Department of Ecology News Release - December 11, 2012

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Ecology seeks public photos of higher-than-usual winter tides

OLYMPIA – Washington’s naturally-occurring king tides start on Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012, and the state Department of Ecology (Ecology) is inviting the public to share their photos of these higher-than-usual winter tides.

These tidal events are often referred to as king tides. They offer a potential glimpse of how rising sea levels from global climate change could affect Washington’s marine shoreline areas by:

In Washington’s coastal regions – Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca and the outer coast – this season’s king tides will happen from late December 2012 through mid January 2013.

Dates vary slightly depending on location:

Follow these steps to participate:

Since 2010, Ecology has collected nearly 500 king tide photos from the public.

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Media contact:  Curt Hart, 360-407-6990; cell, 360-480-7908 or curt.hart@ecy.wa.gov

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_map.htm)

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

Ecology's social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)