The Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is an advisory group to the Board of County Commissioners. MRC members are citizen volunteers committed to protecting and restoring marine habitats in our ecologically rich corner of the world.

General Meeting - Nov 2017
These new installations will be featured in a WSU Extension film about rain gardens. Film crews documented every step of each installation.

New Rain Gardens!

Two new rain gardens now filter stormwater in Jefferson County.  in September 2017, MRC volunteers and WSU Extension staff coordinated installation of new rain gardens at Port Hadlock (First Security Bank) and Chetzemoka Park (City of Port Townsend).  Kudos to Bob Simmons, WSU Extension Water Quality Lead, for coordinating this effort!

Many thanks to all our partners, including City of Port Townsend and First Security Bank, WSU Extension and the EPA/Puget Sound Partnership for their support.

Sound Action advocated for more forage fish spawning surveys, like this Jefferson MRC effort in Discovery Bay.

Sound Action Featured at Oct 3 MRC Meeting

Amy Carey, Executive Director for Sound Action, is our featured speaker at our October 3rd General Meeting. Sound Action is a Puget Sound watchdog group working to protect vital nearshore habitat and species, including forage fish. They support informed science and strong environmental policy.  For more info, see 

Storm Surge Info from Sept MRC meeting

Our September meeting featured an interesting panel of speakers talking about winter storm surge and king tide monitoring with citizen science input. Jay Albrecht (Senior Meteorologist with NOAA), Dave Wilkerson (Local 2020), and Jeff Taylor (MyCoast app) highlighted a range of programs to track changes in coastal storm events, from NOAA using Twitter posts for fine-tune forecasts to local photo-documentation of reference sites during storm events.  

Share your photos and help NOAA fine-tune their forecasts! #coastal flooding or #WAWX. Or share images on King Tides and help others visualize what might happen on their shoreline. 

See a copy of Jay Albrecht's presentation here.

Fun on the Flats--Olympia Oysters Flourishing

Olympia oysters at the MRC's Discovery Bay project site are happy and growing. Our volunteers were out on an early Sunday morning in late August monitoring the 2014 habitat enhancement area. Our crew counted and measured over 600 oysters. Smallest ones (this year’s spat) were 4-11 mm, and the largest group (probably from 2014) measured 50-68 mm long!