Department of Ecology News Release - January 4, 2013

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Ecology seeking January king tide photos

OLYMPIA – 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 starts in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013. The state Department of Ecology (Ecology) is inviting the public to share their photos when these higher-than-usual winter tides occur again in January.

King tides give us 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.

The dates for January’s king tides vary slightly depending on location:

Follow these steps to participate:

Ecology has collected nearly 600 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.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)