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.

NWSC Monthly Meeting

Thank You, Al Bergstein !

Al Bergstein steps down as MRC Chair after 4 years. We are grateful for his leadership, passion, humor, and especially for sharing so generously and completely his talents and his deep knowledge of the political landscape of Puget Sound. He will continue serving as the environmental representative on the MRC as we move into 2017.

Read Al's reflections on the MRC below.

Clockwise: Frank, Emily, Sam, Kate

Welcome to New MRC Members

The MRC welcomes four new members: Emily Bishop (District 1), Frank Handler (District 2 Alternate), Sam Gibboney (ex-officio, Port of Port Townsend Alternate) and Kate Dean (ex-officio, County Commissioner).  They bring a wide range of experiences and community perspectives.  

Learn more about them on our Members page. 

Port Townsend during a recent storm event. Photo by Jeff Taylor.

TIdes, King Tides & Storm Events

With the January 2017 high tides and storms, people are asking more about king tides. What are king tides really? Why is high water sometimes so much higher than predicted?

The WSU Extension Winter 2017 Shore Stewards Newsletter gives a quick refresher on tides and explains why these highest predicted tides of the year help us visualize a future with climate change and sea level rise. The article also has links to the North Olympic Peninsula Climate Preparedness Plan and predicted flood maps for our area. 

Jefferson MRC is working with Local 20/20 and Washington Sea Grant to photo-document bigger storm events from year to year.