MRC Fun at Wooden Boat Festival 2016
The MRC’s booth at the 2016 Wooden Boat Festival had everyone laughing, even if they just walked by. Over 310 people stopped to talk or play the Poop Toss game (bean bags that looked like dog poop) and win a prize. Some were just cheering for their kids or friends to hit the mark and toss it in the trash can, but everyone was part of the conversation about why it is important to pick up your dog poop and put it in the trash. In Jefferson County, an estimated 8,500 dogs generate about 2.3 million pounds of poop each year. If buried or left on the ground, rain can carry pathogens into streams, ditches, or even ground water. Septic systems are designed for people, not pet waste, so that's not a good solution either. Prizes included pet waste bag dispensers that clip on a dog leash as well as colorful stickers or Tootsie Rolls.
A number of passers-by also admired the new Fort Townsend interpretive signs on display or asked questions about our Olympia oysters project. We even heard about boaters directing other boaters to anchor outside the Eelgrass Voluntary No-anchor Zone—self-regulation at its best!
For more info about pet waste, read the Dept of Ecology info here or find a great Jefferson WSU Extension bookmark here.
NOTICES & UPCOMING EVENTS
Fort Townsend Restoration Celebration Oct 12, 4:30 - 6 pm
Please join the Northwest Straits Foundation, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, Fort Townsend State Park, and distinguished guests to celebrate the completion of this nearshore restoration project. FREE. No RSVP needed. See the beautiful new interpretive signs, learn about the project and enjoy light refreshments. (photo: Ian Miller, WA Sea Grant Coastal Specialist, taking measurements of the new beach. Photo by Cheryl Lowe)
Fort Townsend State Park, 1370 Old Fort Townsend Rd., Port Townsend.
Fort Townsend Planting Party Sat Oct 1, from 10 am to 2pm
Contact Cheryl Lowe for more information about how you can help.
Next MRC meeting is October 4, 2016
Join us to hear County Commissioner candidates Kate Dean and Tim Thomas talk about marine resource issues in our County. Rich Carlson, USFWS Washington State Coordinator will also introduce us to their Puget Sound Coastal Program. See Meetings page for details.
Jefferson MRC Seeks New Members
Are you interested in serving on the MRC? Members represent an array of backgrounds and interests, and are united in their goal to protect and restore local marine resources.
Current open positions are District 1, District 2, Commercial Interests Alternate, and Marine Practitioner Representatives, but all interested parties are encouraged to apply.
The MRC advises the Board of Commissioners on issues related to the marine resources of east Jefferson County and implements grant-funded projects that reflect local priorities. Representatives and Alternates are volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve four-year terms. First review of applications begins October 3, 2016. Positions are open until filled.
For more information about joining the MRC, contact Cheryl Lowe, 360-379-5610 x 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more details. Download the application form here.
Not sure what district you live in? See District Map.