Treating Stormwater for a Healthier Bay
Rainwater carries pollutants and nutrients from streets and yards to Puget Sound. The MRC, City of Port Townsend and WSU Extension are working together to change that. On June 15 and 16, two new rain gardens were installed on public property in uptown Port Townsend —one near the County Courthouse and the other near the Port Townsend Community Center.
WSU Extension and MRC staff coordinated design and installation. City of Port Townsend prepared the sites and donated bio-retention soils. A Washington Conservation Corps crew sponsored by the Native Plant Salvage Foundation provided much of the labor, with 15 community volunteers (MRC, neighbors and WSU Master Gardeners) all together contributing over 470 hours of work. These rain gardens will absorb contaminants carried by stormwater with each rainstorm, improving the health of our local waters.
NOTICES & UPCOMING EVENTS
No MRC meeting in July 2016
Next meeting is August 2, 2016.
GRP Update for Oil Spill Preparedness
July 28, 2016 from 5-7 pm at Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock
Max Gordon from WA Dept of Ecology spoke about updates to Ecology's Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) at the June MRC meeting. GRP's are part of Washington's effort to more effectively prepare in the event of an oil spill. Read more about these documents here. The latest draft of the Admiralty Inlet GRP will be presented to the public at this open house.
Restoring natural beach functions to improve habitat for marine species.
Preventing damage to important eelgrass beds in Port Townsend Bay and other shorelines.
Surveying, monitoring and enhancing native habitat for native oysters to understand factors that limit recovery of native populations.
Working to achieve long-term stewardship for Jefferson County marine resources by building community through citizen involvement.
Restoration Begins at Fort Townsend SP
Construction begins on July 19, 2016 for a shoreline restoration project at Fort Townsend State Park. Supported by the Northwest Straits Foundation, MRC and State Parks, this project will restore a stretch of natural shoreline while improving beach access. See Project Summary for more details.
Olympia Oyster Update
On May 24th, MRC volunteers and partners established five new Olympia oyster test plots in Quilcene Bay to explore the feasibility of re-building an Olympia oyster population there.