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Our monthly chapter meeting happening Tuesday, September 15th at 6:45 at Stoup Brewing in Ballard will feature Cari Simson who will discuss a rain garden install opportunity for volunteers. Our chapter has been involved with this process for over two years and we are excited to see it come to fruition! Other items include the International Coastal Cleanup and Clean Water Classic. For more info, click here for our recent newsletter.
Let’s not mince words. Transporting crude oil by marine vessel or railroad is a risky business, and one in which accidents are commonplace. In 2013, a train carrying crude oil through Quebec derailed, rolled down a hill and exploded, leaving 47 people dead and a town largely destroyed. That same year, approximately 1.6 million gallons of crude oil were spilled into the environment via train derailments in Alabama and North Dakota (Dokouphil,T., 2015). Though the volume of oil spilled in 2014 was reduced to less than 2 tank cars worth of oil (according to Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration), the frequency of train-related “unintentional releases” increased to a shocking 141 spills compared to the yearly averages from 1975-2012 of about 25 spills (Dokouphil,T., 2015).
In 2014, a train carrying 100 cars of crude oil also derailed beneath the Magnolia Bridge right here in Seattle, and though no spills were reported in relation to this derailment (Mapes, 2014), the risk is obvious and already in our backyard. The question is: How is Washington State addressing these concerns, and what can citizens do to get involved? House Bill 1449 has recently been passed but new oil terminal proposals in Grays Harbor are open for public comment – read further to find out more.
August chapter meeting is coming right up- Tuesday, August 18th- details in the recent newsletter. Did you know? The newsletter comes monthly and has all the details to keep you in the know about what’s going on and where to be. Sign up on the right hand side of the website to make sure it’s coming to your inbox!
As an aspiring marine biologist my decision to intern at the Surfrider Foundation was an easy one. With chapters spread nationally and internationally, the programs and campaigns that different regions focus on varies in order to cater to their specific environmental needs. But the true mission that unites the Seattle Chapter is to protect the Puget Sound.
The anticipated annual Beach Rescue sponsored by Barefoot Wine is this Saturday, August 8. This year we will again be in Kirkland at Juanita Beach Park, 9-11 AM. Look for the blue Surfrider tent. It is always a blast, with a 21+ gathering from 11-1 at Juanita Pub afterwards– appetizers and refreshments provided. Though the post-cleanup is adults only for this event, we welcome people of all ages to join us to clean those beaches! Should you have a personal watercraft like SUP or kayak, you can clean from the water as well.
Our monthly public chapter meeting is tomorrow night, Tuesday the 21st, starting at 6:45 at Stoup Brewing. It’s gonna be a light agenda discussing recent and upcoming events followed by a social hour so come share some good summer stories with good company tomorrow night! Below is a link to our recent newsletter with more information. http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=02aa518a8600689dacff54ef9&id=297400589d&e=5c567525e4
Surfrider Team has been very active these past few weekends at the Alki Beach Volleyball Tournaments that are hosted by AVA (Alki Volleyball Association). Helping to Auction off a bike on the 4th of July was just part of the fun recently as interns Kiley, Chaewoo and Nick worked along side Hold On To Your Butts program manager Barbie Clabots.
On May 28th 2015, the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners approved a citywide ordinance calling for all parks to be smoke free. A prior ruling back in 2010 prohibited the use of cigarettes on city beaches and within 25 feet of other park users. The current ordinance calls for parks to be completely free from cigarette use, not dependent on the presence of other park patrons. The ruling is set to go into effect on July 6th.