeting will be a Blue Water Task Force training on Wednesday 5/30 at 6pm at Priest Point Park. Blue Water Task Force is Surfrider’s national effort to monitor water quality to keep ocean recreational users safe and healthy!
Meet at Shelter 3 for a BBQ (we’ll provide the goods) and then we’ll begin the training at 7pm. Joining us is Ecology’s BEACH Program specialist Julianne Ruffner, who will lead us through where and how to collect the water sample, and where to drop it off.
Check out our results from last year’s sampling!
In continuation of our celebration of Olympia’s new Ocean Friendly Restaurants, our April public chapter meeting will be a social at 3Mag Pubhouse, one of Olympia’s new OFRs! Join us on Wednesday 4/25 starting at 7pm for tasty brews, awesome food (Wednesday night vegan special!) and fun conversation.
We will once again tackle the trash at the Ocean City Beach Access Area on Saturday April 21st for the annual Washington Coastal Cleanup! Meet us in the parking lot area anytime between 8:30-Noon, and we’ll provide you with trash-pickers, buckets and/or trash bags. Register with the Washington Coastsavers for a head-count. Post-cleanup volunteer BBQ will be at Griffiths-Prida
We are very excited to announce that Olympia’s first Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) is i.talia Pizzaria! To celebrate, we will be holding our March public chapter meeting at i.talia (2505 4th W. Suite 108) on Wednesday March 28th from 7-9pm. Join us to learn more about the OFR program, and for drinks, delicious food and some Surfrider trivia and prizes!
For our February public chapter meeting, we will be screening Shore Stories, a collection of six short films that highlight the grassroots resistance taking place across the US against offshore oil drilling, as well as stories from past oil and gas exploration. Join us this Wednesday 2/28 at 7:30pm at the Puget Sound Estuarium to enjoy these films. We’ll provide the brews and sodas. Open this post for a preview!
The Trump administration has announced plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean. This drastic proposal opens over 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf to new drilling and puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill. There is at least one lease sale proposed for the Washington/Oregon coast. We have ONE opportunity to engage, in person, with staff from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on this important issue. Join us Monday February 5th, from 3-7pm at the Landmark Catering & Convention Center in Tacoma. If you would like to carpool, send us an email. Please share the Facebook event widely to make as much of an impact as possible.
Our January chapter meeting, on Wednesday January 31st from 7-9pm at the Puget Sound Estuarium, will focus on this issue, with Surfrider Washington staff on-hand to talk about the proposed lease sale of our coastal waters for offshore oil drilling. We will be making signs, drafting our public comments and planning logistics for our chapter’s presence at the February 5th Offshore Oil Drilling Public Meeting. Beers and sodas are on us!
We will also be holding an election for our Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program Coordinator position for our Executive Committee (EC). If you are interested in this role, or other roles within our EC, please send us an email!
Join us Wednesday 11/29 at 7pm in the Darby’s area of Three Magnets Brewing for our public chapter meeting. Representative Beth Doglio will be joining us for a Q & A about local legislation that may affect our oceans, waves and beaches! Doglio is serving her first term as a state representative from the 22nd legislative district, and was previously a campaign director at the clean energy non-profit, Climate Solutions.
The Clean Water Classic, Washington’s only pro/am surf competition is coming up September 22nd-24th in Westport, WA! Registration for competitors AND volunteers is now open! It’s a weekend full of sun, surf, raffles and auctions, kids surf camps and parties!
Recently the Capitol Chapter Executive Committee sent letters to Congressman Denny Heck, Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell asking them to uphold important funding programs for federal agencies that directly support beach and ocean health. Check out the letter: