Shoreline Landowners Learn About Armoring
On a rainy Saturday in November, over 35 shoreline landowners gathered for an informative shoreline protection workshop in Port Hadlock. Coastal Geologist Jim Johannessen shared info about erosion management, alternatives to hard shoreline armoring and using native vegetation for slope stability and habitat.
The workshop, co-sponsored by the MRC and the Northwest Straits Foundation, is part of a grant that also provides free professional, technical site visits and free design and permitting assistance for qualified landowners considering removal of their shoreline armoring. To request a site visit or for more information, contact Lisa Kaufman or go to the Foundation's website here.
Photo: Projects like the one in this photo were highlighted at the workshop. Here, large boulders were removed from a beach at Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park to create a more accessible, beautiful shoreline that also enhances nearshore habitat for birds, surf smelt and sand lance. Photo by Lisa Kaufman.
Jefferson MRC Seeks New Members
Are you interested in serving on the MRC? Members represent an array of backgrounds and interests, and are united in their goal to protect and restore local marine resources.
Current open positions are District 2 Representative, District 3 Alternate, Environmental Alternate and Commercial Interests Alternate, but all interested parties are encouraged to apply.
The MRC advises the Board of Commissioners on issues related to the marine resources of East Jefferson County and implements grant-funded projects that reflect local priorities. Representatives and Alternates are volunteers appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve four-year terms. First review of applications begins December 4, 2015.
For more information about joining the MRC, contact Cheryl Lowe, 360-379-5610 x 230 or email@example.com.
Click here for more information and here to submit an application.
Not sure what district you live in? See District Map.
Next MRC meeting - Tuesday, Dec. 1st
Our guest speaker is Scott Brewer from the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. See Meeting Page for more details.
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:
Want to know more about preparations for an oil spill in our community? Click here.