Shoreline Landowner Assistance Available
The Northwest Straits Foundation is providing a limited number of free site visits in Jefferson County by a professional coastal geologist. This effort is for shoreline landowners who are considering bulkhead removal projects or soft-shore protection options for feeder bluffs (pictured left) or other armored sites. Vegetation and drainage management guidance is also included in the site visit. Contact the Northwest Straits Foundation for informaiton about other assistance for qualifying sites, such as free design work and permitting assistance. Go to the Northwest Straits Foundation project page for more information.
MRC OPEN POSITIONS
The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) has openings for the following volunteer positions on the MRC:
- District 3 Representative (See map here)
- Environmental or Conservation Alternate
- Commercial Interests Alternate
The MRC advises the Board of Commissioners on issues related to the marine resources of East Jefferson County and sponsors projects that reflect local priorities. Applicants should have experience, demonstrated interest and/or affiliation with marine and shoreline-related activities, organizations or businesses. Volunteers serve four-year terms.
For more information about the MRC, explore this website. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and a MRC Application Form. Positions are open until filled. For more information click here. To download an Application, click here or contact Cheryl Lowe or call 360-379-5610 x 230. Review of applications will begin April 10, 2015 but applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
Fort Townsend State Park Shoreline Restoration: The MRC is leading a shoreline monitoring effort at Fort Townsend State Park in preparation for a fall 2015 bulkhead removal project. Forage fish spawning surveys have begun and training for other beach monitoring will start on May 20, 2015. Contact Cheryl Lowe at email@example.com or 360-379-5610 x 230 for more information.
Biochar Presentation: Al Cairns from the Port of Port Townsend was the featured speaker at the February MRC meeting. He presented a wonderful slide show about the Port's new work testing biochar filtration systems to remove zinc and copper from stormwater. For a video about their work, see the Port of PT's website. This project was also featured in a Port Townsend Leader article last December. See link to the PDN article.
May MRC Meeting:
The next MRC meeting will be on May 5 from 6 to 8 pm at the Port of Port Townsend Commissioner's Building, 333 Benedict St,, Port Townsend, WA. Rich Childers, WDFW Shellfish Program Manager, is our guest speaker. The public is welcome. See the Meetings page for the agenda.
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.
Partnering with North Olympic Salmon Coalition to restore of 1,800 feet of marine shoreline and creation of a pocket estuary.
Everyone can help protect our marine resources.
Volunteer with a local conservation organization such as the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Jefferson Land Trust or Conservation District.
Pick up pet waste (scoop the poop), especially on the beach!
Check your car for oil leaks (stormwater flows directly into local marine waters).
Keep your septic system working properly to filter and treat septic wastewater.
Install a rain garden.
Report all spills! Call:
National Response Center:
WA Emergency Management Div:
1-800-258-5990 -OR- 1-800-OILS-911
Want to know more about preparations for an oil spill in our community? Click here.