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Casey Dennehy

Washington Pacific Coast Coordinator

I grew up in Michigan surrounded by beautiful, sandy, freshwater beaches, where I spent most of my free time.  I moved to Washington state in 2001 to attend the Masters in Environmental Studies program at The Evergreen State College.  I studied a wide range of topics, but usually focused on water resource issues, such as water policy, wetland management and aquatic invasive species.  After graduation I monitored alpine and subalpine lakes and streams for several seasons at Mount Rainier National Park.  Since then, I've worked for the Washington State Department of Ecology, The Nature Conservancy, and the Center for Natural Lands Management.


As Aldo Leopold once said, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.  It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”  Although he was discussing his land ethic, we can and must extend this principle to a water ethic.


I am incredibly excited to be a proponent of a water ethic with the Surfrider Foundation.  I aim to ensure that the ocean's resources are available to future generations, and this can only be done with the support of passionate people.  In other words, you!  I look forward to the numerous challenges and many victories we shall have in the future.