Upcoming & Recent Events 

The Northwest Straits Initiative held its 16th annual Marine Resources Committee (MRC) conference, Mapping Our Progress, on December 5-6 in Port Townsend. With opening remarks provided by Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Elder, Marlin Holden, the event brought together members of the seven MRCs, Northwest Straits Commission and Foundation members and staff, project partners, and generous event sponsors. Many thanks to the excellent speakers and presenters, and to the many participants who took time out of their busy schedules to join us.

Visit the NWS conference web page to view the agenda, presentations, photos and more!

We are busy planning some great programs for Feb and March.  Please stay tuned. 

Upcoming MRC Meeting:

NWS logoLisa Kaufman is the featured speaker at the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) meeting on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Port of Port Townsend Commissioner’s Building, 333 Benedict Street, Port Townsend, WA.  Lisa is Project Manager for the Northwest Straits Foundation and will be providing updates about several project grants sponsored by the Foundation grants that benefit Jefferson County. The public is welcome.  See the Meetings page for the agenda.

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.

  • Maynard Beach Restoration

    Partnering with North Olympic Salmon Coalition to restore of 1,800 feet of marine shoreline and creation of a pocket estuary.

Local Resources

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. 

Oil Spills 

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.