March 30, 2013
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.
Take a moment to sign this online petition!
Take it a step further!
Send your own personalized letter or copy and paste the example template below, personalize it, and email or send it to your legislature. It’s really easy, but makes a big difference when our legislature hear from folks like you!
RE: Maintain funding for Marine Spatial Planning in WashingtonDear ____________, Many of my weekends are spent on Washington’s outer coast enjoying the rich resources of our ocean. Where else can you surf, kayak and fish along such a pristine and spectacular coastline surrounded by the protected wilderness of a National Park? I was shocked when I learned that the ocean does not share the same protections as the shorelines for these special places and that even in the Olympic Coast Sanctuary, we could have wave energy buoys along the same shore as a popular surfing and kayaking area. I am happy to share our marine waters with other uses. However, careful consideration needs to be taken about where new projects, such as ocean energy development, are located and how they impact existing users and the health of our oceans and coast. Please ensure that the State is making informed decisions in order to balances new uses on our coast – maintain $4.2 million from the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account in the 2013-15 biennium for Marine Spatial Planning. Sincerely yours, ___________________
Thanks for your continued effort to help protect the enjoyment of our oceans, waves, and beaches!
Northwest Straits Chapter
Hey Water Recreationists! Don’t want your outdoor experience ruined by coal? Cherry Point needs your help! Sign the petition here!
SSA Marine along with several others are planning to export as much as 48 million tons of coal annually from the Powder River Basin and off our coast to China. Along with increasing global climate change, this proposed project could have extremely negative impacts on our marine environment, human health, traffic, economy, and overall well-being.
What you can do: Please sign our petition today: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG5YOENWN3l4VU9OMW9xUi1fVmtmSGc6MQ, write a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper, participate in the public process, and educate yourself because knowledge is a weapon; read the facts here.
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