Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hands Across The Sands


This year we will meet up at the Jetty at Ocean Shores.
The Jetty is located at the south end of Ocean Shores Boulevard SW. Parking is limited, so we can meet at the Convention Center at 11am, and carpool down to the Jetty.
At Noon, we join hands for photos.
People around the globe will link hands at Noon in their time zones to say
"No! to dirty Fossil Fuels and Yes! to clean energy."

Here are some pictures from Westport, 2016





Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Grays Harbor County Coastal Futures Workshop

Hello Grays Harbor Co. Stakeholders,

Please save a date for April 18th 4-7pm at Grays Harbor College for the next in person workshop. A detailed agenda will follow, but for now we will plan to review the modeling progress we’ve made since we last met in June, including a walk through the initial scenario results.

Next Workshop:
Grays Harbor County Coastal Futures - Initial Results Meeting 
Date - April 18, 2017
Time - 4-7pm
Location - Grays Harbor College, Room 4134 
Light refreshments provided
Agenda to follow

Questionnaire:
Also, thank you to everyone who participated in the coastal development and planning questionnaire.  We will be following up with those of you who volunteered to participate in the Coastal Development and Planning work group to review the survey results (anonymous) and make decisions on how we will move forward on a few last details.  

We are looking forward to seeing you in April.

Best,
John and the CIRC team
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John Stevenson
Regional Extension Climate Specialist
PNW Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)
Oregon Sea Grant Extension
Twitter: @CIRC_Extension


Friday, April 7, 2017

April Calendar



We have a lot Events packed into the next weeks, here's a handy list with links.
Solutionary Rail April 20, 6pm at The Furford Center, 104 So Chehalis Street in Aberdeen (Entrance is at the rear of the building) 
Solutionary Rail is a Just Transition proposal for a green energy future, uniting diverse stakeholders, powering trains with clean renewable energy, and using railroad rights of way for high voltage transmission of wind and solar power. Learn more about this visionary yet do-able plan to decarbonize our transportation and energy infrastructure at solutionaryrail.org/summary.



Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock April 25, 7pm at Events on Emerson, 4th and Emerson Street, Hoquiam (Free to the public, donations happily accepted for the Indigenous Media Fund and Pipeline Fighters Fund.)
In 2016, Standing Rock, North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. Josh Fox James Spione Myron Dewey Digital Smoke Signals are honored to present a new documentary 'AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock,' which captures some of the many stories of the Native-led resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which forever changed the way people approach the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and the resistance to fossil fuel infrastructure, Big Oil and climate change.

Science Event at Grays Harbor College





The People's Climate March for Climate, Jobs, & Justice April 29, 1pm Zelasko Park, between Heron & Wishkah at F Street, Aberdeen. 
This is a sister march in solidarity with the Washington DC March.
Join our 4th annual rally at Zelasko Park for music, Solar and Wind displays and speakers. Then we will gather tamborines, cowbells, drums, kazoos & train whistles as our People's Marching Band travels along Heron, cross to Wishkah and return to the rally. Free & Kid friendly! 
email Tammy for more info and Art Build times. cleangraysharbor@gmail.com



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Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium at Evergreen Longhouse May 4-5, 10am, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia.
The 2nd annual Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 in The Evergreen State College's Longhouse Education and Cultural Center. This year the Symposium theme is “A Time for Gathering.” The event is free and open to the public.

May 5-7, Hoquiam. After all that, you deserve to see what we are fighting to protect, so head over to Bowerman Basin and walk the Sandpiper trail at Grays Harbor Shorebirds and Nature Festival.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Supreme Court finds in favor of ORMA- Major Win!


Quinault Indian Nation via QIN Environmental Defense
WA Supreme Court Decision Blocks Remaining Grays Harbor Crude-by-Rail Terminal:
State high court justices rule protections in vital coastal resources law applies
Olympia, WA—Today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled a state law that protects coastal resources applies to crude oil export projects proposed in Grays Harbor. The decision will block the last proposed crude-by-rail terminal in Hoquiam, a project that planned to move millions of gallons of crude oil out of Grays Harbor and through Washington’s open ocean every year.
“The Quinault Indian Nation joins all of Grays Harbor in celebrating today’s monumental victory to keep crude oil out of our shared waters and ancestral territory,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation. “Like so many of our neighbors across the county, we envision a healthy and pristine natural environment and a thriving, clean, and sustainable economy. After four very long years of fighting for those basic ideals, today’s decision is a significant step toward achieving our collective vision.”
The state high court justices overturned a lower court ruling that the Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA) did not apply to oil shipping terminals. The Court held:
“ORMA is designed to address environmental threats to our coastal waters and specifically addresses the threats posed by increased expansion of the fossil fuel industry along the Pacific Coast. … The language of the statute indicates that the legislature intended it to combat current environmental dangers and to preemptively protect the coastline from future environmental risks.”
“The Court honored a law enacted to protect our natural ocean resources from oil shipping,” said Kristen Boyles, the Earthjustice attorney who argued the case for the Tribe and conservation groups. “Today’s decision not only revives state ocean protections, but effectively blocks proposed oil shipping terminals from being built in Grays Harbor.”
“We know what we have here in Grays Harbor with our active commercial, recreational, and tribal fishing fleets, our beautiful beaches that draw families to explore, play, and relax, and our coastal waters that support thousands of migrating seabirds every year,” said R.D. Grunbaum, Friends of Grays Harbor. “These natural resources and values are simply incompatible with industrial oil shipping.”
“This is a strong decision protecting and preserving coastal communities now and into the future,” said Dale Beasley, President of the Coalition of Coastal Fisheries, a group that includes Washington commercial fishermen, oyster growers, and charter boat operators. “Today’s decision gives commercial fishermen another handle to protect our livelihoods.”
In late 2013, the Quinault Indian Nation, Friends of Grays Harbor, Sierra Club, Grays Harbor Audubon, and Citizens for a Clean Harbor (co-counseled by Earthjustice attorneys Kristen Boyles and Matt Baca and Knoll Lowney of Smith and Lowney) successfully challenged the initial permits issued for oil shipping terminal projects in Grays Harbor, forcing further public safety and environmental review. Two of the three initial proposals dropped out, leaving the Westway (recently renamed Contanda) Terminal project as the only active proposal. The Final Environmental Impact Statement for Westway, issued in September 2016, found that there were significant harms and risks from the oil shipping terminal that could not be mitigated, even though it did not take into account the tighter standards demanded of projects under ORMA. The City of Hoquiam is currently making a decision on Westway’s permit application.
With today’s Supreme Court decision, ORMA’s protective standards must now be applied, and Westway simply will not be able to meet those higher requirements.
FACTS ABOUT THE RISKS OF CRUDE OIL TO THE MARITIME ECONOMY OF GRAYS HARBOR:
• The Washington Department of Ecology found that these projects create serious and harmful risks of oil spills, collisions, derailments, fires, and explosions that would cause significant and unavoidable environmental damage.
• An economic study commissioned by the Quinault Indian Nation found that a major oil spill could put more than 150 tribal commercial fishermen out of a job, resulting in a direct loss of as much as $20 million in wages and up to $70 million in revenue for affected businesses.
• Marine resource jobs support more than 30% of Grays Harbor’s workforce according to a 2013 study by the University of Washington.
• In 2014 Washington residents took an estimated 4.1 million trips to the Washington Coast spending $481 million according to a recent study. More than one-third of those visits were to Grays Harbor County to enjoy its spectacular and productive coastal and ocean waters.
• The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife stated “Grays Harbor is an area particularly sensitive to the adverse effects of oil spills.”