No MRC meeting in July 2016

Next meeting is August 2, 2016.

GRP Update for Oil Spill Preparedness

July 28, 2016 from 5-7 pm at Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock

Max Gordon from WA Dept of Ecology spoke about updates to Ecology's Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) at the June MRC meeting.  GRP's are part of Washington's effort to more effectively prepare in the event of an oil spill.  Read more about these documents here.  The latest draft of the Admiralty Inlet GRP will be presented to the public at this open house.

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.

Restoration Begins at Fort Townsend SP

Construction begins on July 19, 2016 for a shoreline restoration project at Fort Townsend State Park.  Supported by the Northwest Straits Foundation, MRC and State Parks, this project will restore a stretch of natural shoreline while improving beach access.  See Project Summary for more details.

Olympia Oyster Update

On May 24th, MRC volunteers and partners established five new Olympia oyster test plots in Quilcene Bay to explore the feasibility of re-building an Olympia oyster population there.

Oly Quilcene team