Join Team CHB in Keeping Our Waters Clean

With Tacoma’s legacy of polluting industries, overfishing, stormwater runoff, and now worsening climate change, every effort to protect our waters is now more important than ever. This year we are excited to announce that the City of Tacoma has created a phone app to make this family-friendly activity easy and user friendly! We’ve recorded a helpful video and put together an awesome toolkit to get folks up to speed on how to mark storm drains, the importance of proper signage, and how to do it safely. We hope you’ll sign up and grab a family member or a friend to get out mark some storm drains (while socially distanced, of course).

SeaPort Sound Proposes to Build More Oil Tanks

SeaPort Sound Terminal – a fossil fuel storage and transport facility in Commencement Bay is looking for approval from the City of Tacoma to demolish 5 fossil fuel tanks and replace them with 8 bigger tanks, increasing their total fossil fuel storage capacity by approximately 14%*. We say ‘approximately’ because we cannot find the precise amount of total oil storage on site at Seaport Sound Terminal.

We see major issues with the permitting of this project, and will be asking the City to complete a more thorough review of the environmental and public health impacts of this project.

There will be a virtual public informational meeting via Zoom on Thursday September 10th at 6:00pm to learn more about this project and ask important questions:

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87644731200?pwd=NkMxa3A0Y2ZTM1NxL0l1VTlCWDNKdz09

Passcode: 337705

Webinar ID: 876 4473 1200

Dial in by Phone: +1 253 215 8782

To learn more about actions you can take on issues like this, join our Arising Issues Listserv.

*This is a correction from information we released on our social media on August 11, 2020.

Apply to Help Tacoma’s Climate Justice Planning

The City of Tacoma is updating their Environmental Action Plan with a renewed focus on climate action and environmental justice. From climate impacts, racial justice, health and economic crises, this new Action Plan will serve as a guiding document for shared climate solutions, environmental protections, and community resiliency – putting people first and prioritizing those communities most vulnerable to climate impacts. This Plan, intended for adoption by Tacoma City Council in late 2021, will direct strategies, investments, and actions that work to create a better Tacoma for all.

With your help, Tacoma can center the voices of frontline communities. The City needs input from diverse community voices to develop a transformational plan, and to help build a safe and sustainable future. We want to hear from communities of color, youth and young adults, and other historically underrepresented, underserved, or vulnerable groups.

Learn more about the plan and how to get involved here.

Welcome Khadijah Tividad, Clean Water Educator

Khadijah studied Geosciences at Pacific Lutheran University focusing on shoreline erosion along the Washington coast before attending her geologic field course with Kent State University in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota. Khadijah later became the Volunteer Intake and Recruitment Coordinator for the American Red Cross, Mount Rainier Chapter serving several local counties in South Puget Sound. Driven by the outdoors, she was nominated for the Never Stop Exploring Award by The North Face for her passionate pursuits of personal and professional goals. Khadijah’s skills as an educator range from substitute teaching, wilderness guiding, and most recently, as a behavioral technician, and will aid her work at CHB as the Clean Water Educator. During her free time, Khadijah likes to ski, camp, and cycle as well as increase participation of women and POC in outdoor sports and recreation.

Save the Date: Fall Fundraiser is November 14th 

Citizen’s for a Healthy Bay is pleased to announce the return of our annual fall fundraiser, Stand for our Sound. We are privileged to welcome Ryan Mello as the honorary chair of Stand for our Sound 2020. This year’s virtual event will feature a keynote speaker and awards presentation.

Please save the date for this important event and stay tuned for the announcement of our keynote speaker!

For information on sponsorship opportunities for this event please contact Katy Stone at kstone@healthybay.org