2020 Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum

October 14-15, 2020
Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center
714 Lakeway Drive
Bellingham, WA, 98229

About the Forum

In 2018, Washington State passed the Strengthening Oil Transportation Safety Act, which requires the state Department of Ecology Spills Program to coordinate with British Columbia and Canada to establish the Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to exchange information to enhance oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response, with the goal of minimizing risks and impacts of spills from vessel traffic in the Salish Sea. The Forum serves as a platform for open dialogue for all levels of government from both sides of the border, including Transport Canada, the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, Tribes and First Nations, environmental groups, and industry. It addresses issues such as navigational safety, data sharing, and the impacts of spills on the environment, Tribal and First Nation resources, the economy, and public health.

The 2020 Forum is part of a multi-year series of forums intended to help advance our collective knowledge about current policies and practices in place in Washington State and B.C., and discuss potential safeguards to protect our shared waters and resources. This is the third in a series of three forums hosted by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. The forum is a non-voting and non-decision-making entity.

About the Oil Spill Task Force

The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force is pleased to work with its member jurisdictions, Washington and British Columbia, in coordinating and facilitating the Salish Sea forums. The Task Force has been supporting transboundary coordination for nearly 30 years, and continues to look for opportunities to advance ideas, share information and foster collaboration across the shared waters of US and Canada.