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The Washington Emergency Management Division relays this coastal community update from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Please share as you deem appropriate.

Ecology seeking January king tide photos

In December 2012, winter’s naturally occurring higher-than-usual tides coincided with a winter storm, pushing marine waters into streets, parking lots and even some homes in Washington’s coastal areas. The next round of winter king tides is in January. Along Washington’s outer coast, they occur Jan. 10-12.

The state Department of Ecology (Ecology) is inviting the public to share their photos when these higher-than-usual winter tides occur.

King tides give a glimpse about how potential rising sea levels from global climate change could affect Washington’s marine shoreline areas by intensifying coastal flooding, shifting marine beaches inland, increasing coastal bluff erosion and endangering houses and other structures built near the shore.

Follow these steps to participate:

  • Use Ecology’s king tide map and schedule to find when and where the highest tides will occur. Go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/ipa_hightide_map.htm.
  • Locate a public beach by checking out Ecology’s Coastal Atlas at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/coastalatlas/.
  • Take photos during a king tide, preferably where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports or buildings.
  • Note the date, time and location of your photo – then upload your images on the Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1611274@N22/.
  • Play it safe! While the winter king tides occur during daylight hours, don’t venture out during severe weather and keep a close eye on rising water levels.

Ecology has collected nearly 600 king tide photos from the public.

Anyone who sees suspected tsunami debris during the king tides also is urged to take photos of the debris and submit them to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  at DisasterDebris@noaa.gov.

Also, the state is urging people who encounter potentially hazardous marine debris along the Washington coast at any time to use its toll-free reporting and information line, 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278). People who call 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) can:

  • Report oil and hazardous items to the National Response Center and Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) by pressing “1.”
  • Report large floating debris items that might pose a boating or navigation hazard by pressing “2.”
  • Get instructions for reporting debris that is not large or hazardous.
  • With options “1” and “2,” callers will be connected to a live person who can dispatch responders.

For more information:

King Tides in Washington (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/ipa_hightide.htm)

Ecology king tide map and schedule (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/ipa_hightide.htm)

Washington King Tides Photo Initiative Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/1611274@N22/)

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