Friends of the San Juans

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Ask the Senate Ways and Means Committee to Support Oil Spill Prevention!

April 2, 2019

Oil spills threaten the Salish Sea and Washington’s coast every day. These risks threaten coastal jobs, cultures and livelihoods, as well as the endangered Southern Resident orcas. This year, the House of Representatives has moved forward oil spill prevention legislation to modernize our safeguards and protect our environment, economy, and endangered orcas from the devastation ... read more
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Take Action Now to Protect SEPA!

April 2, 2019

Here in Washington, the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is a foundational tool that provides important information and opportunities for public input on projects that impact the environment. SEPA is the law that ensures that projects are evaluated and the public can have a say in the review and assessment of the project. SEPA also ... read more

Join us! Green Investment Lecture w/ Toby Cooper & Georgette Wong on 4/11

March 28, 2019

April 11, Emmanuel Episcopal Parish, Orcas Island, 6:30-8 p.m. Friends of the San Juans is excited to partner with Toby Cooper and Georgette Wong to bring information to the community about green investing – a movement that benefits humanity and the planet. Toby, a sustainability advocate and career financial professional will trace rise of socially-responsible ... read more

Southern Resident Legislative Action Alert: Contact Your Legislators!

March 21, 2019

Over the past few weeks, in sweeping votes from both chambers, the Washington State Legislature took major steps to address the emergency facing Southern Resident orcas and the systemic problems of salmon and Puget Sound recovery. Four bills that will protect orcas passed out of the House or Senate, and most with bipartisan support! Each bill ... read more

Watch the Video: 3/20 Protect What You Love Orca Event

March 19, 2019

On March 20 in Friday Harbor, Friends of the San Juans explored the plight of the Southern Resident orcas and engaged the community in actions that can help their recovery. Click here to watch the video of the full event. Find out what the Southern Resident orcas need to survive and thrive including how San ... read more
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Legislative Action Alert: Protect the Southern Residents from Vessel Disturbance & Noise

February 15, 2019

Have you ever been in such a noisy or crowded room that you find yourself yelling to be heard and sometimes giving up on getting food? Imagine what the Southern Resident orcas (SROs) face as they forage for scarce Chinook salmon while being accompanied by boats. Please join us in urging your state legislators to ... read more

Local high school students support Environmental Priorities in Olympia with us!

February 14, 2019

In late January we traveled to Olympia with six high school students from Friday Harbor High and Spring Street International Schools to participate in the 2019 Environmental Priorities Coalition’s lobby day. We joined 500 other Washington State citizens and environmental groups to promote a transition to 100% clean electricity, orca emergency response, oil spill prevention, ... read more

Legislative Action Alert: Prevent Oil Spills & Protect Orcas!

February 5, 2019

This Thursday (2/7), the Senate Environment, Energy, and Technology Committee will vote to advance SB 5578, which will improve the safety of oil transportation in our state. Please contact all the members of the Senate Environment, Energy, and Technology Committee (or at least the Chair, Sen. Reuven Carlyle) and urge them to vote YES on ... read more

Announcing Our New Staff Attorney: Jennifer Barcelos

February 1, 2019

Friends of the San Juans is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Barcelos as incoming staff attorney and Director of Law and Policy. Following a nationwide search for a transformative leader, Jennifer Barcelos has joined our team as Director of Law and Policy. In her new role, Jennifer will be responsible for protecting the ... read more

Protect What You Love: Southern Resident Orca Presentations & Discussions

January 22, 2019

During Valentine’s week Friends of the San Juans will explore the plight of the Southern Resident orcas and engage the community in actions that can help their recovery. Lopez Island – Monday, February 11, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Woodman Hall, 4102 Fisherman Bay Rd. Orcas Island – Tuesday, February 12, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Orcas ... read more

I feel like I have found the home that I could not find anywhere else I have traveled and lived. Thank you, Friends of the San Juans, for protecting all of the islands and the Salish Sea.

Janet Burke

member, Henry Island