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Join the 2018 Great Islands Clean-up on 4/22!

April 5, 2018

It’s time for the Great Islands Clean-up on Earth Day – Sunday, April 22 from 10 am – 2 pm. Join us for this county-wide greening event where volunteers will collect litter from public beaches and roadways and help make the San Juan Islands “Litter Free by the Sea”! Drop in cleanup is scheduled for South ... read more

Friends Appeals the Tesoro/Andeavor Xylene Project

April 5, 2018

On April 4, seven local and regional environmental organizations appealed Skagit County’s approval of a project that would ship hundreds of millions of gallons of toxic chemicals through the Salish Sea every year, much of it destined for Asia. The groups maintain that the approval for the Tesoro (recently renamed Andeavor) Anacortes Refinery petrochemical expansion ... read more

Kyle Says Goodbye & We’re Hiring for a Staff Attorney

February 8, 2018

After ten years of public service as Friends of the San Juans’ staff attorney, Kyle Loring will be leaving the organization in June to pursue other endeavors. Starting this month, Friends will conduct a search for a talented environmental attorney to serve the people and wildlife of the San Juans. Since Friends hired Kyle in ... read more

Lovel Pratt Joins Friends of the San Juans!

January 3, 2018

We’re excited to announce that Lovel Pratt has joined our team as the Director of Friends’ Marine Protection Program! Lovel comes to Friends from Mulno Cove Consulting, where her work focused on safe shipping advocacy, reducing vessel traffic impacts, and oil spill prevention. She is a founding member of San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping. While ... read more

Friends Appeals San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program

January 3, 2018

Friends of the San Juans Appeals the San Juan County Shoreline Master Program for Failure to Protect Orca, Salmon, Forage Fish and Beaches On December 22, the Friends of the San Juans (Friends) appealed San Juan County’s recently updated Shoreline Master Program (“SMP”) to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. The SMP is the primary ... read more

Look what we all did in 2017!

December 21, 2017

All of us at Friends of the San Juans are very appreciative of our members and partners as we reflect on 2017 – thank you for being part of our community who cares deeply for orca, salmon, clean water free of Atlantic salmon netpens and oilspill free oceans. We wanted to give you an update ... read more

Help Us Meet our $50,000 Match!

December 6, 2017

A $50,000 matching gift has been provided by generous members for all donations received before December 31, 2017. Please double your impact with a gift today! Dear Supporter, Orcas are the icon of the Salish Sea and they are critically endangered. I remember when there were 98 Southern Resident orca whales in 1995. Now the ... read more

EFSEC Recommends DENIAL to Vancouver Tesoro Oil Terminal

November 30, 2017

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 ... read more
big oil

Citizen Scientists Needed! Help us Document King Tides

November 30, 2017

Do you have a digital camera or camera phone? If so, help local and regional researchers capture this year’s King Tides! Join Friends and king tide volunteers from your community and across the globe to document the year’s highest tides by taking photos of your favorite local shorelines. See below for this season’s King Tides (December 4 – January 7). ... read more

Speak out against Xylene in the Salish Sea – November 2!

October 26, 2017

In May 2017, many of you wrote comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Tesoro (now re-named Andeavor) Anacortes Refinery’s proposal to manufacture and export xylene to Asia. Xylene (pronounced ZIE-leen) is a highly volatile, hazardous and toxic petrochemical which has never before been manufactured in our region and transported through our waters. ... read more

I want the beach to be able to be here for my grandchildren… for my nieces, nephews, and godchildren. That’s when we made the decision to contact Friends of the San Juans.

Mariluz Villa

member, Brown Island