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A team of UW student volunteers- Annalee Capellano, Rebeca Zhu Cao, and Corina Yballa have been documenting cigarette litter on campus as part of the Seattle Surfrider’s Hold On To Your Butts program. Their research shows how designated smoking areas lack signs and lack effective cigarette receptacles that could greatly reduce the amount of toxic litter currently piling up around campus. Check it out here: http://cigarette-litter-of-seattle.silk.co/
Our January 2016 newsletter went out today, did you see it? You can find it online here.
Our next chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19th at 6:45 at Stoup Brewing located in Ballard at 1108 NW 52nd St. Head straight up the stairs to the private room, and please don’t bring any drinks up. We will hear from Kiley Sullivan and Nick Schippers about the results of their research for Hold On To Your Butts and their capstone projects for University of Washington.
Seattle Surfrider had a great 2015, and we just want to send a shout out and THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the awesome successes of the Hold On To Your Butt program! In 2014, we donated 2 cigarette cans to Alki Beach through Seattle Parks, and sold only 1 cigarette can, so the numbers below show significant growth.
On Monday, December 7th, Seattle Surfrider’s summer interns Nick Schippers and Kiley Sullivan will present their capstone research projects for UW’s Program on the Environment. Nick will present at 3:55PM and Kiley at 4:05PM in the Fisheries Auditorium (Room 102). The capstone projects are a collaboration between UW students, faculty, and a local organization. The event is free and open to the public; the full schedule and driving directions are here. Hope to see you there!
The Hold On To Your Butt outreach team has been very busy this year! With an initial goal of installing 20 cigarette canisters around Seattle in 2015, the team has surpassed expectations and recently handed out their 27th can! The program encompasses education and outreach with the public with the ultimate goal of preventing cigarette butt litter from reaching local beaches, parks, and waterways. To achieve this goal, volunteers have been out and about the city to encourage installation of functional cigarette canisters.
- Mike McCann from the Snowrider Project will relay ways to get involved with spreading the cleanwater love to the frozen kind…
- We’ll discuss the major events of the past month, including the new Rain Garden Installation in East Ballard and the Clean Water Classic.
Head straight up the stairs, or come early for a happy hour beverage, but please don’t bring any drinks up there from the bar – we have growlers to share.
When: October 20, 6:45-8PM
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.