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EFSEC Recommends DENIAL to Vancouver Tesoro Oil Terminal

by Katie Fleming on November 30, 2017 No comments
On November 28th, the Energy Council responsible for giving Governor Inslee a recommendation on how to proceed on the Vancouver, WA Tesoro Oil Terminal unanimously voted to disapprove the project.

Why? Because year after year 300,000 citizens have demonstrated by showing up, giving testimony, and being part of this coalition that this project is simply too risky and not in the best interest of the Pacific Northwest, our communities, and our climate.

What is next? The Council’s recommendation now goes to Governor Inslee to make a final decision. Once on his desk, Governor Inslee has 60 days to issue a decision.

We won’t let up until this project is done but for now, let’s celebrate and take a moment to thank all the people who have stepped up in opposition. This list is long – tribal members and leaders, public servants, doctors and other health professionals, community and environmental advocates, first responders, businesses small and large, labor unions, commercial and tribal anglers, families, people of faith and activists from across the region.

See the press release on this win and a short list of the press from yesterday. Let’s keep this up!

Seattle Times: Reject Oil-by-Train Terminal for Vancouver, WA

Portland Tribune: Washington Energy Siting Council Rejects Oil Terminal in Vancouver

The Columbian: EFSEC unanimous in vote against Port of Vancouver terminal

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Katie FlemingEFSEC Recommends DENIAL to Vancouver Tesoro Oil Terminal

Special Boat Trip! Learn about Smuggling Past & Future of Salmon

by Katie Fleming on August 1, 2017 No comments
We’ve got a few spots left on next week’s boat adventure – “Salish Sea: Smuggling Past and Salmon Futures.” Join us for this special trip!
Here are the details:
Tuesday, August 8, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Depart from Friday Harbor.
Admission: $135.00
The intricate waterways of the islands made the perfect place to catch fish as well as hideouts for smugglers. Hear stories of our fishing heritage and future and learn about the people and places that were involved with smuggling wool, liquor, people and wildlife.
Travel through Cattle Pass to the Salmon Banks for a first-hand look at the waters that are still are resource for native fisherman and whales. Learn about salmon populations in the San Juan Islands. And along the way, you’ll also be introduced to the fascinating stories of 150 years of smuggling in the islands.
With just 12 people aboard, this tour will be intimate and informed, providing in-depth knowledge about some of our islands history. The $135 admission fee covers the cost of the boat and is not tax-deductible. Click here to register now.
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Katie FlemingSpecial Boat Trip! Learn about Smuggling Past & Future of Salmon

Shifting Shorelines Sea Level Rise Workshops

by Katie Fleming on June 8, 2017 No comments

The San Juan Islands are one of the most beautiful places in the world. And increasingly vulnerable to more frequent and extreme storms that will affect the waterfront. But with good planning, we can protect the people and places we love.

Join us for a workshop about the best ways to protect waterfront properties and our community from coastal flooding and erosion, and how to care for the important habitats that will see changes as a result of sea level rise. There are a variety of low-cost steps you can take and a range of solutions available to island residents.

Attend one of these community sea level rise workshops to learn the latest science for our region, local vulnerability mapping and adaptation strategies, and how to protect your shoreline while building community resilience. Coastal experts from Washington Sea Grant, Coastal Geologic Services and Friends of the San Juans will be presenting. We also want to hear what you value most and how you think our community should prepare.

Lopez Island: Thursday June 29, 10:30am-12:30pm, Woodmen Hall

Orcas Island: Thursday June 29, 5-7pm, Eastsound Fire Hall

San Juan Island: Friday June 30, 11am-1pm, Brickworks

The workshops are free and open to all. Food and drinks provided. RSVP appreciated: www.sanjuans.org/upcoming-events, tina@sanjuans.org, or 378-2319.

Please help us spread the word! Click here to download a poster and/or share on Facebook (Lopez Event, Orcas Event, San Juan Event).

