MRC Embarks on New Projects for 2015
Members of the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee pose for the camera at the October meeting.
New projects for the MRC in 2014 include an expanded Eelgrass Voluntary No-anchor Zone in Port Townsend, installation of two rain gardens in partnership with WSU Extension and the City of Port Townsend, testing new kelp monitoring protocols, shoreline landowner outreach and assistance with shoreline armoring removal projects, and implementation of the Fort Townsend State Park nearshore restoration project.
For information about last year's accomplishments, see the 2014 JCMRC Annual Report and the 2014 JCMRC Accomplishments Summary.
Eelgrass Team Completed Buoy Maintenance
The JCMRC eelgrass team removed the eelgrass voluntary no-anchor zone navigational buoys from the Port Townsend waterfront for the winter. JCMRC members Dale Moses, Troy McKelvey, Steve Tucker and Tony Petrillo pulled and cleaned the buoys earlier this month. They are now safely stored and ready for spring installation. Thanks to the Port of Port Townsend for use of facilities and boat!
Great Ocean Health Forum Oct. 7th
Almost 90 people attended the Ocean Health Forum to learn about the science of changing ocean chemistry and its effects on sea life, with examples of local efforts to combat the problem. The Northwest Straits Commission and Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) hosted this program at the Northwest Maritime Center.
LID-Rain Garden Sign Installed at Port
The JCMRC installed a new interpretive sign for the Port of Port Townsend in Boat Haven. The new sign encourages readers to learn more about rain gardens, permemable pavement and other Low Impact Development (LID) techniques to filter stormwater. Check it out!
The next JCMRC meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 4th from 6-8 pm at the Port Commissioner's office, 333 Benedict St, Port Townsend. The agenda is available on the Meetings Page of this website.
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.