Jefferson MRC Installs Two New Rain Gardens
One of the new rain gardens was catching the rain even before the plants were in the ground!
A hearty crew of volunteers and MRC staff installed two new rain gardens in uptown Port Townsend on November 24-25, 2014. These rain gardens collect stormwater and hold it until the water soaks into the ground. Pollutants are absorbed by soil particles and plant roots, resulting in a cleaner Port Townsend Bay. Many thanks to the crew of the Adventuress, WSU Beach Watchers, community volunteers and MRC member Troy McKelvey for all their work! Funding was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Port Townsend, and WSU Extension, with support from Puget Sound Partnership and Northwest Straits Initiative.
Upcoming & Recent Events
Rain Gardens 101
Stormwater from landscapes and roadways is the number one contributor of pollutants to Puget Sound. Bob Simmons, Water Resources Specialist with WSU Extension, presented a free 1-hour seminar on the basics of rain gardens to local residents on November 20, 2014 as an introduction to the Nov. 24-25th installation events listed above.
Upcoming MRC Meeting:
Scott Brewer is the featured speaker at the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) meeting on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Port of Port Townsend Commissioner’s Building, 333 Benedict Street, Port Townsend, WA. Scott, Executive Director for the Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC), will explain the HCCC's new salmon project prioritization effort (how to determine which local salmon habitat restoration/protection grant applications should be highest priority for funding). His presentation is from 6:15 – 7 pm. The public is welcome. The HCCC works with partners, community groups and citizens to implement regional and local actions to protect and enhance Hood Canal’s environmental and economic health.
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.