Beach survey about to begin

OlympianMay 20, 2014 

The Surfrider Foundation will launch a survey this week to document recreational use of Washington's coast to help determine its value to the state economy.

The survey by the non-profit ocean and beach conservation group will focus on non-consumptive uses such as diving, kayaking, surfing, birding and camping.

A similar study in Oregon found that 4 million state residents take about 27 million trips to the coast each year, spending about $2.4 billion.

The study funded by private foundations and the state Department of Natural Resources will help public and private stakeholders provide better recreation experiences for beach-goers.

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