These workshops are funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Katie FlemingShifting Shorelines Sea Level Rise Workshops

Read about The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters

by Katie Fleming on May 25, 2017 No comments

Sightline’s new article, The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters, by Friends board member Michael Riordan, explains how the Kinder Morgan Pipeline threatens all of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

“Every week another barge or tanker traverses the narrow straits through the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, bearing a cargo of tar-sands crude or other heavy oils from Canada, headed for refineries in Washington and California. But the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project approved in late 2016 by the government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatens to make such transits daily occurrences, thus increasing many-fold the chances of a major oil spill in the Salish Sea and other Pacific Northwest waters.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety: http://www.sightline.org/2017/05/22/the-tar-sands-threat-to-northwest-waters/

Image above shows the results of computer simulations depicting how a major oil spill at the BC Ferry crossing would have spread in the summer of 2012. Adapted by Shaun Hubbard from Kinder Morgan report.
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Katie FlemingRead about The Tar Sands Threat to Northwest Waters

May 19 is Endangered Species Day – protect what you love!

by Katie Fleming on May 18, 2017 No comments
Endangered Species Day is May 19th. 113 marine species are formally listed as being at risk or vulnerable to extinction here in the Salish Sea. Here are five things you can do to help!
  1. Help preserve our remaining natural shorelines that provide essential habitat for marine species. View our latest video here to learn more.
  2. Purchase sustainably-harvested seafood at your local supermarket or favorite restaurant. Click here to learn more from Seafood Watch.
  3. Use beneficial landscaping techniques such as rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs and permeable paving to help reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and reduce runoff into ditches and storm drains.
  4. Do your part to dispose of unused medicine and chemicals properly. Never dump into household toilets and sinks or outside where they can get into ditches or storm drains.
  5. Help with the marine plastics issue and speak up for ditching plastic bags in San Juan County. Some of our local stores continue to use thicker plastic bags (considered reusable) after the single-use ordinance went into effect on May 1. It’s important these businesses hear from customers that we’ll happily support their move to stop using plastic bags at checkout. They care about what customers want – call today!
  6. Support Friends of the San Juans’ Endangered Species Advocacy work to make sure these species have their voice heard in decisions that impact their home.
We at Friends of the San Juans work every day to protect the species and places we all love. Thank you for your support!
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Katie FlemingMay 19 is Endangered Species Day – protect what you love!

Attend the Salish Sea Stands for Climate Action March!

by Katie Fleming on March 30, 2017 1 comment

Join us for a rally and march on April 29th in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in solidarity with the People’s Climate Movement Marches throughout the world. Plus the march will end at an electric vehicle and renewable energy fair!

The People’s Climate Movement and Mobilization is part of a larger strategy to push back on Trump’s agenda of climate denial and fossil fuel expansion, and show we support real climate solutions here in the San Juan Islands.

We need your energy, creativity, and leadership — to promote clean energy solutions in our islands and resist fossil fuel infrastructure projects. That’s our best chance of continuing to keep playing offense, even as we defend everything this administration wants to take away. Let’s mobilize!

We hope you’ll be part of it with us — and with the many partners and allies who are helping to make it all happen.

If we want to build the future we need, it will require us joining together to make change. See you on the 29th!

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Katie FlemingAttend the Salish Sea Stands for Climate Action March!

Stand for the Salish Sea Rallies – January 16!

by Katie Fleming on January 10, 2017 No comments

Text version:

Islanders are invited to take part in a countywide “Salish Sea Stands” day of action on MLK Day, Monday, January 16 against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to the United States. The Trans Mountain Pipeline, owned by Kinder Morgan, received approval from the Canadian government to proceed. The project will affect the Salish Sea by radically increasing the number of tankers transporting crude oil in our waters.

Events will be held at the following locations:

San Juan County Park Boat Launch, 12 p.m.

Odlin County Park on Lopez 11-12:30 p.m.

Shaw County Park, 12 p.m.

Eastsound Waterfront Day Park on Orcas, 11 a.m.

You can also join in on the inter-island ferry for a teach-in and letter writing opportunity starting on the 12:25 west bound sailing from Orcas.

For more details visit www.facebook.com/salishseastands or call the coordinator on each island or Friends of the San Juans at 360-378-2319.

San Juan Coordinator, Liza, 360-378-358

Orcas Coordinator, Mark, 206-547-7723

Lopez Coordinator, Kai, 360-468-4400

Shaw Coordinator, Stephanie, 360-472-0404

Rain or shine, come one come all. Please were black (the color of an oil spill), a poster (detailing what you love about the Salish Sea), and a kayak if you’d like to paddle.

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Katie FlemingStand for the Salish Sea Rallies – January 16!