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.

Jonathan White & new book on Tides

MRC Partners with PT Maritime Discovery Program

Jefferson MRC is now partnering with the Port Townsend School District’s Maritime Discovery Program. We're so excited! The MRC will work with teachers to develop field experiences that connect curriculum topics to on-the-ground activities. MRC projects most likely to meet teachers’ needs are rain gardens and Olympia oyster projects. We'll be participating in a round-table panel with teachers and Maritime Discovery Program staff on February 15th to explore potential connections.

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.