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The Today File

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December 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

King tides: State agency seeks photos

If you see super-high water at or near Washington beaches, grab your camera.

The state Department of Ecology would love to see your photos of naturally occurring  “king tides” that hit this time of year.

These tides offer potential glimpses of how rising sea levels from global climate change could affect Washington’s shoreline areas.

Particularly useful are photos that show coastal flooding, which can be aggravated by major storm surges.

Also sought are photos that show shifting marine beaches, erosion of coastal bluffs and water endangering houses, other buildings, roads or utilities.

Use Ecology’s king tide map and schedule to find when and where the highest tides will occur.

Locate a public beach by checking out Ecology’s Coastal Atlas.

Take photos during a king tide, preferably where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports or buildings.

Note the date, time and location of your photo – then upload your images on the Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group.

Play it safe! While the winter king tides occur during daylight hours, don’t venture out during severe weather and keep a close eye on rising water levels.

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

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