New Laws For Long, Older Vessels

For vessels 65 feet or greater and 40 years or older. With the goal of avoiding costly taxpayer-funded clean-up of large sunken vessels and their contamination of public waterways, starting today a new state law requires owners to have insurance for vessels 65 feet or longer and 40 years or older.

The new law, approved by the state legislature and announced today by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), also requires an inspection of a vessel’s condition before sale. The law applies to both commercial and private vessel owners.

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Executive Director Lynn Longan Elected to WEDA Board of Directors

The Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) announced their newly elected Board members at their recent Spring‐Summer Conference in Richland, Washington on June 9‐ 10. Economic Development Council of Mason County’s Executive Director Lynn Longan was elected to the Board of Directors to serve a three‐year term.

WEDA is a state‐wide, non‐profit association of nearly 140 private businesses, economic development councils, ports, governments and other partners committed to enhancing the state's climate for economic development. Their mission is to serve as the statewide professional association committed to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Washington State.

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July 5th Beach Cleanup

GREAT BAG GIVEAWAY. Help reduce the amount of 4th of July debris left on the beach by handing out bags to beachgoers as they enter the beach at each major beach approach the night of the 4th. Groups can show their spirit and businesses can show their support and goodwill. Bags, A-Boards and safety vests are provided. Bring your own organization banners if you like. We NEED HELP! Pick the time that works best for you (4-6 and 6–8). We still need help at Klipsan and Surfside beach approaches. If you can help, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 5th, Community Beach Cleanup – it’s the typical drill. We need upward of 1000 volunteers to come out and join the organized one-day cleanup on Thursday, July 5th. Volunteers will be stationed at all the major beach approaches at 9:30 to hand out bags and help direct you where your help is most needed. If you can come, and are flexible on location to clean, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you can adopt a section of beach – even better!

Soup feed for volunteers - end your day enjoying the soup feed at the Peninsula Senior Center off the highway at 117th in Klipsan from noon until the pots run dry.

For more information please visit www.ourbeach.org or find us at www.Facebook.com/GrassRootsGarbageGang

July 1, 2014

Fireworks Impact Air Quality

Each year we celebrate our national birthday with colorful bursts of black powder—fireworks which ignite around American neighborhoods on the Fourth of July.
These pyrotechnical displays provide brilliant light shows each Independence Day, but they also cause spikes in air pollution levels that may be hazardous to the health of individuals. The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) has noticed elevated levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution at many of its monitoring stations during previous Independence Days. In some cases, levels at the monitoring sites reached Moderate Air Quality for more than a full day after the Fourth.

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