Next MRC meeting is September 6, 2016

See Meetings page for details. 

WSU Watershed Stewards Class starts Sept 22nd

Community volunteers assist the MRC with its work, especially citizen science monitoring of Olympia oysters and forage fish spawning surveys.  Many of these volunteers hear about us through the WSU Extension's Beach Naturalist and Watershed Stewards courses. These courses (with great field trips each week) offer a great introduction to marine and fresh-water ecosystems. The next 6-week session about streams, salmon, forest health and watersheds starts in September.  Contact Bridget Gregg at WSU Extension for more info about this class. 

Current Projects

  • Nearshore Restoration

    Restoring natural beach functions to improve habitat for marine species.

  • Eelgrass Protection

    Preventing damage to important eelgrass beds in Port Townsend Bay and other shorelines.

  • Olympia Oyster Restoration

    Surveying, monitoring and enhancing native habitat for native oysters to understand factors that limit recovery of native populations.

  • Marine Stewardship

    Working to achieve long-term stewardship for Jefferson County marine resources by building community through citizen involvement.

Olympia Oysters Thriving!

Monitoring team

In early August, MRC volunteers and partners completed their annual monitoring of our 2014 Olympia oyster habitat enhancement project in Discovery Bay. Everyone was thrilled to see how well some of the Olympias have established on the clean shell we put out just 2 years ago.

Olympias at Discovery Bay 2016