Northwest Straits Chapter

Based in Bellingham, WA. We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the worlds oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. We have several projects, events and campaigns, so come get involved!
Larrabee Water Quality Stewards
March 26, 2014

Internship Announcement

Surfrider Water Quality Stewardship Intern Announcement:

NWS Surfrider is looking for motivated interns to help collect water quality samples and educate the public on water quality issues at Larrabee State Park for the summer of 2014. This internship is a great experience for those looking to be outside and learn about marine environmental education, outreach, policy, and science and has a lot of potential to expand to other related Surfrider projects.
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March 20, 2014

Celebrate World Water Day March 22nd

How will you celebrate World Water Day on Saturday, March 22nd this year?
In 1993 the United Nations declared March 22 World Water Day to generate awareness around the importance, care and management of water around the world.
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March 8, 2014

Take Action: Protect Puget Sound from Oil Spills and Derelict Vessels

Please urge your State Senator to pass the Derelict Vessel Responsibility Bill – HB2457!
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OTSA Action
February 16, 2014

Time to Protect WA from Crude Oil Spills Now!

In case you missed our message this week, it is time to TAKE ACTION NOW  on the Oil Transportation Safety Act (OTSA). Please click the link and send a letter to your reps. And then send to your networks. Vote Monday on House floor, this is the time to make it happen.
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February 15, 2014

Free Whatcom Oil Spill Workshop Offered

Curious about oil spill response and preparedness in Washington? Check out this workshop
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February 14, 2014

This Valentine’s Day- Save what you love!

What’s the love of your life? Some of us our inexplicably drawn to the ocean- are you one of these people? This Valentine’s Day, think about giving back to the ocean
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February 13, 2014

Legendary Banked Slalom

Thanks everyone who stopped by our table at the 2014 Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt. Baker Ski Area! It was a fun weekend of sun and snow with interesting spring-like snow conditions. We had fun talking to folks
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February 13, 2014

February Chapter Meeting

Join us between 6-8 PM on Monday the 17th for our February NWS Chapter meeting at Rudy’s Pizzeria. We’ll talk about what’s the latest and  the greastest happenings our chapter’s got going on. We’ll sit down with some pizza and pints to write our legislature on passing the Oil Transportation Safety Act to keep our waterways safer in the event of an oil spill. Don’t know where to start with one of these letters? No worries, we’ll teach you and provide all the materials you’ll need!
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February 5, 2014

Oil Transportation Safety Act

Take Action on the Oil Transportation Safety Act (OSTA) now! In addition to coal export proposals, our state faces many more fossil fuel issues ahead as more crude oil exports are being proposed. The transportation of this crude oil threatens our waterways.
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September 26, 2013

Monthly Meeting

Thank you for visiting Northwest Straits Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation’s website! Below is the latest on our campaigns, events, and other activities. Thanks in advance for supporting our chapter’s efforts to ensure clean water and protection and enjoyment of all the places we love to play.

Join us for our monthly meetings the 4th Monday of every month at 7 PM at Woods Coffee at Boulevard Park. Next meeting is October 28th.
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August 27, 2013

No PNW Coal Exports Campaign

Take a stand against coal exports -

Currently, there are several proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest, all of which pose significant threats to the nearshore marine environment and the places we love to play. Locally in Bellingham, we are faced with SSA Marine’s proposal to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) at Cherry Point.
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Help protect our waterways from catastrophic oil spills today!
April 26, 2013

Marine Spatial Planning


Maintain funding for

Marine Spatial Planning in Washington

Protect what you love!
Your help is needed, please take action

There are several new proposed uses of the ocean – alternative energy projects, oil and coal exports, aquaculture projects and more that are competing for the same space as other uses, such as kayaking, surfing and fishing. New uses may also threaten the health of ocean and coastal resources.

Please take a second to ask your state legislator to secure $4 million in funding to support marine spatial planning on Washington’s Pacific coast for the next two years so that we may protect priority ecological and recreational areas from new conflicting uses.
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