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:
Interested in water quality? Or if your favorite local swimming/boarding/boating spots are safe? Join us this Wednesday 7/26 at 6pm (new time!) at West Bay Park for our July Chapter Meeting. We will be leading a group training for our Blue Water Task Force. Once you’re trained, you can grab water samples and help our community stay healthy!
Summer is finally here! To celebrate, our June chapter meeting will be a Social Paddle on Wednesday June 28th from 6-8pm with West Bay Paddleboards! Meet us at their shop (2100 West Bay Drive NW; Olympia, WA 98502) rent a board for $20 or bring your own board, kayak or canoe. All ages and abilities welcome.We will provide the libations 🍻 This is a great opportunity to support a local recreation business!
Basic watershed science tells us that everything in a basin will flow to its lowest point. That means all the trash we see on the banks of Budd Inlet will eventually end up in the water. That’s why we are hosting a beach cleanup along East Bay Drive for our May public meeting! Meet us at 7pm at East Bay Plaza (corner of Olympia Ave NE & Marine Drive NE). Bring some gloves, we’ll provide trash pickers and bags, all ages welcome.
Join us this coming Wednesday April 26th at 7pm at the South Sound Estuary Association (aka Estuarium) for our public chapter meeting. DNR Aquatics staff will be joining us to show us how they map the paths of pollution from outfalls in Puget Sound. And as always, we’ll provide the beverages!
Chapter Meeting this week, Wednesday March 29th at 7:00 pm at the South Sound Estuary Association (aka the Estuarium). We’ll be joined by Environmental Planner Kirsten Feifel, who will give us the low-down on ocean acidification, and how grassroots organizations like the Surfrider Foundation, and volunteers like you, can help monitor ocean trends!
We’ll also be holding elections for Chair and Secretary of the Executive Committee. Send us an email at email@example.com if you’re interested!
Oh, and we’ll supply the beverages, cheers!