New Members Join MRC
The County Commissioners appointed three new members to the Jefferson MRC on January 25, 2016. We welcome Jeff Taylor (District 2), Jackie Gardner (District 3 Alt) and Anna Bachmann (Environmental Alt). Thank you, also, to those who recently stepped down—Tony Petrillo, Luca Hart and Maureen Goff. We appreciate all your work, especially Tony Petrillo’s extensive contributions over the last 10 years.
Pictured above (L to R) front: Judy D’Amore, Jackie Gardner, Steve Tucker, Al Bergstein, Anne Murphy, Dale Moses, Cheryl Lowe, Ashley Mackenzie, Sarah Fisken. Back row: Wade Crouch, Troy McKelvey, Jeff Taylor, Andy Palmer, Gordon King, Nam Siu, Bob Simmons. Not pictured: Anna Bachmann, Judy Surber, Shannon Davis, Ralph Riccio and Neil Harrington.
Fort Townsend Restoration Bid Documents Posted
Jefferson MRC is working with the Northwest Straits Foundation and WA State Parks to restore a section of beach at Fort Townsend State Park.
Construction is now scheduled for late summer 2016. Bid documents have been posted on www.bxwa.com. Contact Lisa Kaufman at email@example.com for more info.
Meanwhile, volunteers like Anne, Troy and Luzi (left) are on the beach looking for forage fish eggs in this pre-construction period. Working with Point No Point Treaty Council fish biologists, we've documented spawning of surf smelt and sand lance beginning last September. See Project Page for more details about this project.
The project will improve visitor access to the beach and remove about 1400 cubic yards of fill and large rip rap from 200 feet of shoreline, making approximately 9,000 square feet of new nearshore habitat available for aquatic species and shorebirds. Fish migrating along the shore will have more shade, refuge from predators, and organic matter from riparian vegetation for food.
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with pre-construction monitoring, please contact Cheryl Lowe, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee Coordinator for additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See meeting page for agenda.