The Coastal Economic Analysis Begins

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Cascade Economics out of Washougal, WA has been selected as the contractor to develop sound economic information through an economic analysis. The analysis will enable a deeper understanding of the elements of the ocean economy and assist in the development of Washington’s marine spatial plan. The contractor is planning to hold a scoping workshop for… Read more »

Sector Analyses Reports Available

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We are excited to announce that the sector analyses final reports are available on the MSP Projects webpage. The reports describe current and potential future activities of marine sectors along the Washington coast and assess the potential conflicts with the development of other uses. Each report synthesizes information from publicly available sources and draws on… Read more »

“Come and Play” with Kevin

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Look for Washington Sea Grant‘s Kevin Decker at the Marine Spatial Planning booth at the 52nd annual Come and Play on Labor Day family fun event on Willapa Bay. Events include a Chinook Nation salmon bake, Kiddie Parade, football game, oyster cook-off, Chinook Indian Nation paddle in, softball tournament, grand parade, chowder and oyster cook-off,… Read more »

Mapping tool has new functions

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The Department of Natural Resources recently launched new features for the MSP interactive mapping tool. Now you can: View data related to sector themes (such as shipping), Find your location, Select any township, lat-long coordinate, or county and have the map immediately orient to that location. These new functions are intended to assist you to… Read more »

Welcome Kevin Decker

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We would like to welcome Kevin Decker to the Washington Sea Grant Marine Spatial Planning team as the Coastal Outreach Specialist. In the past, Kevin served on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Wildlife Federation and sat as an advisory council member for the Treasure Valley Comprehensive Aquifer Management Plan. Kevin has a background… Read more »

Surfrider Foundation launches recreational use survey along Washington coast

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The Surfrider Foundation launched a survey to document the recreational use of Washington’s coast to assist with future planning of Washington’s coast. The study will document the location and type of public recreation from Ilwaco to Port Angeles and provide better estimates of the value of recreation to the state’s economy. The survey aims to… Read more »

Human uses data from NOAA/BOEM workshops

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We are excited to announce that the Human Uses Participatory Mapping data is up and running on the MSP mapping application! The workshops were used to collect spatial data on the full range of human uses of the ocean through consultation with use experts, community stakeholders, and cultural use practitioners. Through the workshops and data… Read more »

Scoping Summary and Response to Comments

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The Department of Ecology (Ecology) released a Summary of SEPA Scoping and Response to Comments for developing a Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) on Washington’s Pacific Coast. The scoping comment period lasted for 69 days and collected feedback from 45 individuals. Scoping helps define the scope of the project and issues to be analyzed under environmental… Read more »

Welcome to our new Marine Spatial Planning Portal

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Welcome to our new public website for marine spatial planning in Washington, where you’ll find relevant information on the MSP planning process across the state, including news and updates, meeting notes, upcoming events, and links to other important information. As products are completed, you’ll find new resources and tools to support regional coastal and marine… Read more »