WSG News Blog

How Your Sunscreen Harms Water Quality

August 20, 2019

While you’re washing away the lingering sunscreen from the last beach day of summer, you’re probably reminiscing about carefree time with family and friends, and daydreaming about the sights and smells at the water’s edge. But have you ever thought about your sunscreen’s impact on water quality? 

Summer brings a whole host of human-made threats to water quality. Sewage, oil and debris get most of the press, but the products we use on our skin, ...

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WSG’s Meg Chadsey on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification to Seafood Security in Puget Sound

August 8, 2019

Last month WSG’s Meg Chadsey spoke to the Van Alen Climate Council — a group of built environment designers — about ocean acidification’s impacts to local seafood 

With bustling waterfronts, famous seafood markets, a robust culinary scene, and an estuary rich with marine life, the Puget Sound region seems to be the picture of seafood security. But look closer at the web of people, the sea, and the climate, and the fragility and vulnerability of ...

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New pumpout facility serves recreational boaters in the San Juan Islands

August 1, 2019

Facility funded by State Parks’ Clean Vessel Act program 

OLYMPIA – A new sewage pumpout for recreational boaters is now open at the Shaw Island General Store in the San Juan Islands. The facility is expected to serve hundreds of boaters this summer.

The idea to install a pumpout facility came from Terri and Steve Mason, longtime island residents and owners of the Shaw General Store.

“I grew up on Orcas ...

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Six Graduates Selected for the 2019-2020 WSG State Fellowship

July 25, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Tressa Arbow, Rachel Assink, Ashley Bagley, Angela Cruz, Alex Sweetser and Sonni Tadlock, have been awarded the Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship (formerly the Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship) for 2019-2020. This fellowship places highly motivated, qualified individuals with marine and coastal host offices throughout Washington, providing fellows with a unique perspective on building marine policy and allowing them to share their academic expertise with the host offices.

This year’s host offices ...

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Four Washingtonians Announced as 2020 Finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

July 24, 2019

We are pleased to announce that recent graduates Katie Chicojay, Kelly Martin, Jasmine Prat and Spencer Showalter are finalists for the 2020 class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program.

Since 1979, the National Sea Grant College Program has provided one-year fellowships working in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. to over 1,300 early-career professionals. Legislative fellows typically spend their time learning about marine-related policy issues in Congress and often get the chance to further key pieces of ...

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Joint WSG, CIG and ESS Team Recognized for Outstanding Community Impact

May 8, 2019

The joint team from Washington Sea Grant (WSG), Climate Impacts Group (CIG) and Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) that released a report containing the best sea level rise projections yet for Washington’s coasts last summer received the UW College of the Environment Award for Outstanding Community Impact. The report is part of the Washington Coastal Resilience Project, a three-year effort funded in 2016 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“The team has been instrumental in helping ...

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Russell Callender Nominated for NOAA Distinguished Career Award

May 2, 2019

Congratulations to WSG Director Russell Callender for his nomination to the NOAA Distinguished Career Award for Professional Achievement. The award recognizes significant accomplishments that have resulted in long-term benefits to the bureau’s mission and strategic goals.

Dr. Callender was nominated by the NOAA  National Ocean Service (NOS) for his distinguished career of service dedicated to advancing the mission of NOAA.

Russell joined Washington Sea Grant in 2018 as director. He has built a career providing executive leadership to major national ...

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Research Partnership Studies Marine Life Around Puget Sound Aquaculture Beds

April 23, 2019

How does shellfish aquaculture interact with Puget Sound’s marine life? A collaborative research partnership between Washington Sea Grant, The Nature Conservancy, NOAA, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, and local shellfish growers hopes to find out.

Using mounted cameras, the researchers hope to identify the species and life stages of marine organisms that use aquaculture beds around Puget Sound. Read the article here.

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King Tides Help People Visualize Sea Level Rise Around Coastal Washington

March 26, 2019

Washington Sea Grant held viewing parties in Oak Harbor and Raymond in January to help local residents understand the effects of sea level rise  

Sea level rise has major implications for coastal Washington. The recent projections released by Washington Sea Grant, WA Department of Ecology, UW Climate Impacts Group, The Nature Conservancy, and other partners predict approximately one foot of sea level rise by 2050, and up to two feet by 2100.

Bridget Trosin, Coastal Policy Specialist at ...

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