MRC Embarks on New Projects for 2015
Members of the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee pose for the camera at the October meeting.
New projects for the MRC in 2014 include an expanded Eelgrass Voluntary No-anchor Zone in Port Townsend, installation of two rain gardens in partnership with WSU Extension and the City of Port Townsend, testing new kelp monitoring protocols, shoreline landowner outreach and assistance with shoreline armoring removal projects, and implementation of the Fort Townsend State Park nearshore restoration project.
For information about last year's accomplishments, see the 2014 JCMRC Annual Report and the 2014 JCMRC Accomplishments Summary.
Upcoming & Recent Events
Garfield Street Rain Garden Installation
Mon, Nov. 24, 1 - 4 pm
Tues Nov. 25, 9 am - 12 noon
Garfield St., Port Townsend
Learn by doing, whether you are new to rain gardens or already a pro. Join WSU Extension, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and the City of Port Townsend as we install two new rain gardens on Garfield Street. WSU experts Erica Guttman and Bob Simmons will provide instruction and answer all your questions as we plant two new rain gardens to treat stormwater before it flows into Port Townsend Bay. Bring your own digging tools, gloves, etc. More details when you register.
Please RSVP to Sally Chapin, WSU Extension (360-379-5610 x 200 or email@example.com.). Let her know which workday(s) you prefer.
Rain Garden Intro: Thurs Nov. 20, 2014 from 5-6 pm
WSU Extension Office, 380 Jefferson St, Port Townsend
Stormwater from landscapes and roadways is the number one contributor of pollutants to Puget Sound. Bob Simmons, Water Resources Specialist with WSU Extension, is presenting a free 1-hour seminar on the basics of rain gardens--how rain gardens help improve water quality, what rain gardens are and how they work, and the four steps to creating and sustaining a rain garden. The newest “how to” manual from WSU will be also available (or you can download it from www.raingarden.wsu.edu). Attending this workshop provides an introduction to the Nov. 24-25th installation events, but is not required to participate in those events.
Please RSVP to Sally Chapin, WSU Extension (360-379-5610 x 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.).
Eelgrass Team Completed Buoy Maintenance
The JCMRC eelgrass team removed the eelgrass voluntary no-anchor zone navigational buoys from the Port Townsend waterfront for the winter. JCMRC members Dale Moses, Troy McKelvey, Steve Tucker and Tony Petrillo pulled and cleaned the buoys earlier this month. They are now safely stored and ready for spring installation. Thanks to the Port of Port Townsend for use of facilities and boat!
The next JCMRC meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd from 6-8 pm at the Port Commissioner's office, 333 Benedict St, Port Townsend. The agenda is available on the Meetings Page of this website.
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:
1-800-258-5990 -OR- 1-800-OILS-911
Want to know more about preparations for an oil spill in our community? Click here.